The Avengers video game – where all the characters sort of look like their movie counterpoints, but not quite – is launching next year, but a new gameplay trailer is ready to walk you through the action. Learn about the plot – which involves the Avengers breaking up the team after a mishap, and then having to reunite five years later – and see actual gameplay footage. Watch the Avengers video game trailer below.
Avengers Video Game Trailer
Once you get over how distracting it is that none of the characters here look like they do in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you might end up enjoying the Avengers video game. At the very least, it’ll give you a chance to play as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In the game, “Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor are unveiling a hi-tech Avengers Headquarters in San Francisco — including the reveal of their own helicarrier powered by an experimental energy source. The celebration turns deadly when a catastrophic accident results in massive devastation. Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers disband. Five years later, with all Super Heroes outlawed and the world in peril, the only hope is to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.”
As this trailer reveals, in the Avengers’ absence, a new organization – AIM – takes their place. And it’s AIM that the Avengers have to battle when they reunite five years later. Noah Hughes, Studio Creative Director at Avengers game developer Crystal Dynamics, provided some info on the Avengers’ new enemy:
“A growing public sentiment is shaped that Super Heroes are dangerous and if left unchecked, they could wreak more havoc than good. AIM wants to define mankind’s future with reason, with logic. They believe in science, not Super Heroes, and that this devout purity to science will make the world a safer, stronger place; which also means Super Heroes can’t be left to roam freely. However… AIM’s pursuit of a technocratic utopia, if left unchecked, could unleash an even greater threat to the world that only the Avengers could stop. It’s up to players to unravel the AIM conspiracy, reassemble the Avengers, and save the Earth.”
The game will allow players to customize their character’s abilities (and looks), and engage in two different types of missions:
“Hero Missions and Warzone Missions. Hero Missions are single-player only and are part of the overall Campaign. These Hero Missions are specific canvases to showcase each hero as you reassemble them to your growing roster. Warzone Missions can be played solo or with a group of up to four players as any Hero in your roster, allowing you to embody an Avenger within a team of Avengers. Each mission scales based on the team size and makeup.”
In addition to the characters mentioned above, the Avengers game also features playable main character Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel. The Avengers video game arrives May 15, 2020.
Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson are truly shaking up the makeup industry.
Not only are they revealing the formerly private and shocking process of launching a makeup line, but they’re also creating some major competition for a ton of influencers, especially James Charles. As it turns out, Jeffree and Shane’s launch date for their highly-anticipated Conspiracy palette—mark your calendars for Nov. 1—coincides with the anniversary of the release of James’ Morphe palette.
This little tidbit of information nearly comes in the way of negotiations with the makeup brand as Morphe asks if the launch date can be moved up. Their request immediately rings alarm bells for Jeffree who jumps up to mute the conference call so he can tell Shane what’s going on. “I think they’re panicking because they have a Jaclyn Hill launch or another big influencer and now they’re f–ked.”
So Shane smoothly asks the Morphe executive what will happen if another influencer happens to have a launch date around the same time. To which they respond, “We would definitely want to make sure you have a full moment you know, being show cased in the stores, the light boxes, home page take over, social take over and I think that there will likely be an anniversary of the James Charles palette we launched last November… We haven’t clarified the exact timing.”
Now, months later, it’s clear that the makeup brand prioritized the launch of Conspiracy since James’ remake of his palette into a mini version was released on Oct. 17 instead of on the actual anniversary.
But as Jeffree explains to Shane later in the video, big names like Jeffree Star Cosmetics and Anastasia Beverly Hills often plan their previews and release dates around one another for the sake of sales. “So us sneak-peeking Blue Blood now takes away business from palettes that just launched. Even friends of mine right?” Jeffree explains, “And this isn’t shade to Anastasia, but like I reviewed their palette and I gave it a moment, but at the end of the day they put out theirs first because I said, ‘Hey, mine’s coming, I don’t want to do the same exact week.’ The big players will talk.”
These behind the scenes discussions won’t do much for their Conspiracy palette however, because Jeffree points out that their release will be around the holidays when all businesses are coming out in full force.
On the flip side, Jeffree thinks that these brands will be “shook” by Shane’s release.
For some context, which is mostly biased cause it all comes from Jeffree’s team, they project that Shane’s collab will make around $35 million retail in the first day alone, a sum that doesn’t even include the potential re-orders. And if their deal remains the same from the previous episode, Shane can go home with $10 million; a substantial amount more than what Shane says he’s made through the course of his entire YouTube career.
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The cosmetics industry is about to get a funny makeover.
Paramount released a trailer for its beauty biz comedy “Like a Boss” on Thursday, featuring lots of bawdy moments. (See the video above.)
Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne star as makeup entrepreneurs who turn to a ruthless magnate, played by Salma Hayek, to bail them out of debt. But of course the two get more than they bargained for and have to fight back.
The 2019 Oscars were Sunday. If you’re feeling inspired to see some of the winning films you didn’t catch earlier, here’s a guide to where you can stream, rent or buy the majority of them. Sorry in advance, but there are still quite a few you’ll have to catch in theaters — not that you need a movie subscription service to do so, but it can’t hurt.
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“Green Book,” a crowd-pleasing road movie about an interracial friendship in the civil rights-era Deep South, was named best picture of 2018 at the 91st Academy Awards Sunday night. The film, a labor of love for co-producer and writer Nick Vallelonga — son of the character played by Viggo Mortensen in the film — also won Oscars for best original screenplay and for Mahershala Ali’s performance as classical and jazz musician/composer Don Shirley.
“The whole story is about love,” said “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly, a son of Cumberland, R.I., onstage at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles after the award was announced. “It’s about loving each other despite our differences.” “This is like a dream,” added the film’s producer Jim Burke, who addressed some of the controversies leveled at the film by saying “We made this film with respect.”
Writer-director Alfonso Cuarón was awarded his second best director trophy (he won in 2014 for “Gravity) for “Roma,” a meticulously crafted memory play of 1970s Mexico. The movie also netted an award for Cuarón’s black-and-white cinematography, which applied the epic style of classic Mexican murals to a domestic servant’s life. “Roma” became the first Mexican winner in the foreign language film category.
Said a deadpan Cuarón upon accepting the foreign language award, “I grew up watching foreign language films and learning so much from them. Films like ‘Citizen Kane,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘The Godfather’ . . .”
Rami Malek won best actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury, lead singer for the classic rock group Queen, in the hit musical biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “I may not have been the obvious choice,” Malek said in his acceptance speech, “but I guess it worked out.” He also thanked the surviving members of Queen “for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy” and emotionally addressed his personal journey. “I am the son of immigrants from Egypt; I’m a first-generation American. Part of my story is being written now and I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you.”
Britain’s Olivia Colman took the best actress prize for her turn as a gouty, pouty, megalomaniacal Queen Anne in the darkly farcical period piece “The Favourite.” “Ooh, it’s genuinely quite stressful,” an overwhelmed Colman said before apologetically addressing her “idol” and category rival (the presumed front-runner) Glenn Close — “this is not how I wanted it to be” — and winning over the crowd with a delightfully flustered speech.
Regina King won best supporting actress for her portrayal of a weary but wise mother to a young girl in love in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” the Barry Jenkins adaptation of the novel by James Baldwin, who King acknowledged before anyone else in her acceptance speech. “I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone,” King said before thanking her mother, who was present in the auditorium.
Ali’s “Green Book” win was his second for best supporting actor; he first won in 2017 for “Moonlight.” In his acceptance speech, Ali thanked Shirley: “Trying to capture Dr. Shirley’s essence pushed me to my ends” and dedicated the win to his grandmother, “who has been in my ear my entire life, always, always pushing me to think positively.”
The best adapted screenplay was won by a group of writers headed by Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” the bizarre true story of an African-American police detective (John David Washington, unnominated) who went undercover in the Ku Klux Klan (with the help of a white colleague, played by Adam Driver, nominated). Lee took the stage with his co-writers to cheers — it was one of two Oscars the filmmaker has received in a 30-plus year career — and in a rambling, emotional speech exhorted the crowd to turn out for the 2020 election and “do the right thing!”
It’s a mark of the wide and sometimes contradictory Oscar field this year that the screenplay awards went to two films with such differing approaches to America’s racial past, one audacious and confrontational, the other conciliatory and familiar.
In addition to Malek’s best actor win, “Bohemian Rhapsody” won Oscars for editing, sound editing, and sound mixing. With all the speeches by the various winners, no one dared to say the name of the man who directed the film, Bryan Singer, who was fired toward the end of production and has since faced renewed accusations of sexual assault against young men.
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The award for costume design — co-presented by Melissa McCarthy in a grand parody of the queenly gowns of “The Favourite” — went to Springfield-born first-time winner Ruth Carter for the brilliantly multicolored Afrocentric finery of “Black Panther.” “Wow . . . wow . . . I got it! This has been a long time coming,” Carter said before thanking Lee (who was in the audience) for giving her her start in the business and dedicating the win to her 97-year-old mother watching in Massachusetts.
“Black Panther” also won Oscars for Ludwig Goransson’s musical score and for production design, with that prize’s winner Hannah Beachler (onstage with co-winner Greg Berry) thanking the film’s prime mover, director Ryan Coogler, and the many women who worked and supported one another before, during, and after the production.
Domee Shi won for her adorably odd short animated film “Bao” and Rayka Zehtabchi for her short documentary “Period. End of Sentence.,” about women and reproductive health in rural India. They were among the very few women directors nominated in a year with many feature-length contenders and just as many overlooked. Zehtabchi’s joyful shout upon winning — “I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar!” — helped make up for the deficit.
The Oscar for best feature documentary went to “Free Solo,” directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s nerve-wracking account of Alex Honnold’s ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. This was a surprising category this year, since two expected audience favorites, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” about Fred Rogers, and “Three Identical Strangers,” weren’t nominated. “This film is for everyone who believes in the impossible,” exulted Vasarhelyi.
“Shallow,” the unstoppable hit tune from the latest iteration of “A Star Is Born,” won the Oscar for best song following one of the ceremony’s high points, when stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper clambered onstage to re-create their duet from the film. Gaga thanked Cooper in an emotional acceptance speech, saying “There is not a single person on the planet that could have sang this song with me but you.”
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” a film whose cleverness and brio startled audiences expecting just another franchise extension, won the award for best feature animation, beating out the usual Pixar contender “Incredibles 2.” “First Man,” the moon landing film by “La La Land” director and Providence native Damien Chazelle, picked up a win for visual effects.
It was an unusual Oscar year, with a wide variety of films up for best picture, any and all of which had a genuine shot. In the end, the feel-good verities of “Green Book” carried the day. Accepting the original screenplay award for the film, co-writer Farrelly thanked “the entire state of Rhode Island,” among many others. (Another co-writer, Brian Currie, was raised in Peabody.)
Hoisting his Oscar, Nick Vallelonga said, simply, “Dad — we did it.”