Marvel’s Inhumans TV Show Casts Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon

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Rheon will play the charming and clever Inhuman Maximus.

Marvel’s The Inhumans TV series has found one of its leads in a Game of Thrones star.

Iwan Rheon, who played Ramsay Bolton on the HBO hit drama, has been cast as Maximus. The character is described as a charming and clever Inhuman that is devoted to his brother, the King, and his people of Attilan. However, underneath all that charm is Maximus’ strong desire to be king himself and wear the crown. In the comics, where he’s nicknamed “Maximus the Mad,” the character has often fought his brother, Black Bolt.

Marvel's Inhumans TV Show Casts Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon

Iwan Rheon (seen here in Game of Thrones) will play Maximus in Marvel’s The Inhumans.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life,” Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb said.

The Inhumans is a Marvel Comics series created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965, and follows a group of superhumans who each have their own unique set of powers. The TV show promises to “explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.”

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Marvel first announced the eight-episode The Inhumans series last year and has partnered with ABC and IMAX to debut the show’s first two episodes in theaters on September 1, 2017. Following its two-week run in cinemas, the series will air on ABC for the remaining six episodes. The show will not replace Disney’s long-planned film. But, how a movie would work in conjunction with the show is unclear.

Scott Buck, the showrunner and executive producer on Marvel’s Iron Fist for Netflix, will also reportedly head up The Inhumans series.

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Overwatch ‘Interview’ Seems to Tease Next Hero

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Could an 11-year-old girl join the team-based shooter’s roster?

Overwatch is apparently gearing up for a new roster addition, with Blizzard teasing an 11-year-old inventor in the process.

Efi Oladele is introduced on the Overwatch website. She has apparently received a grant from the Adawe Foundation for her “impressive achievements in robotics and artificial intelligence.”

Overwatch 'Interview' Seems to Tease Next Hero

Efi Oladele, an 11-year-old inventor (Courtesy of Blizzard and the Overwatch website)

What’s intriguing about the “interview” with Oladele is that Blizzard seems to hint that she or one of creations could become the next Overwatch hero. For instance, Oladele says that she’s been building drones and other robots to help her for some time.

So it’s easy to see a situation where Oladele is a character who has robotic assistants to aid her in battle.

Another possibility is that one of Oladele’s creations comes to the team-based shooter. In fact, when asked about her plans for the grant, she responds: “Oh… I have an idea…”

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Previously, the theory was that the much-rumored Doomfist would be the next character added to the game. But Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan recently mentioned that Doomfist might not be the next hero after all.

While waiting for the official 24th hero reveal, you can check out some cool Overwatch figures from Toy Fair 2017 right now.

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Overwatch's Next Character Teased In New Blog Post

We know another character is on the way to Overwatch, and it apparently isn’t whom we expect–likely ruling out Doomfist. Blizzard today seemingly teased the new addition to the roster with a new blog post.

Under the guise of an interview that takes place in the Overwatch world, we get to learn about 11-year-old Efi Oladele. She’s a gifted young scientist who has experience with robots and artificial intelligence.

Overwatch's Next Character Teased In New Blog Post

It’s unclear if Efi herself could be the new character, or if she’s somehow related to whomever it might be. The interview may suggest she’ll use money from a grant she received to create someone or something that could be the new character.

Asked what she’ll do with the money, she says, “Oh… I have an idea…” She then adds, “It’s a secret for now… but my parents are taking me on a trip to celebrate! It’ll be my first time flying, so I can’t wait.”

There’s not yet a date for when the new character will arrive, but more than one is currently in development. Blizzard also has some significant changes in the works that you can try out for yourself on the public test realm right now. Meanwhile, new Funko Pop figures are on the way, as is a Nendoroid based on Tracer.

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Agents of SHIELD: Season 4’s Next Storyline Will Reward Long-Time Fans

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“Self Control” launches a whole new story arc in Season 4.

SHIELD is on fire. There’s smoke and dust in the air, the top secret base is burning, and Daisy Johnson is fighting one of SHIELD’s own: former director Jeffrey Mace. Pursuing him down a hallway, she takes a punch, jumping up and off a pillar for a stronger advantage…

And, cut.

Chloe Bennet readies for another take, doing a couple dry runs of Quake’s superhero attack pose to get even more amped up for the next run-through of the stunt scene. The camera resets and Quake advances on her adversary once more, this time even more intense than the version they shot previously.

“That’s the one,” says co-showrunner Jed Whedon, who makes his directorial debut for the culmination of Season 4’s “L.M.D.” pod, Tuesday’s “Self Control.” Up next, the fight advances to the SHIELD lab.

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My visit to Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’s set was toward the end of production on this cornerstone episode, and what I was witnessing was just one small snippet of an ambitious fight scene that took two days to film — a first for the ABC/Marvel series. With the cliffhanger at the end of last week’s “The Man Behind the Shield” revealing that anyone within SHIELD could be an L.M.D. version of themselves, “Self Control” will feature plenty of situations where agent fights against agent, friend fights against friend.

“When you start the L.M.D. pod, you’re like, what are all the things we could do? You don’t want to do the ones that have been done, and you don’t want to leave any on the table. We had an idea early of what are the bombs you can drop with this and how do we subvert those expectations,” Whedon told me. “It’s the zombie movie moment of, ‘Which of us is a zombie? We all are.’ That was a moment we knew we wanted to have early on. We knew we wanted that to be our jumping off point.”

The L.M.D. arc has been toying with the audience’s perception of reality since the beginning, first by replacing Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) with a robotic version and culminating in now Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) being the only two characters left standing against the L.M.D.s controlled by Radcliffe (John Hannah) and Aida (Mallory Jansen).

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But Whedon cautions that not even last week’s cliffhanger ending can necessarily be trusted. After all, who’s to say it’s not Simmons and Fitz who are the L.M.D.s, and this is actually part of Radcliffe’s elaborate ruse to turn agent against agent? “Can you trust anything? Can you trust us at all? No, you can never trust us,” Whedon said with a chuckle in response to that theory.

“What goes down in the second pod, I would have to say so far has been so exciting, so mind-blowing,” said Clark Gregg, who plays Phil Coulson. “This sounds like spiel, but the construct that they’ve come up with, the pieces that were set up, did not prepare us for the way it was going to turn our entire world upside down and basically make the wildest fantasies you could have about using all the pieces that were set up in these first three seasons come true, and basically everything’s in play. For the people who have been here since the beginning, you’re going to see some stuff that only you can appreciate.”

Can you trust anything? Can you trust us at all?

Staying one step ahead of the audience in this storyline was one of the most challenging aspects of writing it. “We’re aware that it’s a complicated season, but we’re also aware that our fans are our fans and have spent some time with these characters and are clever and see things coming sometimes. We have to write to a smart audience,” said Whedon. “Part of our job is create not just what we are presenting on plot, but letting the audience be one step ahead of us and being one step ahead of that. We try to not just write the story, but write the story they think they see coming.”

Agents of SHIELD: Season 4's Next Storyline Will Reward Long-Time Fans

Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD

Season 4 of Agents of SHIELD has focused on the nature of identity and reality, first with Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes, and now with Radcliffe, Aida and the Life Model Decoy program. It’s dredged up dark parts of the core characters’ backstories, from Mack’s tragic loss of his daughter Hope to Fitz’s troubled relationship with his father, and Whedon promises there will be payoff to all the reflection on the past: “There’s a reason we’re bringing those out into the foreground.”

The February 21st episode will set up the third and final pod of episodes this season, transitioning to a new storyline. Though Whedon stayed mum on what that theme would be, wanting to maintain the surprise for audiences, he does promise it “all ties together thematically.”

“This next pod is very relevant,” said Bennet. “It’s definitely a theme that I think has been kind of hopping around in pop culture at the moment. But it’s kind of like a fun Marvel take on that. For all those people who wished to see these characters in a different light, this is going to be the time for that to happen.”

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More than just being relevant, the final pod of Season 4 is designed to specifically reward loyal fans of the series. There will be a lot of changes and everything will get “mixed up,” but it also will pay off storylines that have been left hanging for seasons.

Beyond just the “Philinda” ship being realized through an L.M.D. twist, Gregg teased that Hydra will come back in a way that “will surprise the crap out of people.” Whedon also hinted that the Gravitonium cliffhanger from Season 1 might finally be revisited: “We would not be doing our jobs as well as we could if we left that unanswered.”

“We move so fast and we move past stuff, but when you get that thing that you care about called back to, there’s a reward there that you deserve. For us, it’s fun to play in that world,” said Whedon. “These were conversations that we were obsessed with and that we bent our minds into pretzels over two years ago.”

Previewed Bennet: “The last seven episodes are by far going to be some of my favorite of the whole series because it’s really going to reward fans who have been with us from the beginning, and it’s really fun.”

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Overwatch's New Funko Pop Figures Coming In April, See Them All Here

Funko first debuted its line of Pop figures for Overwatch last year around the time of the game’s launch. New ones were unveiled recently at the London Toy Fair, and we’ve now gotten a launch month and a new look at all of the newcomers.

Most of these are standard-sized Pop figures. They include Mei, McCree, Lucio, and Symmetra. There are also four store-exclusive figures, including alternate versions of Tracer (ThinkGeek), Mei (Hot Topic), McCree (GameStop), and Pharah (Blizzard’s Gear store).

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Additionally, there are larger, six-inch figures of a few characters. There are two versions of D.Va, each with a 1.75 inch version of her that fit inside the larger mech. Reinhardt also gets two six-inch figures; one of these, with his helmet off, is exclusive to Best Buy.

All of these arrive in April, joining the existing Pop versions of characters like Reaper, Winston, and Widowmaker.

Funko has announced a ton of new collectibles as of late, including those based on Kingdom Hearts, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Gears of War, Tekken, Borderlands, Rick and Morty, and Twin Peaks.

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