Roles that made actors quit Hollywood for good

Many actors have retreated from the spotlight over the years—sometimes setting the stage for a big comeback, sometimes never to return. Whether a star has an illustrious résumé or is known for a single iconic role, playing the wrong part can be the final nail in an acting career’s coffin. Here are some movies that caused actors to leave the business and never look back.

Peter Ostrum in Willy Wonka and the Charlie Factory

Peter Ostrum’s first and only role was the sweetly naive Charlie Bucket in the original screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic. As Charlie, Ostrum was poised to inherit a delicious empire, but after the movie wrapped, he stepped away from the spotlight. According to Ostrum: “Being in the film industry as a child was hard, and I couldn’t keep it going. But in the end leaving was the right decision.” As he later told the Daily Express, he turned down a three-picture deal after Willy Wonka, and using his earnings, he bought a horse—his first step toward the career in veterinary medicine that he still enjoys today.

Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums

Gene Hackman built a large part of his Hollywood legend by playing tough guys. As the cast and crew of Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums would later discover, he could also be a pretty tough guy behind the scenes, too. Hackman was initially unwilling to play Royal Tenenbaum for a variety of reasons, starting with his his reluctance to take parts written with him in mind. His agent finally persuaded him to take the part, but according to numerous reports, he became increasingly volatile, at times explosively berating fellow stars, and leaving others on the set terrified of him. Hackman has since admitted he had reservations about playing the fraudulent aging patriarch, fearing he wouldn’t be able to connect with his insensitivity toward his family—and while it was not his final role, it marked a definite turning point. Two years later, he skipped the premiere of his final movie, Welcome to Mooseport, and went straight into retirement, where he seems content quietly painting and writing novels (although he can still be ornery when the occasion calls for it).

Jake Lloyd in The Phantom Menace

Landing the leading role in one of the most hotly anticipated films of the ’90s should have been a dream come true for Jake Lloyd. Sadly, Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace wound up being the first (and arguably the worst) installment in a disappointing trilogy, making Lloyd’s experience a complete nightmare. According to Lloyd, playing the part made his life “a living hell,” and he was bullied mercilessly. The child actor was also bombarded with interviews, at times doing as many as 60 a day. Lloyd would later say: “I’ve learned to hate it when the cameras are pointed at me.” Following a string of voice acting parts for Star Wars pod racing video games, Lloyd’s most notable brush with fame was an ironic high speed police chase for which he was arrested in 2015.

Greta Garbo in The Two-Faced Woman

Though Greta Garbo’s stardom endured the transition from silent films to “talkies” in the 1930s, her illustrious career did not survive her second comedic role in The Two-Faced Woman. Hot off the success of her first comedy, Ninotchka, the rom-com seemed like a box office slam dunk. Sadly, her “dual” role, as a woman who doubles as her own twin sister to rekindle her marriage, made for a disastrously clunky movie. Garbo seemed to pick up on the dark cloud hovering over the production early on, lamenting that the studio was “trying to kill” her and had “dug my grave” by putting her in the film. To her utter humiliation, Garbo’s performance received harsh critical reception, with TIME calling it “an absurd vehicle” for the star and the New Yorker recommending “condolences” for her part in the widely panned release. A three-time Oscar nominee at the age of 35, Garbo promptly retired from Hollywood, never to act in another picture before her death in 1990.

Omar Sharif in The 13th Warrior

Omar Sharif’s roles in Dr. Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia made him an obvious choice during the casting of the period epic The 13th Warrior. The Michael Crichton-written, John McTiernan-directed, and Antonio Banderas-starring action movie had all the key ingredients of a late-’90s blockbuster. Unfortunately, this Viking epic didn’t look as good on screen as it did on paper. After a bleak reception from test-screening audiences, the studio dropped big money trying to rework the picture, but little could be done to polish it for theatrical release. The magnitude of the flop earned the movie a ranking amongst the biggest box office bombs of all time. According to Sharif, it was the last straw after a string of disappointments: “After my small role in The 13th Warrior, I said to myself, ‘Let us stop this nonsense, these meal tickets that we do because it pays well’.. . . bad pictures are very humiliating, I was really sick.” The iconic actor subsequently started turning down roles, claiming he’d “lost his self-respect”, and that his own grandchildren had mocked him. Sharif would come out of retirement briefly for a few worthy films, including Monsieur Ibrahim and Hidalgo, before his death in 2015.

Jaye Davidson in The Crying Game

Jaye Davidson earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in the sleeper hit The Crying Game in 1992, but he never considered himself an actor. In fact, he told Rolling Stone that he auditioned on a whim and tried to back out of it twice after he was cast. A very private person, Davidson had it written into his contract that he would not have to do any publicity following the film’s release. Upon seeing an initial screening, Davidson expressed discomfort : “I’m not a performer, do you know what I mean? I don’t leave messages on answer phones, in case of the hideous possibility that I will hear my own voice.” Davidson also hated the fame that followed, and promptly returned to his roots as a fashion assistant and model. When asked if he was getting offers for more roles, he replied: “Well, I don’t have an agent, because I don’t want anyone to offer me another part. I don’t want to be tempted out into crap films just for the money.” He appeared in just one other film, 1994’s sci-fi Stargate, presumably because he loved the costumes.

Carrie Henn in Aliens

9-year-old Carrie Henn was living in Laken-heath, England, where her military family was stationed, when a casting call for the 1986 space horror flick Aliens rolled through town. Henn caught the eye of director James Cameron, and though she had never acted, Sigourney Weaver voted to cast her as the orphaned lone survivor, Newt, after their very first meeting. The chemistry between the two was immediate, cementing the mother-daughter bond as a central theme of the film. Her brother Chris was also cast in a small role, though his performance wasn’t seen by audiences until the director’s cut was released in 1992. While she has fond memories of filming the gooey bug-hunt, neither Carrie or Chris took another acting part. According to Henn, she did not want to live in L.A. after returning to the States because it would mean being separated from her family. It didn’t help much that Newt’s character was killed off in hypersleep prior to the events of Alien 3. Aliens may be Henn’s sole IMDb credit, but it is indeed a memorable one. Henn is an elementary school teacher today, and says she occasionally signs copies of the Aliens DVD for her students. She reportedly stays in touch with Weaver to this day.

Sean Connery in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Ever wonder why we didn’t see Sean Connery in the last Indiana Jones movie? Or anything else in the last decade, for that matter? You can thank the 2003 flop The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for his retirement. The great hype surrounding this adaptation of the Alan Moore comics amounted to a production and box office disaster, and the trouble started well before the movie ever saw a screen. Connery was reportedly perpetually at odds with the film’s director, Stephen Norrington, a tension that resulted in heated verbal exchanges during filming and in post-production. Numerous rumors circulated that the rift nearly ended in fisticuffs. Regardless of the behind-the-scenes fiasco, it was the last straw for the screen legend, and this extraordinary mess of a movie marked Connery’s last appearance before the cameras (although he did deign to provide voice work for an animated effort, 2012’s Sir Billi, which he also produced). In 2012, he remarked to GQ: “I was fed up of dealing with f***ing idiots. For years there has been a widening gap between people who can make films and people who can’t.”

Taylor Momsen in Gossip Girl

There was plenty of gossip surrounding Taylor Momsen’s stint on the set of Gossip Girl. After she debuted as Cindy Lou Who in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Momsen went on to work with a lot of Hollywood heavyweights, including Robert Rodriguez, Gus Van Sant, and Mel Gibson. But her role in the CW teen soap opera caused Momsen to ditch acting altogether. Though some sources attribute her suspension and eventual dismissal from the series to off-camera cattiness and brattiness, Momsen says she left the show deliberately so she could focus on her music career as the lead singer of her band, the Pretty Reckless. When the brooding celeb was asked if she will return to Gossip Girl or an acting career…well, let’s just say she’s over it, ok? Momsen has jumped behind the camera, though, co-directing the charming NSFW beach-goth video for the Pretty Reckless’ “It’s a F***ed Up World.”

Freddie Prinze, Jr. in 24

Former teen idol Freddie Prinze, Jr., has seen plenty of ups and downs in his career, and being cast as Jack Bauer’s partner in the final season of 24 should have been a big “up.” Not so, according to Prinze, who would later say it was the role that made him want to quit the acting business altogether. Prinze told ABC News that working with Kiefer Sutherland was the experience that soured him on Hollywood: “I did ’24,’ it was terrible. I hated every moment of it. Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That’s not me talking trash, I’d say it to his face, I think everyone that’s worked with him has said that.” Following 24, Prinze went on to work behind the scenes with Vince McMahon at WWE, and said he found that experience far more gratifying. Sutherland’s rep responded: “Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best.”

Heather Donahue in The Blair Witch Project

The release of The Blair Witch Project in 1999 marked the arrival of found-footage horror, a subgenre which seemingly just will not die. Sadly, the career of the film’s lead star, Heather Donahue, did not have the same staying power. Donahue made a variety of appearances in indie horror flicks and on TV, including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but despite her convincing performance in Blair Witch, she never found a niche in high-profile leading roles. Ten years later, she finally cashed in her chips, and hasn’t sought acting work since. “I took all my stuff into the desert relating to my acting career and burned it all,” she said of her post-Blair Witch years. Donahue turned to writing instead, and had her first book, Grow Girl, published in 2012. The memoir chronicles her experience growing medical marijuana on a pot farm in California.

Jeff Cohen in The Goonies

You’d be hard pressed to pick out Chunk from a lineup these days. Jeff Cohen has long since embraced his legacy as the pudgy kid in the ’80s classic The Goonies, but gave up acting years ago. Or according to Cohen, “acting gave me up.” Shortly after The Goonies hit theaters, Cohen hit puberty, and he wasn’t an adorable fat kid anymore. After a brief run of roles in TV and voice acting, Cohen realized he’d never be Chunk again. He’s looking pretty lean these days, and found a way to stay in the biz without being a chubby pre-teen: in entertainment law. He cofounded the law firm Cohen Gardner LLP in 2002, which has given him the chance to offer legal protection to child actors. Cohen celebrates his most famous character, but he is much happier being a fit adult lawyer. “When people call you Chunk every day of your life from the age of ten, it gives you a complex,” Cohen said. “But I am very proud that I was a professional fat person. Anyone can be an amateur, but who can be a pro?”

Jack Gleeson in Game of Thrones
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There are characters we love, characters we love to hate, and characters we want to see poisoned at their own wedding. Joffrey Baratheon definitely falls in the latter category, and that’s all thanks to Jack Gleeson, a perfectly nice human being who played one of the most despicable bad guys in TV history. But after meeting his grisly end in season four of Game of Thrones, Gleeson told The Irish Independent that the HBO show was taking a toll on him, and he wasn’t really enjoying the celebrity life.

“It was always a recreation beforehand,” Gleeson said, “but when I started doing Game of Thrones, perhaps the reality was made too real for me. The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn’t something I gravitate towards.” He also told Entertainment Weekly, “I just stopped enjoying [acting] as much as I used to.” So when Joffrey was finally killed off, Gleeson decided to focus on something new. Since leaving the show, he’s earned a philosophy and theology degree, but while he hasn’t returned to Hollywood since 2014, he hasn’t completely ruled out more acting.

Talking with, Gleeson admitted he’d return to Game of Thrones if his character ever came back to life. He also described his retirement as more like a temporary hiatus. “It was more of a thing of taking a break,” he explained, “and wanting to do other things because Game of Thrones was so big … and I wanted to re-evaluate my career choices or whether I wanted to be full-time actor … I’m just taking a step back.”

Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread
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A three-time Oscar winner, Daniel Day-Lewis has played nearly every kind of role imaginable, from a misanthropic oil tycoon to America’s greatest president. And each time, Day-Lewis completely loses himself in the part, diving deep into every character. He learned how to throw knives for Gangs of New York, spent 48 hours in a jail cell without food or water for In the Name of the Father, and took his musket everywhere he went while working on The Last of the Mohicans. But even though it was incredibly difficult playing a writer with cerebral palsy in My Left Foot, the role that finally finished his career was the part of Reynolds Woodcock in Phantom Thread.

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread finds Day-Lewis playing a 1950s English dressmaker, and the actor went all out for the role, learning to sew, making a dress for his wife, and studying with the head costume designer at the New York City Ballet. But while his performance earned the praise of critics, it left him feeling utterly depressed for reasons he couldn’t explain. Speaking to the magazine W, Day-Lewis explained that he was “overwhelmed by a sense of sadness” during production, and when he was asked why, the actor responded, “I haven’t figured it out. But it’s settled on me, and it’s just there.”

Day-Lewis did admit, however, that he just wasn’t feeling the passion anymore. “I need to believe in the value of what I’m doing,” he said. “The work can seem vital. Irresistible, even. And if an audiences believes it, that should be good enough for me. But, lately, it isn’t.” So when shooting wrapped on Phantom Thread, the English actor called it quits, bowing out of the Hollywood game. But no matter where he goes or which new gig he ends up picking, Day-Lewis will undoubtedly become the best at whatever he does next.

Roles that made actors quit Hollywood for good

Special Effect Develops Technology to Play Minecraft Using Just Your Eyes

For many, gaming is a pastime to be enjoyed day-in day-out. The simple act of picking up a controller can open up so many worlds infused with imagination. For some, though, that simply can’t happen. However, thanks to the team at SPECIAL EFFECT, small strides are being made when it comes to MINECRAFT, with a new way to play opening up the game for a whole new audience.

Eyemine, which is available to download now for use with various eye trackers, enables those without use of their limbs or other disabilities to start creating for themselves on Minecraft. Months of trials has finally led to the full release, and Special Effect CEO Mike Donegan couldn’t be happier. It has now led to “an interface that can be used by many more people… all over the world.”

The software, which tracks eye movements until the user focuses on one particular spot for a certain length of time, is available for free. It is certain to be a godsend for many parents and carers who want to give their loved ones who previously couldn’t even dream of playing games such as Minecraft the ability to play.

If you feel like having a bit of a cry today, you can check out the BBC report below, which features 15-year-old Becky on her journey to becoming a fully-fledged Minecraft player. This is despite having lost use of her limbs due to quadriplegic cerebral palsy. It’s proof enough that, with all of the controversy surrounding gaming, it can still be used to help, rather than hinder, people’s lives.

Eyemine, which is used solely with Minecraft, is available to download here for anyone with a Minecraft account.


Special Effect Develops Technology to Play Minecraft Using Just Your Eyes

The ending of Avengers: Infinity War explained

Whoa. You’ve just come out of Avengers: Infinity War. You’ve cheered at all the fights. Laughed at all the jokes. You’ve been shaken, sobbing and speechless. You’ve made an appointment for therapy for tomorrow. Don’t worry…we’re all right there with you. There’s only one cure for the post-Infinity War blues, and that’s diving straight into the ending and trying to figure out what the hell just happened — and what the hell is going to happen next.

There’s a lot to unpack, of course. With so many heroes, villains, twists, turns, and incredible team-ups, there’s just so much to dig through to piece together the real meaning of behind everything that happened in Infinity War. And, of course, everything that might come next. Strap in, put on your helmet, and prepare your haunches, people. Here’s the ending of Avengers: Infinity War explained.

And of course, gigantic, earth-shattering spoilers ahead. Last chance to turn back…

So…what just happened?

Thanos won! Thanos totally won! Can you believe it? The bad guy beat the good guys, and it’s totally mind-blowing because that kinda never happens! But it did this time — and it was just about perfect. Thanos managed to assemble all six of the Infinity Stones — sacrificing his own adopted daughter in the process — snapped his fingers, and poof. Game over, man.

Of course, fans of the comics and MCU-followers probably knew going into this movie that there was a good chance Thanos would be victorious before the final credits rolled. After all, there were not one, but two references to Thanos snapping his fingers and causing half the universe to die. Longtime comic book readers have the image of Thanos snapping his fingers with a fully powered Infinity Gauntlet on his hand burned into their brains, so it only makes sense that one of the most iconic moments in all of Marvel Comics history would show up in this film.

On top of that, we all knew that Marvel would be splitting this story into two movies — even if they later publicly reversed course on that particular point. In the end, if you didn’t know that Thanos might pull out the W by the end of this movie, you haven’t been paying close attention.

Body count

When it comes to writing about comic book movies, it’s pretty fun to try and predict who will live and who will die when the next big flick hits the theaters. It’s basically the way that some pop-culture websites and YouTube channels go about building their whole businesses. But it’s a safe bet that no one could’ve quite predicted just how many hugely important superheroic characters would go off to that big comic book store in the sky by the end of Infinity War. For those keeping score at home, we lost Bucky, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Drax, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Mantis, Groot, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill — and those are just the characters we saw dissolve after Thanos pulled his big trick…and possibly a few more we didn’t remember to list. It was a lot.

And that’s not even a complete list of all the dead people. Right off the bat, Heimdall and Loki died at Thanos’s hands, while Gamora and Vision went down for the count as well. After ten years and 18 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe built up a huge roster of memorable and important characters. While it goes without saying that the vast majority of these dead people will not stay dead by the time the fourth Avengers movie debuts, it’s hard not to feel the loss of so many characters we’ve gotten to know over the years.

Where did Thanos talk to Gamora?

Remember just after Thanos snapped those famous fingers and did his whole “kill half the universe” thing? He found himself in an orangey, reddish place, and began talking with a version of Gamora who looked like a child. She asked if it was worth it, and he said that it was. After that, we saw Thanos resting, watching the sunrise, his life’s mission finally at an end. So where was he?

It’s not entirely clear, but there’s a more than decent chance that he was inside the Soul Stone itself. The Soul Stone was orange, and so was the environment of this otherworldly place where he spoke with Gamora. He sacrificed Gamora to obtain the Soul Stone, and so it makes sense that she and the Stone would be connected somehow after her death. And in the various comics concerning Thanos and his quest for the Infinity Stones, the Soul Gem wound up playing host to a few characters who died fighting Thanos — including Gamora. And with that in mind, it’s entirely possible that all our dead heroes may have had their souls transported to the Stone as well.

Remember Doctor Strange’s prescription for victory

We got a solid dose of Doctor Strange’s medicine in Avengers: Infinity War. Early on, the doctor told Iron Man that if it came down to possibly saving him or protecting the Time Stone, he’d choose the Stone every time. Then, around the midpoint of the film, Strange used the Eye of Agamotto to explore over 14 million possible battles against Thanos, looking for the path to victory. Among all of those possible futures, he only saw one where the good guys came out on top. It sure sounded dire.

So when Thanos threatened to kill Iron Man on Titan, Doctor Strange went ahead and offered up the Time Stone to save Tony Stark’s life. When Iron Man called him out on it later, he said it was “the only way.” Say what?

Well, it all makes sense if you think about it. Doctor Strange has some experience using his time powers to cheat his way out of some bad situations. This time around, he took a peek at the script for the next Avengers movie and realized that, somehow, it was important that Iron Man live — important enough that he gave up the Time Stone to make sure it happened. And considering that Iron Man is the one who kicked off this whole crazy Marvel Cinematic Universe in the first place, it only makes sense that he’d be pretty necessary to finishing things off over a decade later. Trust the Doctor’s orders.

Working out the Hulk’s issues

When you’ve got a story this huge, you’ve got to save some good stuff for the end. There’s no better example of that than the push and pull between Bruce Banner and the Hulk — a conflict that didn’t get resolved this time around, and will surely be a major plot point for next time. Throughout the film, we saw Banner trying and failing to coax the big green guy out to start fighting the bad guys, to no avail. It was an interesting twist in the Hulk’s relationship with his alter ego. Usually, it’s all Banner can do to keep the Hulk at bay. But this time around, Banner really wanted to let loose with the Hulk, only the Hulk refused to rise to the occasion. But why?

Because it’s all about the emotions. The Hulk’s main emotion is rage. He’s anger personified. And what’s the only emotion stronger than anger? Fear.

The Hulk has never met a foe he couldn’t fight — until, of course, he met Thanos and got his butt beaten in the process. Now the Hulk is running scared, leaving Banner to try and figure out how to bridge the gap with his big, green self. Don’t be surprised if we get a fan favorite version of the Hulk in the next Avengers movie. That’s right: Professor Hulk is probably on the way. Once Banner figures out how to merge his two selves into one, that is.

Nebula’s revenge

While the body count at the end of Avengers: Infinity War was pretty high, it’s important to remember that plenty of characters wound up surviving the whole ordeal. Okay, maybe not plenty of them, but a few! Some! Okay, a couple. But among the survivors was Thanos’ least favorite daughter, Nebula. She managed to make it to the end of the movie despite being literally dissected earlier in the film. So why would a scrub like Nebula be alive while so many fan favorite characters were turned to dust? As with so many things, the answer lies in the comics.

In the early ’90s Marvel Comics featuring Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet, Nebula spent a lot of time shambling around as a creepy zombie lady — a victim of Thanos’ powers. But at one point in the story, Thanos was distracted by an encounter with Eternity, a cosmic being that represented the universe itself. And during that time, Nebula grabbed his fancy glove for herself and contributed to his eventual undoing. There’s a good chance that the MCU version of Nebula will wind up fulfilling a similar role in the next Avengers movie, too.

Paging Captain Marvel…

Branden Stall for Looper

In the movie’s lone post-credits scene, we saw the long-awaited return of Nick Fury and his S.H.I.E.L.D. second in command, Maria Hill. The two were driving along, minding their own business, when suddenly they experienced the effects of Thanos’ magic mojo taking out half the population of New York — both of them included. Throughout that sequence, Fury was trying to get in touch with somebody. And given that we’d spent a full movie not seeing Hawkeye shooting arrows at anybody, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he was the guy Fury was trying to reach. But as it turned out, that wasn’t quite the case.

No one said it, but the logo that appeared on Fury’s spy-tastic pager was that of Captain Marvel. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know that Brie Larson is all set to debut as the star of the MCU’s first female-fronted superhero movie in March, 2019. More interestingly, Captain Marvel is supposedly going to take place in the 1990s, meaning that the superhero who shows up to help save the day in the fourth Avengers will have already been established for years. Meanwhile, if she’s been around since the ’90s and a friend of Nick Fury’s, there’s a whole lot of mystery surrounding just where the heck Captain Marvel has been all these years. Wouldn’t she have come in handy during that whole alien invasion of New York? And the Sokovia Incident? Where you been, Cap?

Wasp, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and the aftermath

Between the third and the fourth Avengers flicks, there are two MCU movies set to debut in theaters: the aforementioned Captain Marvel in March, 2019, and Ant-Man and the Wasp, set for July of 2018 — just a few months after Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters. So will Ant-Man, Wasp, and all the rest of the grow-gang be dealing with the aftermath of Thanos’ dirty deeds?

As of this writing, it’s just too soon to say for sure. But a few different outlets — like Digital Spy and Comic Book Resources, just to name a couple — seem to take it as a given that Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place after Captain America: Civil War and before the events of Infinity War.

Meanwhile, we never did get that glimpse of Hawkeye, meaning he’s surely going to show up in the next Avengers movie to help set things right now that half the world has been turned into piles of dirty leaves. Is his family okay in the aftermath of Thanos’ dirty deeds? Will he be looking to…avenge them, perhaps? Count on it.

The ending of Avengers: Infinity War explained

Here’s What Nintendo’s Mario Would Look Like Without His Hair

We’re used to how certain characters look in video games, right? And if they’re altered ever slightly, sometimes it can throw us for a loop.

For instance, remember when people freaked out over the cel-shaded visual style adopted by The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker? Yeah, something like that.

Over on Reddit, someone has managed to do just that as they’ve posted a picture of what Nintendo’s Mario would look like if he shaved off his mustache and hair. And, um…well…

You can see the rendered image for yourself below. Obviously the plumber outfit is familiar, along with the traditional “M” logo hat. But take a good look at Mario’s face as well as his missing sideburns.

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He almost looks like Elmer Fudd or even Sluggo from the old Nancycartoons, doesn’t he?

The rendering has gotten a lot of attention from fans when it was posted on Twitter. And we even posted some of the best reactions to it below.

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It’s hard to tell who the original artist is at this point, but it looks like it’s the work of Justice for bald Mario, an artist who specializes in a lot of bald characters. Oh yeah. We mean a lot. Here’s a couple of examples.

So if you’ll excuse us, we’ll be jumping back into Super Mario Odysseyand remembering what he actually looks like. Remember, beardos, don’t shave what works for you.

Here’s What Nintendo’s Mario Would Look Like Without His Hair

Minecraft’s Better Together Update Hits Nintendo Switch Next Month

The topic of crossplay is everywhere and so while some companies aren’t on board, others – like the Minecraft crew – believe in the value of a shared experience with friends. That’s where the Better Together update comes in and soon, Nintendo Switch players will be able to join in on the fun.

Minecraft is a game about exploration and adventure in randomly generated worlds that inspire the creative mind. What better way to build and create incredible feats than with those closest to you for a “the more, the merrier” shared adventure! Nintendo of America believes this wholeheartedly and took to their Twitter account to share the good news of not only when the update will be hitting the hybrid console, but also when the physical version of the game will be released as well!

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Minecraft is bigger, better and more beautiful–with new ways to play and share! Share the adventure with friends across different platforms when @Minecraft and the Better Together update comes to 6/21! 

In addition to the update going live next month on the 21st, the physical version of the popular building title is also set to release the day before on June 20th. You can learn more about popular questions asked concerning this update and what that means for current platforms right here though the game’s official website.

Excited to squad up with friends and family? Here’s what you can experience together with this expansive update:

“Explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles. Play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off the dangerous mobs.”

  • Minecraft Marketplace
    • For the first time, skins, textures, and worlds designed by the community are available in the store. Buy once and enjoy across Xbox, Windows 10 and mobile devices!* (and soon, the Switch)
  • Endless exploration
    • Create and explore your very own world where the only limit is what you can imagine.
  • Build almost anything
    • Crafting has never been faster, easier or more fun!
  • Co-op play
    • Play with up to four players in split screen for free, or invite hundreds of friends to a massive gameplay server or your own private Realm!

Minecraft’s Better Together Update Hits Nintendo Switch Next Month

GTL: Minecraft Reigns for a Decade While Competition Falls to Pieces

Nine years after its debut, Minecraft is the second most sold video game of all time. Microsoft continues to rake in the numbers across consoles, including PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and mobile, with influencers paving the way for continued dominance.

Since its arrival, Minecraft has handily proven itself better and more persevering than anything that tried to copy its success. On this episode of Game Talk Live, Mandie Roman breaks down the success and dominance of the game alongside a panel of experts including Mari Takahashi of Smosh Games, game developer, 3D modeler and mod creator Mariana Graham, and MinecraftCommunity Manager, Helen Zbihly. This particular episode takes place in two parts due to an interruption during the livestream due to technical difficulties.

Released in 2009, Minecraft has now been ported over to multiple systems, selling millions of copies, and becoming the second best selling video game of all time, as well as being featured in books, movies, cartoons, and other lucrative merchandising. As prominent members of the Minecraft community, each of the panelists discusses what brought them to the game in the first place.

Some of the reasons include the fairly low-res and resources required to run the game while still having fun, as well as the ability to be so heavily creative and do what you want with the game. Discussion also considers these and other factors in the explosive growth of Minecraft, such as the Let’s Play community that built up around it on YouTube, the continual expansion of the game’s content, and the social community that has built up around it.

The panel then approaches the accessibility of the game. The cross-platform compatibility between different consoles and formats makes it so people can play not just on their own system, but across multiple systems to make the community far more interconnected. The panel also considers the access of mobile play on Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS as a modifier to the way people approach video games and play together in general. The experts then discuss if there is any end in sight for Minecraft as a whole. The panel also looks at Fortnite for its similarly creative building aspects and question whether Minecraft and Fortnite can learn from one another.

In part two of this episode of Game Talk Live, the panel begins by looking at the sheer amount of modding and user-created content for Minecraft. Guests look at how the mod scene of creators and artists helped to expand and grow Minecraft‘s overall success. The question comes up as to how Microsoft and Mojang work to appease both the casual and the hardcore sides of various communities. Discussion covers how the developers provide for both modders and technical players and users, as well as casual interests and “normal” players.

The panel also discusses the creators that are allowed to create content for the Minecraft Marketplace, including use of Microsoft’s already existing system for promoting content developers that are accepted into the community. The standard of quality and care is considered for the content that appears in the Minecraft Marketplace. The panel then discusses the future of content creation and open-endedness for Minecraft.

This episode has wrapped up, but you can see it in its entirety in the videos above. Be sure to check out the previous episode of Game Talk Live as well, where experts discuss whether there is oversaturation or buckling in the market place of Battle Royale games.

GTL: Minecraft Reigns for a Decade While Competition Falls to Pieces

Ashland High School teacher utilizes Minecraft to teach, inspire

Every time we pick up a book, we do it: We visualize using our imaginations to create in our mind.

His mind is filled with imagination.

“There’s a lot of ideas,” Ben Spieldenner said. “There are a lot of ideas.”

His students jokingly call it something else.

“Yeah, he’s a nerd,” Nivene Hutchins said.

Spieldenner, an English teacher at Ashland High School, said he’d be the first to tell you that his mind is a little different when it comes to teaching the curriculum.

“It’s a little bit cartoon, a little bit mad scientist,” Spieldenner said. “I guess my goal teaching has been to always meet kids where they are.”

Three years ago, he had one of those ideas.

“Minecraft is the thing that I was looking for that I didn’t know I was looking for,” Spieldenner said.

To help teach his students, he uses Minecraft. It’s a virtual reality space where people can create their own worlds and experiences by building off of their resources and creativity.

Students say they had doubt, at first.

“I didn’t think that it would work,” Hutchins said.

“I was shocked when we did [Minecraft],” Trevor Jackenheimer said.

How can a game help further storylines of classics like William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet or George Orwell’s Animal Farm?

It sounds tricky. But, students say, it’s easier than you might think.

“We do different projects based on those stories that we read in the Minecraft world,” Hutchins said.

Hutchins is a senior. Jackenheimer is a junior. They both say Spieldenner’s approach to learning is more engaging and fun.

“It shows there’s many ways for you to learn about stuff and it’s just fun,” Jackenheimer said. “It makes it a lot more fun when you do it.”

They take what they read and then create a world based off of imagination.

“[Spieldenner] is the best teacher I have ever had and the most inspiring and thoughtful and caring and absolutely the most compassionate person,” Hutchins said. “And, [he’s] one of the smartest people I’ve probably ever met in my life.”

Fun while learning. Fun while teaching.

“It really allows you to make lessons more dynamic,” Spieldenner said. “You have richer writing experiences because everything’s immersive because the kids are in it. They’re emotionally invested in what they’re doing.”

His teaching style is now what students had in mind. That’s a good thing.

“It was nerdy,” Jackenheimer said jokingly. “I guess I’m a nerd now because I play it 24/7.”

After all, students say they are what they create.

Ashland High School teacher utilizes Minecraft to teach, inspire

Facebook: Minecraft, Call of Duty, and Super Mario are most talked about games for E3 2018

Facebook said today that 81 million people around the world have posted, liked, commented, or shared something related to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2018) and games over 235 million times over the last 90 days. And the No. 1 game they’re talking about is Minecraft, followed by Call of Duty, Super Mario, and The Legend of Zelda (yes, last year’s game).

The social network announced the data related to E3 as it revealed its own plans for the big game trade event, which draws more than 50,000 people a year to the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year’s E3 takes place the week of June 11.

Facebook said that 35 percent of people talking about games on Facebook are between 25 and 35 years of age. About 44 percent of people talking about these games and E3 are women.

Above: Here are the top talked about games for E3 2018.

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More than 800 million people play at least one Facebook-connected game every month, said Franco De Cesare, head of console and online gaming at Facebook, in an interview with GamesBeat.

“We’ve looked at what gamers are talking about,” De Cesare said. “The fact that 44 percent are women speaks to how our industry is becoming more diverse.”

He noted that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — the popular battle royale game — did not make the top 10, but it was close.

“E3 reveals are coming even earlier,” as evidenced by the accidental Walmart Canada leak about upcoming E3 titles on Tuesday, De Cesare said. “Leaks, planned or unplanned, force the hand of publishers to talk about it earlier. It puts emphasis on having a conversation with fans on a year-round basis.”

He said that the company’s theme this year is “Raise Your Game” for E3. For the first time, Facebook will have a booth inside the E3 convention center, just as it did at the recent PAX East game event.

Facebook’s West Hall booth will feature some of Facebook’s most popular livestreamers from its gaming creator pilot program, including Darkness429, MelonieMac, and StoneMountain64.

Throughout the show, creators will be going live to their online community directly from the E3 Facebook Gaming content stage and Creator Corner stream pods. They will share the latest news from the show, pair up with developers to talk about their favorite games, and mingle with their fans in person. The Facebook Gaming booth will also highlight new releases from Oculus, indie games from PC Gamer and a meet and greet photo booth from Instagram.

Above: Facebook tongues are wagging about E3.

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E3 attendees will be invited to immerse themselves in a series of shareable moments that connect gamers with the games they love via the power of Facebook. Players can capture a memorable moment with Facebook and Instagram, or watch a session at the Facebook Live studio, hosted by TV and gaming personality Andrea Rene.

“We had a great response to Andrea Rene last year,” De Cesare said.

Facebook is also sponsoring the Women in Gaming event at E3 Coliseum, which takes place at a nearby venue. Earlier this year, Facebook launched its Women in Gaming initiative, built to bring women in the video game industry together to share their stories and to create meaningful connections, in order to work together to change the industry.

“We will continue our commitment to our women in gaming as an important commitment to diversity,” De Cesare said.

At E3, Facebook will team up with Game Awards host Geoff Keighley and the Entertainment Software Association trade group (which puts on E3) to drive this mission forward at the E3 Coliseum.

Facebook: Minecraft, Call of Duty, and Super Mario are most talked about games for E3 2018

Minecraft for the Switch is getting cross-play with PC, Xbox One, and smartphones on June 21st

Minecraft for the Nintendo Switch is about to get a lot bigger with a new update that brings the universal Minecraft Bedrock Engine to Nintendo’s portable console on June 21st, enabling cross-play between the Switch and the PC, Xbox One, and mobile versions of the game.

The cross-platform update is actually pretty late in coming to the Switch — it was announced back at E3 last year, and hit the other platforms last September. The Switch release was then promised for later in the winter, which, based on the June release date, it obviously didn’t quite hit. The updated Minecraft will also support Nintendo’s new online service for the Switch when it launches later this year.

Along with the new update, a physical version of Minecraft for the Switch is getting released for $29.99, should you prefer to own hard copies of your games instead of digital downloads.

Minecraft for the Switch is getting cross-play with PC, Xbox One, and smartphones on June 21st

‘Minecraft’ Bedrock Update Coming to Nintendo Switch in June

Minecraft’s” big Bedrock update is coming to Nintendo Switch on June 21, Microsoftannounced on Thursday.

The Bedrock version of the popular sandbox game allows everyone to play together, regardless of platform. (Unless you’re a PlayStation 4 owner. Sorry, Sony isn’t getting in on the crossplay action.) Plus, Switch owners will be able to access new minigames and game modes through online community-run servers.

Bedrock also brings a new in-game store called the Minecraft Marketplace, which lets players buy community-created content like skins and texture packs using a new currency called Minecoins. Microsoft introduced the Marketplace in June 2017 and invited 12 community members to become partners. Those people reportedly earned $1 million in less than three months. Microsoft has since paid over $7 million to “Minecraft” creators since the Marketplace launched, according to an interview in Fast Company



Minecraft Bedrock edition hits Nintendo Switch on June 21st! Available both digitally and physically at retail, it includes the Mario mash-up pack AND the Better Together update. Already own Minecraft on Switch? You’ll be able to update to the new version for free!

People who already own “Minecraft: Switch Edition” will get the Bedrock update for free when it’s released. There’s also a new physical version on the way. It costs $29.99 and includes all previously released downloadable content, including the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack. It will hit store shelves on June 21 alongside the Bedrock update.

Microsoft said “Minecraft” will support the Nintendo Switch Online paid membership when it launches in September, along with Xbox Live achievements and PlayStation gamerscore.

Developer Mojang is still working on another big “Minecraft” patch dubbed “Update Aquatic.” It will add shipwrecks, dolphins, coral reefs, and more. There’s no word yet on when it will officially launch.

Minecraft is one of the best-selling video games of all time, selling more than 144 million worldwide across all platforms.


‘Minecraft’ Bedrock Update Coming to Nintendo Switch in June

You Can Start Earning Minecraft Xbox Achievements On Switch In June

Mojang has announced a date for the big Better Together update to Minecraft on Switch, which will enable the unprecedented ability to earn Xbox achievements on the Nintendo console. The update will drop on June 21.

Microsoft announced the ambitious plan to unify the various versions of Minecraft with cross-play last year, which also meant you’d be signing into an Xbox Live account on each platform. The company then confirmed in a statement that, since you’d be signed into an Xbox Live account, you’d be earning Xbox Live achievements no matter where you are. The Better Together update, also known as the “Bedrock Update” for providing a unified framework, already released on September 20, 2017 for all platforms except Nintendo Switch.

Aside from enabling achievements, the big update allows cross-platform play between the multiple places Minecraft has landed over the years. A new bedrock physical version of Minecraft for Switch will release the day before the update goes live, and current owners of Minecraft on Switch can update to the new version for free.

While the update will allow you to play across platforms, it may not remain free to do so. Nintendo is rolling out its own paid online service later this year, and it will be required for most online games. A handful of games have been confirmed to be gated to paid members, while others will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Minecraft hasn’t been announced as one of the games falling under the paid tier, but it very well could be. Nintendo’s online service is significantly less than that of other consoles, though, at $20 per year.

You Can Start Earning Minecraft Xbox Achievements On Switch In June

Every superhero confirmed for Avengers 4

Those who saw Avengers: Infinity War know that the dramatic ending left a lot up in the air for the untitled fourth Avengers film. Some heroes died in the film during Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) quest to get the Infinity Stones, while others disintegrated into the ether after the villain succeeded. Although they’re ostensibly dead, it seems unlikely that they’ll stay that way far beyond Avengers 4 — especially considering some of the supposedly dead heroes are already confirmed for appearances in the film.

It’s possible that the fourth Avengers will incorporate flashbacks or time jumps, which makes it unclear whether the heroes appearing will be returning from the grave or popping up in some other capacity. Either way, the cast confirmed for the film opens up a lot of questions about what will be happening in the mysterious movie. With that in mind, here’s a look at all the superheroes currently confirmed to appear in Avengers 4.


Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man may have missed out on the fun of Avengers: Infinity War, but he’ll be back in action for the fourth film. Scott was said to have been caring for his family during the events of the third team-up, but some audiences didn’t buy that reasoning. Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have said that “all will become clear” with regards to Scott’s absence when Avengers 4 comes out.

It’s also possible that there will be further updates on the character’s status in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which may help to explain what he was up to during Infinity War — and could potentially even provide a segue to his role in Avengers 4. Since Rudd has been spotted on the set of the film, it’s safe to say that Ant-Man will be included somehow, but it remains to be seen how the tiny hero will fit into such a big story.

Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa was one of the many characters who bit the dust (pun intended) at the end of Infinity War. However, considering the fact that Black Panther’s standalone film made over $1 billion at the box office and a sequel is already in the works, it seems safe to say that T’Challa will somehow find his way back from the dead in Avengers 4.

Boseman’s appearance in the film was confirmed when he was spotted on the movie’s Atlanta set, although it’s hard to figure out what exactly T’Challa will be up to. Still, the character is a fan favorite, so it’s likely that he’ll have a large role in the fourth Avengers. Considering how much of the action of Infinity War took place in Wakanda (and how destructive it was to the once-secluded nation), he’ll have his work cut out for him — as both a superhero and a king — when he returns.

Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow changed her hair color for Infinity War, but she and her new blonde ‘do didn’t have as big a part as some fans had hoped. Although Black Widow got in on the action in Wakanda, her character didn’t get much of a storyline beyond the fight. Markus explained that this is mostly due to her attitude — Black Widow is very “hard-bitten,” ready to fight when she has to, meaning that there wasn’t much ground to cover with her emotionally.

However, given the fact that Black Widow is one of the few characters who survived the events of Infinity War, it seems safe to say she’ll have a big role to play in the fourth film. Markus basically confirmed as much, saying that some of the characters who were featured less in Infinity War had “far more potential” in Avengers 4 “just in terms of how their characters would be tested by the story.”

Captain America

Chris Evans has been planning his Marvel exit for a while now, and there’s a good chance that Avengers 4 will mark his swan song as Captain America. The actor has been prepping for other projects, and has on numerous occasions said that he’s ready to hang up his shield for good. This doesn’t bode well for Cap’s fate in the next team-up, although he was one of the few who survived Thanos’ wrath in Infinity War.

Like Black Widow, Cap underwent a pretty dramatic physical transformation in Infinity War, but his new beard wasn’t shown all that much as he fought Thanos’ minions in Wakanda. However, he is likely to get a bigger role in Avengers 4, especially since directors Joe and Anthony Russo have said that the film will conclude the story they began in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While Steve might not make it out alive, it should be a good send-off.

Captain Marvel

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We won’t get the chance to officially meet Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel until the character’s standalone film comes out in March of 2019, but we did get our first tease of her entry into the MCU thanks to the Infinity War post-credits scene, which featured Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) sending out a call to the hero before disappearing into dust.

Captain Marvel seems likely to play a big role in Avengers 4, considering the fact that so many of the MCU’s other heroes are currently out of commission, at least for the moment. Considering Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has said that Captain Marvel will be the most powerful character in the MCU and Markus has said she’s on “a power scale that right now doesn’t exist in the MCU,” it seems safe to say that Carol Danvers will end up having a big role to play in finally taking down Thanos.


Anthony Mackie’s Falcon may have disintegrated in Infinity War, but he has already assured fans that he will be back for the fourth film, sharing a picture of himself on the movie’s set. Mackie even offered up a bit of a hint for fans eager to hear about the plot of the movie, telling MTV, “[It’s] a whole lot of people fighting. A whole lot of people talking.”

Although that plot description isn’t exactly heavy on the details, it seems safe to say that Avengers 4 could bring big things for Falcon. He is one of the characters, along with Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier, who fans think could take up the mantle of Captain America if Steve Rogers leaves it behind. With Evans likely out of his contract after Avengers 4 and Mackie’s star still on the rise, it seems like his future in the MCU will probably be bright.


Zoe Saldana’s Gamora met a very tragic end in Infinity War, with Thanos sacrificing his adopted daughter so he could obtain the Soul Stone and get closer to fulfilling his quest to wield all of the Infinity Stones. Considering that her death wasn’t one of the movie’s ending disintegrations, it seemed like it might stick — that is, until Saldana confirmed that she’ll show up in Avengers 4.

“I know that we will all have to come back at some point this fall and finish up the second, um, the fourth installment of Avengers,” Saldana said when asked by E! News about her last day on set for Infinity War. This seems to confirm her involvement in the fourth film, which would suggest that her character will somehow come back from the dead. While it’s also possible that she could be shown via flashback, it seems like there’s still lots of story left for Gamora in the Guardians franchise, and it could be possible that she’ll get a full resurrection in the film.


The absence of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye from Infinity War was one of the film’s biggest surprises. Like Ant-Man, Hawkeye was said to have retired from the superhero biz to be with his family, who was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Renner has confirmed that he will be back for Avengers 4, though, which could spell bad things for his loved ones. Some theorize that Hawkeye’s family will have been killed off thanks to Thanos’ doings, which could bring the hero back into the fold with a vengeance.

Renner was spotted on set with a new haircut and a costume that looks suspiciously like the superhero Ronin, an identity he temporarily assumed in the comics. Regardless of which name he goes by, Markus hinted that Hawkeye will be a big part of the fourth film, telling BuzzFeed, “We like Hawkeye. We like Hawkeye so much we gave him a really good story.” Hopefully that story is good enough to satiate the fans who were so sorely bummed out over the lack of the archer in Infinity War.


Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner had some issues in Infinity War. The Hulk would definitely be a great asset in the fight against Thanos, but Bruce, who’s been struggling with the Hulk since the two were involuntarily paired, was unable to call up the big green monster no matter how angry he got. This led to a lot of consternation for the other heroes, although Bruce was able to get in on the action at least a bit after climbing into Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster suit.

Bruce lived through Thanos’ dusting at the end of the film, and it seems fair to expect that his powers will be returned to him at some point in the fourth film. Ruffalo has been spotted on set in a motion capture suit, so he’ll be leaning on his superhuman alter ego in at least some way. Ruffalo has said that Thor: Ragnarok and the two Avengers films are designed to form one Hulk storyline over three installments, so expect a lot to happen for the character in the conclusion.

Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man started the MCU, and if you believe the rumors, Avengers 4 could be the end of Tony Stark. The going theory is that Downey Jr.’s famously expensive contract will be up after the film, sending the MCU’s godfather out in style as they move into their very secretive Phase 4.

Although Downey Jr. hasn’t given us any information on whether or not his character will make it through Avengers 4, he has been one of the  more vocal cast members when it comes to sharing pictures of the film on social media, and, thanks to that, we know for sure that he will appear. Tony was ready to sacrifice himself when the time came in Infinity War, and with so many other heroes out of the picture, it should be interesting to see the potentially deadly lengths he has to go to in order to save the world in the fourth film.


Pom Klementieff’s Mantis didn’t make her MCU debut until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but the odd little alien has already endeared herself to fans thanks to her fun one-liners and Klementieff’s charming delivery. Unfortunately, Mantis was unable to take down Thanos despite her best efforts, and she disintegrated along with most of the rest of the Guardians at the end of Infinity War. Klementieff, though, has already seemingly confirmed that she’ll be back on board for Avengers 4, sharing a photo of her make-up trailer on social media.

Although Klementieff’s photo doesn’t show anything about where her character might have disappeared to or how she might return from the dead, it does show that Mantis (and hopefully the other Guardians) will be returning. Considering James Gunn has already said he’s planning Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for 2020, it seems like Avengers 4 will have to get things back on track for the intergalactic team.


Karen Gillan’s Nebula didn’t exactly get to have a fun time in Infinity War, mostly serving as a way for Thanos to convince Gamora to take him to the Soul Stone. Considering Thanos had to rip Nebula apart piece by piece to get Gamora to reveal the stone’s location to him, Nebula is clearly not in a good place when the film ends.

She is, though, one of the few characters who makes it past Thanos’ wrath, which puts her in a prime position for her appearance in Avengers 4. Gillan has teased that she hopes the character will be able to “somehow face her daddy issues head on” in the film, which would mean a big confrontation with Thanos. However, Gillan did note at the time of the interview that she wasn’t sure exactly what would go down, so it’s unclear what role Nebula will ultimately play in the proceedings.

Scarlet Witch

Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch had a pretty big role to play in Infinity War. As the only one with powers that could potentially destroy an Infinity Stone, Wanda had a moral decision to make about whether or not she would kill off her beau Vision (Paul Bettany) in order to potentially save the universe.

Wanda delayed as long as she could, and even though she ultimately decided to kill Vision and destroy the stone, it was too little too late, and Thanos ended up getting a hold of it. Destroying half the universe also meant the destruction of Scarlet Witch, which could put a bit of a damper on the remaining heroes’ attempt to get rid of the stones. However, Wanda is still confirmed to appear in Avengers 4, with Olsen sharing a pic from the set revealing that her role will feature the character taking flight. Although that doesn’t say much, it does seem to show that she’ll be back and powered up in Avengers 4.


Tom Holland’s Spider-Man had one of the most emotional deaths in Infinity War, but it may not have hit as hard as it could have, especially considering the fact that we know Holland will be suiting up as Peter Parker again for the character’s upcoming second standalone film, which is set to hit theaters just a few months after Avengers 4’s release.

Unless Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is giving the reins to Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May or Jacob Batalon’s Ned, it seems safe to expect Peter to make his way back from the dead in Avengers 4. We do know for sure that the character will appear in at least some capacity, with Feige revealing that Holland was signed on for the second film all the way back in April of 2017. We don’t exactly know what role Peter will be playing, but things will hopefully be getting back on track for the young web-slinger.


Chris Hemsworth’s Thor was one of the original Avengers, and one of the few who survived Thanos’ wrath in Infinity War. However, it seems like the character’s appearance in the fourth film could spell doom for the otherworldly god, with Hemsworth saying that his contract is up after Avengers 4. (Fingers crossed that the character’s creative resurrection in Thor: Ragnarok could potentially make Hemsworth want to stay on longer.)

Whether or not he makes it out alive, it seems like a lot will happen for Thor in the untitled Avengers sequel. Despite the fact that the character got a much needed haircut in Thor: Ragnarok, Hemsworth was spotted on set with the character’s old long-haired ‘do back, which implies that the film might be offering viewers some kind of flashback. With the movie appearing to tie back to the original Avengers somehow, Thor should have quite the journey ahead of him.


Paul Bettany’s Vision didn’t make it through Infinity War, getting a dramatic death at the hands of Thanos despite the best efforts of Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Scarlet Witch. Considering Vision has the Mind Stone embedded in his forehead, fans knew he was in danger even before the movie’s opening act. However, it seems like Vision will still have at least some sort of role to play in the fourth Avengers film, with Bettany confirming that he’ll be back on board for the movie.

Bettany hasn’t dropped any hints about how his character will be involved, but he did share a picture of himself in full Vision regalia filling out paperwork on the Avengers 4 set in late 2017. While it seems safe to assume that Vision will end up having more to do than just pushing paper around, it remains unclear whether he’ll factor into the story mostly through flashbacks or if he’ll be brought back through time travel or some other manipulation.

War Machine

Don Cheadle’s War Machine was put in peril in Captain America: Civil War, but he was able to get back in his suit and help out his fellow Avengers in Infinity War. Rhodey actually wound up making it out of the film, and was one of the few heroes still left standing after the universe turned to dust.

It’s fitting, then, that Cheadle will be back for Avengers 4. We don’t know what he’ll be up to, but Brolin has said that the two actors share at least one scene, which means that he’ll (unsurprisingly) be headed for another confrontation with the movies’ big bad. Gwyneth Paltrow has also said that she’s been on set with Cheadle and Downey Jr., which could mean that the Iron Man team is getting back together once again. Considering some people think that Paltrow’s Pepper Potts may be suiting up as Rescue, the mentorship of Iron Man and War Machine could be very important in the fourth film.


Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp is set to co-lead Ant-Man and the Wasp, one of two Marvel films slated to be released between the two Avengers films. The movies’ screenwriters have said that both Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel will be important to the future of the Avengers, so it makes sense that Lilly’s Wasp will be making an appearance in Avengers 4.

Lilly has said that you shouldn’t expect too much Wasp in the film, revealing during a Q&A on her Instagram page that she is “not going to be [in it] a ton.” However, she did say that she’s “proud” and “stoked” to be on board for the movie, adding that she had “so much fun” on the film’s set, which had a party-like atmosphere. We don’t know what role the Wasp will have in the action, but some have theorized that the Quantum Realm could be a way to bring back the disintegrated heroes, which would give Ant-Man and the Wasp big parts to play.

Winter Soldier

Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes has had quite the journey in the MCU, as his friendship with Steve Rogers has been tested by time, mind control, and more. This made his ultimate disintegration in Infinity War all the more heartbreaking, with the character reaching out to his friend before falling away into dust. Winter Soldier fans don’t need to be too afraid, though: Stan has confirmed he’ll be back for Avengers 4.

Stan remained tight-lipped about what exactly Bucky would be up to in the film, but he did confirm that he’d be going down to the movie’s Atlanta set for more filming. It does seem like the Bucky and Steve journey will be important to the story, though, with the Russo brothers saying that the film will “complete the personal journey” that they started in Captain America. What exactly that means remains to be seen, but it does seem to imply that Bucky will have a big part to play.

Every superhero confirmed for Avengers 4

Every MCU movie villain ranked worst to best

Marvel has a lot of villains in its cinematic universe, but which ones stand above the rest when it comes to menacing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?

To answer that increasingly complicated question, we’ve watched every MCU movie and ranked all of their many bad guys, from Loki to Batroc to Justin Hammer, Iron Monger, Hela, Thanos, and everyone in between. This list only focuses on tried-and-true villains, so you won’t find reformed hero Scarlet Witch (who’s since become a bona fide Avenger), her late brother Quicksilver (who died a hero), Nebula, or the Winter Soldier. We’re talking 100 percent baddies, evil (or mostly evil) through and through.

Looking over the MCU’s blockbuster history, it’s pretty clear that despite the widespread belief that the franchise has a “villain problem,” we’ve actually seen some fairly compelling criminals cause trouble for our heroes over the years. Without further ado, here are all the villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ranked from worst to best.

Kurse (Thor: The Dark World)

Kurse, also known as Algrim, was one of Malekith’s top men and sacrificed himself to take on the power of Kurse in The Dark World. He allows Asgardian forces to capture him to get inside Odin’s kingdom, and once he makes it to the Asgardian dungeon posing as a regular prisoner, Algrim activates the Kurse stone and turns into the hulking beast we know and love from the comics.

Kurse leads a straight-up prison riot in Asgard (with a bit of help from a locked-up Loki providing directions), helps Malekith sack Asgard, and actually kills Thor’s mother, Frigga. He also leads the battle against Thor in the film’s climax, beating the God of Thunder positively senseless with his brute strength before Loki manages to take Kurse out with some black hole grenades. Despite all that, Kurse is nothing more than a forgettable force of nature with no personality. He’s just big and violent, and ultimately an obstacle cleared out of the way for the big finale between Thor and Malekith.

Laufey (Thor)

Laufey is a powerful force in Thor’s corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we never get to see a lot of him in action. King of the Frost Giants and biological father to Loki, he has super-strength and ice powers, but it turns out he’s still no match for the sneakiness of his own son. Loki manipulates events to get Laufey to attack Asgard in Thor, but just as Laufey is about to kill Odin, Loki takes out Laufey instead—simultaneously killing the Frost Giant king and making himself look like a hero. Certainly an unceremonious end.

Brandt and Savin (Iron Man 3)

Aldrich Killian turned out to be the A-list bad guy in Iron Man 3, with Brandt and Savin shaping up as little more than B-list versions with the same power set. Both Brandt and Savin are given their super-heating and healing powers by the Extremis virus, and they both attack Tony Stark throughout the film, but neither is a match for Iron Man, even when he doesn’t have his suit. Brandt is best known for jumping Stark in a dive bar, where he outmaneuvered her and managed to blow her up with a gas leak. Savin hung around a little longer, even stealing the Iron Patriot armor at one point, but he was still outsmarted by Iron Man and defeated with an energy blast.

Batroc the Leaper (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

It’s easy to forget, but yes, Batroc the Leaper is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We meet the French mercenary during the action sequence that opens Captain America: The Winter Soldier, during the hijacking of the ship the Lemurian Star. We get a breathless fight scene between Batroc and Cap, with the First Avenger accepting the challenge for a hand to hand fight without his shield. Batroc manages to hold his own—he’s a beast when it comes to parkour—though Cap eventually knocks him out.

The Shocker(s) (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

The recent Spider-Man: Homecoming didn’t just give us our first solo Spidey flick in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it also dug into the wall-crawler’s deep bench of rogues, including not just one, but two Shockers. We first meet Jackson Brice (Logan Marshall-Green) wielding a Shocker gauntlet, but after the Vulture kills him, the trademark weapon is passed down to Herman Schultz (Bokeem Woodbine).

Schultz looks to be our “main” Shocker in the MCU, and he gets one epic fight against Spidey before being sidelined. The Shocker jumps Peter as he leaves the school dance attempting to follow the Vulture, and sends him flying through a school bus (and he loses his web-shooters, to boot). So why does Shocker rank so low? Because it wasn’t even Spidey who took him out—it was Pete’s pal Ned, who grabs the web-shooter and hits Shocker, distracting him long enough for Spidey to web him to a school bus, gift-wrapping him for the cops. Maybe next time, Shocker. Maybe next time.

Baron Von Strucker (Avengers: Age Of Ultron)

Strucker’s lasting legacy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is leading the experiments on Loki’s scepter that created Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, so he’s definitely an important player, but all anyone really remembers is his immediate surrender to the Avengers during the opening of Age of Ultron. It’s a funny gag, as Strucker gives a pep talk to his Hydra soldiers urging them to never give up—then he immediately surrenders, though he admittedly does so in a failed a attempt to hide his research. He also gets a few callouts on the companion series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during that show’s Hydra arc, but nothing much of substance. In the end, Strucker was just another upper-level Hydra goon. Cut off his head, and nobody really noticed.

The Destroyer (Thor)

It doesn’t get a ton of screen time in Thor, but when the Destroyer shows up, it sure makes full use of every moment. Basically an enchanted Asgardian automaton you can point at an enemy, its giant, powerful arms and legs can crush or stomp just about any opponent—and if they don’t kill you, its laser blasts probably will. In Thor, we saw the Destroyer kill a few Frost Giants, then lay waste to a small town in New Mexico when Loki sent it to Earth hunting Thor. Still, it was finally no match for Thor: the God of Thunder regained his power and overcharged the Destroyer, ending the attack.

Justin Hammer (Iron Man 2)

Credit Sam Rockwell’s unending charisma for Justin Hammer not showing up at the very bottom of this list—or even further down, if we could find a way to put him there. As far as credible villains are concerned, Justin Hammer is an absolute joke—he runs an arms manufacturer that’s a rival to Stark Industries, except literally everything Hammer builds falls apart. The first version of the War Machine armor is basically a bare-bones Iron Man suit outfitted with a ton of Hammer weapons, which works about as well as gluing and duct taping accessories to a car.

In Iron Man 2, Hammer cuts a deal with Ivan Vanko that lands him in jail, and that’s pretty much the last we see of him until the Marvel One-Shot “All Hail the King,” in which Hammer gets a brief cameo in prison, showing some resentment for the fame Trevor Slattery (a.k.a. the fake Mandarin from Iron Man 3) has garnered at Seagate Prison.

General Ross (The Incredible Hulk)

General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, father of Bruce Banner’s love interest Betty Ross, is put in charge of trying to capture the Hulk after he goes rogue in The Incredible Hulk. Ross’ project originally started as an attempt to recreate the Super Soldier Serum that created Captain America, but it went sideways and turned poor Bruce Banner into an unstoppable anger machine. Ross has a vendetta against the Hulk because Betty was injured during the Hulk’s creation, so he blames Banner for putting her in a coma (though she eventually came out of it unscathed). Ross was also the catalyst in creating the Abomination, one of the more boring one-note villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ross spends the entire film chasing Banner, and tries and fails to kill him a few times along the way (though those sonic cannons were admittedly pretty cool). For much of the film, he’s a relatively one-dimensional “Military Bad Guy,” and falls into most of the attendant clichés.

Interestingly enough, Ross is one of the few characters from The Incredible Hulk to resurface onscreen later in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, he remains a major player in the MCU: he becomes the U.S. Secretary of State in Captain America: Civil War, pushes for the adoption of the Sokovia Accords, and was actually in charge of the secret prison where Captain America’s rogue team was being held in Civil War before Cap freed them.

Abomination (The Incredible Hulk)

The early Marvel Studios films tended to lean into the old cliché of a hero facing an evil version of their own power set (Iron Man vs. Iron Monger, etc.), and former soldier Emil Blonsky pretty much fits the bill. In an effort to capture the Hulk after Banner’s alter ego punches him through a tree, he hits himself with an experimental version of the same gamma McGuffin … except it doesn’t turn him into a burly green guy. Instead, he becomes the Abomination, a monstrous creature that looks like a rotting troll.

Sure, he’s formidable, but he’s also relatively one-note. He’s mean because he’s mean and his only real character trait is that he loves to be a soldier. He was a forgettable baddie in an even more forgettable movie. He lived through the end of The Incredible Hulk and is apparently rotting away in a jail cell somewhere—and the fact that Marvel hasn’t bothered to mention him since tells you everything you need to know.

Malekith (Thor: The Dark World)

Signing Doctor Who alum Christopher Eccleston to play the Dark Elf Malekith looked like a match made in casting heaven, what with Eccleston’s intensity and unique facial features, but it sadly ended up producing one of the least memorable baddies in the MCU. Malekith had virtually no personality, and basically existed as a freaky-looking dude trying to get an Infinity Stone—nothing more, nothing less.

It’s a shame, because on the surface, Malekith is extremely formidable. He’s been around for millennia, and seeks to harness the power of the Infinity Stone known as the Aether. He even stages a surprise assault on Asgard itself, managing to breach the city’s defenses, and later sets his sights on Earth. He put up a heck of a fight against Thor in the final act of The Dark World, though the God of Thunder still prevails.

Taserface: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

As Rocket points out more than a few times, Taserface’s name is pretty dumb—but he still has enough wits to lead a mutiny among Yondu’s crew of Ravagers. He’s big, mean, ruthless, and conniving, and brokers an uneasy alliance with Nebula to take Yondu’s ship. He isn’t all that bright, but hey, those other four traits go a long way—for awhile, anyway.

Whiplash (Iron Man 2)

Mickey Rourke rocking an Iron Man-style outfit with Arc Reactor-powered super-whips? How could it go wrong? Sadly, in a lot of ways. Rourke’s Whiplash was one of many problems in the bloated, messy Iron Man 2, despite some admittedly awesome action scenes along the way. (Seriously, most of his body is exposed while fighting. How is he so hard to defeat?) Whiplash never feels all that intimidating, at least after that epic attack at the Monaco Grand Prix. He’s motivated by a backstory involving the invention of the arc reactor technology (his father assisted the elder Stark in its creation), and teams up with the silly Justin Hammer, which only works to make him less terrifying. Not to mention his odd obsession with that bird.

Raza (Iron Man)

When Obadiah Stane decides to take out Tony Stark while Stark’s on an overseas tour, he contracts with the terrorist organization the Ten Rings, led by Faran Tahir’s Raza, to make it happen. Raza keeps Stark captive and proves to be an intimidating villain—at least until Stark secretly builds his first version of the Iron Man suit and manages to make short work of Raza’s soldiers.

Raza was savvy enough to survive—even if his face did get burned in the process—and he tracked down stray bits of Stark’s armor and tried to cut another deal with Stane. The only problem? Stane was a bit more tech-savvy than Raza, and used a sonic taser to paralyze him and kill his men. Despite his unceremonious ending, Raza is still technically the first villain we met in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a throwback to the simple days of regular ol’ terrorists in the MCU.

Korath the Pursuer (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Djimon Hounsou has popped up in everything from Gladiator to Wayward Pines, but for Marvel Cinematic Universe fans, he’ll always be the guy who had no idea who “Star-Lord” is, or why he should care.

Hounsou’s Korath has a small but memorable role in Guardians of the Galaxy that finds him tracking Star-Lord as he pursues the Infinity Stone. Though Star-Lord does get the better of him in the end, Korath still puts up a heck of a fight. He also manages to reacquire the Infinity Stone along with Nebula, which sets up Ronan the Accuser’s near-world-ending attack on Xandar. Without Korath, Ronan would’ve never had the Infinity Stone to begin with for the assault, so he certainly served a purpose. He even holds his own against Drax the Destroyer for awhile—at least until Drax rips out the cybernetic implant in his head, killing him. Hey, at least he went out fighting.

Ulysses Klaue (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Black Panther)

The weirdest thing about Klaue is that the vast majority of his most important character moments happen offscreen. We get to see his introduction in Age of Ultron, where he loses his arm to a killer robot, and he’s a pretty strong presence in the first half of Black Panther, but beyond that, we don’t get much. His history with Wakanda, his acquisition of the piece of mining equipment that becomes his Vibranium arm-cannon, and even his death at the hands of Killmonger are completely absent from films.

On the bright side, Andy Serkis actually does an extremely entertaining job with him, which might be surprising considering that he’s mostly known as the mo-cap actor for CGI characters that tend to stray a little further from human. That gives us the a nicely believable version of the Klaw we know from the comics, who still has the potential to come back after his “death” as a dude made of hot-pink sound waves. Plus, that sonic cannon was rad.

It’s just weird that so many major events in his life happen while we’re watching something else that’s more interesting. Unless they happened during the events of Thor: The Dark World, that is. There’s not much that’s less interesting than that.

Ayesha (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

She might not have been the big bad in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but the golden goddess Ayesha (played by Elizabeth Debicki) was able to cause more than enough trouble for Star-Lord and his team. The leader of the powerful Sovereign, she commands a fleet of remote-controlled warships which come within one shot of taking out the Milano following an extensive chase. As if all that wasn’t enough, the post-credit scene revealed Ayesha is actually the person responsible for birthing Adam Warlock, a major player in Marvel’s cosmic universe and someone we expect to meet in Guardians Vol. 3. If nothing else, that portion of her legacy makes her more than worthy of a slot on this list.

The Chitauri (The Avengers)

They basically served as cannon fodder for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the final hour of The Avengers, but they’re still a massive alien army, led by those positively terrifying gigantic dragon-like ships that tore through downtown Manhattan. Their eventual humiliation notwithstanding, the Chitauri were more than formidable enough to push the Avengers to the brink in their first big screen team-up.

Arnim Zola (Captain America: The First Avenger)

In The First Avenger, Arnim Zola’s appearance is basically just an Easter egg for fans in a movie that’s full of them. He’s a Nazi scientist that’s seen through a weird lens for a moment, a callback to what is unquestionably one of Jack Kirby’s weirdest designs. Beyond the nudge and wink, though, he could have honestly had any name without changing the plot at all.

When we pick back up in Winter Soldier, though, the setup of having Zola around for the first movie pays off in a pretty cool way. He might not be a robot with a camera for a head and his face on a giant TV screen built into his torso like the Bio-Fanatic of the comics, but what Winter Soldier’s big reveal lacks in robot bodies, it more than makes up for by making him genuinely creepy.

Recasting Zola as the architect of Hydra’s secret survival instantly makes him one of the most sinister enemies that Captain America has ever faced. On top of that, his synthesized voice and the way the camera tracks Cap and Black Widow’s movements when they find the computer mainframe that he uploaded his consciousness into is the closest the MCU has ever gotten to a horror movie. Admittedly, both movies treat Zola as less of a villain and more of a plot device, but who’s to say that there’s not a backup of his programming somewhere just waiting to come back and make more trouble — and maybe next time, they’ll upload it into a weird robot body.

The Scorpion (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

In the comics, Mac Gargan has a long villainous history, including tenures as the Scorpion, Venom, and even an brief period where he was the official Spider-Man of the United States government. In Homecoming, on the other hand, not so much.

His most notable actions in that movie are complete failures, first when an arms deal is interrupted by Spider-Man, and then later when he tries to get the Sinister Six going in prison before being shut down by the Vulture. Basically, he’s just there to make Adrian Toomes look cooler by comparison, and when you’re not as cool as the Vulture, it’s safe to say that you screwed up pretty bad somewhere along the way.

The Black Order (Avengers: Infinity War)

Before we go any further, can we all just take a deep breath and bask in the joy that we are living in a time when the biggest movie of the year featured characters with names like Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive? Those are weird names even for superhero comics, and to get them in a film franchise that ten years ago only referred to Obadiah Stane as “Iron Monger” in the vaguest possible terms is a pretty incredible sign of progress.

Delightful names aside, the Black Order are perfectly serviceable henchmen. They manage to hit that Jaws-from-the-Bond-movies sweet spot of being threatening enough to present the heroes with a challenge and provide additional room for the action so that it’s not just 40 people trying to punch Thanos at the same time, but not so threatening that they overshadow the actual villain of the piece. Each of them is distinct and visually menacing, and while Cull Obsidian doesn’t do much beyond throwing his giant anchor around like a Guilty Gear character, Ebony Maw manages to come off as truly sinister and frightening.

Unfortunately, there’s just not much for them to do. They’re necessary for the plot, but we’re never actually told anything about them — including most of those great names. They’re visually striking and they serve a necessary purpose, but that’s about it.

Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Ronan was a religious zealot who co-opted a full-fledged Infinity Stone to continue his crusade to wipe out Xandar, but even without one of those awesomely powerful baubles, he’s still one heck of a warrior; after all, he laid waste to Drax the Destroyer without even breaking a sweat. He also had the guts to stick it to Thanos, and actually walked away from the Mad Titan without much consequence.

The Guardians were no match for Ronan—Rocket Raccoon’s super-gun left him unscathed, and the team’s battle against Ronan’s forces ended with the entire Xandarian fleet destroyed and Ronan reaching the planet’s surface. Luckily, Star-Lord was able to actually control that Infinity Stone with the help of his team (and those sweet, sweet dance moves), and they used its immense power to blast the bad guy into oblivion.

Yellowjacket (Ant-Man)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a habit of introducing world-changing technology, then kind of ignoring it later on, and Corey Stoll’s Darren Cross, a.k.a. Yellowjacket, played a key role in one of its biggest breakthroughs to date. Cross spent his entire career trying to follow in the footsteps of Hank Pym, finally cracking the code to duplicate the Pym Particles that allow the Ant-Man suit to shrink—though he doesn’t realize it also messed with his brain chemistry in the process.

Cross used the tech to murder indiscriminately, taking out an official who doubts his capabilities by shrinking him into a pile of goo and flushing him down the toilet, and to build his Yellowjacket battle suit, which he wore while duking it out with Scott Lang’s Ant-Man in an epic battle that almost entirely takes place inside a briefcase and on a play table in Scott’s daughter’s bedroom. The Yellowjacket suit is an insanely dangerous piece of tech, and the man pulling the trigger was truly unhinged; thankfully, Ant-Man managed to short it out and shrink Cross into oblivion.

Surtur (Thor: Ragnarok)

There’s nothing like a fiery demon hellbent (pun intended) on destroying everything and everyone in his path to bond Thor and friends towards a common goal. The addition of Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok helped to not only bring the team together, but literally leveled the playing field.

Diehard comics fans know Surtur is a major villain in Thor’s world. In Thor: Ragnarok, however, he’s almost an ancillary one—appearing only in the opening act and destructive finale. That’s not to say he’s not important to the story. In Norse mythology, the word “Ragnarok” points to the apocalyptic battle between gods that results in a world destroyed by fire.

While Surtur is indeed the monster all Asgardians fear, Thor and Loki summon him to invoke the Ragnarok prophecy. This defeats Hela, but at a price: his attack absolutely decimates Asgard—crumbling the city in the sky to dust.

Red Skull (Captain America: The First Avenger)

There was every chance it would come off as silly, but Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull easily stands out as one of the most original and terrifying baddies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In The First Avenger, he commands his own Hydra-fied Nazi division, complete with insanely dangerous weapons powered by the Tesseract. He also has super-strength, thanks to a tainted attempt to recreate the Super Soldier serum that gave Captain America his powers, putting him at a comparable strength level. He was one of the first characters to see the potential of the Tesseract, and managed to weaponize it more than 60 years before S.H.I.E.L.D. started trying to figure it out in The Avengers. He was Captain America’s first big bad, and served as a red-skulled baptism by fire to get Cap ready to face the challenges of the modern era.

Kaecilius (Doctor Strange)

He might’ve just been a disciple of Dormammu in the end, but Mads Mikkelsen’s Kaecilius was plenty intimidating his own right—a highly-trained sorcerer who went rogue, left the Ancient One’s order to try and take out the Masters of the Mystic Arts, and nearly succeeded. In Doctor Strange, Kaecilius manages to destroy two of the Sanctums and put the Ancient One’s forces on the ropes, and shows his prowess with magic in a few excellent fights against Doctor Strange. Luckily, a quick-thinking Strange managed to briefly trap him in magical straightjacket (thanks to a few assists from the Cloak of Levitation). Even if he was technically the B-list baddie in Doctor Strange, he’ll always be an A-lister to us.

The Tinkerer (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

The Tinkerer is exactly the kind of character that the MCU needed, for the same reason that he was exactly the kind of character that the comics needed.

When the movies were starting out, characters like Whiplash and Justin Hammer made a lot of sense — self-made evil geniuses who could use their own villainous technology to threaten the heroes. As they went on and expanded to bring in more and more heroes and villains, though, it makes sense that we’d get to someone who wasn’t quite on their level, but who could still learn from and reverse engineer that sci-fi super-tech and make it more accessible to street-level bad guys.

He’s certainly not the focus, but Phineas Mason’s work alongside the Vulture and the Shockers is the subtle embodiment of the change that’s gone on in those movies for the past decade, from a universe with superheroes in it.

The Prowler (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

Of all the impressive things about Spider-Man: Homecoming, one of the most notable is just how many characters the filmmakers pulled in from the Marvel Universe. Beyond the main players like Spider-Man and the Vulture, this was a movie that had the Shocker, the Scorpion, Damage Control, the Tinkerer — even Jason Ionello, the kid who does the morning announcements at Midtown High, is pulled from Untold Tales of Spider-Man.

The best minor villain appearance by far is absolutely Aaron Davis, known in the comics as the Prowler. In the film, he’s played by Donald Glover, who acts as the thoroughly unimpressed straight man to Peter Parker’s “enhanced interrogation.” It’s one of the best comedic scenes in the entire MCU, but what really makes it special is Davis’s mention of his nephew. As comics readers know, Davis’s nephew is Miles Morales, the second Spider-Man.

As far as villainy goes, Davis doesn’t accomplish much beyond a failed arms deal. Hinting at a future of the MCU that includes Miles, though? That’s pretty cool.

Crossbones (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War)

Frank Grillo’s Brock Rumlow started out as a member of Captain America’s strike team in Winter Soldier, eventually revealing himself as a Hydra agent when the attempted takeover began. He was a part of that epic elevator fight with Cap in that film, but wound up on the wrong side of the shield—after getting the edge on Sam Wilson during their one-on-one fight, he failed to notice a crashing helicarrier coming right for him, which resulted in Rumlow’s burned, broken body being hauled out of the wreckage once the battle was over.

It seemed like that could be the end for Crossbones, but he survived to take one last shot at Cap in Civil War. Rocking his own homemade-looking battle suit, he got a fantastic extended action set piece fighting Captain America and Black Widow, and even laid some bone-crunching punches on Cap thanks to his suit’s capabilities. So filled with hate that he literally blew himself up with Cap beside him, his final attack was foiled when Scarlet Witch managed to relocate the blast—taking out a group of Wakandan diplomats and kicking off the events of Civil War in earnest.

Dormammu (Doctor Strange)

He’s one of the biggest villains in Doctor Strange lore—and the MCU actually kept the extremely powerful ruler of the Dark Dimension relatively close to his comics counterpart, as Doctor Strange’s trip to the Dark Dimension was practically a Steve Ditko panel brought to life. Dormammu is one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, loaded with universe-destroying power and on a mission to fuse our world with the Dark Dimension. He’s so powerful that Doctor Strange had to simply outsmart him to save the world, trapping Dormammu in a time loop with him (where Dormammu killed him over and over) until he was forced to bargain for his freedom. It makes for one of the most clever finales in all of the MCU, and lands Dormammu high on our list of favorites.

Alexander Pierce (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

When Marvel signed Robert Redford for a superhero movie, you knew it’d be an interesting role—and his turn as Alexander Pierce certainly delivered. He’s introduced as the well-meaning Secretary of the World Security Council and old friend of Nick Fury, a hero who literally declined a Nobel Peace Prize…though it’s eventually revealed Pierce has been pulling a lot of the strings in regards to Hydra’s infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It was Pierce who shepherded Project Insight, the program designed to create the networked helicarrier system everyone is fighting over in The Winter Soldier (and which Hydra planned to use to take over the country). He also planted bombs in the name tags of the other Security Council members, which he uses to brutally murder them when they challenge his takeover. He stayed evil to the end, too, uttering “hail Hydra” with his dying breath after Nick Fury put two rounds into his chest. Now that’s hardcore.

The Mandarin (Iron Man 3)

Ben Kingsley’s character in Iron Man 3 wasn’t actually the real Mandarin—and the “All Hail the King” one-shot short suggested the bona fide bad guy could still be out there, waiting to make his move—but that “fake” Mandarin still gave us the chills, at least until it was revealed that he’s really just an out of work actor named Trevor Slattery who can barely be trusted with a six-pack of beer, much less a gun.

Kingsley embodied much of the look and feel of what comics fans expected to see from the Mandarin, and his haunting delivery of lines like “You’ll never see me coming” is a masterstroke in fear. It loses some luster by the end, but the Mandarin presented in the front half of that film is one of the scariest baddies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It might’ve all been a ruse, but it was effective.

The Grandmaster (Thor: Ragnarok)

When Thor is suddenly marooned on the junk planet Sakaar, he comes in contact with the larger-than-life character known as the Grandmaster. Aside from his comic-book origins, which make the dude 14 million years old (he’s also the Collector’s brother), the Grandmaster’s introduction in Thor: Ragnarok adds some much-needed levity to Thor and Loki’s dire situation.

Jeff Goldblum’s addition to the MCU adds some Caesar Flickman-style antics amid the chaos, which finds Thor thrown into an event known as the Contest of Champions. While it’s clear the Grandmaster acts as a power-hungry tyrant over the citizens of Sakaar, there’s something that draws them all to this gladiator battle. And while Thor eventually teams up with Hulk—who’s been stuck on the planet for quite some time—the Grandmaster does everything he can to keep the battle going no matter what. Obviously, he gets his comeuppance in the end. But something tells us this won’t be the last we see of him.

Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger (Iron Man)

You have to respect where it all began, and Jeff Bridges’ Obadiah Stane, a.k.a. Iron Monger, set the tone for the villains of the MCU in the first Iron Man film. Bridges’ Stane is positively slimy, betraying Tony Stark and actually setting his entire hero’s journey in action—so really, we can thank Stane for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. When his assassination attempt on Stark in the desert failed, Stane eventually donned the massive Iron Monger suit to try and finish the job himself. A lot has changed since Iron Monger stalked the skies, but his final fight with Iron Man had a brutal, messy feel that really let you feel the hate Stane had for Stark—and it still resonates, even in a world with heavy hitters like Thanos prowling around.

Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron)

Look, Age of Ultron was great, but there’s no doubt the film was hampered by the strain between director Joss Whedon and Marvel, as well as the fact that it was basically a stopgap story on the way to Infinity War. Despite all that, James Spader brought absolute terror to the metal menace that was Ultron, with a near-endless supply of robot bodies and a design that had comics fans geeking out.

He’s basically a big budget Black Mirror story brought to life, exemplifying how technology can be our greatest scourge, though Ultron does it with a wit that only Spader can provide, verbally sparring with Tony Stark better than most non-robot baddies. Like any great villain, Ultron also has a real point of view to his plan and motives. There’s no doubt humans do cause a lot of problems, and looking at the facts, Ultron’s final determination that humans and superheroes are what makes the world such a dangerous place makes its own twisted kind of sense.

Helmut Zemo (Captain America: Civil War)

The big-screen version of Captain America comics baddie Helmut Zemo in Civil War was a stark departure from what readers might’ve expected—including the absence of his distinctive purple outfit—but they gave the character more than enough added nuance to compensate. The most amazing thing about Zemo in Civil War is he’s just an average guy—a smart guy, sure, but still a regular dude.

No superpowers. No gigantic master plan to take over the world. Just a man who wants revenge for the death of his family, and wise enough to realize the best way to take out the Avengers is to set them against one another. Sure, his plan does require a few leaps in logic, but it was refreshing to see a villain like Zemo brought to life in the MCU. He’s a great reminder that it doesn’t take world-smashing superpowers to give Earth’s Mightiest Heroes a run for their money.

Aldrich Killian (Iron Man 3)

Iron Man 3 is one of the most polarizing movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring an epic fakeout that reveals Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian is actually the big bad behind a mysterious rash of bombings and terrorist attacks sweeping the globe. His secret weapon? Extremis, a versatile technology that first showed up in the Iron Man comics and is reimagined here as a way to super-heat one’s body and literally regrow limbs.

Killian uses it to turn himself into a living weapon, capable of slashing through the most advanced Iron Man suits with his bare hands like they’re made of nothing more than hot butter. His particular skillset makes for one of the most technically ambitious fight scenes in the MCU, with dozens of armored suits flying around and getting sliced to pieces by Killian. It’s sometimes hard to believe any villain can truly go toe-to-toe with Tony Stark, but Killian made one heck of a run.

Ego (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

Peter Quill’s search for his father was a key part of the story in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a journey that brought him face to face with Kurt Russell’s Ego. It takes awhile for Ego to reveal that he’s actually the villain of the film, but when the reveal comes, it’s cosmic (literally).

As far as sheer abilities, Ego is one of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, right up there alongside the Mad Titan Thanos himself. Ego is essentially a god, encompassing an entire planet and capable of manifesting himself however he wishes. His master plan aims to expand his reach across most of the known universe, wiping out pretty much all other life in the process. The best part? Russell sells it so well that you really do understand where Ego’s coming from, even if he is a psychopath who’s killed hundreds of his own children in his quest for power. Ego redefined the concept of daddy issues—a tall order in a universe that already included Tony Stark.

The Vulture (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. the Vulture, is one of the newer additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there’s no doubt he’s also one of the best. In rebooting Spider-Man for the third time in a decade, Marvel decided to dig a bit deeper into the Spidey canon to find a villain who hadn’t already been done to death on the big screen (how many Goblins do we really need?), and landed on the Vulture for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and thanks to Keaton’s menacing, blue-collar take on the character, he quickly became a fan favorite.

In a universe of world-destroying monsters, the Vulture is decidedly street-level in his approach, but that’s exactly what makes him work. The writers tweaked his backstory to make Toomes the father of Peter Parker’s teenage crush, and he takes the “girlfriend’s angry dad” trope to a whole new level. The effects team also did an amazing job with his armor and look, with the Vulture looking positively terrifying and inhuman when he’s under that mask, stalking his prey.

Hela (Thor: Ragnarok)

Since her first appearance in the trailers for Thor: Ragnarok, it was pretty obvious that Cate Blanchett’s Hela was going to leave an impression. We’ve never seen Thor face a villain like this one. Heck, we’ve never really seen a baddie such as Hela, the Goddess of Death in any of Marvel’s offerings, or in Blanchett’s varied career. Much like Loki before her, this Asgardian villain is someone audiences will immediately love to hate.

When Loki and Thor are faced with the death of Odin, a spell is broken that unleashes Hela back to the place she once ruled: Asgard. The concept of a secret sister takes Thor and Loki off guard, naturally. As soon as Odin passes, she appears to the brothers and presents her plan to take her rightful place on Asgard’s throne. To prove her point, she easily crushes Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer.

The truth is eventually revealed that Hela once acted as Odin’s executioner, leading the Asgardian army to victory over all Nine Realms. This secret history helps to elevate Hela to epic villain status. Not only is she extremely powerful, prompting Thor to assemble his “Revengers” to take her out, her motivations to rule come from a very real, justifiable place. Honestly, viewers may find it a bit tough—even for just a moment—not to root for her.

Erik Killmonger (Black Panther)

With the exception of outright Nazi monsters like the Red Skull, the Marvel movies tend to be pretty good about telling stories of villains with complicated, and even relatable motivations. Characters like Loki, the Vulture, even Hela, the literal goddess of death, have some pretty legitimate reasons for what they’re doing, even if those reasons have led them down exactly the wrong path. None of them, however, come close to being as sympathetic as Erik Killmonger.

He essentially has a superhero’s origin: his father is killed in front of him, his royal heritage is denied to him, and he uses those tragedies to motivate a relentless dedication, training himself to the peak of his abilities before seeking vengeance. That setup is a whole lot closer to Batman than it is to, say, Crossbones or Ultron. When you add in the fact that Killmonger specifically wants to address the continuing history of racism, it’s hard not to admit that he makes some pretty good points.

But the key word there is “vengeance.” For all of Killmonger’s justifications, his major personal motivation is built around inflicting the same kind of pain that he experienced onto the world around him. Even if he’s right, his goal is dominance rather than leadership, which makes him a true ideological opponent for T’Challa. It’s one of the things that makes their final battle, in which they’re both in nearly identical Black Panther costumes, so good: they’re reflections of each other, both committed to fight to the death (and beyond) for their ideals without compromising who they are.

Loki (The Avengers)

Who else could it be? There’s a reason Marvel Studios chose to use Loki as the main villain for The Avengers—he’s one of the most compelling, calculated and charismatic villains ever brought to the big screen. There are some good reasons he’s so formidable, too—before he went bad, Loki fought alongside Thor, so he has plenty of experience, and he has some mad trickster skills thanks to his cunning wit and mastery of the dark arts. He can also be positively ruthless, and will live in infamy as the man who pulled a fast one on Coulson and murdered everyone’s favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. agent (he’s since been resurrected on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but still). Tom Hiddleston is so good at being bad that Marvel opted to keep him around long after his bid for supremacy was foiled at the hands of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. He’s still no match for the Hulk—but who is?


Thanos is the villain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, Loki may have been the immediate threat back in Avengers, but Thanos was the one behind him, whose arrival on the screen was foreshadowed for the better part of the decade before he finally stepped into the spotlight, with devastating results.

The thing is, he’s not just a mindlessly powerful threat. There’s been a lot of character work put into the cinematic version of Thanos, which is especially impressive considering that most of it is shown to the audience in a movie that’s also juggling story arcs for dozens of other characters at the same time. Through it all, though, he’s shown to have the same quality that all the greatest villains share: he thinks he’s right. He’s the hero of his own story, the only one who can step up and save the universe from itself, and is willing to sacrifice whatever he needs to in pursuit of that goal. And after he accomplishes, true to his word, he retires to a quiet life, happy in the knowledge that he’s done what no one else could to make the universe a better place.

There’s just one problem. His “heroic solution” is genocide on a galactic scale that’s all but unimaginable. The sacrifices he makes aren’t his own, they’re simply more murders that simply don’t matter when they’re stacked up against what he intends to do with the Infinity Stones. In the comics, Thanos has often been referred to as “the ultimate nihilist,” but the MCU’s version is the exact opposite. He believes very much in what he’s doing, which makes him even more compelling… and more dangerous.

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The most powerful Avengers in the MCU ranked

The Marvel Cinematic Universe showed audiences that a man could fly (as long as he was in a robotic suit of high-tech armor, or a literal god), and the slow threading of various superheroes into a cohesive universe has been amazing. But of all the mighty and astonishing superheroes that make up Marvel’s premiere super-team, which is the most incredible?

To settle the question, we’re ranking the most powerful members of the Avengers, starting from the bottom and ending with the strongest one there is. To qualify, we counted all the heroes in the Avengers movies, obviously, as well as characters who appeared on Iron Man or Captain America’s team in Captain America: Civil War, both because they’ve all been Avengers at one point or another in the comics, and because part of the fun of it was the two heroes assembling their own team of Avengers. Read on to see who takes top honors!


We’ll start with the obvious loser on the team, the Avengers’ arrogant archer Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye. While the Hawkeye of the comics has built a loyal cult fanbase based largely on David Aja and Matt Fraction’s stripped-down formalist run on his solo book, none of those qualities are visible in the Hawkeye of the MCU. He’s technically a super-spy on the level of Black Widow, but his defining moments in the movies involve him decidedly not stopping Thor from getting to his magic hammer (Thor), getting mind controlled by Loki (Avengers), almost being shot to death (Avengers: Age of Ultron), and getting immediately taken out by Black Panther in an airport brawl (Captain America: Civil War).

There’s certainly a charm to a lovable loser who keeps fumbling his way through dangerous situations, but unfortunately for Hawkeye, we’re not giving extra credit for a downtrodden demeanor. Hawkeye easily lands at the bottom tier of the team, at least until they fight a supervillain whose only weakness is arrows.


Believe it or not, there was a time when Quicksilver, the white-haired on-again/off-again son of Magneto, was in two movies in the same year (X-Men: Days of Future Past and Avengers: Age of Ultron). It’s certainly hard to believe, since his appearance in Ultron is so bad it’s rocketed him down to the Hawkeye tier of our list.

His power is superspeed, which seems like it would keep him a bit higher on a list of most powerful superheroes in the MCU, but he was shot to death by Ultron’s machine guns. Dying because of regular bullets, especially when you’re a literal superhero with superpowers, is just embarrassing. Superman over at DC is known for being faster than a speeding bullet, but clearly Quicksilver isn’t, which makes his “super” speed pretty unimpressive, if you ask us.

Black Widow

There’s no shame in Black Widow’s placement this far down the list. In a world with gods, robots, magic, and aliens, Black Widow earning a spot on the Avengers’ roster due to sheer competence is nothing to be ashamed of. Like Hawkeye, she’s a super-spy, but unlike Barton, she knows better than to use an outdated weapon that mankind has been developing countermeasures against for literally thousands of years. She also gets a few extra credit points for appearing in so many Marvel movies. There’s got to be some reason that Iron Man, Nick Fury, and Captain America rely on her so much, even if actual onscreen examples of her excellence haven’t been as constant as some of her peers.


If this list were graded on charm and the strength of the supporting cast, Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang would easily vault near the top. Unfortunately for the diminutive dynamo, we’re grading on sheer power, and Ant-Man’s skills don’t quite stack up. There’s a reason that the climax of Ant-Man goes for easy laughs with the constant reminder of the scale of Ant-Man and Yellowjacket’s final battle.

To be fair to the reformed con man, he did test out growing to a massive size in Captain America: Civil War, but no one ever grows to a massive size to win a fight. Call it a byproduct of our obsession with David and Goliath stories, but generally the only time a character gets bigger is to be satisfyingly knocked over like an AT-AT Walker on Hoth. Still, actual superpowered technology beats quick-dying quasi-mutants and super-spies on this list.


You know what rules? Flying. You know what rules even more? Flying around on awesome metal wings while you try to save the world from fascism with your best buddy Captain America. Sam Wilson has all the training that comes from working as a pararescue airman for years, plus the coolest technology that doesn’t come with a Stark branding. There’s a reason Captain America trusts him to watch his back.

The only downside to the MCU Falcon is that they decided to go with a robotic drone version of his comics counterpart’s faithful Redwing. Sure, talking to birds like some sort of high-flying Aquaman isn’t the greatest power, but we’re getting to the superpowered side of this list, so he’d need something to rank a bit higher. Plus, if we’re being fair, he actually lost to this next Avenger, and we’re nothing if not objective.

Winter Soldier

He might look like a teen exploring his identity at Hot Topic, but Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, is a force to be reckoned with. Tortured and mind-controlled by HYDRA, he’s been on so many secret assassination missions that his name is a legend in super-spy circles. Add in a super-strong and super-flexible metal arm that can punch a hole through concrete, along with a version of the Super Soldier Serum that powers Captain America, and the Winter Soldier’s a formidable threat.

Plus, thanks to his central role in two different Captain America movies, we’ve actually seen him fight a good chunk of the Avengers, making his placement on this list fairly easy. Just imagine playing rock, paper, scissors against a guy with a metal arm. Now that’s intimidating.

War Machine

They say it’s good to have friends in high places, but generally that means that those friends can get you a job or maybe loan you some money. For James “Rhodey” Rhodes, being best friends with Tony Stark means that he gets a personalized version of high-tech armor with enough guns and missiles to fuel a small war.

As War Machine, Rhodey’s got all the explosive offense of early Iron Man armors combined with the exacting methodology of a U.S. Army pilot, basically walking around in a wearable fighter jet. The Winter Soldier might be a brilliant assassin with a metal arm, but when you’re wearing a mobile armory capable of shooting a missile from 1000 feet away, it’s hard to imagine Bucky winning against War Machine.


Smart, superpowered, and fitted out with Stark tech, Spider-Man’s a late, but powerful, addition to the MCU. His relative youth and experience might cause him trouble in his regular life as Peter Parker, but his spidery alter ego, is a powerhouse. In his first appearance in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War, he’s able to disable Winter Soldier and Falcon, bring down a Gi(Ant) Man, and even keep up with Captain America. That’s a pretty strong showing for the young superhero.

Plus, in Spider-Man: Homecoming, audiences saw just how extensive the Stark-designed suit really was, with a powerful on-board AI, thousands of different kinds of webbing, and even an automated fight simulator. You give someone with actual superpowers some Stark tech, and they get bumped up to a whole new tier.

Captain America

Captain America’s the full package, and we’re not just talking about actor Chris Evans. Steve Rogers has superpowers, fighting prowess, and an indestructible vibranium shield that’s the closest thing to unbreakable in the MCU (until adamantium shows up). Plus, if we’re counting raw charisma as a superpower, that’s one more advantage Cap has got to push him into the upper tier of powerful Avengers.

Onscreen, he’s handily beaten nearly every character on this list, whether in fistfights (Spider-Man) or footraces (Falcon). Unfortunately, there’s one opponent he wasn’t able to beat, even when the fight took place in his own movie.

Iron Man

Iron Man is everyone’s favorite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, and that’s even before you get to the laser-blasting, high-tech weaponry all wrapped up in a suit powered by tech more powerful than a literal nuclear reactor. Iron Man’s got some power, is what we’re saying. And that’s only in one suit, not including the literal dozens that he can control remotely, or the giant suit he built especially to beat down the strongest thing in the world.

While his lack of close combat experience might seem to drop him a bit lower, the ending of Captain America: Civil War is literally him fighting Captain America and the Winter Soldier to a standstill, even with a barely functioning suit, so he’s more than earned his spot.

Black Panther

Tony Stark might be an eccentric rich genius in America who gets treated like a king, but he’s not an actual king like the Black Panther, ruler of Wakanda. Like Iron Man, he’s got a technologically advanced suit—though in his case, it’s made of nigh-indestructible vibranium instead if iron— and the resources to build any gadget he needs. But Black Panther’s also got the fight training that Stark lacks, along with highly trained bodyguards, and the backing of an entire country so technologically advanced it makes New York City look like Amish country.

Plus, depending on how closely the upcoming movie follows his comic book origins, Black Panther might also have some mystical background, as he’s able to communicate to Bast, the Panther goddess who gives him enhanced senses and strength. Even if the movie veers more toward realism, well, he’s definitively beaten Iron Man a few different times , so even this spot on the list might be conservative.

Scarlet Witch

This is a bit of a tough one, since the Scarlet Witch of the MCU might be significantly less powerful than the comics version. In the comics, the Scarlet Witch is a ridiculously powerful mutant who was able to completely erase the mutant genome from the planet with her chaos magic, but the comics’ “No more mutants” has nothing on Disney’s “No mutants (until we buy the rights to the X-Men back).” As a result, the Scarlet Witch of the MCU uses abilities that run closer to telekinesis and telepathy than the magical powers of her comics counterpart.

Even without magic, though, she’s a powerful superheroine, able to take down half the team under Ultron’s orders. Still, considering the Doctor Strange movie has put magic squarely in the realm of the possible, it’s not out of the question that we’ll be seeing Wanda Maximoff reach closer to the ridiculous power of the comics. She might be young and have questionable taste in robot men, but being the only magic user on the Avengers puts her over the top. And speaking of questionable robot men?

The Vision

In the comics, the Infinity Gems are the most powerful items in the universe, used in conjunction with the Infinity Gauntlet to wield complete control over basically everything. While there’s not full confirmation that the MCU will follow suit until the release of Avengers: Infinity War, it’s not a far stretch to say that the magical MacGuffins are incredibly powerful. The Vision, the cybernetic homunculus based on Tony Stark’s JARVIS AI, has the Mind Gem embedded in his forehead, giving him the powers of density manipulation, intangibility, and laser blasts. Even before the Mind Gem was used to power everyone’s favorite walking AI, it was used to by Loki in a magic staff to mind control followers and bring a horde of alien invaders to attack earth in The Avengers.

Altogether, the combination of a brilliant AI, laser blasts, and a power source derived from a fundamental power source of the entire Marvel universe makes The Vision almost godlike.


Unfortunately for Vision, godlike isn’t godly, and Thor is the actual God of Thunder, which puts him just over the top. Faster than a bolt of lightning, more powerful than a burst of thunder, able to leap tall buildings in a single throw (of his hammer)! In a world of super-soldiers and tech geniuses, only a god can keep the rest of the Avengers humble. Even if you discount his magic hammer, or his control of storms, or even his super-strength, he’s the prince of Asgard, a popular scion of a supremely powerful king who commands a whole army of gods. Each one of Thor’s many friends and family members are nearly as strong as he is, living in a god-filled utopia in space. Oh, and for eons, there was an entire basement full of world-ending weapons under his dad’s castle. In the Marvel Universe, there’s no one who can command that level of power. Well, almost no one…

The Hulk

The Hulk has beaten basically everyone in the entire Marvel Universe a few different times, often in (literally) earth-shattering ways, and that’s just in the comics. In the MCU, Hulk’s personally beaten the tar out of Thor, Iron Man, Loki, The Abomination, and the entire U.S. Army—and those are just the characters who’ve actually bothered to fight him instead of just running away. When Iron Man’s response to Loki in The Avengers is to offer up the fact that the Avengers have Hulk on their side, it’s not a joke. Hulk really is the strongest one there is.


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Iron Man suit worn by Robert Downey Jr. is stolen

Someone in Los Angeles is stealing from superheroes.

LAPD officers are looking to avenge the theft of the original Iron Man suit worn by Robert Downey Jr., in the Marvel Studios franchise, police spokesman Christopher No said Wednesday.

The red-and-gold getup — valued at $325,000 — vanished from a prop storage warehouse in Pacoima between February and April 25 but was reported stolen Tuesday night, No said.
Downey first played billionaire Tony Stark and his heroic alter ego in the original 2008 “Iron Man” flick.

He’s reprised the role in two subsequent “Iron Man” movies, “The Avengers” franchise and other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, often wearing different armor.

He is set to play the character again in next year’s fourth Avengers film.

The character was developed by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby, and first appeared in a 1963 Marvel comic book.

Iron Man suit worn by Robert Downey Jr. is stolen

‘Infinity War’ Alternate Scenes Revealed; And Learn Which Hilarious Line Was A Dave Bautista Improv

The post-Infinity War news dump keeps on coming, and we’re here to help you sort it all out. Here, you can learn about several alternate scenes that never made it into the final film. Plus: read-up on the impressive improv skills of Dave BautistaSpoilers follow.

The early press tour for Infinity War was notoriously brief on real information. This was due to the very spoiler-y nature of the film – to talk about Infinity War in detail is to give big twists and turns away. But now that the film is out, and has made all the money, more and more info is starting to filter in. And because we know you want to know this stuff, we’ve rounded up some of the latest Infinity War behind-the-scenes details. You’re welcome.

Iron Man and Captain America Almost Shared A Scene Together

Iron Man and Captain America had a bit of a falling-out in Captain America: Civil War, and haven’t spoken since. Some expected the duo to reunite and put their differences aside in Infinity War, but Cap and Tony Stark never actually share a scene together. But we almost saw the two on screen together again. Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely told Yahoo that in an early draft of the Infinity War script, all of the original Avengers got back together again:

“Our first sort of wonky draft [had] the idea that they had to get back in the same room together and deal with that,” McFeely said. “[But it] meant that you’re slowing down your Thanos [Infinity] Stones [quest]  to deal with other threats from other movies. And that became, as much as we wanted to do, and as many times as we wrote those scenes, it became clear that this movie needed to be propulsive and be about Thanos and what he represented to the Avengers.”

I personally would’ve preferred to see Tony and Cap together again, but I guess we’ll have to wait until Avengers 4 for that happen.

falcon infinity war

Falcon In Space (But Not Spidey)!

In the final film, Spider-Man ends up in space with Iron Man and Doctor Strange. But that almost didn’t happen! In the same Yahoo interview, Markus and McFeely reveal that it was almost Falcon who ended up in space while Spidey remained grounded. ” There was one [version] where Spider-Man did not go to space, and where Falcon went to space,” said Markus. “And it was fun, it was interesting, it’s always great to have those guys in various situations and there was a lot to do with them in both situations, but we weren’t getting as much emotion as we could if we brought them back to people who know them.”

It would’ve been cool to give Falcon just a bit more to do in Infinity War, but I guess when you have Spider-Man on hand, it makes sense to use him.

Dave Bautista: Improv King

One of the funniest lines in Infinity War comes from Dave Bautista’s Drax. I’m talking, of course, of the “Why is Gamora?” line. In the scene in question, Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, asks Tony Stark: “Where’s Gamora?” Tony replies: “I’ll do you even better: who is Gamora?” To which Drax yells: “I’ll do you one better: Why is Gamora?”

It turns out Bautista improv’d that line. “The script only said, ‘Where is Gamora?’ ‘I’ll do you even better: Who is Gamora?’ And then one day Bautista just goes, ‘I’ll do you one better: Why is Gamora?’” Markus says. “It’s like, ‘OK, you’re very good at your job.’”

‘Infinity War’ Alternate Scenes Revealed; And Learn Which Hilarious Line Was A Dave Bautista Improv

James Gunn Reveals Groot’s Heartbreaking Final Line In Avengers: Infinity War

Guardians Of The Galaxy made Groot – the Flora Colossus from Planet X – an instant icon, thanks to excellent motion capture work and the vocal stylings of Vin Diesel. The events of that movie led to something of a change for the character in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2., though – with him having been, essentially, re-grown from a cutting.

As a result, Groot was seen as a child in both size and intellectual capacity. In the post-credits sequence, however, we caught a fleeting glimpse of teenage Groot, sulking about being lectured on room tidiness – and it’s this size in which he appeared in Avengers: Infinity War. Yes, in Joe and Anthony Russo’s event movie to end all event movies, Diesel’s fan favorite was all grown up, though by the end of the film, he was wiped out by Thanos’ snap of doom, along with most of the other heroes.

If you’ll recall, we see Rocket walking towards his best friend as Groot begins to turn to dust. Before he does, though, he lets out one, final “I am Groot.” Unfortunately, Bradley Cooper’s raccoon doesn’t translate it for us – as he usually does – but thanks to James Gunn, we now know what the character was saying, and it might just break your heart. Are you ready for this?

According to the writer/director, Groot’s final word to Rocket was “Dad.” As if the scene wasn’t heartbreaking enough, we now know that not only did Rocket have to watch his best friend be erased from existence, but that the little guy also saw him as his father, which no doubt makes the loss of Groot that much more painful for the only surviving Guardian of the Galaxy (well, aside from Nebula). We’re not crying, you’re crying!

Of course, we fully expect for Groot – and most of the other heroes – to return in time for next year’s Avengers 4. After all, when it comes to Vin Diesel’s character in particular, he sells WAY too much merchandise for Marvel to keep him dead for very long. And though that does lessen the impact of his death in Avengers: Infinity War somewhat, it was still quite sad seeing him go, and it’s only made all the more tragic now that we know what his last line was.

James Gunn Reveals Groot’s Heartbreaking Final Line In Avengers: Infinity War

Why Bruce Banner can’t turn into the Hulk in Infinity War

Whether you loved or hated Avengers: Infinity War, if you’re a fan of the Incredible Hulk then it’s tough to not be disappointed by his absence from most of the movie. The Hulk withstands a brutal beating by Thanos before being whisked away to Earth by Heimdall, and that’s the last time you see him in his full glory. Bruce Banner tries and fails several times to get his greener half to come out and play, but the Hulk refuses to emerge. At most, we get a few brief shots of the Hulk’s face replacing Banner’s long enough to yell “NO!” And then he’s gone.

So why is the Hulk shy all of a sudden? Why won’t he help with the fight against Thanos? There are some obvious answers, most of them leading to the trauma of what he endured at the hands of Thanos. But there are some less obvious — and possibly much more likely — answers that fit more with what we know about the Hulk.

We have a Hulk and he’s scared

Fear isn’t an emotion usually associated with the Hulk, unless you’re talking about how other characters feel about him. So the idea that the Hulk is refusing to emerge because he’s afraid of Thanos may seem tough to swallow. After all, at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, the Hulk was willing to go toe-to-toe with a Godzilla-sized Surtur, even after the demon flicked him away like an annoying flea. Hulk seemed genuinely annoyed that Thor didn’t want him to take another crack at the beast.

But it’s still possible what’s stopping the Hulk is fear, and maybe not even his own.

The beating the Hulk suffered from Thanos is unlike anything he’s endured before in the movies. The only other fight the MCU Hulk has lost is his brawl with Iron Man in the Hulkbuster suit in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he never saw the final punch coming and never had the chance to think about what was happening to him, not to mention that it was a fight he didn’t really want in the first place. Scarlet Witch forced the Hulk to emerge and go on a rampage. It’s possible he doesn’t even remember it. The Hulk’s intelligence and awareness, independent of Banner, has grown since his fight with “Veronica.” He knew what was happening to him as Thanos beat him. It’s something he’s never experienced before, and he may not know how to handle it.

Father of mine

One regrettable aspect of Bruce Banner’s portrayal in the MCU is that — as popular as Banner’s “I’m always angry” line from Avengers has become — the movies have never explored exactly why that rage is always with him. It’s possible that directors Joe and Anthony Russo are using Thanos to finally give us a glimpse of that story.

In the 1985 comic Incredible Hulk #312, longtime Hulk writer Bill Mantlo wrote one of Bruce Banner’s most memorable and influential stories. Most of the tale is a flashback to Banner’s younger days. We learn that both Bruce and his mother Rebecca endured extreme emotional and physical abuse at the hands of Bruce’s father. The father eventually murders his mother for trying to escape from him. Mantlo essentially told readers that the gamma bomb blast from 1962’s Incredible Hulk #1 didn’t create the Hulk. The trauma Banner endured created the Hulk — the gamma blast just set him free.

It’s possible that what’s stopping the Hulk from emerging in Infinity War is not that the beating he took from Thanos scared him, but that it reawakened the childhood trauma.

In fact, this could be why a certain bizarre scene was deleted from Thor: Ragnarok. In the scene, Banner expresses regret at missing his father’s death because he was too busy working. In the case of the comics, that would seem strange considering not only did the comic book Banner have no fluffy feelings for his father, but it was eventually revealed that Bruce Banner actually killed his father. If the Infinity War filmmakers are planning on using the Hulk’s refusal to emerge to introduce the abuse backstory, the conversation from the deleted scene wouldn’t make sense.

A Hulk humiliated

Maybe the Hulk isn’t scared and maybe the Hulk isn’t traumatized. Maybe he’s just embarrassed.

As was mentioned earlier, the Hulk has never experienced the kind of utter defeat Thanos handed him in the opening of Avengers: Infinity War. And the Green Goliath doesn’t just have the intelligence of a toddler; he has the emotional maturity of one too.

The beating he took may have destroyed his confidence. The Hulk can’t fix a Helicarrier engine like Iron Man or plug an interstellar portal with lightning like Thor. The Hulk has one job: beat the tar out of whoever needs a beating. If he can’t do that then, in his mind, how could he be anything but worthless?

It’s worth remembering that not only is Banner around other Avengers each time he tries to change into the Hulk in Infinity War, but there’s a specific Avenger he’s being reminded of — Tony Stark. And who is Tony Stark to the Hulk? Well, among other things, he’s the only guy other than Thanos who’s managed to knock the Hulk out. The first time Banner tries to change in Infinity War, Tony’s right there, urging him to Hulk out. The second time, during the battle in Wakanda, Tony’s nowhere to be found but Banner is inside the Hulkbuster armor. He’s inside the suit that not only was used to give the Hulk one of his only defeats, it was created solely for the purpose of beating up the Hulk. It’s possible that it was the wrong time to remind the Green Goliath of that.

The Hulk blames himself for Thanos

It’s possible Hulk’s reasons for refusing to fight are less about fear and humiliation, and more about guilt.

Right after the Hulk is defeated by Thanos, Heimdall uses his last few breaths to transport Hulk to Earth so he can warn them of Thanos. That means the first time Banner tries to Hulk out, as far as the Hulk knows, he was the only survivor of the Asgardian refugee ship. As far as he knows, Thor, Valkyrie (a.k.a. “Angry Girl” in Hulkspeak), and everyone else is dead. He probably couldn’t care less about Loki, but Thor and Hulk formed a bond during Ragnarok and thinking he wasn’t strong enough to save Thor from Thanos would be crushing to the Hulk.

It may be that a number of toy and collectible releases support the notion that it was guilt holding the Hulk back: specifically toys and collectibles that depict Hulk bursting out of the Hulkbuster suit. If it was originally planned that Banner would finally succeed in transforming into the Hulk while in the Hulkbuster suit — since we know it’s in Wakanda where Banner is in the suit and it’s in Wakanda that Banner eventually learns that Thor is still alive — it could be that the plan was that the revelation that Thor didn’t die is would be what helped the Hulk defeat his guilt.

Third rock from the sun

The reason Hulk refuses to emerge may not have anything at all to do with Thanos. Ironically, it may be that he’s too damn angry.

Thor, Loki, Valkyrie, and even Banner may have been fine with leaving Sakaar in Thor: Ragnarok, but the Hulk didn’t have much say in the matter. During their first one-on-one dialogue scene together, Hulk tells Thor plainly he has no intention of returning to Earth. “Earth hate Hulk,” he tells the thunder god. Thor and the Avengers? They’re “Banner’s friends.” Not his.

On Sakaar, the Hulk was treated better than he’d ever been. Not only was he not treated like some horrifying extension of Banner, but no one even knew about Banner. The people of Sakaar didn’t run screaming from him for smashing his enemies; they cheered him. They had parades for him. They built a huge Hulk face on the planet’s tallest building and gave him is own Hulk-friendly hot tub. Why would he want to leave?

Of course he knew he wasn’t on Sakaar during the battle in Asgard and later during the journey on the refugee ship, but with his thick head and slow mind, the Hulk may not have truly grasped that he was going right back to the last place he ever wanted to be. Back to Earth where he was hounded, where he had no friends, and in fact where he was likely still wanted for the death and destruction he caused during the Johannesburg rampage of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Once he was in Greenwich Village, with Tony Stark and other puny humans surrounding him, maybe the Hulk was angry that he was right back were he started. Maybe he didn’t want to fight to protect the last place he wanted to be.

Hulk thought Hulk was done, and then they pull Hulk back in

There’s another reason why the Hulk’s anger might be what’s preventing his emergence, but it has less to do with what planet he’s on than whose head he’s in.

In Ragnarok Bruce Banner was convinced that if he changed into the Hulk, he might never change back. He tells Thor this shortly after Hulk’s transformation to Banner in the Quinjet. We learn the Hulk had been in control since Black Widow forced Banner to change into the Hulk at the end of Age of Ultron’s conclusion and that, while before he always felt he had “one hand on the wheel” when he was the Hulk, during these past two years he felt that the Hulk had taken the keys and locked him “in the trunk.”

What happens seems to confirm Banner’s fears. After changing into the Hulk in Asgard, we never see the Hulk change back into Banner until Heimdall whisks him away to Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum in Avengers: Infinity War. As far as we know, from end of Thor: Ragnarok to the moment he’s sent back to Earth, he’s green the whole time.

During the two years between Age of Ultron and Ragnarok, the Hulk managed to stop himself from changing back to “Puny Banner” even once. The Hulk may have been convinced that he was finally free of his weaker half — free of losing control to Banner, free of being used like a tool by his fellow Avengers and allowed out only when they deemed it necessary. During those two Banner-less years, the Hulk got to feel in control. Maybe, like Banner, the Hulk thought once he came out in Asgard that would be the end of it and he’d be in charge for good. Now that it’s clear that’s not the case, maybe the Hulk doesn’t feel like being Banner’s tool anymore. Maybe if he isn’t the only one who gets to play the game, then the game isn’t worth playing.

Why Bruce Banner can’t turn into the Hulk in Infinity War

Fox Scorecard: Complete Guide to What’s New, Renewed and Canceled

The impending dog and pony show may include echoes of “business as usual,” a spiel offered to press earlier in the year, but the fact remains that no one really knows what is going to happen to Fox.The 2018-19 season, if all goes according to plan, will see the completion of Disney’s acquisition of the network’s sister properties (read: the prolific TV studio, long its programming pipeline). A leadership change is almost guaranteed —  and a new game plan with it. So the question of “Will Star get renewed?” seems kind of trivial in comparison.One thing is certain: Fox has way fewer hours to fill next year. Its pact with the NFL for Thursday Night Football will suck up more than 30 hours of space previously occupied by original programming, lessening the recent pressure to find a reality hit to fill the void left by American Idol in 2016. And while Thursday’s game is the NFL’s least-enticing offer, it will still do a lot to lift the network’s modest linear returns of late.

As far as scripted programming is concerned, the playbook already seems a bit different. Studio 20th Century Fox Television original Last Man Standing, canceled at ABC in 2017, is being revived at Fox with hopes of courting its older, middle American audience. The order is an abrupt left turn for Fox’s comedy brand, which has long catered to millennials, with the quirk of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the late New Girl and acerbic cartoons such as Family Guy and The Simpsons. On the drama front, Ryan Murphy’s 911 was a surprise hit, and Empirecontinues to drive the bus. New orders will reflect the network’s desire to duplicate their success.

But, one year down the line, Fox may be something else entirely. So expect its May 14 play for advertisers to be one that focuses on reassurance, keeps its eye on the short game and hypes Thursday Night Football. Keep track of all the renewals, cancellations and new show orders with THR’s scorecards for ABCCBSFoxNBC and The CW and with all the latest pilot pickups and passes with our handy guide. For complete coverage, bookmark

THR will update this post with all the latest series orders, renewals and cancellations as Fox’s 2018-19 schedule takes focus ahead of its upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers.

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Empire  | The Lee Daniels and Danny Strong hip-hop drama starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard and from 20th Century Fox Television will be back for a fifth season.

The Simpsons  | The animated comedy from Matt Groening and showrunner Al Jean this season became TV’s longest-running primetime series and is in the second year of a two-season renewal, it’s 30th season overall. The 20th TV comedy is poised to become a Disney property should the $52.4 billion Disney deal earn regulatory approval.

The Orville  | Seth MacFarlane’s live-action hourlong space dramedy had an impressive short-order run last fall and earned an early second season pickup. Meanwhile, MacFarlane continues to mull his future as his overall deal with 20th TV expires this spring.

The Gifted  | The X-Men drama earned an early season two renewal after completing its abbreviated 13-episode run. The series from Marvel Television and Matt Nix stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker and had an impressive run, averaging 8.3 million total viewers with delayed viewing.

911  | The Ryan Murphy-produced first responders procedural starring Peter Krause and Angela Bassett earned a speedy renewal after breaking out during its midseason bow. It will wind up being the prolific showrunner’s last series produced for Fox at 20th TV after his upcoming move to Netflix. Showrunner Tim Minear will remain at the helm after signing a new overall deal with the studio. Expect another big-name addition to the cast in season two, as Connie Britton eyes a reduced role after signing a one-year deal for the freshman call.

The Resident  | The medical drama starring Emily VanCamp and Matt Czuchry has been a reliable performer for the network, averaging a 1.9 in the advertiser-coveted demo and nearly 8 million total viewers. The 20th TV drama from s exec producers Todd Harthan and Amy Holden Jones will be back for a second season.


The Passage  | Redeveloped from last season, the genre drama is based on the best-selling trilogy by Justin Cronin and is a character-driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Pitch) stars in the drama from Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights) and exec producers Matt Reeves and Ridley Scott. Emmanuelle Chriqui co-stars in the 20th TV drama.

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Bob’s Burgers  | As animated comedies have become the next genre to be rapidly scooped up by streamers, Loren Bouchard’s Emmy-winning hit awaits word on a ninth season pickup. It is expected to return.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine  | While not a ratings breakout, the Andy Samberg cop comedy from exec producers Dan Goor and Mike Schur remains a critical favorite. Sources note the series went into its current fifth season with an eye toward an endgame, though the series remains firmly on the bubble and could earn a sixth season. That the single-camera comedy is produced by an outside studio — Universal Television — may eventually help its fortunes given the pending Disney pact.

The Exorcist  | The drama starring Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels underwent a casting reboot in its second season as the anthology-like series from 20th TV also lost leading lady Geena Davis. Ratings slipped year-over-year as the sequel to the 1973 feature film from showrunner Jeremy Slater remains on the bubble.

Family Guy  | A 17th season renewal for the Seth MacFarlane animated comedy hinges on the showrunner’s future with the studio and new deals for its voice cast as the five-season deals for Seth Green, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis and Mike Henry expire this season.

Gotham  | The Batman prequel from Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment stars Ben McKenzie and is awaiting word on its fifth season.

Last Man on Earth  | The post-apocalyptic comedy created by and starring Will Forte may be this season’s New Girl as sources note the single-camera comedy from 20th TV could return for an abbreviated a fifth and final season — if it returns at all.

Lethal Weapon | The reboot of the feature film franchise of the same name would have been a slam dunk to return for a third season after serving as one of the network’s most-watched dramas. However, star Clayne Crawford — despite his apology — has been fired from the Warner Bros. Television drama as producers scramble to recast the role and score a long-shot season three renewal.

Lucifer  | The DC Entertainment drama from Warner Bros. Television remains on the bubble for a fourth season renewal. The Tom Ellis and Lauren German starrer averages a 1.4 in the demo and 5 million total viewers with seven days of DVR.

The Mick  | The Kaitlin Olson comedy from 20th TV remains an internal favorite and scored an additional seven-episode order in its sophomore season. With New Girl ending and broadcasters looking to program to middle America, The Mick appears poised for a third season.

Star  | The musical Empire spinoff starring Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt crossed over with the flagship in its second season and helped to give Fox a larger piece of its hit franchise. In its second season, the series also changed showrunners with Karin Gist becoming the third to lead the series.

Ghosted  | One of the hottest packages last development season, the Adam Scott and Craig Robinson X-Filesfarce averaged a 1.6 in the demo and 4 million total viewers, nearly doubling its same-day returns when factoring in seven days of DVR. Produced by 20th TV, it’s considered unlikely to return given the price tag on the series.

L.A. to Vegas  | The Dylan McDermott airline comedy, which counts Modern Family‘s Steve Levitan among its exec producers, had a strong first flight with Fox handing out a quick three-episode pickup. The series, from 20th TV, grows 50 percent among viewers and the demo when adding DVR returns. It’s expected to earn a second season.

Fox Scorecard: Complete Guide to What’s New, Renewed and Canceled

‘Lethal Weapon’ Star Clayne Crawford Out as Producers Scramble to Recast

Fox and producers are scrambling to save Lethal Weapon.

Multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that troubled star Clayne Crawford has been fired from the Fox procedural and studio Warner Bros. Television has been scrambling to find an actor to replace him.

Sources say multiple actors have been offered the role for a potential third season and have passed as the process continues ahead of Fox’s upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers on Monday. Fox and WBTV declined comment.

Crawford has come under fire of late for his bad behavior on the set of the Damon Wayans drama. The actor recently apologized for two incidents for which he was reprimanded during the sophomore season.

Crawford said the first incident happened when he became angry with what he deemed unsafe working conditions on the set. After the outburst, the actor said he met with human resources, apologized for his role in the conflict and completed studio-appointed therapy, while also sharing a “sizable portion” of his paycheck with one of the parties involved — at Warners’ request. The second incident occurred during an episode Crawford was directing when another actor on set felt unsafe after being hit by a piece of shrapnel from an effect.

“I absolutely love, respect and care for my crew and cast, and would never intentionally jeopardize so many jobs,” Crawford wrote. “I an incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on our set, or feel less than celebrated for their efforts. Furthermore, I apologize to all the crew and cast for any negative attention Lethal Weapon is receiving because of these incidents.”

Crawford’s behavior has left Lethal Weapon — one of Fox’s better-performing dramas — on the bubble as many connected with the series have said they would rather not work with the actor. Fox and Warner Bros. Television have until June 30 — when options on the cast expire — to make a decision on the future of the series, but would prefer to do so before Monday’s upfront presentation.

Network insiders are currently mulling the fate of multiple comedy and drama pilots as they piece together their 2018-19 schedule.

Keep track of all the renewals, cancellations and new show orders with THR’s scorecards for ABCCBSFoxNBC andThe CW and with all the latest pilot pickups and passes with our handy guide. For complete coverage,

‘Lethal Weapon’ Star Clayne Crawford Out as Producers Scramble to Recast