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Geek News for February 7th, 2019

Disney will continue making R-rated Marvel movies like Deadpool

Even after Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox is complete, Disney doesn’t plan to shut down the studio’s production of R-rated movies like Deadpool, Disney CEO Bob Iger said today. Disney has long been opposed to releasing R-rated films, or doing anything that could tarnish its family-friendly image, so approving the edgier superhero films, which have found success with fans and at the box office, is a major change of pace.

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Disney Says ‘Captain Marvel’ Will Be First Pic Held Back From Netflix, Expects $150M Profit Hit In 2019

Captain Marvel, which comes out March 8, will be the first title held back from Netflix and instead ticketed for Disney+, the high-profile streaming service coming by the end of 2019, CEO Bob Iger confirmed Tuesday. CFO Christine McCarthy estimated the “forgone” licensing opportunity from this and other releases in 2019 would cut operating income by about $150 million. The executives offered the guidance during Disney’s conference call with Wall Street analysts to discuss the company’s better-than-expected first-quarter numbers. They promised more clarity on April 11, when the company plans a major demo of the Disney+ app, as well as an in-depth discussion of its financial impact. Still, Iger held forth at some length, pointing to the running start the company would have on the tech side, with its ESPN+ app already at 2 million subs just nine months after launch.

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Get Comfy: Avengers: Endgame is Probably Going To Be 3 Hours Long

Like each passing year under the current administration, Marvel movies just keep getting longer and longer. And if you thought Avengers: Infinity War was lengthy, it looks like Endgame is going to make restless audiences nostalgic for Thanos’ two and a half hours of terror. Speaking with Collider, directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed that Endgame’s three-hour runtime hasn’t budged since last November–and, based on test screening reactions, it’ll probably stay there.

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Legion Season 3: What’s Next for The Shadow King?

Amahl Farouk a.k.a. The Shadow King was not only a welcome participant at David’s intervention but also seemed legitimately concerned for the soul of the boy he once fed off like a tick. Is there hope for this ancient evil force after all? The actor tasked with making an entity known as “The Shadow King” a more sympathetic figure in Legion Season 3 is the same actor who was tasked in bringing him to life in Season 2: Navid Negahban.  Negahban took over the role of Amahl Farouk a.k.a. “The Shadow King” after the character appeared as a disgusting apparition in David’s mind and as David’s deceased friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) in the show’s first season. A TV veteran with roles in series like 24 and Homeland, Negahban was able to build on the Plaza’s ghastly portrayal of The Shadow King and make the all-powerful mutant feel equal parts omniscient and human.

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Marvel Releasing Free ‘Black Panther’ Digital Comics in Honor of Black History Month

ith Black Panther returning to theaters for a week of free screenings at AMC Theaters in celebration of Black History Month — not to mention its best picture Oscar nomination — Marvel Entertainment has announced another promotional push for the franchise, with a free digital comic bundle featuring the character. Starting Monday, Marvel will make five issues — 2005’s Black Panther No. 1 by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr.; 2016’s Black Panther: World of Wakanda No. 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Alitha E. Martinez and Afua Richardson; 2017’s Marvel’s Black Panther Prelude No. 1 by Will Corona Pilgrim and Annapaola Martello; 2018’s Black Panther No. 1 by Coates and Daniel Acuna and the same year’s Shuri No. 1 by Nnedi Okorafor and Leonardo Romero — available via its own web store for free with the redeem code “FOREVER.”

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Hugh Jackman Trolls Ryan Reynolds With A Vicious Ad For His Gin

Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds supposedly agreed to end their history of trolling each other last week. Now, it looks like the mocking feud between the “Wolverine” and “Deadpool” actors is back on. Each agreed to record advertisements for the other’s companies. Jackman is selling coffee while Reynolds has his own brand of gin. Naturally, one of those ads wasn’t quite what the other was hoping for

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