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Shazam! star gives promising update on Fury of the Gods sequel

Published: 6/Nov/2020 17:38

by Emma Soteriou


Shazam! star Mark Strong, who plays Dr. Sivana has spoken about progress on the movie’s sequel — and it’s looking promising for fans.

Shazam took everyone by surprise back in 2019, putting a completely different spin on the typical superhero movie.

It followed a teenage boy who got special powers from a wizard, meaning he could turn into an adult superhero every time he said ‘Shazam’.

The movie was a great success for DC, bringing in over $366 million at the worldwide box office.

Mark Strong in Shazam!
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Mark Strong as Dr. Sivana in Shazam!

Is Shazam 2 in development?

Following on from the first movie’s success, it was confirmed that a sequel, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, was on the way.

However, the ongoing health crisis has meant that things are ‘on hold’ with the movie, for the time being.

Mark Strong, who played the movie’s villain, Dr. Sivana, recently spoke to Collider about the movie: “I think the script is in development and they’re trying to get ready to do it. Obviously, it’s been interrupted by this pandemic, so things are on hold until such time as it can be filmed safely. At the moment, it’s all under wraps.”

In the first movie’s mid-credit scene, Dr. Sivana was seen meeting with Mister Mind — head of the Monster Society of Evil – so he will inevitably have a big role moving forward in the sequel.

Although Strong knew little about what’s to come, he did express his excitement to return.


Production is still expected to go ahead at the beginning of 2021, as the movie’s director, David Sandberg, mentioned on Twitter.

In a previous interview with ScreenRant, another of the movie’s stars, Adam Brody, spoke about what was in store for the sequel, saying it would have “moments of real peril” along with lighter stuff, helping balance the movie out.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods is scheduled for release on June 2, 2023.


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.