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Marvel Studios Will Release Official MCU Timeline To Address Issues

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s continuity was put in question this summer with Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s unclear placement in the timeline, but Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says an official timeline is on the way. In Marvel and Sony’s first joint-venture bringing the third version of Spider-Man to the big screen, many wondered what potential problems could arise as two studios try to work together for the greater good of the character. What was not highly considered thanks to Marvel’s involvement was Homecoming messing up the MCU timeline, but it sure seemed like it did.

The problem did not come with just a single scene, but the overall timeline of the story. Thanks to an eight-year time jump between the events of The Avengers and Spider-Man: Homecoming’s as revealed in first act, fans immediately were taken back by the movie’s primary story presumably taking place in 2020 – and not 2017 or 2018 or earlier where it seemed Captain America: Civil War (which directly precedes Homecoming) actually occurred.

Related: Spider-Man: Homecoming Deleted Scenes Full of MCU References

We, and many other curious fans, have attempted to connect the dots to understand the current MCU timeline  – including in our breakdown of how things may shake out – and so we went into our interview with the mastermind of the timeline himself today.

Screen Rant spoke to Kevin Feige as part of Thor: Ragnarok‘s media junket today and asked what the deal is with the timeline and how Spider-Man’s time jump makes sense. Feige admits that they were taken aback by the confusion and obsession over the timeline, so much so that they are planning on releasing an official timeline in the near future which will make things clear.

Spider-Man: Homecoming had some ramifications in the MCU continuity in the form of the ‘eight years later’ moment. This has created debate with fans over what the timeline really is. Everything seemed linear previously You had Iron Man 3 in 2013 Captain America: Civil War in 2016. How is this all working out timeline wise?

Kevin Feige: All of that debate has encouraged us. We are going to be publishing an official, and I’m not sure when, or in what format, an official timeline. It’ll probably be apart of ah, I don’t know, apart of an in print that you can fold out and look at. But suffice to say, only in limited cases do we ever actually say what the actual years are because we never want to be tied down to a particular year and I think people assume that whenever the movie is released is when is when the movie is taking place, and that is not the case.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts previously made it known that somewhere in the halls of the Marvel offices an official MCU scroll exists that plots out ever incident to occur in this universe, just so they don’t make any mistakes. If Marvel were to release a version of this that covers all of the released films and Marvel One-Shots it would certainly help ease the minds of those worried that continuity is somehow broken.

With Marvel Studios currently producing three feature films a year beginning here in 2017, making it clear when each takes place is not just beneficial, but necessary to allow the stories to interconnect. Earlier this year for instance, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 took place back in 2014, Homecoming at some point in the future presumably, and Ragnarok‘s placement is unclear too outside if us knowing it’s “a couple of years” after Avengers: Age of Ultron.

That said, Marvel’s need to address this issue at all comes from the grand plan, the interconnected universe used to tell this long-form story that culminates with Avengers 4 in 2019. As great as the shared universe is, situations like these continue to bring up debates over just how connected these movies should be (not to mention the Marvel TV programming which is ignore by the film side). The less connected they are to each other, the more wiggle room the movies have for creative freedom and to stand alone however, but since the MCU has thrived (in part) due to that continuity, it can’t go back on it now.

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Peter Baldwin, Emmy Award-winning director, passes away aged 86

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Los Angeles: TV director and actor Peter Baldwin is no more. He was 86. Baldwin died on November 19 in Pebble Beach, California, reports variety.com. 

He won a Primetime Emmy Award for directing The Wonder Years and a Cable ACE Award for Dream On.

His death was announced on the Facebook pages of his daughter Eleonora Baldwin and his son Drew Baldwin.

Peter Baldwin. Image via Facebook

Peter Baldwin. Image via Facebook

Born in Winnetka, Illinois, Baldwin was discovered by a Hollywood talent scout in his senior year at Stanford. He became one of Paramount’s “Golden Circle of Newcomers” and appeared in films including Stalag 17, Little Boy Lost and Cecil B DeMille’s The Ten Commandments.

He served three years in the Navy and returned to Paramount, where he appeared in The Tin Star and Teacher’s Pet with Clark Gable and Doris Day. After touring with Julie Harris in The Warm Peninsula play, Baldwin moved to Italy.

In 1964, he won first prize at the Venice Film Festival for Some Sort of Cage, a docudrama about Synanon House, which he wrote, produced and directed.

He went on to direct hundreds of episodes of popular shows including The Andy Griffith Show, The Partridge Family, Mary Tyler Moore, The Brady Bunch, Sanford and Son, The Bob Newhart Show, Happy Days, Chico and the Man, The Love Boat, Family Ties, ALF, Full House, WKRP In Cincinnati, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and Even Stevens.

He also directed comedy feature film Meet Wally Sparks starring Rodney Dangerfield and produced the HBO movie As Summers Die starring Bette Davis, Jamie Leigh Curtis, and Scott Glenn.

After retiring to Pebble Beach, he served on the board of the Pacific Repertory Theater in Carmel-By-The-Sea.

He is survived by his wife, Terry, son, daughters Amy Anderson and Eleonora, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


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Tik Tik Tik trailer: Jayam Ravi, Nivetha Pethuraj in Kollywood’s version of Armageddon

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Directed by Shakti Soundar Rajan, Tik Tik Tik, an upcoming Tamil film starring Jayam Ravi and Nivetha Pethuraj, calls itself India’s first space film.

The Tamil flick’s trailer, launched last evening on 24 November, has created much hype thanks to this new genre. This film too is a thriller except looks like it’s majorly set in space.

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Jayam Ravi in the Tik Tik Tik trailer.

Tik Tik Tik starts as a story about an asteroid that strikes a town in Tamil Nadu and how officials are now nervously awaiting another disaster to strike and destroy the livelihoods of many. For the same, Jayaprakash who is seen leading the squad, employs Jayam Ravi who happens to be a magician and an escape artist. The upcoming space flick is all about how Jayam Ravi risks his life to capture the missile that will save planet earth.

The actor is shown as this macho guy, trained in almost every survival tactic, except this time he doesn’t play the cop like in his highly acclaimed Thani Oruvan.

Through this rather interesting premise, we see glimpses of sleek action sequences, but only this time they are set in space and not earth. We also see little of Nivetha Pethuraj who is on the same mission along with Jayam Ravi. However, we are yet to feel the seriousness of this plot said to be dealing with the future of 4 crore people.

D.Immam’s background score for this space thriller increases our interest and is quite a throwback to few Hollywood space flicks.

So, can a con man actually save the country with his schemes? We need to wait and watch.

Produced by Nemichand Jhabak Tik Tik Tik, this one of a kind space drama is set to release in December.

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The Stage 3: Shaurya receives season’s third Power Pin; Raghu Dixit visits as guest judge

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The Stage 3 returned for yet another magical night filled with the rhythm highs and lows as the theme of this week was ‘Mixtape’.

The artists sang a mash-up of two songs as they tried to get the highest praises (and votes) from judges and audience alike. There was also a live band that accompanied all the artists’ performances this week.

Judges Debraj Sanyal, Ehsaan Noorani, Monica Dogra and Vishal Dadlani on The Stage 3.

Judges Debraj Sanyal, Ehsaan Noorani, Monica Dogra and Vishal Dadlani on The Stage 3.

Siddhant was voted the number one artist of the week after audience votes were tallied — swiftly taking him away from the dreaded Battle of the Bench, straight into the safety of the Artist Hangout.

Once again the audience votes turned everything on its head as Shaurya, one of the five artists that was safely sitting in the Artist Hangout, was thrown into an unexpected Battle of the Bench against Diyatom. This was the first time that Shaurya found himself in the bottom two. Incidentally, it was the pairing of Shaurya and Diyatom during the showdown week that got them through to the Top 12. In a heated battle where Diyatom sang ‘Take It To The Limit’ by The Eagles and Shaurya sang ‘Love Me Tender’ by Elvis Presley; the judges took the hard call of eliminating Diyatom and sending him home, reducing the Top 9 to the Top 8.

The special guest for this week was Raghu Dixit. The host Shibani Dandekar also announced that the coming week would witness a double elimination. Siddhant was the first artist to take the stage as he sang a mash up of ‘Celebration’ by Kool And The Gang and ‘Highway To Hell’ by AC/DC. He headed back to safety after receiving 4 green lights from all four of the judges (Vishal Dadlani, Monica Dogra, Ehsaan Noorani, Devraj Sanyal). Next up was Zoe as she melodiously crooned Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ and One Republic’s ‘Secrets’. She made her way to the bench with two reds from Dadlani and Sanyal.

Nisa took to the stage next as she performed a mash up between ‘Earned It’ by The Weeknd and ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ by Alicia Keys. Nisa headed back to the Artist Hangout having received four greens from all four of the judges. Urgen was next up on The Stage as he belted out Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’. Urgen received four red lights from the judges. However he got the chance to perform with Dogra and Dadlani as both of them made their way to the stage and performed with Urgen in an unforgettable moment. Arish came on to perform next as he sang a mash up between ‘Am I Wrong’ by Nico & Vinz and ‘Shut Up And Dance’ by Walk The Moon. Dogra and Noorani were seen rocking out and felt compelled to give Arish two gold mid-performance. The close of his performance saw standing ovations by three of the judges. Sanyal added to Arish’s kitty of golds. Dadlani rounded it off with a green light for Arish as he headed back to safety.

Raghu Dixit gave a beautiful performance next as he sang his original composition ‘I Still Love You’ and wowed everyone with the Indian classical fusion that he is famous for.

Shaurya came on next as he performed ‘Believer’ and ‘Human’. Receiving a standing ovation from all the judges, swiftly followed by a gold from both Dadlani and Sanyal. Soon thereafter, Noorani and Dogra followed suit with two more golds and thus, we found the third winner of the Power Pin in Shaurya. Next up came Chochung as she sang Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ mashed up with Landy Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’. Dogra and Dadlani gave Chochung a green, however Noorani and Sanyal’s red sent her to the bench. Jalandhar Massive were up next and they too headed to the safety of the bench having received four greens.

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