The day has come. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you haven’t, well, you’re missing out. That said, we’ll have more coverage and thoughts on the movie soon, and if you have seen the film, please don’t spoil it for anyone else who hasn’t! I don’t get why people spoil it for others. What’s the point?

Outside of Star Wars mania, there was a lot of fun stuff this week, including a few new trailers, rumors and confirmations. The biggest surprise to me is that the Independence Day sequel doesn’t look bad, though it is a little weird not having Will Smith.

A trailer for Star Trek Beyond also hit, and it presented a really strange vibe. I don’t mind the focus on action, but the editing and song selection was just plain weird. I’m hoping that doesn’t represent the movie as a whole, because I rather liked the previous two.

Will Smith is dead in Independence Day: Resurgence

Most of the cast is back for the Independence Day sequel. But one actor who refused to join in was Will Smith, and because of this, the filmmakers had to write out Steven Hiller, who he played in the first movie. Turns out that Hiller, who punched an Alien in the face and helped save the world, died in a tragic accident while testing a hybrid alien/human fighter jet. What a way to go. [ComicBook]

Black-and-white version of Mad Max: Fury Road

Director George Miller has always said that black-and-white offers the best Mad Max: Fury Road viewing experience, but alas the film was in color when it hit theaters earlier this year. However, the special version could see a theatrical release next year, though no actual dates have been revealed. [ScreenDaily]


Hasbro Cinematic Universe?

Have we reached peek Cinematic Universe? It seems like every property is being turned into something larger than originally intended, and it looks like Paramount wants to turn Hasbro into the next big thing. That would mean toy lines like G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, ROM and Visionaries could also appear together in the same movie (along with spin-offs). Do we need a G.I. Joe movie with ROM characters? We’re getting it anyway. [HollywoodReporter]

Kurt Russell to play Starlord’s dad?

The rumors about Starlord’s father keep on coming. This time, a new report from The Wrap claims Kurt Russell will play the mysterious character. No official offer or announcement has been made by Marvel just yet, but meetings are apparently going to happen very soon. [TheWrap]

Ghostbusters character posters

Following the recent official picture, character posters for the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot have been revealed. Needless to say, they’re awesome, giving fans a great look at Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. We also get a pretty good look at some of their tools, which looks nicely upgraded compared to what we saw the original cast use in the 80s. [FirstShowing]

Batman v Superman character posters

The Trinity unites again in these new character posters for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Batman looks tough in his armor, while Wonder Woman looks ready for action. Superman, meanwhile, looks like he belongs on a Telenovela; seriously, is that even Henry Cavill?

Rogue One main cast

Star Wars: Rogue One enlists army extras

In an effort to give the movie a more authentic “war” spin, the production crew for Rogue One apparently recruited soldiers from the British forces to act as extras. Cool! There’s a great story over at about it, so go check it out. []


Female lead for Alien: Covenant revealed

Katherine Waterston, who appeared in Inherent Vice and Steve Jobs, has apparently be picked to be the female lead in Alien: Covenant. Specific plot details are still being kept a secret, though we have heard the film will follow a crew that charters a ship to a distant planet they believe is paradise, when, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Alien: Covenant is set for an Oct. 6, 2017 release. [Deadline]


Ant-Man as Giant Man in Civil War?

Toy collections don’t always accurately depict what viewers will see in the movie they’re based on. Still, people are understandably excited by a recent leaked Civil War Lego said that showed the airport fight scene with Scott Lang labelled as Giant Man. That means we might see Scott Lang not only get really tiny in Civil War, but really big, too. [ComicBookResources]