Shazam Movie Reaction Roundup: First Twitter Reviews Are Here And They're Pretty Great

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Shazam, the next DC Entertainment movie, won't be in theaters for almost a month. However, the film has screened for select members of the press and the reactions should be enough to get you excited about the origin story of Billy Batson.

Practically across the board, the social media reviews of the film are incredibly positive. According to GameSpot's own Mike Rougeau, "it's the best DCEU movie to date. It's super fun, has a ton of heart, feels like a self-aware throwback to adventure movies of the '80s, the cast are all great, and everything about it just works!"

I saw #Shazam this week--no review yet, but I and can confidently say it's the best DCEU movie to date. It's super fun, has a ton of heart, feels like a self-aware throwback to adventure movies of the '80s, the cast are all great, and everything about it just works! pic.twitter.com/LwSncWZFut

Captain Marvel: 27 MCU And '90s Easter Eggs And References You Missed

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Captain Marvel: 27 MCU And '90s Easter Eggs And References You Missed

What does Captain Marvel reveal about Avengers: Endgame?

Hey, did you know Captain Marvel was set in the '90s? Because it's set in the '90s. And in case you weren't sure, it's absolutely full of '90s easter eggs and references for you to relive some of that childhood nostalgia--or, if you're too young for that, a bunch of cool retro stuff to laugh about on the sheer weirdness factor alone.

Of course, Captain Marvel wasn't all throwbacks--though there were a bunch of them. Peppered amidst the clunky early internet tech and soundtrack full of earworms were some fantastic comic book nods that helped flesh out not only Carol Danvers' own personal story but the world of the Kree and Skrulls within the MCU. Captain Marvel carefully plucks bits of Carol's complicated, retcon-laden history out of the comics and repurposes them for the big screen, but don't panic, we carefully combed through every last detail that may have slipped by unnoticed.

And with all these references to the wider MCU, including the present day Avengers Initiative and Nick Fury's backstory, these Easter eggs and references might just reveal something we don't already know about Avengers: Endgame.

Psycho-Pass Season 3 Announced; Season 1 Director Returns

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Psycho-Pass Season 3 Announced; Season 1 Director Returns

Psycho-Pass is getting a third season. This cyberpunk detective thriller anime first aired in 2012, before being followed by a second season, titled Psycho-Pass 2, in 2014.

According to the Psycho-Pass anime's website, which was translated by Anime News Network, the new season will star Yuuki Kaji as Arata Shindō and Yūichi Nakamura as Kei Mikhail Ignatov. Naoyoshi Shiotani, who directed the first season but was replaced with Kiyotaka Suzuki for the second, is scheduled to return for this third season. The creator of Psycho-Pass, Akira Amano, is returning to do the designs for the brand-new characters as well.

The Psycho-Pass anime has had a rather bumpy history. The first season is popular and highly regarded in both Japan and the West for its soundtrack, characters, and visuals. The TV show's second season was not praised to the same extent, and critics of the second season target its over-the-top use of gore as well as a poorly written villain who isn't as well-written as the one in the first season. Since its unpopular second season, the universe of Psycho-Pass has been expanded with three films (the most recent of which released in Japan last month), a manga that operates as a prequel to the main series, and a video game called Mandatory Happiness.

Mortal Kombat 10 Is Free To Play For Xbox Live Gold Members This Weekend

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There are plenty of perks that come with being an Xbox Live Gold member--getting access to monthly free game giveaways is just one--and the latest bonus will be of particular interest for fighting game enthusiasts, Mortal Kombat fans in particular. Xbox Live is holding a Free Play Days event where Xbox Live Gold members can play Mortal Kombat X for free from now until Sunday, March 10 at 11:59 PM PST / 2:59 AM EST on Monday.

This free-to-play deal comes a little over a month before the release of Mortal Kombat 11, which launches on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch on April 23. Many playable characters have already been announced, and our preview of the game's story and Towers of Time mode are promising. Read more about where to pre-order Mortal Kombat 11, which gives you access to a beta on March 28.

Mortal Kombat X introduced a new, smoother fighting engine to the series and a story mode that will appeal a lot to long-term fans who care about Mortal Kombat lore. In our Mortal Kombat X review, GameSpot's Peter Brown praised the game for its fantastic character designs and fighting mechanics. "A great roster with a wide range of diverse fighting styles and variations gives you plenty to play around with, and the new fighting mechanics add the right amount of depth to nudge Mortal Kombat X ever higher on the list of respectable fighting games," he wrote.

Captain Marvel Isn't Stan Lee's Last Cameo

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It's hard to imagine a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie without Stan Lee popping up make fans laugh via some kind of cameo. The co-creator of so many Marvel characters, from Spider-Man to Scarlet Witch, has been a regular fixture in the MCU, appearing briefly in each film, along with a handful of non-Marvel Studios titles.

With Lee's passing in late 2018, though, there was some fear that his cameo in Captain Marvel would be the last. Thankfully, that's not the case. In an interview with ET Online, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirms that more appearances were filmed before Lee's death. Warning: The following contains spoilers for Lee's role in Captain Marvel. If you don't want to be spoiled, stop reading now.

"We shot a couple of others, so we're coming up on the last of them, yes," he said. Feige also confirmed that one of said cameos is for the next MCU movie, Avengers: Endgame. When asked about Spider-Man: Far From Home, he offered, "We'll see."

Do You Need To See Captain Marvel Before Avengers: Endgame's Release?

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Captain Marvel is the final stop on the Marvel Cinematic Universe space train that's been hurtling inexorably towards Avengers: Endgame for an entire decade. What Marvel has accomplished with the MCU is basically a miracle, tying disparate franchises with varying tones and dozens of characters together into one masterful tapestry that somehow, against all odds, really works. This has never been done before--or even attempted--which means there's no set template for how to end it. Marvel had to sit down and decide, at some point, whether they'd make Captain Marvel so integral to the plot of Endgame that this penultimate MCU movie would be essential viewing.

That's an important question for the more casual MCU fans among us: Is Captain Marvel essential viewing? Do you have to go see Marvel's first movie starring a female superhero if you want to have any hope of understanding what's going on in Endgame? The answer, ultimately, is probably not--but at this point, we can't exactly be 100% certain, considering Endgame is still on the horizon.

The Division 2 Has A Huge Day-One Update

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Ubisoft's new loot-driven shooter, The Division 2, is only a few days away. The publisher is taking an Anthem-like approach to the game's release and offering it several days early depending on where and what edition you pre-order. Regardless of when you can jump into the game, however, you'll first need to download a hefty day-one update.

As it detailed on its support website, Ubisoft is releasing a big patch alongside The Division 2 that includes "various bug fixes and improvements for the main game." On Xbox One and PC, the update will weigh in at 48-52 GB "depending on your region and preferred language," while the PS4 patch will weigh between 88-92 GB.

On top of that, Ubisoft is rolling out Title Update 1.5 beginning March 11. This patch is likewise mandatory but is mercifully much smaller, weighing in around 2 GB depending on your platform and region. Ubisoft says this update "addresses occurrences of audio missing or cutting out experienced by some during Open Beta."

Complete Guide To Nintendo's Mario Day Deals On Switch Games

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As with May 4 and Star Wars or October 3 and Mean Girls, March 10 is one of those days that has become inextricably linked to an iconic piece of pop culture: Mario. At some point in human history, someone realized that March 10--when stylized as MAR10--has an uncanny resemblance to the name of Nintendo's heroic plumber, and while Nintendo had no involvement in declaring March 10 as Mario Day, the company has since come to embrace the unofficial day of celebration. This year, many retailers are recognizing Mario Day by offering discounts on select Mario games with the purchase of a Nintendo Switch console. Here's a full breakdown of all the deals:

Starting Sunday, March 10, you can purchase a Nintendo Switch and one of its Mario games for a combo deal of $330. The five Mario games being offered are:

The Switch sells for $300 and first-party Nintendo games are steadily priced at $60, so this combo deal is about $30 in savings. It may not seem like much, but if you were already planning to buy a Switch, getting one of its best games for 50% off isn't anything to sneeze at.

Why Does Nick Fury Have An Eyepatch? Captain Marvel Reveals What Happened

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Why Does Nick Fury Have An Eyepatch? Captain Marvel Reveals What Happened

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of mysteries, from the origins of each Infinity Stone to just what the hell the point of that Adam Warlock reveal at the end of Guardians 2 was. With the release of Captain Marvel today, we've finally gotten an answer to one of the MCU's longest running and most mysterious of enigmas: the source of Nick Fury's eyepatch.

Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel actually reveals a lot about Nick Fury's origins and the start of his Avengers initiative. The movie features a de-aged Samuel L. Jackson co-starring alongside Brie Larson's Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel--not to mention a de-aged Clark Gregg as the beloved Agent Coulson--during Fury and Coulson's early days in SHIELD. Besides the uncanny digital effects on these actors' faces, the most notable thing about Fury's appearance in Captain Marvel is that he's lacking that signature, badass, half-pirate-half-super-spy eyepatch. And there's a good reason for that, as Captain Marvel finally reveals the origin of his mysterious eye injury.