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Did an Agents of SHIELD Star Accidentally Confirm the Future of Inhumans?

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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

Daisy Ridley talks Rey theories and John Boyega talks war in The Last Jedi. Zachary Levi wants Shazam to be DC’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Mako Mori returns in behind-the-scenes footage from Pacific Rim Uprising. Plus, footage from Supergirl’s return and Black Lightning’s arrival, and new looks at Supernatural’s next spinoff. Spoilers!

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Backtracking on recent comments made to Rolling Stone, Daisy Ridley clarified she is still interested in playing Rey beyond Episode IX in an interview with the BBC.

When I did sign up, I did sign up for three films and that’s where I sort of saw the story ending,” she said. “I think everyone has perhaps taken that as me going, ‘I don’t want anything to do with it’ which is vastly untrue because this is awesome.

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In related news, Ridley confirmed to ScreenRant that Rey is not the product of immaculate conception.

Daisy Ridley: I mean, I’ve read a fan theory about Immaculate Conception. In fact, that was the only one that I read because someone directed me toward it and I was like you should get to work. Immaculate Conception. Then someone told me that I was actually Snoke or something or other, and it was time travel and I do think it’s hilarious that there’s this like great character and everyone was trying to attribute it to another character.

ScreenRant: Yeah. Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Daisy Ridley: Oh, what? That I’m Obi-Wan Kenobi? No, I heard about Snoke.

ScreenRant: No, that you are Ben Kenobi’s granddaughter is another theory.

Daisy Ridley: Oh. Oh. Oh. I dunno. The only one I read is about Immaculate Conception so technically I’ve never read a real one.

Meanwhile, John Boyega told /Film that The Last Jedi explores the messiness of war in a way we haven’t seen the franchise tackle before.

We’re just keeping it moving to be honest with you, man. It’s true. The pressure’s on, man. There’s no time. I think that’s one thing unique to me about watching this movie was the commentary on war. There hasn’t been a Star Wars movie yet that has explored war in the way The Last Jedi does. It’s very messy; the categorizing of good and evil is all mixed together. In terms of Han, I’m sure we all feel sentimental if someone were to sit Finn down, sit Rey down. But Rey’s off training, she’s got stuff to do. I’ve got a back injury, I’ve got stuff to do. I can’t think about Han at the moment.

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Lastly, we have a poster from China, and character posters from Spain—all courtesy of Coming Soon.

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Escape From New York

Speaking with Deadline, screenwriter Neil Cross revealed the script has received John Carpenter’s seal of approval.

Robert Rodriguez is attached to direct and it’s looking good and exciting. It was quite a challenging script, it’s a challenging thing to reinvent. One of the most terrifying sentences I’ve ever heard in my life is ‘we’ve given the script to John Carpenter’. I crawled around for three days thinking ‘oh my god’ but we got John Carpenter’s seal of approval. He approved it and that’s all I need. You never quite know [if it’s done] but I might need to do some rewrites and do some nip and tuck but in the first approximation, my job is done.

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Antlers

Guillermo del Toro is producing a new film from Nick Antosca, the creator of Channel Zero. According to The Tracking Board, the story follows “a fourth-grade teacher who tries to help a troubled boy in her class, only to discover that he’s been hiding a nightmarish secret. Now something terrifying is coming for the boy, and she has to protect him.”

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Shazam

During a panel at the Heroes & Villains fest in San Jose, California, Zachary Levi compared the film to both Guardians of the Galaxy and 1988's Big.

James Gunn and the gang killed it. It brought so much heart and humor and I think it was kind of this dark horse that took everyone by storm. I think Shazam kind of has the possibility to do that, because Shazam is not, for all intents and purposes, it’s not Supes (Superman), it’s not Batman, it’s not Wonder Woman. If you look at most Justice League montages or Justice League posters, Shazam is not necessarily one of the characters you put on there, except he is in the Justice League, so if we do well enough…

Shazam gets to be a fun, jovial, because he is, he’s Billy Batson, he’s 13. It’s the movie Big, but with superpowers – which I’m beyond stoked about.

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Pacific Rim: Uprising

Mako Mori returns in a behind-the-scenes featurette from Tokyo Comic-Con.


Glass

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass has officially wrapped filming.

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Jurassic World: Fall Kingdom

Another new micro teaser reveals the full trailer is coming this Thursday, during Thursday Night Football.

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Doctor Who

Speaking with the Radio Times, Stephen Moffat stated the Christmas special will sow the seeds for the Twelfth Doctor’s decision to regenerate into a woman.

I suppose at the back of my mind I’ve known for ages the next Doctor was going to be a woman – although I didn’t know which woman – so I was thinking, “Why does he subconsciously make that choice?” Maybe seeing the whole span of his life as a man, seeing himself as the Hartnell Doctor, might make him think maybe it’s time to be a bit more progressive. Looking at how the first Doctor was, he’s hilariously not progressive.

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Inhumans

Ming Na-Wen seems to have confirmed the show’s cancelation during a recent panel at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest. Asked if there would be a crossover between The Inhumans and Agents of SHIELD, Wen answered, “I think that show got—” before stopping herself with a laugh.


The Wayward Sisters

Entertainment Weekly has the first images from the Supernatural spinoff. More at the link.

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The Last Man on Earth

TV Line has our first look at Leighton Meester—presumably in some kind of flashback sequence, given the crowded restaurant setting—in her guest role on The Last Man on Earth.

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Once Upon a Time

Buddy TV also has photos of Mother Gothel and Rapunzel from this Friday’s episode, “One Little Tear.” Click through for more.

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Supergirl

The Legion of Superheroes seemingly comes to the aid of a fallen Supergirl when the show returns in January.


Black Lightning

Finally, The CW has finally released a slightly more substantive trailer for Black Lightning. It’s a whole 22 seconds long!


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DISCUSSION

My pet theory about Rey isn’t really about Rey. It’s about JJ Abrams trying to pull a surprise on the audience at the cost of all narrative credibility. He’s done this throughout his career and I worry that he would pull something like this in Star Wars in an effort to outdo the “Luke, I am your father” moment in ESB.

I would start by stating that I honestly hope that Rey isn’t a Skywalker at all and that there is no mystery about her pedigree. But predating these films all the way back to the 70’s-80’s when Lucas said he intended to make three trilogies about the Skywalkers would seem to be the impetus to make Rey a Skywalker. From what we know of the current state of affairs, it’s almost certainty that Rey is not the daughter of Leia and Han. So maybe she’s Luke’s daughter, a solution to shoehorn her in to the lineage that seems uncomfortable at best since it implies that Luke found an unknown lover between RoTJ and TFA that the audience doesn’t know about and that he may have agreed to abandon the daughter from this pairing on a hostile world. The latter to me is jarring as it would suggest that Luke far from being the hero of the original trilogy is now a wayward dad- Not cool Luke!

Are there any possibilities that would satisfy the screen writers desire to make Rey a Skywalker without making her either Luke or Leia’s daughter? The only remaining candidate is Anakin/Vader. And actually there is a mechanism within the Star Wars universe that permits this possibility, as unseemly as it may at first appear. That mechanism was central to the prequels, the creation of the clone army.

So one might imagine that sometime during the course of the original trilogy the Emperor becomes suspicious of his apprentice, someone who possesses far more power than he does and may have a certain resentment towards his master. This apprentice, Vader, is pretty damaged due to some exposure to lava and having his limbs severed by his former buddy Obi-Wan. The Emperor, in control of some cool cloning technology, might decide to try to replicate his apprentice so that he has a handy backup just in case. But it turns out that the experiment is a failure, the clone isn’t force activated, and he gets imprisoned on some planet where he eventually sires a daughter. Maybe the experiment is run by Snoke? I don’t know, a lot of credible possibilities exist.

This scenario could be made to be consistent with the timeline. It makes Rey a Skywalker who has the potential of equaling Luke in both ability and internal conflict. And it deeply entwines her with the Skywalker while preserving both Luke and Leia’s backstories.

Once again- this is something I speculate someone who is a screenwriter might pull for the desired plot twist. It’s no crazier than Anakin being conceived by midichlorians and consistent with established Star Wars tech. It is not my choice. I personally like my heroes to be selfmade, not predestined. I like it when they have to fight to become what they are and not entitled to it due to a bizarre misconception of genetics.

Anyway, just putting it out there for fun.