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Empire September 2019

NEWS! Empire brings you world-exclusive movie news and first-look pictures of the films you want to watch and care about. REVIEWS! Empire delivers the most independent and authoritative movie reviews in the world - period. ACCESS! Empire's incredible insider-access brings you the interviews with A-list Hollywood stars that no-one else can get. All served with an irreverent sense of humour and unparalleled movie knowledge...

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this month

JULY 1989 WAS a momentous month. Batman opened and set the record for the quickest $100 million in box office history (in just ten days). And, no less significantly, it was the month of Empire’s birth. Great Balls Of Fire, Mississippi Burning, David Puttnam and Sean Young were on the cover. Since then, much has changed and also, much hasn’t. We are still the magazine for full-hearted, full-throated film fans. The place where you can read about the films that matter first — whether blockbuster or indie — and hear from the filmmakers that made them. And the place where you can now come for conversation and debate. We’ve been celebrating our birthday since January, when we announced the 30 Most Adventurous Filmmakers Of Our Lifetime. So far, we’ve spent…

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comment of the month

DEEP IMPACT Choosing a film for the subscriber cover was difficult. Right now we need something light, that shows us how wonderful the world is and inspires us to strive for more. That’s why I pick The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. It has flaws, but it makes me laugh and feel a sense of adventure that means so much to me and my wife, who I met while travelling. Its sense of fantasy and freedom makes the real world full of friendly faces again. CRAYG WARD, VIA EMAIL Walter Mitty didn’t make it, sadly, but it’s been a genuine pleasure hearing about a film that truly matters to you. Use these Picturehouse passes for more big-screen adventures! Empire’s star letter wins a Picturehouse Membership, plus one for a friend! Valid for one year…

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no./1 welcome to phase four

WITH THE THREE-phase Infinity Saga dusted and done, there was a strangely muted excitement ahead of Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con presentation this year. Sure, there’d be announcements, but could it really measure up to what we’d lost? Happily, the signs point to yes, with this imperial phase for a studio on top of the world (literally, box office-wise) promising to be a bigger and more daring universe. Here’s how they’ll pull it off. BIGGER AND BETTER REPRESENTATION The billion-dollar grosses of Black Panther and Captain Marvel torpedoed the notion that only white men called Chris or Robert could lead a Marvel movie, and now we begin to see the benefits of that trailblazing. There was only a single piece of white male casting announced (or rather, confirmed) on Saturday, in Richard Madden’s…

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no. /2 how the eternals will take the mcu to another level

THE MCU HAS done space opera before, in Guardians Of The Galaxy. It’s even explored cosmic characters with near-infallible powers, like Captain Marvel. But The Eternals — a comics deep-cut that even well-read aficionados won’t be too familiar with— looks set to deliver a full-on gods vs gods adventure on an entirely different scale for the MCU. Introducing the new team to the Hall H stage, Kevin Feige described the Eternals as super-powered “immortals who have been on Earth for 35,000 years”. In the comics they were created by another, even older race called the Celestials. We’ve actually already met a couple of Celestials on screen before — Kurt Russell’s Ego in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, and the enormous severed head/ecosystem of Knowhere in the first film. Concept art…

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no./3 how tv fits into the mcu

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER The first Disney+ Marvel show, written by John Wick’s Derek Kolstad, will feature returning Civil War villain Zemo (Daniel Bruhl). LOKI The Tom Hiddleston-starring series will continue the Loki storyline directly from Avengers: Endgame’s 2012 flashback. Mewling quims are not yet confirmed. WANDAVISION The Scarlet Witch’s 2021 TV show sets up her appearance in Doctor Strange 2 later that year — and also includes a grown-up Monica Rambeau from Captain Marvel. HAWKEYE Jeremy Renner has confirmed that Clint Barton will explore his Ronin moniker from Endgame — while introducing new Hawkeye Kate Bishop.…

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no./5 why there’s more to picard than nostalgia

“ENGAGE,” SAYS JEAN-Luc Picard towards the end of the trailer. Because of course he does. But while the line was entirely predictable, the rest of our first look at the belated Star Trek: The Next Generation sequel was anything but. The Borg! Data! Seven Of Nine! A glimpse of the new series not only shocked with some unlikely reappearances but offered hints as to what the galaxy has endured in the two decades since Star Trek: Nemesis. Until Comic-Con, almost all of the Picard imagery had revolved around the character’s vineyard — where he retired after leaving Starfleet and hanging up his Admiral’s pips for good. Picard is lured from his bucolic dotage by the arrival of Dahj (Isa Briones), a woman with a portentous heritage (“She’s the end of the everything...…