Loki and Scarlet Witch Are Reportedly Getting Their Own TV Shows

Disney's streaming subscription service will have plenty of muscle behind it, if a new report from Variety turns out to be accurate.

Plans are reportedly underway for Tom Hiddleston's Loki and Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch to anchor their own TV shows on Disney's subscription streaming platform (which is rumored to be called Disney Play). According to Variety, "other beloved superheroes who have yet to appear in their own standalone movies" will also headline their own shows. Disney and Marvel had no comment on the report.


Take-Two CEO Says Consoles Won’t Have ‘Closed System Walls’ in the Future

With the discussion of PlayStation 4's lack of cross-play for games like Fortnite, Minecraft, and more bubbling up in recent months, one industry executive now says it's only a matter of time until cross-platform play is more universal.

GameSpot reports Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick recently spoke of a fully cross-platform future during last week's Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference. Zelnick stated Microsoft is "basically already there" when it comes to cross-platform, but he thinks this is just the beginning of a shift away from walled gardens.

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Is Captain Marvel’s Alien Cat Hiding in the First Poster?

Captain Marvel appeared to be alone in the official poster released this morning, but it loos like her alien cat Chewie might have snuck into the shot.

As noted by the eagle-eyed reporters over at Vulture, there seems to be a strange, furry figure hanging out off to the far-left edge of the poster, exiting the image away from Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel.

With the brightness cranked up, the cat is more easily spotted on the left. With the brightness cranked up, the cat is more easily spotted on the left.

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Does Avatar: The Last Airbender Really Need the Live-Action Treatment?

Thinking about the epic scale that the original Avatar: The Last Airbender achieved via animation, two images come to mind, both from the series finale. The first is the way Fire Lord Ozai’s lightning changes the color of the sky from its moody red hue to a dark green as he battles Aang with all of his might.

The second is the clash or Azula’s blue fire versus Zuko’s red in their climactic showdown. At the peak of firebending ability, thanks to Sozin’s Comet, their vibrant blasts swirl around each other with a sort of poetry and musicality that makes the flames seem alive, mirroring the lifelong clash of the siblings to create a mood both desperate and melancholic. The emotions in both of these moments, from the fear and awe at Ozai’s power to the chill-inducing tragedy of two young warriors battling for the soul of their homeland, isn’t just derived from the story and characters (though there’s no shortage of brilliance there); it’s also the dramatic shifts in color and the fluid, melodic animation. It’s a mood live-action cannot replicate.

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Madden Tops US Sales Charts for August

The August NPD report is in, and Madden NFL 19 has taken the top spot on the US sales charts, with Monster Hunter: World making a return at number two.

The report, with analysis from Mat Piscatella, notes that Madden has been the best-selling game in August every year since 2000 - with the notable exceptions of 2011 and 2012, though those only missed being the best-selling games in August because they happened to launch in the September tracking period. The report notes that it has achieved the highest launch sales in the Madden series since Madden NFL 2013.

Monster Hunter: World returned to the number two spot after launching in January, largely due to its PC version releasing on August 9. Grand Theft Auto V has made the fourth spot, making it the fifty-ninth month that the title has been in the charts. Originally released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, GTA5 is the best-selling game in NPD’s tracking history.

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Ubisoft Unveils Alexios, an Assassin’s Creed Odyssey-Themed Alexa

Ubisoft today announced the Assassin's Creed Odyssey Spartan Skill for Amazon Alexa. A free download, the app changes Alexa's voice to that of the character Alexios from Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

Spartan Skill performs all the same functions that Alexa normally does, but it will bring some new functionality as soon as Odyssey becomes available on October 2 to those who preordered the Gold Edition (the full release is October 5). Once Odyssey is out, Spartan Skill will be able to provide historical background information about certain in-game locations. To use Spartan Skill after downloading it, Alexa owners just need to say, "Alexa, open the Spartan" before asking it their question.

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Goku’s Super Saiyan Blue Form Confirmed for Jump Force

Bandai Namco has officially confirmed that Goku’s Super Saiyan Blue form will be featured in the upcoming Jump Force fighting game.

Revealed on the official Bandai Namco Twitter account, Dragon Ball's Goku will appear in his blue SSGSS (Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan) form. Though unconfirmed, it’s likely that Goku Super Saiyan Blue will simply be a powered up version of the Goku fighter, and not a separate fighter on the roster.

Blizzard Halts Development on Hearthstone’s Tournament Mode

Blizzard announced today that it's putting development of Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft's tournament mode, which Blizzard had previously planned to release this year, "on hold." According to Blizzard, the company felt the tournament functionality it was creating would only appeal to a small audience of players.

But the publisher still sees tournaments as "an important part" of expanding Hearthstone's social features.

"Tournaments can serve many different audiences, but the implementation we’d arrived at catered to a very specific audience of players. Instead of broadening Hearthstone with an exciting new way to play, it felt 'tacked on,'" reads a post on Hearthstone's website "and wasn’t integrating well into the larger Hearthstone experience."

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Sesame Street Responds After Writer Confirms He Wrote Bert and Ernie as Gay Couple

Though many have questioned the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie’s relationship over the years, a former writer for the show confirmed that he wrote the two as a gay couple. Despite this, Sesame Street officially denounced this and confirmed the two have no sexual orientation whatsoever.

In an interview with the website Queerty, former Sesame Street script and songwriter Mark Saltzman stated that when writing skits involving Bert and Ernie, he often used them as an analogy for the relationship he had with his own partner, Arnold Glassman.

Shown: two close friends that just happen to be roommates... for nearly 50 years. Photo credit: Sesame Street. Shown: Two close friends that just happen to be roommates for nearly 50 years. Photo credit: Sesame Street.

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Destiny 2 Fans Are Conflicted Over Forsaken’s Raid Requirements

Destiny 2's latest raid, Last Wish, launched last Friday as part of the new Forsaken expansion and of all the Guardians who attempted to conquer its challenge, only 18 Guardians completed the raid in the first 24 hours and 2 minutes.

According to the Destiny Raid Report, the first team of Guardians to complete Last Wish and become World First were members of Clan Redeem and finished in 18 hours and 48 minutes. Yes, 18 hours and 48 minutes straight.

For comparison, Destiny 2's first raid, Leviathan, was completed in 5 hours and 34 minutes and over 4,500 Guardians finished the raid in the first 24 hours.

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