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In it, we meet new heroes, in the shape of [Ralph Fiennes](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ralph-fiennes/){:target=_blank} and [Harris Dickinson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/harris-dickinson/){:target=_blank}, new villains, and get a flavour of the period setting Vaughn has chosen for his movie, in which we’ll learn a little more about where the Kingsman organisation of gentleman spies came from. Naturally, we couldn’t just let the trailer do the talking, so we jumped on the phone with Vaughn, currently ensconced in the editing suite, to pump him for more information.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e82JHkkPw54"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"## Let battlefield commence","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cabd6728776406880a278","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-1.jpg","fileName":"tkm-1.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":522703,"path":"one/media/5d2c/abd6/7287/7640/6880/a278"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The trailer begins on a shot of a desolate battlefield, slap bang in the middle of World War I. Not the kind of setting you expect for a big-budget action movie, let alone a _Kingsman_ movie. In fact, very little about this trailer feels like it’s from a _Kingsman_ movie at all. It’s a more serious, sombre, grown-up affair. “That was the plan,” says Vaughn. “My nickname for this movie is, ‘The Man Who Would Be Kingsman’. I wanted to do an epic adventure film, and then had this idea about how it could tie into _Kingsman_, and bang — the whole story came into my head.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Meet Conrad","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cabdb7287760d3180a279","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-2.jpg","fileName":"tkm-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":609104,"path":"one/media/5d2c/abdb/7287/760d/3180/a279"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Two figures run across this war-torn landscape. Well, one figure is running, whilst carrying the other. “We’re looking at two British soldiers, one of them dressed as a German for some reason,” teases Vaughn. The soldier doing the running, even more impressive when you realise he’s wearing a kilt, is a young man named Conrad, who starts the film fighting for his country in what was then known as The Great War, and who will become central to the film’s story. “Conrad is a cool cat, a character who was born in the wrong time,” says Vaughn. “He would have fitted in very well in the 60s.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Dickinson, a young English actor perhaps best known so far for [*](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/beach-rats-review/)_[Beach Rats*](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/beach-rats-review/)_, is “the real deal”, according to Vaughn. “It’s funny — [Taron](https://www.empireonline.com/people/taron-egerton/){:target=_blank} is a Welsh boy from RADA, who’s not like Eggsy in real life at all. So I’ve taken a kid who isn’t from the streets and put him on the streets, while Harris is an untrained actor, a lad from East London who’s playing an aristocrat.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Ignoble and ignobility","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cabe6e8e20485f384a7d7","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-3.jpg","fileName":"tkm-3.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":242985,"path":"one/media/5d2c/abe6/e8e2/0485/f384/a7d7"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Over the initial flurry of images, a voice that is unmistakeably Ralph Fiennes’ talks about how British noblemen “robbed, lied and killed” until they found themselves in positions of power. “But that nobility never came from chivalry.” Fairly bold, and thought-provoking, stuff for a movie that is a prequel to a series of films that have featured [Mark Hamill](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mark-hamill/){:target=_blank}’s head exploding and [Elton John](https://www.empireonline.com/people/elton-john/){:target=_blank} high-kicking a goon in the face. “The theme of the first _Kingsman_ was, anyone can be a gentleman,” adds Vaughn. “In this film we have gentlemen, but we also have noblemen. And our point is that noblemen aren’t necessarily noble. A gentleman is a code of honour.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Oxford, not brogue","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cabebe8e2042efd84a7d8","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-4.jpg","fileName":"tkm-4.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":349773,"path":"one/media/5d2c/abeb/e8e2/042e/fd84/a7d8"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"And now we meet Fiennes’ character, the Duke Of Oxford, a gentleman warrior who will guide Conrad through the murky, murderous waters of international intrigue and espionage. But don’t expect this to be a retread of the Harry Hart-Eggsy dynamic from the modern _Kingsman_ movies. “Conrad is the son of the Duke Of Oxford,” reveals Vaughn. “Oxford is a reactionary, Conrad is a revolutionary. It’s about a father and son relationship where they couldn’t have more opposing views on life, yet love each other dearly.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Training gear","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cabf3e8e204558c84a7db","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-5.jpg","fileName":"tkm-5.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":714605,"path":"one/media/5d2c/abf3/e8e2/0455/8c84/a7db"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Here, we see [Djimon Hounsou](https://www.empireonline.com/people/djimon-hounsou/){:target=_blank}’s Shola put Conrad through his paces in the grounds of a mansion that should look very familiar to fans of the _Kingsman_ franchise. “Shola is Oxford’s right-hand man,” says Vaughn. “Wherever Ralph goes, Djimon’s there. If there was a quartermaster in that time, that would be him. And he’s a tough motherfucker as well.” Always nice to have a tough motherfucker on your side.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Secret passage","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cabfae8e204455284a7dc","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-6.jpg","fileName":"tkm-6.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":593929,"path":"one/media/5d2c/abfa/e8e2/0445/5284/a7dc"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"In the most Kingsmanny touch yet, Oxford shows Conrad a secret passage. “It’s definitely got moments when we’re in the _Kingsman_ universe,” says Vaughn. “But if you think about what [*X-Men: First Class*](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/x-men-first-class-review/) was to [*X-Men*](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/x-men-review/), that’s probably what _The King’s Man_ is to _Kingsman: The Secret Service_. There are tropes that are similar, but we haven’t got any of the same characters, which gives us more creative freedom.” Which is just one reason why he has set his movie almost a hundred years before the first movie. “If I’d done a prequel about Harry Hart in the Eighties, it would have been cool and stylish, but you know that Harry ain’t in any danger!” So the message is clear: anyone in this movie could find themselves on the end of a bullet, or bayonet, at any time.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Another Fiennes mess","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cabff7287761d4780a27f","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-7.jpg","fileName":"tkm-7.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":446665,"path":"one/media/5d2c/abff/7287/761d/4780/a27f"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Oxford, presumably a younger vintage due to the slightly floppier hairstyle we can just about see, is blown backwards through a wall. Although Fiennes is a veteran of the Bond and Harry Potter series, it’s still something of a surprise to see him in something so action-packed. “He’s fit as fuck,” laughs Vaughn. “He’s been doing yoga two hours every day for 35 years. There’s one scene, which is a homage to a Jackie Chan moment, where we put a safety harness and a winch on him. After we shot it, the safety guy said, ‘he didn’t even use the winch’. Ralph did it himself.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Vaughn has been itching to work with Fiennes for years. “He would have made a great Bond 15-20 years ago, which is one of the reasons I cast him,” he adds. “[Colin [Firth]](https://www.empireonline.com/people/colin-firth/){:target=_blank} would have made a great Bond, too. But Ralph is a brilliant actor. And his secret weapon, and I don’t think enough people appreciate it, is that he’s very fucking funny. He had no problem going into the murkiness of _Kingsman_ quite happily. He can do it all.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Take me out","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cac04e8e204150f84a7dd","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-8.jpg","fileName":"tkm-8.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":620948,"path":"one/media/5d2c/ac04/e8e2/0415/0f84/a7dd"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"As with _X-Men: First Class_, Vaughn is weaving his fictional story against a historical backdrop that includes real-life characters and events. Like here, where we see an assassin try to take out Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which was the event that led to the beginning of World War I. “Well, if you know your history, that’s the first attempt,” says Vaughn.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Rah rah Rasputin","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cac0ae8e204d91684a7de","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-9.jpg","fileName":"tkm-9.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":535110,"path":"one/media/5d2c/ac0a/e8e2/04d9/1684/a7de"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Having caught a glimpse of him earlier in the trailer, we now see [Rhys Ifans](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rhys-ifans/){:target=_blank} unleash his unique dance-fight moves as Rasputin. Yes, that Rasputin. The mad, almost unkillable monk who was an advisor to the Russian Royal Family. “Rasputin is one of the bad guys,” says Vaughn. “There are three main villains, and he’s one of them. We took all of these mad, historical characters that we knew were villains, and we played them for real in it.” Expect to see the likes of Mata Hari and Erik Jan Hanussen, “the guy who was Hitler’s astrologer.” He’ll be played by [Daniel Brühl](https://www.empireonline.com/people/daniel-bruhl/){:target=_blank}.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## In like Flynn","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cac11e8e20466d084a7df","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-10.jpg","fileName":"tkm-10.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":418039,"path":"one/media/5d2c/ac11/e8e2/0466/d084/a7df"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Meanwhile, as Conrad battles Rasputin, we see Oxford fight for his life against an unknown assailant. According to Vaughn, the flash of steel will be a fairly common occurrence here. “You’re not going to have to have earplugs to watch the action on this one,” he says. “It’s swords and punching, not people being thrown through buildings while the world is exploding above them. It’s a bit more restrained, although there is a 22-minute long action sequence.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## The Arterton of war","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cac25e8e204d41d84a7e0","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-11.jpg","fileName":"tkm-11.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":461045,"path":"one/media/5d2c/ac25/e8e2/04d4/1d84/a7e0"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"In one of the trailer’s last shots, we get a brief look at a gun-toting [Gemma Arterton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gemma-arterton/){:target=_blank}, proving that _The King’s Man_ isn’t quite the swinging sausagefest it seems to be at first glance. “She’s Mary Poppins on steroids,” is pretty much all Vaughn will say of Arterton’s mysterious, unnamed character. “She and Shola work with Ralph’s character. He has butlers and nannies and people looking after him, but they _really_ look after him. They become his family. He’s not a snob. He’s not what you’d expect a posh guy to be.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Tailor made","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cac2b728776643380a280","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-12.jpg","fileName":"tkm-12.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":643011,"path":"one/media/5d2c/ac2b/7287/7664/3380/a280"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"And the trailer ends with Oxford, now walking with a cane (possibly from injuries sustained in the line of duty) taking his son to a very familiar London shop. “It’s a rite of passage,” says Vaughn. “Oxford is taking his son there to get his first suit made.” So, it seems that _Kingsman_, the organisation, is already in play when the movie begins. It’s not quite the _Kingsman_ origin story people might be expecting. “There’s a lot about the history of Kingsman, which I was always intrigued about.” Perhaps we’ll finally find out why a _Kingsman_ prefers Oxfords, not brogues. And perhaps that will be tied in some way to Fiennes’ character.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## At the ready","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2cac32728776434e80a281","altText":"The King's Man","image":{"name":"tkm-13.jpg","fileName":"tkm-13.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":480715,"path":"one/media/5d2c/ac32/7287/7643/4e80/a281"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The trailer ends with Oxford sheathing his sword, handily hidden in his cane. “Ralph had done a lot of swordfighting on stage,” explains Vaughn. “And one of his weapons of choice in this is the sword. We’ve got some good swordfights in this. And Ralph was like a duck to water for the action.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"We’ll find out whether _The King’s Man_ has a cutting edge when it opens on February 14, 2020. How romantic.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"The King’s Man: Trailer Breakdown With Director Matthew Vaughn","subtitle":"","content":["The [first trailer](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/the-king-s-man-trailer-ralph-fiennes-leads-the-world-war-i-kingsman-prequel/){:target=_blank} for [Matthew Vaughn](https://www.empireonline.com/people/matthew-vaughn/){:target=_blank}’s _[Kingsman](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/kingsman-secret-service)_ prequel, _[The King’s Man](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/kings-man/)_ (the power of the humble apostrophe is impressive), is here. In it, we meet new heroes, in the shape of [Ralph Fiennes](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ralph-fiennes/){:target=_blank} and [Harris Dickinson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/harris-dickinson/){:target=_blank}, new villains, and get a flavour of the period setting Vaughn has chosen for his movie, in which we’ll learn a little more about where the Kingsman organisation of gentleman spies came from. Naturally, we couldn’t just let the trailer do the talking, so we jumped on the phone with Vaughn, currently ensconced in the editing suite, to pump him for more information.","## Let battlefield commence","The trailer begins on a shot of a desolate battlefield, slap bang in the middle of World War I. Not the kind of setting you expect for a big-budget action movie, let alone a _Kingsman_ movie. In fact, very little about this trailer feels like it’s from a _Kingsman_ movie at all. It’s a more serious, sombre, grown-up affair. “That was the plan,” says Vaughn. “My nickname for this movie is, ‘The Man Who Would Be Kingsman’. I wanted to do an epic adventure film, and then had this idea about how it could tie into _Kingsman_, and bang — the whole story came into my head.”","## Meet Conrad","Two figures run across this war-torn landscape. Well, one figure is running, whilst carrying the other. “We’re looking at two British soldiers, one of them dressed as a German for some reason,” teases Vaughn. The soldier doing the running, even more impressive when you realise he’s wearing a kilt, is a young man named Conrad, who starts the film fighting for his country in what was then known as The Great War, and who will become central to the film’s story. “Conrad is a cool cat, a character who was born in the wrong time,” says Vaughn. “He would have fitted in very well in the 60s.”","Dickinson, a young English actor perhaps best known so far for [*](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/beach-rats-review/)_[Beach Rats*](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/beach-rats-review/)_, is “the real deal”, according to Vaughn. “It’s funny — [Taron](https://www.empireonline.com/people/taron-egerton/){:target=_blank} is a Welsh boy from RADA, who’s not like Eggsy in real life at all. So I’ve taken a kid who isn’t from the streets and put him on the streets, while Harris is an untrained actor, a lad from East London who’s playing an aristocrat.”","## Ignoble and ignobility","Over the initial flurry of images, a voice that is unmistakeably Ralph Fiennes’ talks about how British noblemen “robbed, lied and killed” until they found themselves in positions of power. “But that nobility never came from chivalry.” Fairly bold, and thought-provoking, stuff for a movie that is a prequel to a series of films that have featured [Mark Hamill](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mark-hamill/){:target=_blank}’s head exploding and [Elton John](https://www.empireonline.com/people/elton-john/){:target=_blank} high-kicking a goon in the face. “The theme of the first _Kingsman_ was, anyone can be a gentleman,” adds Vaughn. “In this film we have gentlemen, but we also have noblemen. And our point is that noblemen aren’t necessarily noble. A gentleman is a code of honour.”","## Oxford, not brogue","And now we meet Fiennes’ character, the Duke Of Oxford, a gentleman warrior who will guide Conrad through the murky, murderous waters of international intrigue and espionage. But don’t expect this to be a retread of the Harry Hart-Eggsy dynamic from the modern _Kingsman_ movies. “Conrad is the son of the Duke Of Oxford,” reveals Vaughn. “Oxford is a reactionary, Conrad is a revolutionary. It’s about a father and son relationship where they couldn’t have more opposing views on life, yet love each other dearly.”","## Training gear","Here, we see [Djimon Hounsou](https://www.empireonline.com/people/djimon-hounsou/){:target=_blank}’s Shola put Conrad through his paces in the grounds of a mansion that should look very familiar to fans of the _Kingsman_ franchise. “Shola is Oxford’s right-hand man,” says Vaughn. “Wherever Ralph goes, Djimon’s there. If there was a quartermaster in that time, that would be him. And he’s a tough motherfucker as well.” Always nice to have a tough motherfucker on your side.","## Secret passage","In the most Kingsmanny touch yet, Oxford shows Conrad a secret passage. “It’s definitely got moments when we’re in the _Kingsman_ universe,” says Vaughn. “But if you think about what [*X-Men: First Class*](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/x-men-first-class-review/) was to [*X-Men*](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/x-men-review/), that’s probably what _The King’s Man_ is to _Kingsman: The Secret Service_. There are tropes that are similar, but we haven’t got any of the same characters, which gives us more creative freedom.” Which is just one reason why he has set his movie almost a hundred years before the first movie. “If I’d done a prequel about Harry Hart in the Eighties, it would have been cool and stylish, but you know that Harry ain’t in any danger!” So the message is clear: anyone in this movie could find themselves on the end of a bullet, or bayonet, at any time.","## Another Fiennes mess","Oxford, presumably a younger vintage due to the slightly floppier hairstyle we can just about see, is blown backwards through a wall. Although Fiennes is a veteran of the Bond and Harry Potter series, it’s still something of a surprise to see him in something so action-packed. “He’s fit as fuck,” laughs Vaughn. “He’s been doing yoga two hours every day for 35 years. There’s one scene, which is a homage to a Jackie Chan moment, where we put a safety harness and a winch on him. After we shot it, the safety guy said, ‘he didn’t even use the winch’. Ralph did it himself.”","Vaughn has been itching to work with Fiennes for years. “He would have made a great Bond 15-20 years ago, which is one of the reasons I cast him,” he adds. “[Colin [Firth]](https://www.empireonline.com/people/colin-firth/){:target=_blank} would have made a great Bond, too. But Ralph is a brilliant actor. And his secret weapon, and I don’t think enough people appreciate it, is that he’s very fucking funny. He had no problem going into the murkiness of _Kingsman_ quite happily. He can do it all.”","## Take me out","As with _X-Men: First Class_, Vaughn is weaving his fictional story against a historical backdrop that includes real-life characters and events. Like here, where we see an assassin try to take out Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which was the event that led to the beginning of World War I. “Well, if you know your history, that’s the first attempt,” says Vaughn.","## Rah rah Rasputin","Having caught a glimpse of him earlier in the trailer, we now see [Rhys Ifans](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rhys-ifans/){:target=_blank} unleash his unique dance-fight moves as Rasputin. Yes, that Rasputin. The mad, almost unkillable monk who was an advisor to the Russian Royal Family. “Rasputin is one of the bad guys,” says Vaughn. “There are three main villains, and he’s one of them. We took all of these mad, historical characters that we knew were villains, and we played them for real in it.” Expect to see the likes of Mata Hari and Erik Jan Hanussen, “the guy who was Hitler’s astrologer.” He’ll be played by [Daniel Brühl](https://www.empireonline.com/people/daniel-bruhl/){:target=_blank}.","## In like Flynn","Meanwhile, as Conrad battles Rasputin, we see Oxford fight for his life against an unknown assailant. According to Vaughn, the flash of steel will be a fairly common occurrence here. “You’re not going to have to have earplugs to watch the action on this one,” he says. “It’s swords and punching, not people being thrown through buildings while the world is exploding above them. It’s a bit more restrained, although there is a 22-minute long action sequence.”","## The Arterton of war","In one of the trailer’s last shots, we get a brief look at a gun-toting [Gemma Arterton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gemma-arterton/){:target=_blank}, proving that _The King’s Man_ isn’t quite the swinging sausagefest it seems to be at first glance. “She’s Mary Poppins on steroids,” is pretty much all Vaughn will say of Arterton’s mysterious, unnamed character. “She and Shola work with Ralph’s character. He has butlers and nannies and people looking after him, but they _really_ look after him. They become his family. He’s not a snob. He’s not what you’d expect a posh guy to be.”","## Tailor made","And the trailer ends with Oxford, now walking with a cane (possibly from injuries sustained in the line of duty) taking his son to a very familiar London shop. “It’s a rite of passage,” says Vaughn. “Oxford is taking his son there to get his first suit made.” So, it seems that _Kingsman_, the organisation, is already in play when the movie begins. It’s not quite the _Kingsman_ origin story people might be expecting. “There’s a lot about the history of Kingsman, which I was always intrigued about.” Perhaps we’ll finally find out why a _Kingsman_ prefers Oxfords, not brogues. And perhaps that will be tied in some way to Fiennes’ character.","## At the ready","The trailer ends with Oxford sheathing his sword, handily hidden in his cane. “Ralph had done a lot of swordfighting on stage,” explains Vaughn. “And one of his weapons of choice in this is the sword. We’ve got some good swordfights in this. 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But post-*[Endgame](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avengers-endgame-review/){:target=_blank}* there’s all sorts up for discussion – the Disney+ streaming shows, including _Falcon And The Winter Soldier_, _WandaVision_, _Loki_, and more, the still-unannounced Phase 4 slate, and the currently-in-production *[Black Widow](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/black-widow/){:target=_blank}* movie.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"With Disney’s D23 also still to come later this summer, Marvel could be holding the big Phase 4 reveal for then – or, they could bring the house down with it at Hall H this weekend. Could there be early footage from _Black Widow_? Firmed-up casting for _The Eternals_? An update on how _Endgame_ informs the _Falcon And The Winter Soldier_ series? All we know for certain is that head honcho [Kevin Feige](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kevin-feige/){:target=_blank} himself will be there, along with some ‘surprise panelists’ – bring it on.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**It: Chapter Two**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d1185b8a91b155aa79bbc57","altText":"It: Chapter Two","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"it-chapter-2-pennywise.jpg","name":"it-chapter-2-pennywise.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/articles/5cd558bf133d503e3a49a443","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"url":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_(UK time – Wednesday, time unknown)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It’s not officially part of the main Con, but horror offshoot ScareDiego is back – and it’s bringing Pennywise the Dancing Clown. It’s currently unknown exactly what will be in store, but it’s rumoured that cast members and director [Andy Muschietti](https://www.empireonline.com/people/andy-muschietti/){:target=_blank} will be in attendance, potentially bringing new footage with them. Two years ago, the first chapter of Muschietti’s *It* also pitched up to ScareDiego with a few minutes of Losers Club footage, while Warner Bros has previously debuted *The Nun* and *The Curse Of La Llorona* footage there. The biggest sign that Muschietti will be going big for ScareDiego this year is his own social media post announcing *[It: Chapter Two](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/chapter-two/){:target=_blank}*’s presence. Prepare for scares.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"instagram","url":"https://www.instagram.com/p/ByVjnSGgjj4"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Terminator: Dark Fate**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04bd","altText":"Terminator: Dark Fate","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"terminator-dark-fate-main.jpg","name":"terminator-dark-fate-main.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5ce55b31133d503e3a4a1ae3","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"url":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_(UK time – Thursday, 7pm)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The _Terminator_ saga is about to return with a [James Cameron](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-cameron/){:target=_blank}-approved sequel that ignores everything that came after *[Judgment Day](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/terminator-2-judgment-day-review/){:target=_blank}* – and a one-hour panel with the filmmakers and cast (that’s likely to include – but not yet confirmed to feature – [Linda Hamilton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/linda-hamilton/){:target=_blank} and [Arnie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/arnold-schwarzenegger/){:target=_blank}, director [Tim Miller](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tim-miller/){:target=_blank}, and new cast members Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davis, and Gabriel Luna) will bring new footage from the film.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**The Russo Brothers**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118048a91b155aa79ba6ea","altText":"Russo Brothers","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"Russos.jpg","name":"Russos.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/articles/5ae354ebf927f0710622b10e","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"url":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_(UK time – Friday, 7pm)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Fresh from the one-two-three-four punch of _The Winter Soldier_, _Civil War_, _Infinity War_, and _Endgame_, directors [Anthony](https://www.empireonline.com/people/anthony-russo/){:target=_blank} and [Joe Russo](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joe-russo/){:target=_blank} will be hitting up Hall-H to talk about what comes next – their new studio AGBO. So far they already have the [Chadwick Boseman](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chadwick-boseman/){:target=_blank}-starring thriller *[21 Bridges](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/21-bridges/){:target=_blank}* coming to cinemas this September, with the [Chris Hemsworth](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chris-hemsworth/){:target=_blank}-starring *[Dhaka](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/chris-hemsworth-starring-kidnap-extraction-drama-dhaka/){:target=_blank}* in post-production, plus they’re set to direct _Cherry_, with [Tom Holland](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tom-holland/){:target=_blank} said to be taking the lead role. Expect announcements on more of their post-_Endgame_ projects, and some chat on how they tackled the biggest blockbuster since *[Avatar](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avatar-review/){:target=_blank}*.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Bonus: in the hour before the Russo Brothers panel, screenwriters [Christopher Markus](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christopher-markus/){:target=_blank} and [Stephen McFeely](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stephen-mcfeely/){:target=_blank} will be talking about how they wrote _Infinity War_ and _Endgame_, also in Hall H.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Jay & Silent Bob Reboot**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d11849ca91b155aa79bb7dc","altText":"Jay and Silent Bob Reboot","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"jay-silent-bob-reboot.jpg","name":"jay-silent-bob-reboot.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/articles/5c75523d133d503e3a4734b2","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"url":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_(UK time – Sunday, 3.15am)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Just over a year since his near-fatal heart attack, [Kevin Smith](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kevin-smith/){:target=_blank} is returning to Hall H to give the world its first glimpse of his long-awaited return to the View Askewniverse. In his 105-minute panel, he’ll be debuting the first trailer for *[Jay & Silent Bob Reboot](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/jay-silent-bob-reboot/){:target=_blank}* – and will also be showing a scene from the film exclusively for those in the room, with a sequence set at the movie’s ‘Chronic-Con’.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d11851fa91b155aa79bba0b","altText":"Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"scary-stories-still.jpg","name":"scary-stories-still.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/articles/5c9d3f34133d503e3a484fef","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"url":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_(UK time – Saturday, midnight)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Rather than packing out the big hall, producer [Guillermo del Toro](https://www.empireonline.com/people/guillermo-del-toro/){:target=_blank} and director André Øvredal will be presenting an ‘intimate master class’ on bringing classic kid’s horror anthology *[Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/scary-stories-tell-dark/){:target=_blank}* to the big screen. The film is out in a matter of weeks – so there could be a little more footage on the way, or some interesting comments from del Toro post his *[Shape Of Water](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/shape-water-review/){:target=_blank}* Oscar victory.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Star Wars**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d27472dc6cb1c345910fe8f","altText":"Star Wars - Sith Trooper","image":{"name":"sith-trooper.jpg","fileName":"sith-trooper.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":522039,"path":"one/media/5d27/472d/c6cb/1c34/5910/fe8f"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":"Hot Toys"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_(UK time – N/A)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"There’s no big Star Wars panel this year, but those in attendance can get a closer look at the [newly-revealed Sith Trooper](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-unveils-sith-trooper/){:target=_blank} from *[The Rise Of Skywalker](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/star-wars-episode-ix/){:target=_blank}*. Not only is there merch galore for the new blood-red soldiers, but it’s going to pop up in the Lucasfilm pavilion in an exhibition of nine sets of stormtrooper variant armour from across the saga.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## TV Panels And Teasers","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Star Trek**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d261b181e8ad472691c3fd7","altText":"Star Trek: Picard","image":{"name":"picard-poster-crop.jpg","fileName":"picard-poster-crop.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2000,"height":1125,"fileSize":880188,"path":"one/media/5d26/1b18/1e8a/d472/691c/3fd7"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_(UK time – Saturday, 7.30pm)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"With _Discovery_ in full swing, and some ..hugely intriguing new projects on the way, Star Trek is kicking up its warp drive for this year’s Con. The 90-minute ‘Enter The Star Trek Universe’ panel will bring out _Discovery_ crew including Sonequa Martin-Green, Tig Notaro, and producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, and Heather Kadin, hopefully to tease fans with details of the in-production Season 3.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Trekkers will also get their first look at new animated series _Lower Decks_ – a workplace comedy set aboard a Starfleet ship that isn’t caught up in anything as remotely important as the Discovery or the Enterprise. Executive producer Mike McMahan will be joined by ‘surprise guests’ to introduce the largely-unknown show.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"But the biggie, the one that everyone is waiting for, is the _Star Trek: Picard_ segment – with [Sir Patrick Stewart](https://www.empireonline.com/people/patrick-stewart/){:target=_blank} himself joining the fellow cast members of his _The Next Generation_ spin-off. The [show’s first poster](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/star-trek-picard-poster-reveals-new-look-at-patrick-stewart-s-return/){:target=_blank} debuted online last week, giving us our first proper look at Jean-Luc Picard’s return. By the end of the weekend, we might have some first-look footage to go alongside that.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**His Dark Materials**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2c867de8e204373b84a480","altText":"His Dark Materials","image":{"name":"his-dark-materials.jpg","fileName":"his-dark-materials.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":432549,"path":"one/media/5d2c/867d/e8e2/0437/3b84/a480"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_(UK time – Friday, 00.45am)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"After the botch-job of _The Golden Compass_, Philip Pullman’s beloved fantasy novels are about to hit the screen once again, but this time in a big-budget, expansive BBC-HBO adaptation. The cast and crew will be on hand at SCDD to delve into the alt-universe Oxford that the opening stretch of the saga operates in. Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson will be there, alongside Jane Tranter, Jack Thorne and more – so expect some new images and footages from the fantasy adaptation that fans of the novels have long been waiting for.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Westworld**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2c8631e8e204af0584a472","altText":"Westworld III","image":{"name":"westworld-3.jpg","fileName":"westworld-3.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":300611,"path":"one/media/5d2c/8631/e8e2/04af/0584/a472"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_(UK time – Saturday, 9.15pm)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The next season of HBO’s android-uprising sci-fi is still a little way off yet – but post _that_ [hugely intriguing Aaron Paul-centric teaser trailer](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/first-trailer-westworld-season-3/){:target=_blank} that dropped at the end of _Game Of Thrones_, there’s already plenty to discuss. And [Aaron Paul](https://www.empireonline.com/people/aaron-paul/){:target=_blank} himself will be there, alongside executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as cast members Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright for a panel to tease what comes next in the hugely ambitious and hugely confusing robeo-saga.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**The Walking Dead**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118a9aa91b155aa79bea99","altText":"The Walking Dead","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"The Walking Dead.jpg","name":"The Walking Dead.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/56e18c50b81e1b650955e4f5","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"url":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_(UK time – Friday, 9pm)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"AMC’s zombie apocalypse drama finds itself at a fascinating junction – the comics just unexpectedly wrapped up, lead [Andrew Lincoln](https://www.empireonline.com/people/andrew-lincoln/){:target=_blank} was helicoptered out of the show in the middle of the most recent season, and a trilogy of direct-to-TV movies is coming focused on where Rick Grimes goes next. All while the original show shuffles on. Several cast members – not including Lincoln – will be there to offer a first look at Season 10, with comic creator Robert Kirkman and franchise head honchos Scott M Gimple and Angela Kang also there to discuss the series.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**The Witcher**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d1a1762ec0f7a61b8fa0741","altText":"The Witcher – Geralt","image":{"name":"witcher-main.jpg","fileName":"witcher-main.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":406877,"path":"one/media/5d1a/1762/ec0f/7a61/b8fa/0741"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_(UK time – Friday, 10.15pm)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"After giving us the first poster and character shots of their epic fantasy adaptation, [Netflix](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/best-netflix-tv-uk/){:target=_blank} is hitting up Hall H to talk all things *Witcher*. The show stars [Henry Cavill](https://www.empireonline.com/people/henry-cavill/){:target=_blank} as Geralt of Rivia, a supernatural monster hunter in a medieval fantasy world, and is directly adapted from Andrzej Sapkowski’s Polish novels – which also spawned a mega-successful trio of video games. It hasn’t been confirmed who exactly will be attending Comic-Con for the panel, but it seems likely that a trailer or some footage will debut.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d1185eba91b155aa79bbd17","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/articles/5ce42ddd133d503e3a4a0fc1","fileName":"dark-crystal-excl-full.jpg","name":"dark-crystal-excl-full.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance exclusive images","url":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_(UK time – Friday, 11.30pm)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"In this age of streaming wonder, Netflix has stumped up the cash for a ten-hour prequel series to Jim Henson’s slightly terrifying puppet fantasy *[The Dark Crystal](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/dark-crystal-review/){:target=_blank}* – a ludicrously ambitious undertaking, with an astonishing voice cast including the likes of Taron Egerton, Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Sigourney Weaver, Anya Taylor-Joy, Benedict Wong, Simon Pegg, Helen Bonham Carter… the list truly does go on. Who exactly will attend the panel hasn’t been confirmed – but prepare to get a better look at the I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening series before it streams in late August.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Also coming to Comic-Con:_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The Boys, Preacher, The Good Place, The Expanse, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Batwoman, Pennyworth, The Flash and more._","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"Comic-Con 2019: 13 Things To Be Excited About, And When They’re Happening","subtitle":"","content":["The Con is on. Or, at least, it will be very, very soon. Yes, San Diego Comic-Con has rolled around once again, whipping up frenzied excitement around some of the most beloved sci-fi and fantasy franchises in the world. This is where game-changing footage, surprise reveals, and huge announcements arrive, things that will shape blockbuster movies for the next year and beyond – and 2019 is set to be a doozy. Read _Empire_’s guide to all the major film and TV panels to be aware of, some hints at what may be coming, and the UK timings of when it’s all going down. May the force be with you.","## Movie Panels and Teasers","**Marvel Studios**","_(UK time – Sunday, 1.15am)_","If there’s anything at Comic-Con this year that can be considered a headliner, it’s Marvel Studios rocking up for a 90-minute panel to reveal… well, we don’t know for sure yet. But post-*[Endgame](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avengers-endgame-review/){:target=_blank}* there’s all sorts up for discussion – the Disney+ streaming shows, including _Falcon And The Winter Soldier_, _WandaVision_, _Loki_, and more, the still-unannounced Phase 4 slate, and the currently-in-production *[Black Widow](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/black-widow/){:target=_blank}* movie.","With Disney’s D23 also still to come later this summer, Marvel could be holding the big Phase 4 reveal for then – or, they could bring the house down with it at Hall H this weekend. Could there be early footage from _Black Widow_? Firmed-up casting for _The Eternals_? An update on how _Endgame_ informs the _Falcon And The Winter Soldier_ series? All we know for certain is that head honcho [Kevin Feige](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kevin-feige/){:target=_blank} himself will be there, along with some ‘surprise panelists’ – bring it on.","**It: Chapter Two**","_(UK time – Wednesday, time unknown)_","It’s not officially part of the main Con, but horror offshoot ScareDiego is back – and it’s bringing Pennywise the Dancing Clown. It’s currently unknown exactly what will be in store, but it’s rumoured that cast members and director [Andy Muschietti](https://www.empireonline.com/people/andy-muschietti/){:target=_blank} will be in attendance, potentially bringing new footage with them. Two years ago, the first chapter of Muschietti’s *It* also pitched up to ScareDiego with a few minutes of Losers Club footage, while Warner Bros has previously debuted *The Nun* and *The Curse Of La Llorona* footage there. The biggest sign that Muschietti will be going big for ScareDiego this year is his own social media post announcing *[It: Chapter Two](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/chapter-two/){:target=_blank}*’s presence. Prepare for scares.","**Terminator: Dark Fate**","_(UK time – Thursday, 7pm)_","The _Terminator_ saga is about to return with a [James Cameron](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-cameron/){:target=_blank}-approved sequel that ignores everything that came after *[Judgment Day](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/terminator-2-judgment-day-review/){:target=_blank}* – and a one-hour panel with the filmmakers and cast (that’s likely to include – but not yet confirmed to feature – [Linda Hamilton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/linda-hamilton/){:target=_blank} and [Arnie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/arnold-schwarzenegger/){:target=_blank}, director [Tim Miller](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tim-miller/){:target=_blank}, and new cast members Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davis, and Gabriel Luna) will bring new footage from the film.","**The Russo Brothers**","_(UK time – Friday, 7pm)_","Fresh from the one-two-three-four punch of _The Winter Soldier_, _Civil War_, _Infinity War_, and _Endgame_, directors [Anthony](https://www.empireonline.com/people/anthony-russo/){:target=_blank} and [Joe Russo](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joe-russo/){:target=_blank} will be hitting up Hall-H to talk about what comes next – their new studio AGBO. So far they already have the [Chadwick Boseman](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chadwick-boseman/){:target=_blank}-starring thriller *[21 Bridges](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/21-bridges/){:target=_blank}* coming to cinemas this September, with the [Chris Hemsworth](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chris-hemsworth/){:target=_blank}-starring *[Dhaka](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/chris-hemsworth-starring-kidnap-extraction-drama-dhaka/){:target=_blank}* in post-production, plus they’re set to direct _Cherry_, with [Tom Holland](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tom-holland/){:target=_blank} said to be taking the lead role. Expect announcements on more of their post-_Endgame_ projects, and some chat on how they tackled the biggest blockbuster since *[Avatar](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/avatar-review/){:target=_blank}*.","Bonus: in the hour before the Russo Brothers panel, screenwriters [Christopher Markus](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christopher-markus/){:target=_blank} and [Stephen McFeely](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stephen-mcfeely/){:target=_blank} will be talking about how they wrote _Infinity War_ and _Endgame_, also in Hall H.","**Jay & Silent Bob Reboot**","_(UK time – Sunday, 3.15am)_","Just over a year since his near-fatal heart attack, [Kevin Smith](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kevin-smith/){:target=_blank} is returning to Hall H to give the world its first glimpse of his long-awaited return to the View Askewniverse. In his 105-minute panel, he’ll be debuting the first trailer for *[Jay & Silent Bob Reboot](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/jay-silent-bob-reboot/){:target=_blank}* – and will also be showing a scene from the film exclusively for those in the room, with a sequence set at the movie’s ‘Chronic-Con’.","**Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark**","_(UK time – Saturday, midnight)_","Rather than packing out the big hall, producer [Guillermo del Toro](https://www.empireonline.com/people/guillermo-del-toro/){:target=_blank} and director André Øvredal will be presenting an ‘intimate master class’ on bringing classic kid’s horror anthology *[Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/scary-stories-tell-dark/){:target=_blank}* to the big screen. The film is out in a matter of weeks – so there could be a little more footage on the way, or some interesting comments from del Toro post his *[Shape Of Water](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/shape-water-review/){:target=_blank}* Oscar victory.","**Star Wars**","_(UK time – N/A)_","There’s no big Star Wars panel this year, but those in attendance can get a closer look at the [newly-revealed Sith Trooper](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/star-wars-the-rise-of-skywalker-unveils-sith-trooper/){:target=_blank} from *[The Rise Of Skywalker](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/star-wars-episode-ix/){:target=_blank}*. Not only is there merch galore for the new blood-red soldiers, but it’s going to pop up in the Lucasfilm pavilion in an exhibition of nine sets of stormtrooper variant armour from across the saga.","## TV Panels And Teasers","**Star Trek**","_(UK time – Saturday, 7.30pm)_","With _Discovery_ in full swing, and some ..hugely intriguing new projects on the way, Star Trek is kicking up its warp drive for this year’s Con. The 90-minute ‘Enter The Star Trek Universe’ panel will bring out _Discovery_ crew including Sonequa Martin-Green, Tig Notaro, and producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, and Heather Kadin, hopefully to tease fans with details of the in-production Season 3.","Trekkers will also get their first look at new animated series _Lower Decks_ – a workplace comedy set aboard a Starfleet ship that isn’t caught up in anything as remotely important as the Discovery or the Enterprise. Executive producer Mike McMahan will be joined by ‘surprise guests’ to introduce the largely-unknown show.","But the biggie, the one that everyone is waiting for, is the _Star Trek: Picard_ segment – with [Sir Patrick Stewart](https://www.empireonline.com/people/patrick-stewart/){:target=_blank} himself joining the fellow cast members of his _The Next Generation_ spin-off. The [show’s first poster](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/star-trek-picard-poster-reveals-new-look-at-patrick-stewart-s-return/){:target=_blank} debuted online last week, giving us our first proper look at Jean-Luc Picard’s return. By the end of the weekend, we might have some first-look footage to go alongside that.","**His Dark Materials**","_(UK time – Friday, 00.45am)_","After the botch-job of _The Golden Compass_, Philip Pullman’s beloved fantasy novels are about to hit the screen once again, but this time in a big-budget, expansive BBC-HBO adaptation. The cast and crew will be on hand at SCDD to delve into the alt-universe Oxford that the opening stretch of the saga operates in. Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson will be there, alongside Jane Tranter, Jack Thorne and more – so expect some new images and footages from the fantasy adaptation that fans of the novels have long been waiting for.","**Westworld**","_(UK time – Saturday, 9.15pm)_","The next season of HBO’s android-uprising sci-fi is still a little way off yet – but post _that_ [hugely intriguing Aaron Paul-centric teaser trailer](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/first-trailer-westworld-season-3/){:target=_blank} that dropped at the end of _Game Of Thrones_, there’s already plenty to discuss. And [Aaron Paul](https://www.empireonline.com/people/aaron-paul/){:target=_blank} himself will be there, alongside executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as cast members Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright for a panel to tease what comes next in the hugely ambitious and hugely confusing robeo-saga.","**The Walking Dead**","_(UK time – Friday, 9pm)_","AMC’s zombie apocalypse drama finds itself at a fascinating junction – the comics just unexpectedly wrapped up, lead [Andrew Lincoln](https://www.empireonline.com/people/andrew-lincoln/){:target=_blank} was helicoptered out of the show in the middle of the most recent season, and a trilogy of direct-to-TV movies is coming focused on where Rick Grimes goes next. All while the original show shuffles on. Several cast members – not including Lincoln – will be there to offer a first look at Season 10, with comic creator Robert Kirkman and franchise head honchos Scott M Gimple and Angela Kang also there to discuss the series.","**The Witcher**","_(UK time – Friday, 10.15pm)_","After giving us the first poster and character shots of their epic fantasy adaptation, [Netflix](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/best-netflix-tv-uk/){:target=_blank} is hitting up Hall H to talk all things *Witcher*. The show stars [Henry Cavill](https://www.empireonline.com/people/henry-cavill/){:target=_blank} as Geralt of Rivia, a supernatural monster hunter in a medieval fantasy world, and is directly adapted from Andrzej Sapkowski’s Polish novels – which also spawned a mega-successful trio of video games. It hasn’t been confirmed who exactly will be attending Comic-Con for the panel, but it seems likely that a trailer or some footage will debut.","**The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance**","_(UK time – Friday, 11.30pm)_","In this age of streaming wonder, Netflix has stumped up the cash for a ten-hour prequel series to Jim Henson’s slightly terrifying puppet fantasy *[The Dark Crystal](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/dark-crystal-review/){:target=_blank}* – a ludicrously ambitious undertaking, with an astonishing voice cast including the likes of Taron Egerton, Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Sigourney Weaver, Anya Taylor-Joy, Benedict Wong, Simon Pegg, Helen Bonham Carter… the list truly does go on. 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First of Jack, the struggling singer-songwriter who finds himself gifted with the greatest songs of all time that nobody else seems to remember. Second, that someone could fail to notice how much they love [Lily James](https://www.empireonline.com/people/lily-james/){:target=_blank} when she’s _right there in front of them_. And third, that – SPOILER WARNING – this Beatles-free world would result in John Lennon living a long and happy life, instead of being cruelly shot and killed at the age of 40 in December 1980.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"In _Yesterday_’s final act, [Himesh Patel](https://www.empireonline.com/people/himesh-patel/){:target=_blank}’s now world-famous musician pays a visit to an older, wiser John Lennon – a surprising, moving, and perhaps controversial decision. In an [Empire Podcast spoiler special](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-yesterday-spoiler-special-ft-danny-boyle-and-richard-curtis/){:target=_blank}, we sat down with Curtis and Boyle to talk about how the sequence came together.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## The reason","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d271fe26377277dc2129f01","altText":"John Lennon and Yoko Ono","image":{"name":"lennon-yoko.jpg","fileName":"lennon-yoko.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":678234,"path":"one/media/5d27/1fe2/6377/277d/c212/9f01"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":"Keystone/Getty"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The murder of John Lennon was a senseless tragedy – a musical icon, shot down by an obsessive fan. It’s an event that never left life-long Beatles devotee Richard Curtis. \"It felt as though there'd been a tear in the universe,” he says. Boyle agrees: “It's an absolute aberration in time.” And so, in cooking up a fantastical world where the Beatles never existed, the filmmakers were able to re-conceive a more optimistic future for the great songwriter.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“The magic of cinema – not just magic, because that's a slightly fey word – the _power_ of cinema is that it can do that. It can repair time,” says Boyle. “It was very special to be able to literally let the power of cinema re-imagine something, which is what it can do of course. It felt like a wonderful place to take our hero.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## The writing","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d2721086377273de4129f1a","altText":"Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle","image":{"name":"richard-curtis-danny-boyle.jpg","fileName":"richard-curtis-danny-boyle.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":932245,"path":"one/media/5d27/2108/6377/273d/e412/9f1a"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":"Jeff Spicer/Getty"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"On page and on screen, the Lennon sequence represents a tonal shift – a step away from the whirlwind of Jack’s rise to fame to something quieter and more contemplative. It appealed to Boyle from first reading. “I remember thinking, that is just fantastic,” the director recalls. “Because you think you're in one kind of movie, and then for a moment it just allows you sit in something wondrous.” Its power, fittingly, was akin to a piece of music. “Great songs have that power over me,” Boyle says. “‘Common People’, the Pulp song, has that power over me. It just transforms me every time.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"While writing the film, Curtis didn’t just include a visit to John Lennon – his original draft also featured encounters with the remaining Beatles. “When he first goes to Liverpool, I'd written a long scene where he just goes to a pub and he bumps into George and Ringo,” he reveals. “It was, I hope, a sweet scene, and they were just two delightful, oldish men who'd once been in a band together. He bought him a couple of drinks, and it was all very sweet because they were clearly music enthusiasts who had never got any further. Happy people who loved music, like so many of us do, and formed a band or been in a pub band.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“It was the scene that had the most meaning, and was in some ways the pivotal scene of the film.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"pullQuotes"},{"content":"Then there would have been a coda, with Paul McCartney making a last-minute appearance studded with in-joke references to the lyrics of ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’. “At the very end [Jack] was going to move to the Isle of Wight, to a cottage, and you were going to hear outside his window someone saying, 'Vera, Chuck, Dave!' There were going to be three dogs, and Paul was going to be walking them,” says Curtis.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Ultimately, only the Lennon sequence remained when it came time to shoot, and it stayed as originally written – though Curtis initially wrote around 20 pages, which he whittled down to the final version. “It was the scene that had the most meaning, and was in some ways the pivotal scene of the film,” says Curtis on why it remained. As for Boyle, he would have “resisted” the other Beatles cameos. \"I never saw any other version than this version,” the director says. “There's something very acute about the violence, the senselessness, of what John faced for a moment. Gone way before nature really took any kind of toll, which it will do of all of us as you get in your 60s and 70s and whatever. It's particularly acute for that.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"As well as offering a far more preferable fate for Lennon, the encounter spurs the plot forward, moving Jack towards his decision to release the music for free to the world. “What you wanted to do was just transform Jack's experience for a moment. It does allow him to right a wrong,” explains Boyle. “We don't quite have the real power to right the wrong of Lennon’s death, but you do have the power through cinema to imagine it for a moment, that's all.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## The older Lennon","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d27221d6377277b60129f2a","altText":"Liverpool - Albert Dock","image":{"name":"liverpool-albert-dock.jpg","fileName":"liverpool-albert-dock.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":988659,"path":"one/media/5d27/221d/6377/277b/6012/9f2a"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":"Christopher Furlong/Getty"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"We’ll never know what might have become of John Lennon, had he not been killed. But part of the catharsis for Curtis was imagining how his hero would have grown old – and how his life might have turned out had he not achieved worldwide fame. “Because Liverpool's a port, you get the sense that he's been a sailor, that he's travelled around the world, that he's been political,” says Curtis of his imagined Lennon. If it’s a fictional future, it’s one informed by all the things that made Lennon Lennon, music and mega-stardom aside. “He says at one point that he's fought for a lot of things and won once or twice, and also that he's made some brave decisions on love, as John did,” Curtis explains. “We're not specific about who with, but it's the idea that he had to fight to get love right, which John did.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## The man in the glasses","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d27219dec87b1872be0a81a","altText":"John Lennon glasses","image":{"name":"john-lennon-glasses.jpg","fileName":"john-lennon-glasses.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":933311,"path":"one/media/5d27/219d/ec87/b187/2be0/a81a"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":"Ethan Miller/Getty"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Behind those iconic rounded spectacles is an actor who looks and sounds like [Robert Carlyle](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-carlyle/){:target=_blank} – who, of course, has worked with Danny Boyle before, playing Begbie in _[Trainspotting](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/trainspotting-review/){:target=_blank}_ and its sequel _[T2 Trainspotting](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/t2-trainspotting-review/){:target=_blank}_. But the director declines to name exactly who got the role, revealing instead that the mystery actor is a next-level Beatles fan. “It was the cause of a lifetime for that actor. A very special moment for that actor, who venerated John before he was taken from us,” the director says. “This actor venerated him his whole life, and knew even more about him than Richard Curtis knows – and Richard is the world expert on The Beatles, he'll drive you mad with all the things he knows about them. And so it's a very special coming together of them, in a way, which I want to respect.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The role remains officially uncredited, and the actor hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity. \"We agreed that we wouldn't use any kind of publicity for it,” says Boyle.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## The reaction","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d271ffeec87b1cbf6e0a7f9","altText":"Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr","image":{"name":"paul-ringo.jpg","fileName":"paul-ringo.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1329153,"path":"one/media/5d27/1ffe/ec87/b1cb/f6e0/a7f9"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":"Kevork Djansezian/Getty"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Resurrecting John Lennon was always going to be a controversial decision, and the filmmakers were braced for a split reaction from audiences. “It's a marmite scene,” Boyle admits. “Some people think, ‘Oh no, you can't do that. You mustn't do that. I didn't like that.’ And other people do give in to it. Whether that means one set of people are romantic and one aren't, I don't know.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"For Boyle, it was all about how the scene was played. An idea that saw Jack playing some of the songs to Lennon didn’t make it for fear of coming off as offensive in some way. “You’ve got to be very tender with it,” says the director. “You can easily get disrespectful. I think the people who react against it just think it's disrespectful. They don't want to go there. But it was never meant disrespectfully, it was always meant absolutely tenderly and totally respectful to everything about him.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"And, of course, it won’t just be multiplex audiences responding to the scene, but also the two surviving Beatles – Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney – and the Harrison and Lennon families. The former has seen the film, and gave positive feedback. “We had a lovely message from Ringo and from Olivia [Harrison] about their experience watching the film, which was beautiful,” Boyle confirms. As for McCartney, at the time of the interviews he hadn’t yet seen the finished film – even though he approved its title. “He's seen the trailer and said, 'Yeah, the trailer seems to work! That's a surprise!',” Boyle laughs. If anything, it's the perfect response from the Liverpool lad done good. “It's that kind of undermining humour again that I absolutely adore, that we're built out of.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Yesterday is out now in UK cinemas. Listen to the _[full Empire Podcast spoiler special podcast with Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-yesterday-spoiler-special-ft-danny-boyle-and-richard-curtis/){:target=_blank}_.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"Yesterday: How That Pivotal Beatles Scene Came To Be","subtitle":"","content":["**WARNING: Contains MAJOR spoilers for** **_Yesterday_**","There are various levels of fantasy at play in _[Yesterday](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/yesterday-2-review/){:target=_blank}_, the Beatles-centric rom-com from writer [Richard Curtis](https://www.empireonline.com/people/richard-curtis/){:target=_blank} and director [Danny Boyle](https://www.empireonline.com/people/danny-boyle/){:target=_blank}. First of Jack, the struggling singer-songwriter who finds himself gifted with the greatest songs of all time that nobody else seems to remember. Second, that someone could fail to notice how much they love [Lily James](https://www.empireonline.com/people/lily-james/){:target=_blank} when she’s _right there in front of them_. And third, that – SPOILER WARNING – this Beatles-free world would result in John Lennon living a long and happy life, instead of being cruelly shot and killed at the age of 40 in December 1980.","In _Yesterday_’s final act, [Himesh Patel](https://www.empireonline.com/people/himesh-patel/){:target=_blank}’s now world-famous musician pays a visit to an older, wiser John Lennon – a surprising, moving, and perhaps controversial decision. In an [Empire Podcast spoiler special](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-yesterday-spoiler-special-ft-danny-boyle-and-richard-curtis/){:target=_blank}, we sat down with Curtis and Boyle to talk about how the sequence came together.","## The reason","The murder of John Lennon was a senseless tragedy – a musical icon, shot down by an obsessive fan. It’s an event that never left life-long Beatles devotee Richard Curtis. \"It felt as though there'd been a tear in the universe,” he says. Boyle agrees: “It's an absolute aberration in time.” And so, in cooking up a fantastical world where the Beatles never existed, the filmmakers were able to re-conceive a more optimistic future for the great songwriter.","“The magic of cinema – not just magic, because that's a slightly fey word – the _power_ of cinema is that it can do that. It can repair time,” says Boyle. “It was very special to be able to literally let the power of cinema re-imagine something, which is what it can do of course. It felt like a wonderful place to take our hero.”","## The writing","On page and on screen, the Lennon sequence represents a tonal shift – a step away from the whirlwind of Jack’s rise to fame to something quieter and more contemplative. It appealed to Boyle from first reading. “I remember thinking, that is just fantastic,” the director recalls. “Because you think you're in one kind of movie, and then for a moment it just allows you sit in something wondrous.” Its power, fittingly, was akin to a piece of music. “Great songs have that power over me,” Boyle says. “‘Common People’, the Pulp song, has that power over me. It just transforms me every time.”","While writing the film, Curtis didn’t just include a visit to John Lennon – his original draft also featured encounters with the remaining Beatles. “When he first goes to Liverpool, I'd written a long scene where he just goes to a pub and he bumps into George and Ringo,” he reveals. “It was, I hope, a sweet scene, and they were just two delightful, oldish men who'd once been in a band together. He bought him a couple of drinks, and it was all very sweet because they were clearly music enthusiasts who had never got any further. Happy people who loved music, like so many of us do, and formed a band or been in a pub band.”","Then there would have been a coda, with Paul McCartney making a last-minute appearance studded with in-joke references to the lyrics of ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’. “At the very end [Jack] was going to move to the Isle of Wight, to a cottage, and you were going to hear outside his window someone saying, 'Vera, Chuck, Dave!' There were going to be three dogs, and Paul was going to be walking them,” says Curtis.","Ultimately, only the Lennon sequence remained when it came time to shoot, and it stayed as originally written – though Curtis initially wrote around 20 pages, which he whittled down to the final version. “It was the scene that had the most meaning, and was in some ways the pivotal scene of the film,” says Curtis on why it remained. As for Boyle, he would have “resisted” the other Beatles cameos. \"I never saw any other version than this version,” the director says. “There's something very acute about the violence, the senselessness, of what John faced for a moment. Gone way before nature really took any kind of toll, which it will do of all of us as you get in your 60s and 70s and whatever. It's particularly acute for that.\"","As well as offering a far more preferable fate for Lennon, the encounter spurs the plot forward, moving Jack towards his decision to release the music for free to the world. “What you wanted to do was just transform Jack's experience for a moment. It does allow him to right a wrong,” explains Boyle. “We don't quite have the real power to right the wrong of Lennon’s death, but you do have the power through cinema to imagine it for a moment, that's all.”","## The older Lennon","We’ll never know what might have become of John Lennon, had he not been killed. But part of the catharsis for Curtis was imagining how his hero would have grown old – and how his life might have turned out had he not achieved worldwide fame. “Because Liverpool's a port, you get the sense that he's been a sailor, that he's travelled around the world, that he's been political,” says Curtis of his imagined Lennon. If it’s a fictional future, it’s one informed by all the things that made Lennon Lennon, music and mega-stardom aside. “He says at one point that he's fought for a lot of things and won once or twice, and also that he's made some brave decisions on love, as John did,” Curtis explains. “We're not specific about who with, but it's the idea that he had to fight to get love right, which John did.”","## The man in the glasses","Behind those iconic rounded spectacles is an actor who looks and sounds like [Robert Carlyle](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-carlyle/){:target=_blank} – who, of course, has worked with Danny Boyle before, playing Begbie in _[Trainspotting](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/trainspotting-review/){:target=_blank}_ and its sequel _[T2 Trainspotting](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/t2-trainspotting-review/){:target=_blank}_. 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Listen to the _[full Empire Podcast spoiler special podcast with Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-yesterday-spoiler-special-ft-danny-boyle-and-richard-curtis/){:target=_blank}_."],"primarySyndicatePosition":0,"published":{"state":"published","wasPublished":true,"scheduledStart":1562168321,"scheduledEnd":null},"hidePublicationDate":false,"hiddenArticle":false,"author_custom":"Ben Travis","publicationDate":1562846267000,"sourceUrl":"","sourceText":"","pageTemplate":"article","target":"international","toplistFeature":false,"isAdvertorial":false,"campaign_name":"","rating_extras":"","rating":"","verdict":"","nutshell":"","excerptOverride":"","urlOverride":"yesterday-how-pivotal-beatles-scene-came-to-be","canonical":"","metaDescription":"Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis talk the decisions behind Yesterday's climax. 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These can be the films that impressed you the most, that ones that stuck with you, that brought you joy, or came to you at just the right time. Epic or intimate, home-grown or foreign language, prestige pictures or not-so-guilty pleasures – we want your personal list, your personal choices, of the films that matter the most to you.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Fill in the form below, and we’ll be using the results in an upcoming issue. 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These can be the films that impressed you the most, that ones that stuck with you, that brought you joy, or came to you at just the right time. Epic or intimate, home-grown or foreign language, prestige pictures or not-so-guilty pleasures – we want your personal list, your personal choices, of the films that matter the most to you.","Fill in the form below, and we’ll be using the results in an upcoming issue. 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This year's conference, held as ever in Los Angeles, was marked more by what wasn't there than what was.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"In some ways, that's to be expected. We're a year out from new consoles from Microsoft — which this year confirmed its Xbox One successor, codenamed Project Scarlett, will launch Holiday 2020 — and, presumably, Sony — notable for their total absence from this year's E3. That has knock-on effects, with third party publishers not wanting to show their cards too early for the new generation, but also not having much left to reveal for the the current one.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"##Project Scarlett","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ktN4bycj9s","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"In terms of impact, this was Microsoft's show, the only company with plenty to announce. The release date for Project Scarlett was the mic drop moment, but additional details – if not full specs – on the console paint a powerful picture. The new machine will be four times as powerful as Xbox One X, powered by a custom AMD processor co-engineered by Microsoft. It will be capable of 8K resolutions, up to a 120fps refresh rate, and advanced visual techniques such as ray tracing, which will allow developers to create richer and more realistic worlds. It will also feature an SSD hard drive and GDDR6 memory, so Scarlett should be an incredibly fast console – perfect for running Halo Infinite, which will launch alongside the console.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Google Stadia","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-BbW6zAjL0","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"If there was a trend for E3 2019, it would be the rise of streaming and subscription gaming services. Google revealed its Stadia service just before E3, which will cost £8.99 per month in the UK for access to the platform. Games are purchased on top, and made accessible to players on any screen with an internet connection and a Chrome browser. At E3 itself, Microsoft revealed both its Console Streaming plans, allowing users to convert their Xbox One consoles into personal servers and stream their digital game library to them on other screens free of charge, and confirmed its Project xCloud ambitions for a future streaming service that will (presumably) offer access to games without an actual Xbox in the equation. Microsoft also announced its new Game Pass for PC subscription, providing access to a curated selection of titles for £3.99 per month – while in beta – and Game Pass Ultimate, which combines the existing Xbox One Game Pass with the new PC offering, and throws in Xbox Live Gold, for £10.99.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Ubisoft also got in on the subscription game, announcing its new Uplay+ service. Like Game Pass, this will offer access to a collection of Ubisoft PC titles for $14.99 per month (UK pricing TBC), but interestingly will also overlap with Google Stadia, allowing players to access their subscription library through the cloud.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Watch Dogs Legion","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guDXGom07Ns","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"Big new game reveals were relatively thin on the ground this year, but Ubisoft landed one of the biggest with the announcement of *Watch Dogs Legion*. Set in a near-future London where Brexit hasn't been stopped, it sees players joining hacker resistance movement Dedsec to fight back against the totalitarian regime that has arisen. Brilliantly, every Londoner is a playable character recruitable to the cause, with unique stats and abilities to aid the fight. One of Ubisoft's most unashamedly political games, this looks incredible.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Ghostwire Tokyo","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qrXLQqHkJk","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"Bethesda unveiled two new titles, *Ghostwire Tokyo* and *Deathloop*. The former, from Japanese studio Tango Gameworks, is a supernatural action adventure, where you'll use your own spectral abilities to investigate a series of spontaneous disappearances across Japan's capital. The latter pits two deadly assassins against each other on a mysterious, isolated island, trying to escape the timeloop that keeps killing them. *Deathloop* comes from *Dishonored* studio Arkane, so should be worth keeping an eye one.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Cyberpunk 2077","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d3poQHPkhM","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"Back at Xbox, the show was stolen by Keanu Reeves appearing on stage – ostensibly to reveal his role in CDProjektRed's upcoming futuristic RPG *Cyberpunk 2077*, but also to tell the audience they were all \"breathtaking\". Reeves will be playing digital ghost Johnny Silverhand in the game, with a key role in the main story.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Microsoft","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Microsoft's internal slate of upcoming software was undoubtedly the largest of the show, with more than a dozen world premieres including Ninja Theory's *Bleeding Edge*, a 4v4 team brawler – think *Overwatch*, but third person and with cybernetic melee fighters rather than shooter gameplay; a revamp of *Microsoft Flight Simulator* for PC and Xbox One, with dynamic weather and stunningly realised environments, and *Blair Witch*, a chilling take on the classic horror film.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Blair Witch**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m50j3t52TtY","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Bleeding Edge**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpU8kyX6ae0","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Elden Ring**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8wHJsFEKAM","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"As the only platform holder with a conference this year, Xbox's show also saw the reveal of several exciting third party titles, though many with only teaser, rather than gameplay focussed, trailers. JRPG *Tales of Arise* from Bandai Namco looks to be revamping the anime-styled series with slightly more realistic CGI, while also publishing FromSoftware's follow-up the *Dark Souls* series, *Elden Ring* – a jam session with *Game of Thrones*' George R.R. Martin. Little has been revealed on the latter, other than it being an open world dark fantasy.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Square Enix","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Square Enix announced several new titles, including a remastered release of classic JRPG *Trials of Mana*, set for 2020, and *Outriders*, a drop in/drop out shooter set in a sci-fi universe, but its E3 presence was dominated by *Final Fantasy*. Not only did it announce a release date for the long-awaited *Final Fantasy VII Remake** – look for it on PS4 on 3rd March 2020 – but also a remastered edition of *Final Fantasy VIII*, long thought impossible due to the original development materials supposedly being lost.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Final Fantasy VII Remake**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTCmN8TtkgQ","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Final Fantasy VIII Remaster**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpx2Z2CCjPs","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Avengers**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7r2yYM3qHY","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"The secretive *Marvel's Avengers* also debuted, showing the first look at gameplay and story. Although not set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the game – developed by Crystal Dynamics – features the core members from Joss Whedon's 2012 movie (minus, inexplicably, Hawkeye) and appears to set up a disaster in the opening act leading to the team losing the trust of the public. While supposedly a service game – think *Destiny* – footage showed playing through a story mode, switching between characters as needed. However, unlike *Destiny*, the developers have confirmed there will be \"no loot boxes or pay-to-win scenarios\", and that \"every new super hero and region will be delivered to players at no additional cost if you own the core game\". Look for this on 15 May 2020.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"##Nintendo","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Finally, Nintendo's E3 showcase was mainly focused on revealing new details or gameplay footage of previously announced games – such as *Fire Emblem: Three Houses*, *The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening*, *Luigi's Mansion 3*, and *Pokémon Sword and Shield* – but still snuck in a couple of exciting announcements for Nintendo Switch. A long-expected return for *Animal Crossing* appeared, with the announcement of a release date for *New Horizons* – albeit sadly delayed until 20 March 2020. The showstopper though was a rare direct *Zelda* sequel making an appearance, with the confirmation that a sequel to *Breath of the Wild* is in development. However, that is likely to be even further off, but what little footage was shown, with Link and Zelda seemingly awakening an ancient dark power, looked incredible.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31f0mRaGazY","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Animal Crossing: New Horizons**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGI_gRfqRSI","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"Something of a placeholder E3, then – held afloat largely by Xbox and with a few key announcements elsewhere, but largely feeling as though the whole games industry was holding its breath. When it starts to exhale in 2020, with a host of big titles at the start of the year through to the new Xbox at the end, prepare to be blown away.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118c2fa91b155aa79c0527","altText":"Halo Infinite","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"Halo-Infinite.jpg","name":"Halo-Infinite.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5d0770a0133d503e3a4afa92","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["Blink and you'll miss it – E3 2019 was the gaming industry event that practically wasn't. This year's conference, held as ever in Los Angeles, was marked more by what wasn't there than what was.","In some ways, that's to be expected. We're a year out from new consoles from Microsoft — which this year confirmed its Xbox One successor, codenamed Project Scarlett, will launch Holiday 2020 — and, presumably, Sony — notable for their total absence from this year's E3. That has knock-on effects, with third party publishers not wanting to show their cards too early for the new generation, but also not having much left to reveal for the the current one.","##Project Scarlett","In terms of impact, this was Microsoft's show, the only company with plenty to announce. The release date for Project Scarlett was the mic drop moment, but additional details – if not full specs – on the console paint a powerful picture. The new machine will be four times as powerful as Xbox One X, powered by a custom AMD processor co-engineered by Microsoft. It will be capable of 8K resolutions, up to a 120fps refresh rate, and advanced visual techniques such as ray tracing, which will allow developers to create richer and more realistic worlds. It will also feature an SSD hard drive and GDDR6 memory, so Scarlett should be an incredibly fast console – perfect for running Halo Infinite, which will launch alongside the console.","## Google Stadia","If there was a trend for E3 2019, it would be the rise of streaming and subscription gaming services. Google revealed its Stadia service just before E3, which will cost £8.99 per month in the UK for access to the platform. Games are purchased on top, and made accessible to players on any screen with an internet connection and a Chrome browser. At E3 itself, Microsoft revealed both its Console Streaming plans, allowing users to convert their Xbox One consoles into personal servers and stream their digital game library to them on other screens free of charge, and confirmed its Project xCloud ambitions for a future streaming service that will (presumably) offer access to games without an actual Xbox in the equation. Microsoft also announced its new Game Pass for PC subscription, providing access to a curated selection of titles for £3.99 per month – while in beta – and Game Pass Ultimate, which combines the existing Xbox One Game Pass with the new PC offering, and throws in Xbox Live Gold, for £10.99.","Ubisoft also got in on the subscription game, announcing its new Uplay+ service. Like Game Pass, this will offer access to a collection of Ubisoft PC titles for $14.99 per month (UK pricing TBC), but interestingly will also overlap with Google Stadia, allowing players to access their subscription library through the cloud.","## Watch Dogs Legion","Big new game reveals were relatively thin on the ground this year, but Ubisoft landed one of the biggest with the announcement of *Watch Dogs Legion*. Set in a near-future London where Brexit hasn't been stopped, it sees players joining hacker resistance movement Dedsec to fight back against the totalitarian regime that has arisen. Brilliantly, every Londoner is a playable character recruitable to the cause, with unique stats and abilities to aid the fight. One of Ubisoft's most unashamedly political games, this looks incredible.","## Ghostwire Tokyo","Bethesda unveiled two new titles, *Ghostwire Tokyo* and *Deathloop*. The former, from Japanese studio Tango Gameworks, is a supernatural action adventure, where you'll use your own spectral abilities to investigate a series of spontaneous disappearances across Japan's capital. The latter pits two deadly assassins against each other on a mysterious, isolated island, trying to escape the timeloop that keeps killing them. *Deathloop* comes from *Dishonored* studio Arkane, so should be worth keeping an eye one.","## Cyberpunk 2077","Back at Xbox, the show was stolen by Keanu Reeves appearing on stage – ostensibly to reveal his role in CDProjektRed's upcoming futuristic RPG *Cyberpunk 2077*, but also to tell the audience they were all \"breathtaking\". Reeves will be playing digital ghost Johnny Silverhand in the game, with a key role in the main story.","## Microsoft","Microsoft's internal slate of upcoming software was undoubtedly the largest of the show, with more than a dozen world premieres including Ninja Theory's *Bleeding Edge*, a 4v4 team brawler – think *Overwatch*, but third person and with cybernetic melee fighters rather than shooter gameplay; a revamp of *Microsoft Flight Simulator* for PC and Xbox One, with dynamic weather and stunningly realised environments, and *Blair Witch*, a chilling take on the classic horror film.","**Blair Witch**","**Bleeding Edge**","**Elden Ring**","As the only platform holder with a conference this year, Xbox's show also saw the reveal of several exciting third party titles, though many with only teaser, rather than gameplay focussed, trailers. JRPG *Tales of Arise* from Bandai Namco looks to be revamping the anime-styled series with slightly more realistic CGI, while also publishing FromSoftware's follow-up the *Dark Souls* series, *Elden Ring* – a jam session with *Game of Thrones*' George R.R. Martin. Little has been revealed on the latter, other than it being an open world dark fantasy.","## Square Enix","Square Enix announced several new titles, including a remastered release of classic JRPG *Trials of Mana*, set for 2020, and *Outriders*, a drop in/drop out shooter set in a sci-fi universe, but its E3 presence was dominated by *Final Fantasy*. Not only did it announce a release date for the long-awaited *Final Fantasy VII Remake** – look for it on PS4 on 3rd March 2020 – but also a remastered edition of *Final Fantasy VIII*, long thought impossible due to the original development materials supposedly being lost.","**Final Fantasy VII Remake**","**Final Fantasy VIII Remaster**","**Avengers**","The secretive *Marvel's Avengers* also debuted, showing the first look at gameplay and story. Although not set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the game – developed by Crystal Dynamics – features the core members from Joss Whedon's 2012 movie (minus, inexplicably, Hawkeye) and appears to set up a disaster in the opening act leading to the team losing the trust of the public. While supposedly a service game – think *Destiny* – footage showed playing through a story mode, switching between characters as needed. However, unlike *Destiny*, the developers have confirmed there will be \"no loot boxes or pay-to-win scenarios\", and that \"every new super hero and region will be delivered to players at no additional cost if you own the core game\". Look for this on 15 May 2020.","##Nintendo","Finally, Nintendo's E3 showcase was mainly focused on revealing new details or gameplay footage of previously announced games – such as *Fire Emblem: Three Houses*, *The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening*, *Luigi's Mansion 3*, and *Pokémon Sword and Shield* – but still snuck in a couple of exciting announcements for Nintendo Switch. A long-expected return for *Animal Crossing* appeared, with the announcement of a release date for *New Horizons* – albeit sadly delayed until 20 March 2020. The showstopper though was a rare direct *Zelda* sequel making an appearance, with the confirmation that a sequel to *Breath of the Wild* is in development. However, that is likely to be even further off, but what little footage was shown, with Link and Zelda seemingly awakening an ancient dark power, looked incredible.","**Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2**","**Animal Crossing: New Horizons**","Something of a placeholder E3, then – held afloat largely by Xbox and with a few key announcements elsewhere, but largely feeling as though the whole games industry was holding its breath. 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But viewers who endured the torments of [Elisabeth Moss](https://www.empireonline.com/people/elisabeth-moss/)’s beleaguered handmaid, Offred, in Seasons 1 and 2, just aren’t sure if they can go through it all again.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I’ve lived every second of Offred’s suffering, from her initiation at the Red Centre when I read Margaret Atwood’s brilliant novel aged 15, to our heroine’s crazy decision to stay in Gilead as her friend and baby sped off to Canada at the end of Season 2. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but the constant dangling of the freedom carrot in front of her nose, only to snatch it away again, has left viewers exhausted.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2fa91b155aa79c0524","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfe8c03133d503e3a4accef","fileName":"handmaid-s2.jpg","name":"handmaid-s2.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"The Handmaid's Tale - Season 3"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"But June (let’s give her her real name) couldn’t walk away from Gilead knowing others were still suffering, not to mention leaving her daughter Hannah to grow up in such a brutal regime. A third series has to bring resolution and, crucially, hope as real-life events (Alabama, Northern Ireland) come dangerously close to the fiction on our screens. God knows we need to feel like there’s a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The revolution is coming.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"pullQuotes"},{"content":"The [second season](https://www.empireonline.com/tv/handmaid-tale-season-2/) raised questions about the ethics of showing female torture on screen. Should the continual subjugation of women be such a focus of the story? Not to mention the mental abuse of a central character who finds herself repeatedly on the brink of escaping, only to be yanked back into the daily horror of life as a reproductive slave.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"While I understand the reluctance of some to return to Gilead, I am determined to see this thing through because the revolution is coming. And not a moment too soon. June will lead from the front as she gathers an army of female allies around her. Some from surprising places. In the season trailer, June and Serena Waterford sit smoking cigarettes by a pool, apparently combining resources towards a common aim. Could their abusive relationship transform into an axis of power?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2fa91b155aa79c0525","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfe8c03133d503e3a4accef","fileName":"handmaid-season-3.jpg","name":"handmaid-season-3.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"The Handmaid's Tale"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Apart from my desperate need to see the women band together and sock it to that squad of impotent old white guys in suits, this season will give me the chance to get to know [Bradley Whitford](https://www.empireonline.com/people/bradley-whitford/)’s Commander Joseph Lawrence. The facilitator of June and Emily’s escape in Season 2, he was a late arrival and aside from his rebellious tendencies, we don’t know much about him yet. After all the suffering and anguish, I am so down with Josh from *The West Wing* ganging up with the women to kick patriarchal butt. If this is how *The Handmaid’s Tale* bows out, it will have been worth all the pain.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0523","altText":"The Handmaid's Tale - Season 3","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"handmaid-main.jpg","name":"handmaid-main.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfe8c03133d503e3a4accef","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["A third season of *[The Handmaid’s Tale](https://www.empireonline.com/tv/handmaids-tale/)* is strapping on its brown boots and marching towards us, wimple starched and eyes burning with silent rage. But viewers who endured the torments of [Elisabeth Moss](https://www.empireonline.com/people/elisabeth-moss/)’s beleaguered handmaid, Offred, in Seasons 1 and 2, just aren’t sure if they can go through it all again.","I’ve lived every second of Offred’s suffering, from her initiation at the Red Centre when I read Margaret Atwood’s brilliant novel aged 15, to our heroine’s crazy decision to stay in Gilead as her friend and baby sped off to Canada at the end of Season 2. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but the constant dangling of the freedom carrot in front of her nose, only to snatch it away again, has left viewers exhausted.","But June (let’s give her her real name) couldn’t walk away from Gilead knowing others were still suffering, not to mention leaving her daughter Hannah to grow up in such a brutal regime. A third series has to bring resolution and, crucially, hope as real-life events (Alabama, Northern Ireland) come dangerously close to the fiction on our screens. God knows we need to feel like there’s a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.","The [second season](https://www.empireonline.com/tv/handmaid-tale-season-2/) raised questions about the ethics of showing female torture on screen. Should the continual subjugation of women be such a focus of the story? Not to mention the mental abuse of a central character who finds herself repeatedly on the brink of escaping, only to be yanked back into the daily horror of life as a reproductive slave.","While I understand the reluctance of some to return to Gilead, I am determined to see this thing through because the revolution is coming. And not a moment too soon. June will lead from the front as she gathers an army of female allies around her. Some from surprising places. In the season trailer, June and Serena Waterford sit smoking cigarettes by a pool, apparently combining resources towards a common aim. Could their abusive relationship transform into an axis of power?","Apart from my desperate need to see the women band together and sock it to that squad of impotent old white guys in suits, this season will give me the chance to get to know [Bradley Whitford](https://www.empireonline.com/people/bradley-whitford/)’s Commander Joseph Lawrence. The facilitator of June and Emily’s escape in Season 2, he was a late arrival and aside from his rebellious tendencies, we don’t know much about him yet. After all the suffering and anguish, I am so down with Josh from *The West Wing* ganging up with the women to kick patriarchal butt. If this is how *The Handmaid’s Tale* bows out, it will have been worth all the pain."],"embeds":[],"images":[{"id":"5d118c2fa91b155aa79c0524","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfe8c03133d503e3a4accef","fileName":"handmaid-s2.jpg","name":"handmaid-s2.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"The Handmaid's Tale - Season 3"},{"id":"5d118c2fa91b155aa79c0525","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfe8c03133d503e3a4accef","fileName":"handmaid-season-3.jpg","name":"handmaid-season-3.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"The Handmaid's Tale"}],"imageGalleries":[],"pullQuotes":["The revolution is coming."],"publicationDate":1560185580000,"author":{"id":"5a0ecfd9d7aa8e33ecab37c3","fullname":"Willow Green"},"author_custom":"Julia Raeside","people":[{"id":"5d1112c9a91b155aa799203a","furl":"elisabeth-moss","name":"Elisabeth Moss","heroImage":[{"id":"5d1112c9a91b155aa799202f","altText":"Elisabeth Moss","caption":"Elisabeth Moss","credits":"TMDB","image":{"fileName":"iSp2t9GYUUgyqTpz25J6hOHH2An.jpg","name":"iSp2t9GYUUgyqTpz25J6hOHH2An.jpg","width":540,"height":720,"mimeType":"image/jpeg","path":"one/empire-tmdb/people/32798/profiles"}}],"composed":{"heroImage":["5d1112c9a91b155aa799202f"]}},{"id":"5d1112b2a91b155aa7990efa","furl":"bradley-whitford","name":"Bradley Whitford","heroImage":[{"id":"5d1112b2a91b155aa7990ef7","altText":"Bradley Whitford","caption":"Bradley Whitford","credits":"TMDB","image":{"fileName":"66brylvzWLg94TRMd6QFrVyMOei.jpg","name":"66brylvzWLg94TRMd6QFrVyMOei.jpg","width":480,"height":720,"mimeType":"image/jpeg","path":"one/empire-tmdb/people/11367/profiles"}}],"composed":{"heroImage":["5d1112b2a91b155aa7990ef7"]}}],"apiVersion":"1.0","createdAt":1560185859234,"createdBy":"testClient","v":1,"primaryPublication":{"id":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","preview":null,"name":"Empire","urlSlugHide":true,"furl":"empire","stationCode":"","language":"en","googleAnalyticsId":"","fbiaAudienceNetworkPlacement1":"","hostname":{"id":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5","primary":"https://www.empireonline.com"},"composed":{"hostname":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5"}},"urls":["empire/movies/features/watch-handmaid-tale-season-3-even-tough-viewing/"],"composed":{"author":"5a0ecfd9d7aa8e33ecab37c3","imageGalleries":[],"heroImage":["5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0523"],"categories":["5d111266a91b155aa798c909"],"images":["5d118c2fa91b155aa79c0524","5d118c2fa91b155aa79c0525"],"people":["5d1112c9a91b155aa799203a","5d1112b2a91b155aa7990efa"],"primaryPublication":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","publications":["5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74"]}},{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0522","title":"Avengers Endgame: 26 Spoilers Explained By The Directors And Writers","subtitle":"","furl":"avengers-endgame-26-spoilers-explained-directors-writers","publications":[{"id":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","amp":null,"preview":null,"name":"Empire","urlSlugHide":true,"furl":"empire","stationCode":"","language":"en","hostname":{"id":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5","primary":"https://www.empireonline.com"},"composed":{"hostname":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5"}}],"primarySyndicatePosition":0,"urlOverride":"avengers-endgame-26-spoilers-explained-directors-writers","categories":[{"id":"5d111266a91b155aa798c909","name":"Features","furl":"features","parent":{"id":"5d111266a91b155aa798c903","name":"Movies","furl":"movies"},"composed":{"parent":"5d111266a91b155aa798c903"}}],"pageTemplate":"feature","published":{"state":"published","scheduledEnd":null,"wasPublished":true},"target":"international","isLegacy":true,"legacy":{"id":"5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","collection":"features","publication":"empire","furl":"avengers-endgame-26-spoilers-explained-directors-writers","url":"movies/features/avengers-endgame-26-spoilers-explained-directors-writers/","cms":"http://bantam.empireonline.com/edit.php?c=features.content&_id=5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","urlHistory":[],"createdAt":1559902407250},"toplistFeature":false,"hiddenArticle":false,"excerpt":"Here’s a conundrum: how do you wrap up a 22-movie saga, follow up the most...","metaTitle":"","metaDescription":"The Russo Brothers and Markus & McFeely talk spoilers, deaths, fan theories and more with Empire. 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If you’re *[Avengers: Endgame](https://www.empireeonline.com/movies/avengers-endgame/review/)*, you do it with stunning ease – the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest offering a powerful, emotion, thrilling and playful three-hour epic, stuffed with fan service and jaw-dropping pay-offs. *Empire* sat down with the films directors, [Anthony](https://www.empireonline.com/people/anthony-russo/) and [Joe Russo](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joe-russo/), and its writers, [Christopher Markus](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christopher-markus/) and [Stephen McFeely](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stephen-mcfeely/), for some spoiler-heavy conversations, talking the film’s major revelations, twists, deaths, and more – and they delivered all kinds of fascinating insights into one of the biggest movies of all time.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Listen to the full interviews on the [Empire Podcast spoiler special here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-avengers-endgame-spoiler-special-interviews-ft-russos-markus/) – and keep scrolling to read 26 tidbits from the filmmakers, covering the beginning, middle and end of the *Endgame*.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: ENDGAME AND AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR FOLLOW**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## THE FAN THEORY","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 1) Ant-Man wouldn't have survived going up Thanos' bum","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0508","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-1.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-1.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Sorry, anyone who counted on the Endgame being a miniaturised Scott Lang taking a trip up Thanos’, er, *quantum realm* and re-expanding in explosive style. “Thanos could take a punch from the Hulk, we've seen that. And it stands to reason his whole body is at least as strong as that,” Markus explains. “If Ant-Man expanded, he would be simply crushed against the immovable walls of Thanos’ mighty rectum.” Now *that* is an image.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## THE INFINITY WAR AFTERMATH","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 2) The Snap doesn't count as a cliffhanger","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0509","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-2.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-2.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"OK, so Marvel was never going to leave Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and co as piles of dust forever. But while *Endgame* sees the undoing of *[Infinity War](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/avengers-infinity-war/review/)*’s instantly iconic down ending, the writers insist that The Snap is no mere cliffhanger. “Heroes lose all the time at the end of act two, and it usually lasts five minutes and then they're back out of it. We didn't want to do that,” says McFeely. “It seemed like a cheat. People accuse that first movie of being a cliffhanger, but I'll go to my grave saying it's a tragedy. A cliffhanger implies that you're going to resolve it quickly, and we did not want to do that.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 3) The Snap isn't just Star Lord's fault","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c050a","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-3.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-3.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The Avengers come incredibly close to defeating Thanos several times during *[Infinity War](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/avengers-infinity-war/review/)* – particularly on Titan, when Mantis manages to subdue the Mad Titan and Spider-Man nearly nabs the Gauntlet. Until Star Lord enters, that is, and punches the villain for murdering Gamora. Cue internet outrage that Peter Quill messed up the gang’s best chance at avoiding the Snap – though the writers are more sympathetic towards him. “If you’re standing in front of your girlfriend's father and find out that he just killed your girlfriend, you're gonna hit him in the face!” argues Markus. “I just think it's totally emotionally understandable, particularly when you add in the scene where [Quill] was supposed to kill her.” McFeely agrees, pointing out the other Avengers also failed to assassinate Thanos. “[Star Lord] is one of many reasons why they don't win. All you've got to do is cut his head off – Thor's at fault. Tony and Steve, if they got along there's a good chance... There's a lot of blame to go around.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 4) The Hawkeye scene is a tearjerker for Joe Russo","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c050b","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-4.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-4.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The sense of tragedy in *Endgame* is immediate, with the film opening on a scene of Hawkeye losing his entire family in the Snap. It’s a scene that was originally intended for *Infinity War* but proved the perfect way to reintroduce Clint Barton in the MCU – and for director Joe Russo, it’s a real hard-hitter. “I've got four kids, and it's a very tragic scene to open the movie with. It's one of the few scenes in the movie that actually makes me tear up when I watch it, because I think about my own family,” he admits. “And then you think about what would happen to you, as a father. You'd become very self-destructive.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 5) Robert Downey Jr. improvised that 'Liar!' moment","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c050c","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-5.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-5.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"When an emaciated Tony Stark is saved from starvation in the cosmos by Captain Marvel, his rearrival on Earth brings him face-to-face with Steve Rogers for the first time since their emotional fracas in *Civil War* – and it’s fair to say Stark is still holding a grudge, wrenched as he calls Rogers a ‘liar’. It’s a note that came from [Robert Downey Jr](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-downey-jr/) himself. “I think that was one of Downey's most inspired performance moments in the movie,” says Anthony Russo. “He very much reverts to, this is the guy who felt forsaken by his father – you can see his intimacy and trust issues in that moment when he turns on Cap. Downey performed the scene with a lot of energy. We didn't do it many times, because he was expending himself so, so much. He understood it very well.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## THE ‘FIVE YEARS LATER’ JUMP","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 6) The time jump was inspired by whe 'What If?' comics","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c050d","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-6.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-6.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Marvel is currently working on a *What If?* series for the Disney+ streaming service, based on a series of comics that reimagines storylines with one key non-canonical change – but its influence has already been felt in *Endgame*. McFeely confirms the *What If?* stories offered major inspiration in how to change the Avengers post-Snap. “By jumping five years, you get to have 'What if Tony got married and lived happily ever after?'; 'What if Hulk became basically the only super-hero and was smart?'; 'What if Cap seemed like he might want to give up?'; 'What if Natasha never left the house and was the last woman on the wall?'; 'What if Thor became a fat drunk?',” he says. “That was the idea to do that, but not as *What If* – keep the stakes. That all happened, it's all part of canon.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 7) The visual palette shifts to reflect the time jump","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c050e","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-7.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-7.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"When the Avengers kill Thanos in the opening act of *Endgame*, it should be a triumphant moment – and yet it isn’t. Nothing is fixed, the Infinity Stones have been destroyed, and all hope seems lost. The future jump reflects that mood in a visual manner. “At 'Five Years Later', you'll notice it gets a lot bluer, cooler tones. We wanted a more depressive mood,” says Joe Russo. “The intention was to let the characters and the audience feel the effects of *Infinity War*, and then slowly transition into a different tone – you'll notice the movie starts to get funny around Hulk and the diner, where the tone is becoming hopeful again.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 8) The arrival of Brainy Hulk is a beacon of hope","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c050f","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-8.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-8.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Every Avenger is changed in the five year gap that follows the beheading of Thanos, mostly for the worse – losing hope, finding addiction, or retiring from superheroism for good. And then there’s Bruce Banner, who holds a special place in the filmmakers’ hearts for the hope he represents. “In terms of the spectrum of how the Avengers were responding to what happened with Thanos, Banner is the sole character who is actually forging into a bright new future, trying to build something totally new and find something completely new,” says Anthony Russo. “Natasha is trying to maintain, some people are falling apart, but Banner is the one who is most heroic in a sense that he maintains his will to keep trying.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## TIME HEIST!","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 9) Tony Stark could have visited Asgard","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0510","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-10.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-10.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Once the time heist plot was decided on, the writers had the task of figuring out which eras of the MCU the heroes would be travelling back to – with an early iteration sending Iron Man to one of the other Nine Realms. “Technically in *[Thor: The Dark World](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/thor-dark-world/review/)*, the Tesseract is in the vault as the Aether is also there,” says McFeely. “So that sent Tony to Asgard, and he had an invisible stealth suit, and he fought Heimdall, who could of course see him. I think Joe [Russo] went in and said, 'Why don't we go in to *Avengers*? It's the biggest movie, it's the most fun, let's go.'\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 10) Thor was reunited with Frigga instead of Jane Foster","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0511","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-9.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-9.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"During the time heist, Thor is afforded a beautiful reunion with his late mother Frigga, who tells him the exact words he needs to hear in order to rebuild and forgive himself for failing to vanquish Thanos in *Infinity War*. According to McFeely, that reunion wouldn’t have involved Odin (“The MCU didn’t need more father issues”), and ended up not being with [Natalie Portman](https://www.empireonline.com/people/natalie-portman/)’s Jane Foster because “it wasn’t a romantic relationship he needed to repair”. Co-writer Markus agrees: “He had some Jane Foster time in one draft. But that didn't seem like his issue. He's reduced to a childlike state in his cabin over there in Norway, and he needed advice from his mom, basically. Someone needs to go, 'You're OK. You're a fuck-up, *and* you're OK.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 11) There's a (sort of) cameo by a medieval saint","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0512","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-11.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-11.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Cameos are a standard part of comic book movies (more on Stan Lee’s final MCU cameo later) – but has one ever had a sort-of appearance from a 7th century saintly scholar? *Endgame*’s Asgard scenes were shot in Durham Cathedral, meaning St. Bede was present, in a way, for a pivotal moment. \"Frigga's bedroom is the crypt of the Venerable Bede. There's an actual Saint in that scene, just off camera,\" Markus says with incredulity, joking: “We were respectful of the whole place. ‘There's tacos over by the Bede, there.’”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 12) The Stan Lee cameo was based on ‘70s Stan Lee","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0513","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-12.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-12.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*Endgame* features the final MCU cameo from comic book legend [Stan Lee](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stan-lee/) – a joyous moment in the film’s 1970-set sequence, with a lusciously-locked Lee yelling “make love, not war!” from a passing car. Fittingly, his look in the cameo is based on pics of Stan from the ‘70s. “We had particular nostalgic fun with this cameo because we were going to the past,” says Anthony Russo. “We started to look at old photos – our visual effects team is so fluent with de-ageing techniques. We allowed ourselves to become very inspired and excited by old images of Stan. It was great fun.” According to Joe Russo, the arrival of the legend on set never failed to cause a commotion. “There's a lot of comic book fans who work on these movies, that's why they're attracted to work on these films,” the director says. “The crew gets very used to the movie stars, but when Stan Lee would show up, everybody was 10 again. It was a different energy on the set.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 13) Black Widow's death wasn’t set in stone","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0514","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-13.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-13.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Before *Endgame* even reaches its final act, one of the original six Avengers dies to keep the plot against Thanos in motion. But Black Widow and Hawkeye’s tussle on Vormir could have seen the sharp-shooter end up as the Soul Stone sacrifice instead of Natasha Romanoff – a decision which was long mulled over by the Russos and the writers. \"We had a version where [Hawkeye] went over,” confirms McFeely. “I remember specifically our visual effects supervisor Jen Underdahl was reading it going, ‘Don't do that. Honour her choice.’ And we took it very seriously. Many of the women on the crew were passionate about giving her the hero moment – don't take it away from her.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Part of the decision to make Natasha the one who finally plummets was to continue the redemption arc that her entire MCU journey so far has established. “Natasha is fascinating because she used to be a villain. It's not something you've seen on screen before, but she had a life prior to this that was the wrong life,” Joe Russo says. “The character had their identity stripped away and was turned into an assassin, then found a new family through her membership in the Avengers. It just seemed an incredibly heroic choice for her to make knowing that she had to sacrifice herself to preserve the future and the family.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"On a more practical level, the director says it’s logical that Romanoff would fend off Barton in a scrap. “We saw in Avengers that she's the better fighter,” he reasons. “So if it's going to come down to fisticuffs about who's going over that cliff, she's going to win. And she did win.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## THE SHOWDOWN","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 14) Thanos intentionally has less screen time","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0515","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-14.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-14.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"If there was a ‘main character’ in *Infinity War*, it was Thanos himself – the big purple baddie drives the plot and achieves his main aim by the closing credits. But that’s not the case in *Endgame*. “It’s definitely an Avengers movie, where the other one wasn't,” says McFeely. “We had to give ourselves permission to backseat the villain a little bit. I don't think anyone in the first half of the movie is going, 'Oh I wish there was a villain'. You're rolling around in the loss and the time heist, and you think it's sort of Avengers against nature.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 15) The 2012 version of Thanos is ‘Warrior Thanos’","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0516","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-15.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-15.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Dread him, run from him, behead him, Thanos arrives all the same – as the Avengers find out the hard way, when a 2012 version of the Mad Titan pops up in 2023 to make a play for the Infinity Gauntlet. This younger incarnation of the character has a different temperament – and the directors have their own nickname for him. \"We refer to him as Warrior Thanos,” reveals Anthony Russo, “the version of the character before he put down his armour and became enlightened and wanted to search for the stones. He's angrier – it might be his flaw in the film, that he's a little bit more precocious and self-confident, not quite as enlightened.” The writers also sought to bring a more dangerous edge to Thanos as he appears in *Endgame*. “He is, oddly for all the damage he does in *Infinity War*, a mellowed-out, philosophical Thanos,” says Markus. “And we wanted the warlord in this movie, who hasn't quite worked out all the nuances yet.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 16) Hulk lifting Avengers HQ is a Secret Wars nod","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0517","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"hulk-secret-wars.jpg","name":"hulk-secret-wars.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Marvel Secret Wars"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"In the wake of Thanos’ attack on Avengers HQ, the Hulk lifts the piled-up rubble with his incredible bulk – an image that felt familiar to all fans of Marvel’s Secret Wars comic run, which saw the big green guy hold up an entire mountain. According to Joe Russo, the *Endgame* moment is “one hundred percent” a reference to that stunning comic panel.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 17) Thor's transformation had to stick","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0518","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-17.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-17.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The God Of Thunder’s physical transformation during the five year time jump is a move that few audience members would have predicted – and while there’s debate over how sensitively his weight gain is handled, it’s undeniably impressive that it’s not undone by the closing reel. “The end of Thor's journey is not simply a return to who he was before he became depressed,” Anthony Russo explains. “The end of Thor's journey is the arrival at a new state of understanding of himself and his world. He's yet another character moving forward. The idea of simply changing him back I think undermined the idea that that’s not who Thor is anymore.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 18) Cap lifting Mjolnir was long planned by Kevin Feige","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0519","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-18.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-18.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Ever since *[Avengers: Age Of Ultron](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/avengers-age-ultron/review/)*, the seed has been planted that Captain America might just be worthy enough to lift Thor’s hammer. It’s a moment that’s more than paid off in *Endgame* – and Joe Russo reckons [Kevin Feige](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kevin-feige/) has had it brewing for years. “I'm sure it was probably in Kevin's mind well before [*Ultron*], which is why he probably asked Joss to include something like that. At some point he wanted to see Cap worthy,” says the director. “But it's one of those things that you can only pay off with 10 years of storytelling behind it. To know everything that Cap has gone through, and to see who he is as a character and all the choices that he's made, he is worthy. Even though he's made mistakes, which is I think fascinating – even in *[Civil War](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/captain-america-civil-war/review/)* when he admits to Tony that he withheld the truth from him, it doesn't alter the fact that he's worthy.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 19) The portals scene soars thanks to Alan Silvestri","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c051a","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-19.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-19.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Arguably the film’s most stirring moment comes in the jaw-dropping rearrival of the Snapped Avengers, arriving on the battlefield through a bunch of Doctor Strange portals to offer Cap, Tony and Thor some much-needed assistance. And while it’s an epic moment, the writers and directors are all in agreement that it’s [Alan Silvestri](https://www.empireonline.com/people/alan-silvestri/)’s spine-tingling score that really makes it soar. “You have Alan Silvestri score an entire sequence, and that's when it really comes to life,\" says Anthony Russo, his brother Joe agreeing: “The sequence didn't reach its full impact until the score was applied to it.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"In the writing process, it took a little while to work out when exactly to bring everyone back, an initial draft seeing the heroes all return to Avengers HQ before Thanos’ ship arrives to blow them all to hell. “They snapped it, and bam – everyone's there, and then Thanos attacked,” explains Markus. “It was fine, but the way it is currently makes it feel like the movie's not done. If you resolve it, then it's just a skirmish afterwards. But because you have not completed the primary task – everybody is not back yet – it still feels like there's a lot in the balance.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The directors claim it was “a lot of trial and error” getting the fallen heroes’ triumphant return right, but the finished cut in the film matches their vision. “Honestly, I think it's pretty close to the Director's Cut in terms of the structure,” says Joe Russo. “We always knew that the most emotionally satisfying, arousing [thing] would be T'Challa turning up with the Wakandan army. You're in a moment now where you realise that Thanos has brought thousands of his minions to destroy the Earth. What's going to stand against this? Well, here comes Wakanda. That's an incredible moment. Peter Parker would be the other really emotional character return. It was structuring that sequence in a way that it kept building on itself as it went.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## TONY STARK, RIP","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 20) Marvel didn't insist on Tony Stark's death","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c051b","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-20.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-20.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"By the end of *Endgame*, the original lynchpin of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is no more – Tony Stark sacrifices himself to wipe out Thanos once and for all. It’s one hell of a way to bring closure to a 22-movie arc. But while it makes perfect sense as a logical end for the original Iron Man, Stark’s death wasn’t insisted upon by the studio. “Marvel as a whole said, 'We think it might be a time [for Tony to die], but if you have a good reason *not* to do it, feel free – we'll do whatever',” says Markus. “But it really did seem like, particularly with what Tony experiences after the five year break – that he has gotten married, had a kid, and is living a very healthy, peaceful life for once, and he's had five full years of no surprises – that there wasn't anywhere left that he needed to go. This was a guy who had made his full journey, all the way to the end, had experienced a full rehabilitation of his character from being the douchebag in the back of the Humvee at the beginning of the first *[Iron Man](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/iron-man/review/)*. To have him make the sacrifice that Steve Rogers would have made had he had the opportunity at that moment, just felt really right.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 21) It was logical that Tony's death would be snap-related","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c051c","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-21.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-21.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"While Stark’s tragic death wasn’t decreed by Marvel, the logical conclusion of *Endgame*’s story threads organically led to the eventuality that Iron Man would be the one to snap Thanos out of existence, and pay the ultimate price for it. “We knew that the Gauntlet would have to undo the Gauntlet – it just seemed like a balanced way to approach the storytelling,” explains Joe Russo. “All these questions just become logical. Who has the technical know-how to create something that could hold the Stones? It would take a genius like Tony Stark to figure it out. He uses nanotech because Hulk's got to put it on, Thanos has to put it on, Tony has to put it on – one size fits all. This is all part of Doctor Strange's sad plan, to keep Tony alive at the end of *Infinity War* only so he could die later saving everyone. We felt like there was an incredible amount of tragedy in that.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 22) It was RDJ's choice for Tony Stark to die quietly","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c051d","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-22.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-22.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"If Tony Stark had an actual super-power, it was his motor-mouth – firing out quips and one-liners with lightning-fast reflexes. But when it’s time for him to die he doesn’t utter a single word, a choice that came from Robert Downey Jr himself. “Robert was like, ‘I'm not going to say fucking anything. I don't want to talk, because it doesn't feel honest to me. And I don't think in that moment that he'd have the ability to speak',” reveals Joe Russo. “He was like, ‘I'm going to lay here, and you can let it unfold with the other characters, but I'm going to barely interact because that feels like a truthful choice to me’.” Needless to say, the directors agreed with the idea. “To have a character in that much pain, on the verge of death, it was important for us to create the feeling that when you looked at Tony Stark in that moment, you knew he was dying, and you had to process that in that moment,” adds Anthony.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 23) Tony’s sacrifice changes the emphasis of Infinity War's ending","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c051e","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-23.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-23.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"In *Infinity War*, we learn that the odds for the Avengers beating Thanos are near-impossibly slim – Doctor Strange seeing just one eventuality where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes triumph. And now that we know it’s Tony Stark’s final sacrifice to dust the Mad Titan, the writers promise you’ll watch that moment in *Infinity War* in a whole new light. “Cumberbatch takes a really long pregnant pause. And now that you know that he’s looking ahead to *Endgame* and Tony dying, and he says, 'One', you will only read it as, 'You have to die – there's no other way',\" says McFeely.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 24) Killing Cap would have been too depressing","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c051f","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-24.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-24.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"While Black Widow and Iron Man get tragic, heroic deaths, Captain America gets a different kind of emotional ending – heading back into an alternate past to live a happy life with Peggy Carter. Not only was it a logical end for his character arc, but it offered hope where killing him would have destroyed it. “Once you kill a beloved character like [Tony], you've got to have hope at the end of the movie in some regard, and the only person to give you that hope is the other co-lead,” says Joe Russo. “Had we killed both the leads, I feel like people would have been walking out into traffic after the film. The intention is not to destroy people, it's to hopefully tell a complex and dimensionalised story in a way, that makes them feel a varied range of emotion.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 25) The overriding theme is sacrifice","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0520","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-25.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-25.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"There’s plenty of thematic stuff at play in *Endgame* – parental reunions, predestination vs free will – but for Markus, the key throughline is one of heroic sacrifice. “Black Widow sacrifices herself. Tony sacrifices himself. Steve, whose stock in trade is sacrificing himself, manages not to. It's a nice reversal there,” he explains. The five year time jump not being written out also speaks to the film’s weighty consequences. “It's not fixed at the end – it's undone, but the five years are still there. The trauma is still existent.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## THE FUTURE","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 26) The dead characters won’t be rebooted any time soon","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0521","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-26.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-26.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Part of the life cycle of comic book movies (and their serialised source material) is eventual rebooting – iconic characters only stay dead for so long before a new incarnation arrives. But according to the writers, that’s not the case here. Don’t expect to see a new Tony Stark or Steve Rogers any time soon. “It's the nature of the MCU,” argues Markus. “It's not a place where you can reboot one and suddenly Iron Man is 15 years old and everyone else is still the same age. The characters have to pass out, and the universe has to still stand. So if you're going to take people off the board, they've got to go for real. Granted, these are movies. I understand that somebody has made some kind of announcement that has the word 'Vision' in it, so I mean...\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*Avengers: Endgame is out now. Listen to the [Empire Podcast studio spoiler special here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-avengers-endgame-spoiler-special/), the [live spoiler special here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-avengers-endgame-live-spoiler-special/), and the [Russos and Markus & McFeely spoiler special here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-avengers-endgame-spoiler-special-interviews-ft-russos-markus/).*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0507","altText":"Avengers: Endgame","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"endgame-feat-main.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-main.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["Here’s a conundrum: how do you wrap up a 22-movie saga, follow up the most iconic shock blockbuster ending since *[The Empire Strikes Back](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/star-wars-episode-v-empire-strikes-back/review/)*, and provide a satisfying ending for some of the most beloved screen heroes of the last decade? If you’re *[Avengers: Endgame](https://www.empireeonline.com/movies/avengers-endgame/review/)*, you do it with stunning ease – the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest offering a powerful, emotion, thrilling and playful three-hour epic, stuffed with fan service and jaw-dropping pay-offs. *Empire* sat down with the films directors, [Anthony](https://www.empireonline.com/people/anthony-russo/) and [Joe Russo](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joe-russo/), and its writers, [Christopher Markus](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christopher-markus/) and [Stephen McFeely](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stephen-mcfeely/), for some spoiler-heavy conversations, talking the film’s major revelations, twists, deaths, and more – and they delivered all kinds of fascinating insights into one of the biggest movies of all time.","Listen to the full interviews on the [Empire Podcast spoiler special here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-avengers-endgame-spoiler-special-interviews-ft-russos-markus/) – and keep scrolling to read 26 tidbits from the filmmakers, covering the beginning, middle and end of the *Endgame*.","**SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: ENDGAME AND AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR FOLLOW**","## THE FAN THEORY","## 1) Ant-Man wouldn't have survived going up Thanos' bum","Sorry, anyone who counted on the Endgame being a miniaturised Scott Lang taking a trip up Thanos’, er, *quantum realm* and re-expanding in explosive style. “Thanos could take a punch from the Hulk, we've seen that. And it stands to reason his whole body is at least as strong as that,” Markus explains. “If Ant-Man expanded, he would be simply crushed against the immovable walls of Thanos’ mighty rectum.” Now *that* is an image.","## THE INFINITY WAR AFTERMATH","## 2) The Snap doesn't count as a cliffhanger","OK, so Marvel was never going to leave Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and co as piles of dust forever. But while *Endgame* sees the undoing of *[Infinity War](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/avengers-infinity-war/review/)*’s instantly iconic down ending, the writers insist that The Snap is no mere cliffhanger. “Heroes lose all the time at the end of act two, and it usually lasts five minutes and then they're back out of it. We didn't want to do that,” says McFeely. “It seemed like a cheat. People accuse that first movie of being a cliffhanger, but I'll go to my grave saying it's a tragedy. A cliffhanger implies that you're going to resolve it quickly, and we did not want to do that.”","## 3) The Snap isn't just Star Lord's fault","The Avengers come incredibly close to defeating Thanos several times during *[Infinity War](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/avengers-infinity-war/review/)* – particularly on Titan, when Mantis manages to subdue the Mad Titan and Spider-Man nearly nabs the Gauntlet. Until Star Lord enters, that is, and punches the villain for murdering Gamora. Cue internet outrage that Peter Quill messed up the gang’s best chance at avoiding the Snap – though the writers are more sympathetic towards him. “If you’re standing in front of your girlfriend's father and find out that he just killed your girlfriend, you're gonna hit him in the face!” argues Markus. “I just think it's totally emotionally understandable, particularly when you add in the scene where [Quill] was supposed to kill her.” McFeely agrees, pointing out the other Avengers also failed to assassinate Thanos. “[Star Lord] is one of many reasons why they don't win. All you've got to do is cut his head off – Thor's at fault. Tony and Steve, if they got along there's a good chance... There's a lot of blame to go around.”","## 4) The Hawkeye scene is a tearjerker for Joe Russo","The sense of tragedy in *Endgame* is immediate, with the film opening on a scene of Hawkeye losing his entire family in the Snap. It’s a scene that was originally intended for *Infinity War* but proved the perfect way to reintroduce Clint Barton in the MCU – and for director Joe Russo, it’s a real hard-hitter. “I've got four kids, and it's a very tragic scene to open the movie with. It's one of the few scenes in the movie that actually makes me tear up when I watch it, because I think about my own family,” he admits. “And then you think about what would happen to you, as a father. You'd become very self-destructive.”","## 5) Robert Downey Jr. improvised that 'Liar!' moment","When an emaciated Tony Stark is saved from starvation in the cosmos by Captain Marvel, his rearrival on Earth brings him face-to-face with Steve Rogers for the first time since their emotional fracas in *Civil War* – and it’s fair to say Stark is still holding a grudge, wrenched as he calls Rogers a ‘liar’. It’s a note that came from [Robert Downey Jr](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-downey-jr/) himself. “I think that was one of Downey's most inspired performance moments in the movie,” says Anthony Russo. “He very much reverts to, this is the guy who felt forsaken by his father – you can see his intimacy and trust issues in that moment when he turns on Cap. Downey performed the scene with a lot of energy. We didn't do it many times, because he was expending himself so, so much. He understood it very well.”","## THE ‘FIVE YEARS LATER’ JUMP","## 6) The time jump was inspired by whe 'What If?' comics","Marvel is currently working on a *What If?* series for the Disney+ streaming service, based on a series of comics that reimagines storylines with one key non-canonical change – but its influence has already been felt in *Endgame*. McFeely confirms the *What If?* stories offered major inspiration in how to change the Avengers post-Snap. “By jumping five years, you get to have 'What if Tony got married and lived happily ever after?'; 'What if Hulk became basically the only super-hero and was smart?'; 'What if Cap seemed like he might want to give up?'; 'What if Natasha never left the house and was the last woman on the wall?'; 'What if Thor became a fat drunk?',” he says. “That was the idea to do that, but not as *What If* – keep the stakes. That all happened, it's all part of canon.\"","## 7) The visual palette shifts to reflect the time jump","When the Avengers kill Thanos in the opening act of *Endgame*, it should be a triumphant moment – and yet it isn’t. Nothing is fixed, the Infinity Stones have been destroyed, and all hope seems lost. The future jump reflects that mood in a visual manner. “At 'Five Years Later', you'll notice it gets a lot bluer, cooler tones. We wanted a more depressive mood,” says Joe Russo. “The intention was to let the characters and the audience feel the effects of *Infinity War*, and then slowly transition into a different tone – you'll notice the movie starts to get funny around Hulk and the diner, where the tone is becoming hopeful again.”","## 8) The arrival of Brainy Hulk is a beacon of hope","Every Avenger is changed in the five year gap that follows the beheading of Thanos, mostly for the worse – losing hope, finding addiction, or retiring from superheroism for good. And then there’s Bruce Banner, who holds a special place in the filmmakers’ hearts for the hope he represents. “In terms of the spectrum of how the Avengers were responding to what happened with Thanos, Banner is the sole character who is actually forging into a bright new future, trying to build something totally new and find something completely new,” says Anthony Russo. “Natasha is trying to maintain, some people are falling apart, but Banner is the one who is most heroic in a sense that he maintains his will to keep trying.”","## TIME HEIST!","## 9) Tony Stark could have visited Asgard","Once the time heist plot was decided on, the writers had the task of figuring out which eras of the MCU the heroes would be travelling back to – with an early iteration sending Iron Man to one of the other Nine Realms. “Technically in *[Thor: The Dark World](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/thor-dark-world/review/)*, the Tesseract is in the vault as the Aether is also there,” says McFeely. “So that sent Tony to Asgard, and he had an invisible stealth suit, and he fought Heimdall, who could of course see him. I think Joe [Russo] went in and said, 'Why don't we go in to *Avengers*? It's the biggest movie, it's the most fun, let's go.'\"","## 10) Thor was reunited with Frigga instead of Jane Foster","During the time heist, Thor is afforded a beautiful reunion with his late mother Frigga, who tells him the exact words he needs to hear in order to rebuild and forgive himself for failing to vanquish Thanos in *Infinity War*. According to McFeely, that reunion wouldn’t have involved Odin (“The MCU didn’t need more father issues”), and ended up not being with [Natalie Portman](https://www.empireonline.com/people/natalie-portman/)’s Jane Foster because “it wasn’t a romantic relationship he needed to repair”. Co-writer Markus agrees: “He had some Jane Foster time in one draft. But that didn't seem like his issue. He's reduced to a childlike state in his cabin over there in Norway, and he needed advice from his mom, basically. Someone needs to go, 'You're OK. You're a fuck-up, *and* you're OK.”","## 11) There's a (sort of) cameo by a medieval saint","Cameos are a standard part of comic book movies (more on Stan Lee’s final MCU cameo later) – but has one ever had a sort-of appearance from a 7th century saintly scholar? *Endgame*’s Asgard scenes were shot in Durham Cathedral, meaning St. Bede was present, in a way, for a pivotal moment. \"Frigga's bedroom is the crypt of the Venerable Bede. There's an actual Saint in that scene, just off camera,\" Markus says with incredulity, joking: “We were respectful of the whole place. ‘There's tacos over by the Bede, there.’”","## 12) The Stan Lee cameo was based on ‘70s Stan Lee","*Endgame* features the final MCU cameo from comic book legend [Stan Lee](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stan-lee/) – a joyous moment in the film’s 1970-set sequence, with a lusciously-locked Lee yelling “make love, not war!” from a passing car. Fittingly, his look in the cameo is based on pics of Stan from the ‘70s. “We had particular nostalgic fun with this cameo because we were going to the past,” says Anthony Russo. “We started to look at old photos – our visual effects team is so fluent with de-ageing techniques. We allowed ourselves to become very inspired and excited by old images of Stan. It was great fun.” According to Joe Russo, the arrival of the legend on set never failed to cause a commotion. “There's a lot of comic book fans who work on these movies, that's why they're attracted to work on these films,” the director says. “The crew gets very used to the movie stars, but when Stan Lee would show up, everybody was 10 again. It was a different energy on the set.\"","## 13) Black Widow's death wasn’t set in stone","Before *Endgame* even reaches its final act, one of the original six Avengers dies to keep the plot against Thanos in motion. But Black Widow and Hawkeye’s tussle on Vormir could have seen the sharp-shooter end up as the Soul Stone sacrifice instead of Natasha Romanoff – a decision which was long mulled over by the Russos and the writers. \"We had a version where [Hawkeye] went over,” confirms McFeely. “I remember specifically our visual effects supervisor Jen Underdahl was reading it going, ‘Don't do that. Honour her choice.’ And we took it very seriously. Many of the women on the crew were passionate about giving her the hero moment – don't take it away from her.”","Part of the decision to make Natasha the one who finally plummets was to continue the redemption arc that her entire MCU journey so far has established. “Natasha is fascinating because she used to be a villain. It's not something you've seen on screen before, but she had a life prior to this that was the wrong life,” Joe Russo says. “The character had their identity stripped away and was turned into an assassin, then found a new family through her membership in the Avengers. It just seemed an incredibly heroic choice for her to make knowing that she had to sacrifice herself to preserve the future and the family.”","On a more practical level, the director says it’s logical that Romanoff would fend off Barton in a scrap. “We saw in Avengers that she's the better fighter,” he reasons. “So if it's going to come down to fisticuffs about who's going over that cliff, she's going to win. And she did win.”","## THE SHOWDOWN","## 14) Thanos intentionally has less screen time","If there was a ‘main character’ in *Infinity War*, it was Thanos himself – the big purple baddie drives the plot and achieves his main aim by the closing credits. But that’s not the case in *Endgame*. “It’s definitely an Avengers movie, where the other one wasn't,” says McFeely. “We had to give ourselves permission to backseat the villain a little bit. I don't think anyone in the first half of the movie is going, 'Oh I wish there was a villain'. You're rolling around in the loss and the time heist, and you think it's sort of Avengers against nature.\"","## 15) The 2012 version of Thanos is ‘Warrior Thanos’","Dread him, run from him, behead him, Thanos arrives all the same – as the Avengers find out the hard way, when a 2012 version of the Mad Titan pops up in 2023 to make a play for the Infinity Gauntlet. This younger incarnation of the character has a different temperament – and the directors have their own nickname for him. \"We refer to him as Warrior Thanos,” reveals Anthony Russo, “the version of the character before he put down his armour and became enlightened and wanted to search for the stones. He's angrier – it might be his flaw in the film, that he's a little bit more precocious and self-confident, not quite as enlightened.” The writers also sought to bring a more dangerous edge to Thanos as he appears in *Endgame*. “He is, oddly for all the damage he does in *Infinity War*, a mellowed-out, philosophical Thanos,” says Markus. “And we wanted the warlord in this movie, who hasn't quite worked out all the nuances yet.\"","## 16) Hulk lifting Avengers HQ is a Secret Wars nod","In the wake of Thanos’ attack on Avengers HQ, the Hulk lifts the piled-up rubble with his incredible bulk – an image that felt familiar to all fans of Marvel’s Secret Wars comic run, which saw the big green guy hold up an entire mountain. According to Joe Russo, the *Endgame* moment is “one hundred percent” a reference to that stunning comic panel.","## 17) Thor's transformation had to stick","The God Of Thunder’s physical transformation during the five year time jump is a move that few audience members would have predicted – and while there’s debate over how sensitively his weight gain is handled, it’s undeniably impressive that it’s not undone by the closing reel. “The end of Thor's journey is not simply a return to who he was before he became depressed,” Anthony Russo explains. “The end of Thor's journey is the arrival at a new state of understanding of himself and his world. He's yet another character moving forward. The idea of simply changing him back I think undermined the idea that that’s not who Thor is anymore.”","## 18) Cap lifting Mjolnir was long planned by Kevin Feige","Ever since *[Avengers: Age Of Ultron](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/avengers-age-ultron/review/)*, the seed has been planted that Captain America might just be worthy enough to lift Thor’s hammer. It’s a moment that’s more than paid off in *Endgame* – and Joe Russo reckons [Kevin Feige](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kevin-feige/) has had it brewing for years. “I'm sure it was probably in Kevin's mind well before [*Ultron*], which is why he probably asked Joss to include something like that. At some point he wanted to see Cap worthy,” says the director. “But it's one of those things that you can only pay off with 10 years of storytelling behind it. To know everything that Cap has gone through, and to see who he is as a character and all the choices that he's made, he is worthy. Even though he's made mistakes, which is I think fascinating – even in *[Civil War](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/captain-america-civil-war/review/)* when he admits to Tony that he withheld the truth from him, it doesn't alter the fact that he's worthy.”","## 19) The portals scene soars thanks to Alan Silvestri","Arguably the film’s most stirring moment comes in the jaw-dropping rearrival of the Snapped Avengers, arriving on the battlefield through a bunch of Doctor Strange portals to offer Cap, Tony and Thor some much-needed assistance. And while it’s an epic moment, the writers and directors are all in agreement that it’s [Alan Silvestri](https://www.empireonline.com/people/alan-silvestri/)’s spine-tingling score that really makes it soar. “You have Alan Silvestri score an entire sequence, and that's when it really comes to life,\" says Anthony Russo, his brother Joe agreeing: “The sequence didn't reach its full impact until the score was applied to it.\"","In the writing process, it took a little while to work out when exactly to bring everyone back, an initial draft seeing the heroes all return to Avengers HQ before Thanos’ ship arrives to blow them all to hell. “They snapped it, and bam – everyone's there, and then Thanos attacked,” explains Markus. “It was fine, but the way it is currently makes it feel like the movie's not done. If you resolve it, then it's just a skirmish afterwards. But because you have not completed the primary task – everybody is not back yet – it still feels like there's a lot in the balance.”","The directors claim it was “a lot of trial and error” getting the fallen heroes’ triumphant return right, but the finished cut in the film matches their vision. “Honestly, I think it's pretty close to the Director's Cut in terms of the structure,” says Joe Russo. “We always knew that the most emotionally satisfying, arousing [thing] would be T'Challa turning up with the Wakandan army. You're in a moment now where you realise that Thanos has brought thousands of his minions to destroy the Earth. What's going to stand against this? Well, here comes Wakanda. That's an incredible moment. Peter Parker would be the other really emotional character return. It was structuring that sequence in a way that it kept building on itself as it went.”","## TONY STARK, RIP","## 20) Marvel didn't insist on Tony Stark's death","By the end of *Endgame*, the original lynchpin of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is no more – Tony Stark sacrifices himself to wipe out Thanos once and for all. It’s one hell of a way to bring closure to a 22-movie arc. But while it makes perfect sense as a logical end for the original Iron Man, Stark’s death wasn’t insisted upon by the studio. “Marvel as a whole said, 'We think it might be a time [for Tony to die], but if you have a good reason *not* to do it, feel free – we'll do whatever',” says Markus. “But it really did seem like, particularly with what Tony experiences after the five year break – that he has gotten married, had a kid, and is living a very healthy, peaceful life for once, and he's had five full years of no surprises – that there wasn't anywhere left that he needed to go. This was a guy who had made his full journey, all the way to the end, had experienced a full rehabilitation of his character from being the douchebag in the back of the Humvee at the beginning of the first *[Iron Man](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/iron-man/review/)*. To have him make the sacrifice that Steve Rogers would have made had he had the opportunity at that moment, just felt really right.\"","## 21) It was logical that Tony's death would be snap-related","While Stark’s tragic death wasn’t decreed by Marvel, the logical conclusion of *Endgame*’s story threads organically led to the eventuality that Iron Man would be the one to snap Thanos out of existence, and pay the ultimate price for it. “We knew that the Gauntlet would have to undo the Gauntlet – it just seemed like a balanced way to approach the storytelling,” explains Joe Russo. “All these questions just become logical. Who has the technical know-how to create something that could hold the Stones? It would take a genius like Tony Stark to figure it out. He uses nanotech because Hulk's got to put it on, Thanos has to put it on, Tony has to put it on – one size fits all. This is all part of Doctor Strange's sad plan, to keep Tony alive at the end of *Infinity War* only so he could die later saving everyone. We felt like there was an incredible amount of tragedy in that.”","## 22) It was RDJ's choice for Tony Stark to die quietly","If Tony Stark had an actual super-power, it was his motor-mouth – firing out quips and one-liners with lightning-fast reflexes. But when it’s time for him to die he doesn’t utter a single word, a choice that came from Robert Downey Jr himself. “Robert was like, ‘I'm not going to say fucking anything. I don't want to talk, because it doesn't feel honest to me. And I don't think in that moment that he'd have the ability to speak',” reveals Joe Russo. “He was like, ‘I'm going to lay here, and you can let it unfold with the other characters, but I'm going to barely interact because that feels like a truthful choice to me’.” Needless to say, the directors agreed with the idea. “To have a character in that much pain, on the verge of death, it was important for us to create the feeling that when you looked at Tony Stark in that moment, you knew he was dying, and you had to process that in that moment,” adds Anthony.","## 23) Tony’s sacrifice changes the emphasis of Infinity War's ending","In *Infinity War*, we learn that the odds for the Avengers beating Thanos are near-impossibly slim – Doctor Strange seeing just one eventuality where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes triumph. And now that we know it’s Tony Stark’s final sacrifice to dust the Mad Titan, the writers promise you’ll watch that moment in *Infinity War* in a whole new light. “Cumberbatch takes a really long pregnant pause. And now that you know that he’s looking ahead to *Endgame* and Tony dying, and he says, 'One', you will only read it as, 'You have to die – there's no other way',\" says McFeely.","## 24) Killing Cap would have been too depressing","While Black Widow and Iron Man get tragic, heroic deaths, Captain America gets a different kind of emotional ending – heading back into an alternate past to live a happy life with Peggy Carter. Not only was it a logical end for his character arc, but it offered hope where killing him would have destroyed it. “Once you kill a beloved character like [Tony], you've got to have hope at the end of the movie in some regard, and the only person to give you that hope is the other co-lead,” says Joe Russo. “Had we killed both the leads, I feel like people would have been walking out into traffic after the film. The intention is not to destroy people, it's to hopefully tell a complex and dimensionalised story in a way, that makes them feel a varied range of emotion.”","## 25) The overriding theme is sacrifice","There’s plenty of thematic stuff at play in *Endgame* – parental reunions, predestination vs free will – but for Markus, the key throughline is one of heroic sacrifice. “Black Widow sacrifices herself. Tony sacrifices himself. Steve, whose stock in trade is sacrificing himself, manages not to. It's a nice reversal there,” he explains. The five year time jump not being written out also speaks to the film’s weighty consequences. “It's not fixed at the end – it's undone, but the five years are still there. The trauma is still existent.\"","## THE FUTURE","## 26) The dead characters won’t be rebooted any time soon","Part of the life cycle of comic book movies (and their serialised source material) is eventual rebooting – iconic characters only stay dead for so long before a new incarnation arrives. But according to the writers, that’s not the case here. Don’t expect to see a new Tony Stark or Steve Rogers any time soon. “It's the nature of the MCU,” argues Markus. “It's not a place where you can reboot one and suddenly Iron Man is 15 years old and everyone else is still the same age. The characters have to pass out, and the universe has to still stand. So if you're going to take people off the board, they've got to go for real. Granted, these are movies. I understand that somebody has made some kind of announcement that has the word 'Vision' in it, so I mean...\"","*Avengers: Endgame is out now. Listen to the [Empire Podcast studio spoiler special here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-avengers-endgame-spoiler-special/), the [live spoiler special here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-avengers-endgame-live-spoiler-special/), and the [Russos and Markus & McFeely spoiler special here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-avengers-endgame-spoiler-special-interviews-ft-russos-markus/).*"],"embeds":[],"images":[{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0508","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-1.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-1.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: Endgame"},{"id":"5d118c2ea91b155aa79c0509","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cfa38c7133d503e3a4ab4bc","fileName":"endgame-feat-2.jpg","name":"endgame-feat-2.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Avengers: 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[Buy here](https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07S3DDWQN/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=baucitnet-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07S3DDWQN&linkId=dd1f386639a96cb83f39c6a8684816a4).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Cinema Membership.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04e9","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"harbour-lights.jpg","name":"harbour-lights.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Fathers Day 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Various cinemas provide various offers, so if your dad's a film fanatic, treat him to some tickets.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Picture House](https://www.picturehouses.com/Picturehouse_Membership) membership starts at £52.00 anually.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Everyman](https://www.everymancinema.com/membership/member) membership starts at £95.00 annually.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Odeon Limitless](https://www.odeon.co.uk/limitless/) is £17.99 a month.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Cineworld Unlimited](https://www.cineworld.co.uk/static/en/uk/unlimited) is £17.99 a month.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Varidesk ProPlus 36 Standing Desk","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04ea","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"proplus-desk.jpg","name":"proplus-desk.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Fathers Day 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"For the dad who does it standing up... the ProPlus 36 turns any desk into a standing desk. Adjustable heights and a two-tiered design mean every workspace proclivity is accounted for.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £365. [Buy here](https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JI6NCCK/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=baucitnet-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00JI6NCCK&linkId=b3e27f184cecbb0ae86e1812e3951071).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Oculus Quest","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04eb","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"oculus-quest-1.jpg","name":"oculus-quest-1.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Oculus Quest"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The ultimate new gadget for the tech-obsessed dad, this headset is the perfect introduction to VR. It offers a comparatively low entry price and high quality in-world experience, along with an exciting launch line-up of software spanning diverse genres including rhythm action, sports, shooters, roller coasters, and even a pre-requisite *Star Wars* game (*Vader Immortal*). Hands down the best option for VR gaming the market has yet seen.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £499. [More info here](https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07P6RJ39C/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=baucitnet-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07P6RJ39C&linkId=d1a1103cad1cf5ca4a92091e7555119b).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Subscription To Empire Magazine","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04ec","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"emp-summer-spidey%20%281%29.jpg","name":"emp-summer-spidey%20%281%29.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Empire, the biggest and best movie magazine in the world, is currently celebrating its 30th year in print with a fantastic subscription offer. Sign your dad up for exclusive covers and the peace of mind of knowing he'll never miss an issue.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Subscription cost currently 3 issues for £5 then £23 every 6 months by recurring payment. [Click here](https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/empire-magazine){:rel=nofollow}.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## BB-8 USB In-Car Charger","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3ah9uzj8XU","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"If your dad's phone is constantly running out of juice, this is the droid he's looking for. This little BB-8 unit fits right into the droid socket in your T-70 X-wing. And, in case your X-wing is in the shop, it also fits in a standard cupholder and plugs into your car's power adapter.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £30. [Buy here](https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/itnq/?srp=6).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Motorhead Pint Glass","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04ed","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"motorhead-beer.jpg","name":"motorhead-beer.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Fathers Day 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Raise a war-pig-embossed glass to the late lamented Lemmy on Father's Day with a drop of Motorhead's own Road Crew beer. Brewed and sold by Camerons, but if you want the particular tin set illustrated above, you'll have to actually leave the house and go to your local Morrisons.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £7.99. [Info here](https://cameronsbrewery.com/gift-tins-listed-major-supermarket/?age-verified=1c18ee7cf9).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 1960s TV Series Batman Watch","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04ee","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"batman-watch.jpg","name":"batman-watch.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Fathers Day 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Adorn your dad's wrist with some zap and kapow, courtesy of this spiffy Batman watch in Eaglemoss' DC collection. High quality quartz movement in a heavy silvertone case with a black leather strap. Lives in its own tin and arrives with a 12-page souvenir booklet.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £24.99. [Buy here](https://shop.eaglemoss.com/dc-comics-watch-collection/batman-kapow-watch-dc-comics).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Game of Thrones Whisky","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04ef","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"game-thrones-whisky.jpg","name":"game-thrones-whisky.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Fathers Day 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Created by whisky specialist George Harper, this limited edition *Game of Thrones*-inspired whisky is designed to be served directly from the freezer. \"Whiskies from Clynelish have endured long, Scottish Winters, not dissimilar to the long periods endured by the Night’s Watch who have ventured north of the wall - so it was the perfect place to start when creating this unique whisky,\" it says here. \"Notes of caramelised sugar and vanilla, fresh red berries with a touch of orchard fruit,\" apparently. Send a raven.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £25.00. [Info here](https://www.johnniewalker.com/en-gb/our-whisky/limited-edition-whiskies/white-walker-johnnie-walker/).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## The Mule Blu-ray","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04f0","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"mule-blu.jpg","name":"mule-blu.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Fathers Day 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Clint Eastwood's first film in front of the camera since 2012 finds him on grizzled form ferrying contraband across the Mexican border. If you missed *The Mule* on its brief UK cinema run, now's the perfect time to catch it.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £15. [Buy here](https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07N37DN1B/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=baucitnet-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07N37DN1B&linkId=bf20713d63a93b09e398aa938859ea8d)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Michael Keaton In 4K","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04f1","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"batman-4k.jpg","name":"batman-4k.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Fathers Day 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"You never forget your first Batman, and there's every chance your dad grew up with Michael Keaton and his brace of barking mad Tim Burton Batflicks. These spruce new 4K restorations guarantee that, no matter how many times you've seen them before, they've never looked fresher.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £20 each. [Buy here](https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07QMB5L49/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=baucitnet-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07QMB5L49&linkId=9b7f5fecbfa4f809e22e45afda91a6fd)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Jack Ryan Season 1 Blu-ray","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04f2","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"jack-ryan.jpg","name":"jack-ryan.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Fathers Day 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"If your dad doesn't have – or can't negotiate – Amazon Prime, ye olde physical discs of *Jack Ryan*'s excellent first season arrive just in time for June 16.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £18. [Buy here](https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07PQMGH3Q/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=baucitnet-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07PQMGH3Q&linkId=d3ca9ab2c90a668c5d16c36664151ca0)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Stranger Things Lego","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04f3","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"stranger_things_lego.jpg","name":"stranger_things_lego.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Fathers Day 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Stranger things have happened... but not many. Heralding season three, LEGO have produced a *Stranger Things* set based on the Upside Down. Although your dad can choose, of course, to build it the right way up.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £180. [Buy here](https://shop.lego.com/en-GB/category/stranger-things).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Twin Peaks vinyl","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04f4","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"twin-peaks-vinyl.jpg","name":"twin-peaks-vinyl.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Fathers Day 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The soundtrack to *Twin Peaks*' Limited Event Series features tracks by Angelo Badalamenti, Johnny Jewel, David Lynch & Dean Hurley. Mondo's spiffy vinyl edition comes on two discs – one coloured \"cherry pie splatter\" and the other \"machine room grey\" – housed in a die-cut sleeve.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £35. [Buy here](https://mondotees.com/collections/music/products/twin-peaks-limited-event-series-soundtrack-2xlp)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Do Androids Dream / A Scanner Darkly – Folio Society edition","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04f5","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"folio-do-androids.jpg","name":"folio-do-androids.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Fathers Day 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Beautiful Folio edition of two of Philip K. Dick's best novels, between them providing the sources for two of the best film adaptations of his work. Presented in \"mind-bending\" flippable format, with two separate covers and illustrations by Andrew Archer and Chris Skinner.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £75.00. [Buy here](https://www.foliosociety.com/uk/do-androids-dream-of-electric-sheep-a-scanner-darkly.html).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Planet of the Apes Mount Rushmore","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04f6","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"apes-mount-rushmore.jpg","name":"apes-mount-rushmore.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Fathers Day 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Celebrating 50 years of the *Planet of the Apes* franchise, this Mount Rushmore-style sculpture comes straight from Weta (who provided the FX for the modern movies). Carved in heavyweight polystone, it features ape visages from the old and current series (but none from the Tim Burton farrago in between).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £100. [Buy here](https://www.wetanz.com/shop/figures/apes-through-the-ages?ref=brand).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Catan","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04f7","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","fileName":"18%20Catan.jpg","name":"18%20Catan.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"For dads interested in falling down the board game rabbit hole, there's no better starting point than *Catan*. Its straightforward, relatively gentle settlement-building and trading mechanisms mean its easy to learn, and it doesn't take hours to play either. If it whets his appetite, we've got [many more suggestions for him here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/best-board-games/).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"RRP: £40. [Buy here](https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00U26V4VQ/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=baucitnet-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00U26V4VQ&linkId=4ad2f6b7e3a0fe9b2d933430778e6d3d).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04e4","altText":"Fathers Day 2019","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"wild-and-crazy-crop.jpg","name":"wild-and-crazy-crop.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5cefa861133d503e3a4a649d","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["Father's Day is with us this year on 16 June, meaning you've not got long to get organised. *Empire* has put together some inspirational/aspirational gift ideas as alternatives to the customary pipe and slippers. A range of pocket depths are catered to...","## Wild And Crazy Guys by Nick de Semlyen","*Empire*'s own Nick de Semlyen tells the larger-than-life story of how the comedy mavericks of the 1980s changed Hollywood forever. As well as delving behind the scenes of classic movies such as Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places and dozens more, it chronicles the off-screen, larger-than-life antics of John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, John Candyand Rick Moranis. It’s got drugs, sex, punch-ups, webbed toes and Bill Murray being pushed into a swimming pool by Hunter S. Thompson while tied to a lawn chair. [Head this way for a taster](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/beverly-hills-cop-eddie-murphy-beat-ghostbusters/).","RRP: £18.99. 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Slipcased hardcover with illustrations by Gary Kelley and a new introduction by Dennis Lehane (*Shutter Island*).","RRP: £36.95. [Buy here](https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0753827298/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=baucitnet-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0753827298&linkId=7e85012df99a5b804ee07e0f24e39ecf).","## Roland Rubix44","For the dad who's not quite got over the bedroom musician/wannabe DJ phase, the Rubix44 will let him channel his inner Alan Partridge directly into a Mac or PC. Delivering high-fidelity audio, with four mic preamps, this robust little USB interface provides clear, high-resolution audio to make even the most lacklustre amateur podcaster sound their BBC best.","RRP: £200. [Details here](https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B072NBK74N/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=baucitnet-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B072NBK74N&linkId=48a6c9cbb97565ffdd033d55af155993).","## Vanishing Point Blu-ray","Perfect for the petrol-head paterfamilias, this beyond-classic cult car-chase movie has *finally* just received a Blu-ray release in the UK, courtesy of Fabulous Films. Varoom and indeed kersmash.","RRP: £12.99. [Buy here](https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07S3DDWQN/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=baucitnet-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07S3DDWQN&linkId=dd1f386639a96cb83f39c6a8684816a4).","## Cinema Membership.","Various cinemas provide various offers, so if your dad's a film fanatic, treat him to some tickets.","[Picture House](https://www.picturehouses.com/Picturehouse_Membership) membership starts at £52.00 anually.","[Everyman](https://www.everymancinema.com/membership/member) membership starts at £95.00 annually.","[Odeon Limitless](https://www.odeon.co.uk/limitless/) is £17.99 a month.","[Cineworld Unlimited](https://www.cineworld.co.uk/static/en/uk/unlimited) is £17.99 a month.","## Varidesk ProPlus 36 Standing Desk","For the dad who does it standing up... the ProPlus 36 turns any desk into a standing desk. Adjustable heights and a two-tiered design mean every workspace proclivity is accounted for.","RRP: £365. [Buy here](https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JI6NCCK/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=baucitnet-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00JI6NCCK&linkId=b3e27f184cecbb0ae86e1812e3951071).","## Oculus Quest","The ultimate new gadget for the tech-obsessed dad, this headset is the perfect introduction to VR. It offers a comparatively low entry price and high quality in-world experience, along with an exciting launch line-up of software spanning diverse genres including rhythm action, sports, shooters, roller coasters, and even a pre-requisite *Star Wars* game (*Vader Immortal*). Hands down the best option for VR gaming the market has yet seen.","RRP: £499. [More info here](https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07P6RJ39C/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=baucitnet-21&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07P6RJ39C&linkId=d1a1103cad1cf5ca4a92091e7555119b).","## Subscription To Empire Magazine","Empire, the biggest and best movie magazine in the world, is currently celebrating its 30th year in print with a fantastic subscription offer. Sign your dad up for exclusive covers and the peace of mind of knowing he'll never miss an issue.","Subscription cost currently 3 issues for £5 then £23 every 6 months by recurring payment. [Click here](https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/empire-magazine){:rel=nofollow}.","## BB-8 USB In-Car Charger","If your dad's phone is constantly running out of juice, this is the droid he's looking for. This little BB-8 unit fits right into the droid socket in your T-70 X-wing. And, in case your X-wing is in the shop, it also fits in a standard cupholder and plugs into your car's power adapter.","RRP: £30. [Buy here](https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/itnq/?srp=6).","## Motorhead Pint Glass","Raise a war-pig-embossed glass to the late lamented Lemmy on Father's Day with a drop of Motorhead's own Road Crew beer. Brewed and sold by Camerons, but if you want the particular tin set illustrated above, you'll have to actually leave the house and go to your local Morrisons.","RRP: £7.99. [Info here](https://cameronsbrewery.com/gift-tins-listed-major-supermarket/?age-verified=1c18ee7cf9).","## 1960s TV Series Batman Watch","Adorn your dad's wrist with some zap and kapow, courtesy of this spiffy Batman watch in Eaglemoss' DC collection. High quality quartz movement in a heavy silvertone case with a black leather strap. Lives in its own tin and arrives with a 12-page souvenir booklet.","RRP: £24.99. 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The story of how Ford, then something of an underdog on the racing scene, took on the supremacy of Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans 24 hour race, it stars [Christian Bale](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christian-bale/) and [Matt Damon](https://www.empireonline.com/people/matt-damon/) as the driver-manager combo who hoped to propel them to glory. Here, Mangold breaks down the film’s first teaser for us.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aY0dW3hpRc","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"## THE PERFECT LAP","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04fa","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cf39fc4133d503e3a4a7fa3","fileName":"le-mans-trailer-perfect-lap.jpg","name":"le-mans-trailer-perfect-lap.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Le Mans 66 Trailer Breakdown"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"We first meet Christian Bale’s Brummie racer, Ken Miles, and his young son, Peter, as they get to familiarise themselves with a racetrack, pre-race. Think of it as an early version of Martin Brundle’s gridwalk. \"Can you see the perfect lap?\" Ken asks his son. \"Most people can’t.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"\"There’s a huge component of this sport that’s about psychology and a man’s confidence and connection to this machine,\" says Mangold. \"Ken is saying that he’s always trying to keep his eye on this perfect lap which, if executed, makes his opponents irrelevant. If he can strip himself of all the distractions, all he has to do is go faster than any man has ever gone and he will win.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## MILES AHEAD","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04fb","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cf39fc4133d503e3a4a7fa3","fileName":"le-mans-trailer-miles.jpg","name":"le-mans-trailer-miles.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Le Mans 66 Trailer Breakdown"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*Le Mans '66* is based on a true story and, as such, Ken Miles was a real person, a former tank mechanic and operator who built the cars he raced. Mangold jumped at the chance to work with Bale for the first time since _[3:10 To Yuma](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/310-yuma/review/)_. \"I never get to see Christian playing a Brit,\" he laughs. \"It’s rare that I get to see him in his own natural voice and playing someone so close to his own natural soul. He’s effervescent and glorious in the film.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GOOD CARROLL SHELBY","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04fc","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cf39fc4133d503e3a4a7fa3","fileName":"le-mans-trailer-shelby.jpg","name":"le-mans-trailer-shelby.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Le Mans 66 Trailer Breakdown"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Miles is recruited, nay, persuaded to throw his lot in with Ford by Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), a former Le Mans champion driver who had to retire from the business due to heart trouble, and then \"found a way as a hustler and a designer\", working with his own team, Shelby American, and then taking on the job of managing the Ford campaign for Le Mans. \"He never left the racetrack,\" says Mangold. \"That’s why he took this assignment for Ford.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## MILES AND SHELBY","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04fd","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cf39fc4133d503e3a4a7fa3","fileName":"Le-mans-trailer-miles-shelby.jpg","name":"Le-mans-trailer-miles-shelby.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Le Mans 66 Trailer Breakdown"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The trailer makes clear, in both a warm scene at a diner and a moment when an enraged Miles punches Shelby, that the relationship between the two men runs the gamut of emotions. \"The connection between these two men, one in the pit watching, the other driving, was one of deep admiration and love,\" says Mangold, \"but contaminated by the natural longing that Shelby must have felt to want to be in the car himself. But they were brothers, believing in each other, picking one up when the other is down. It’s a film about friendship, more than anything else.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## MUST GO FASTER","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04fe","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cf39fc4133d503e3a4a7fa3","fileName":"le-mans-trailer-must-go-faster.jpg","name":"le-mans-trailer-must-go-faster.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Le Mans 66 Trailer Breakdown"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"But it’s also a film about racing. And going fast. Very fast. Faster than pretty much anyone had gone before, in the history of motorsport. Shelby says \"it ain’t about speed\", and while that was partially true, it didn’t hurt that the sport had entered a new era. \"In the mid '60s there were huge technological changes occurring,\" explains Mangold. \"It became about how do you control and manage this much power? They had found a way to build insanely powerful engines. It was just, how do I sit on top of it and not die?\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## FLAME OUT","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c04ff","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cf39fc4133d503e3a4a7fa3","fileName":"le-mans-trailer-flame-out.jpg","name":"le-mans-trailer-flame-out.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Le Mans 66 Trailer Breakdown"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Which wasn’t always, if ever, in the drivers’ control. In one scene, we see Miles being helped away from wreckage. The danger to these men was very real, something Mangold was keen to suggest and explore. \"People are dying to your right and to your left. People lose control. A single washer or bolt not being tightened is the end of a car in a 24 hour race,\" adds Mangold. \"It’s the ultimate test of engineering as well as driving as well as the ability just to stay fucking awake.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## RACING FOR REAL","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c0500","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cf39fc4133d503e3a4a7fa3","fileName":"le-mans-trailer-racing-for-real.jpg","name":"le-mans-trailer-racing-for-real.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Le Mans 66 Trailer Breakdown"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Mangold is no fan of CG for the sake of it. He, after all, is the person who famously railed against the notion of a \"city-block destroying CG fuckathon\" in his script for _[Logan](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/logan/review/)_. And while there are visual effects aplenty in *Le Mans '66*, they’re mainly to help conjure a sense of period, or to extend the track on which Bale, Damon, and the coterie of top drivers Mangold assembled for the film, strutted their funky stuff. And strut it they did. \"We had a litany of vehicles, we got out on tracks, and we raced 'em,\" says Mangold. \"Christian drove. Matt drove. The entirety of the races are analogue. It’s really physical, which was the whole point for me. There is still something unique about that which is real.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## HENRY FORD II","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c0501","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cf39fc4133d503e3a4a7fa3","fileName":"le-mans-trailer-henry-ford-ii.jpg","name":"le-mans-trailer-henry-ford-ii.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Le Mans 66 Trailer Breakdown"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"[Tracy Letts](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tracy-letts/), the great playwright/actor, is Henry Ford II in the movie. And, as those numerals after his surname might suggest, this is a character struggling with the notion of being a living sequel; grappling with an enormous shadow – that of his father, Henry Ford. \"He is very much a legacy running a company,” says Mangold. “HHe was running the company at a time of tremendous change post-war, when the automobile business was radically changing and Ford's dominance was threatened. People wanted to be driving what James Bond was driving. Porsches, Aston Martins, Ferraris. Fords were no longer the aspirational vehicles. They didn’t know how to get back into the game of being sexy or aspirational.\" Beating Ferrari at Le Mans would be a good start.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## MEET MOLLIE MILES","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c0502","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cf39fc4133d503e3a4a7fa3","fileName":"le-mans-trailer-mollie-miles.jpg","name":"le-mans-trailer-mollie-miles.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Le Mans 66 Trailer Breakdown"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Blink and you might miss [Catriona Balfe](https://www.empireonline.com/people/catriona-balfe/)'s Mollie Miles, the wife of Ken. Which might trigger fears that Mollie might be another standard movie wife, listening to the radio fearfully for updates of her husband. Mangold is aware of this giant, juddering cliché and is keen to avoid it. \"She understood what her husband did. She had been with him since before the war,\" he says. \"She knows exactly who she married and wants him to fulfil his own dream, which he’s entering middle age having not had a chance to fulfil. She knows it haunts him. It’s a destiny for him on the track that he’s never had to fulfil. It’s a really unique relationship. She’s fabulous in the movie.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## TAKING FORD FOR A RIDE","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2da91b155aa79c0503","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cf39fc4133d503e3a4a7fa3","fileName":"le-mans-trailer-ford-ride.jpg","name":"le-mans-trailer-ford-ride.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Le Mans 66 Trailer Breakdown"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The trailer ends on a humorous note with Shelby, behind the wheel, taking a terrified Ford for a little spin. \"We all have these Trumpish characters that we know that are our bosses, our overseers, who don’t quite get what the struggle in the trenches really is,\" laughs Mangold. \"I do think there’s a universal thrill to making your boss do your job for a day. And having them suddenly encounter, in this case, the hair trigger between life and death that you exist on when you’re driving one of these hulking beasts at 200 miles per hour.\" We’ve all been there.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*Le Mans '66 (AKA Ford v. 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[James Mangold](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-mangold/)'s _[Le Mans '66](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/le-mans-66/)_ (still known as *Ford v Ferrari* in the US) aims to change all that. The story of how Ford, then something of an underdog on the racing scene, took on the supremacy of Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans 24 hour race, it stars [Christian Bale](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christian-bale/) and [Matt Damon](https://www.empireonline.com/people/matt-damon/) as the driver-manager combo who hoped to propel them to glory. Here, Mangold breaks down the film’s first teaser for us.","## THE PERFECT LAP","We first meet Christian Bale’s Brummie racer, Ken Miles, and his young son, Peter, as they get to familiarise themselves with a racetrack, pre-race. Think of it as an early version of Martin Brundle’s gridwalk. \"Can you see the perfect lap?\" Ken asks his son. \"Most people can’t.\"","\"There’s a huge component of this sport that’s about psychology and a man’s confidence and connection to this machine,\" says Mangold. \"Ken is saying that he’s always trying to keep his eye on this perfect lap which, if executed, makes his opponents irrelevant. If he can strip himself of all the distractions, all he has to do is go faster than any man has ever gone and he will win.\"","## MILES AHEAD","*Le Mans '66* is based on a true story and, as such, Ken Miles was a real person, a former tank mechanic and operator who built the cars he raced. Mangold jumped at the chance to work with Bale for the first time since _[3:10 To Yuma](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/310-yuma/review/)_. \"I never get to see Christian playing a Brit,\" he laughs. \"It’s rare that I get to see him in his own natural voice and playing someone so close to his own natural soul. He’s effervescent and glorious in the film.\"","## GOOD CARROLL SHELBY","Miles is recruited, nay, persuaded to throw his lot in with Ford by Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), a former Le Mans champion driver who had to retire from the business due to heart trouble, and then \"found a way as a hustler and a designer\", working with his own team, Shelby American, and then taking on the job of managing the Ford campaign for Le Mans. \"He never left the racetrack,\" says Mangold. \"That’s why he took this assignment for Ford.\"","## MILES AND SHELBY","The trailer makes clear, in both a warm scene at a diner and a moment when an enraged Miles punches Shelby, that the relationship between the two men runs the gamut of emotions. \"The connection between these two men, one in the pit watching, the other driving, was one of deep admiration and love,\" says Mangold, \"but contaminated by the natural longing that Shelby must have felt to want to be in the car himself. But they were brothers, believing in each other, picking one up when the other is down. It’s a film about friendship, more than anything else.\"","## MUST GO FASTER","But it’s also a film about racing. And going fast. Very fast. Faster than pretty much anyone had gone before, in the history of motorsport. Shelby says \"it ain’t about speed\", and while that was partially true, it didn’t hurt that the sport had entered a new era. \"In the mid '60s there were huge technological changes occurring,\" explains Mangold. \"It became about how do you control and manage this much power? They had found a way to build insanely powerful engines. It was just, how do I sit on top of it and not die?\"","## FLAME OUT","Which wasn’t always, if ever, in the drivers’ control. In one scene, we see Miles being helped away from wreckage. The danger to these men was very real, something Mangold was keen to suggest and explore. \"People are dying to your right and to your left. People lose control. A single washer or bolt not being tightened is the end of a car in a 24 hour race,\" adds Mangold. \"It’s the ultimate test of engineering as well as driving as well as the ability just to stay fucking awake.\"","## RACING FOR REAL","Mangold is no fan of CG for the sake of it. He, after all, is the person who famously railed against the notion of a \"city-block destroying CG fuckathon\" in his script for _[Logan](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/logan/review/)_. And while there are visual effects aplenty in *Le Mans '66*, they’re mainly to help conjure a sense of period, or to extend the track on which Bale, Damon, and the coterie of top drivers Mangold assembled for the film, strutted their funky stuff. And strut it they did. \"We had a litany of vehicles, we got out on tracks, and we raced 'em,\" says Mangold. \"Christian drove. Matt drove. The entirety of the races are analogue. It’s really physical, which was the whole point for me. There is still something unique about that which is real.\"","## HENRY FORD II","[Tracy Letts](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tracy-letts/), the great playwright/actor, is Henry Ford II in the movie. And, as those numerals after his surname might suggest, this is a character struggling with the notion of being a living sequel; grappling with an enormous shadow – that of his father, Henry Ford. \"He is very much a legacy running a company,” says Mangold. “HHe was running the company at a time of tremendous change post-war, when the automobile business was radically changing and Ford's dominance was threatened. People wanted to be driving what James Bond was driving. Porsches, Aston Martins, Ferraris. Fords were no longer the aspirational vehicles. They didn’t know how to get back into the game of being sexy or aspirational.\" Beating Ferrari at Le Mans would be a good start.","## MEET MOLLIE MILES","Blink and you might miss [Catriona Balfe](https://www.empireonline.com/people/catriona-balfe/)'s Mollie Miles, the wife of Ken. Which might trigger fears that Mollie might be another standard movie wife, listening to the radio fearfully for updates of her husband. Mangold is aware of this giant, juddering cliché and is keen to avoid it. \"She understood what her husband did. She had been with him since before the war,\" he says. \"She knows exactly who she married and wants him to fulfil his own dream, which he’s entering middle age having not had a chance to fulfil. She knows it haunts him. It’s a destiny for him on the track that he’s never had to fulfil. It’s a really unique relationship. She’s fabulous in the movie.\"","## TAKING FORD FOR A RIDE","The trailer ends on a humorous note with Shelby, behind the wheel, taking a terrified Ford for a little spin. \"We all have these Trumpish characters that we know that are our bosses, our overseers, who don’t quite get what the struggle in the trenches really is,\" laughs Mangold. \"I do think there’s a universal thrill to making your boss do your job for a day. And having them suddenly encounter, in this case, the hair trigger between life and death that you exist on when you’re driving one of these hulking beasts at 200 miles per hour.\" We’ve all been there.","*Le Mans '66 (AKA Ford v. 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While original franchise trailblazer Don Mancini isn’t on board (he hasn’t given this new version his blessing), it offers an all-new tooled-up A.I. take on the killer doll, with Mark Hamill lending his versatile voice to Hollywood’s tiniest slashes. *Empire* caught up with the film’s director Lars Klevberg to talk killer technology, working with Luke Skywalker, and the rigours of directing an animatronic Chucky. Oh, and here’s an exclusive new image:","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04c9","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ced6c1a133d503e3a4a459a","fileName":"childs%20play.jpg","name":"childs%20play.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**EMPIRE: This incarnation of *Child's Play* gives us a technological Chucky doll – moving away from the voodoo plot of the original. How did you feel about changing the nature of Chucky?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Lars Klevberg** When I read the script, I didn't know anything about it. For me it was a pleasant surprise – not that I have anything against the voodoo concept, but it was just refreshing in many ways. It felt like there was a reason to make this movie. If you want to do a re-imagination, you need to have a ‘why?’ to do it. It's really interesting, especially in the characterisation of Chucky – you have a character who has the ability to learn, based on its surroundings and his interaction with humans.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**What are your favourite killer A.I. films?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It has to be *Terminator 2*, no doubt about it. That's a good movie regardless, but it's one of my top three movies of all time. I think *Terminator 2*, and* 2001* – but that's just a part of it. I'm a huge fan of the original 1988 Child's Play, but I never saw myself in the future making a Chucky movie. When I read this [script], it was interesting because you have the opportunity to create an antagonist that has his own motivation and his own arc. It's not just about A.I. – it's more like, what happens if you put someone looking at the world for the first time and put them among humans? For me, that's what's really interesting.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04ca","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ced6c1a133d503e3a4a459a","fileName":"childs-play-2019-3.jpg","name":"childs-play-2019-3.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Child's Play 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**From a horror perspective, what possibilities does it open up having Chucky be a tech-savvy A.I. villain?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It opens up a lot of opportunities. A lot of people have an Alexa at home, gadgets, your iPhone – something that talks to you and plans your day. Open that up in a Chucky movie, and you have a great antagonist with the possibility to connect to things that are supposed to help you in your daily life, but if you turn it 180 degrees you can do some really bad things. It can tap into the hub, which controls the environment in the house, the heater, ordering cars, controlling other objects. That for me was really fun. It's not just something that's added on, it's the theme of the movie. He uses stuff that helps us in a really bad way.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Does the tech we have all around us today scare you? Are you a tech-phobe?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I'm pretty positive on it actually! Elon Musk keeps warning everybody about the possibility of AI, but not in a way that it creates robots that fight us – more in the way of fake news and distortion. I'm pretty positive about technology, it helps us a lot every day. Robots are taking care of old people at senior homes; everything that used to take a lot of time we can now do in a finger-snap. What concerns me is addiction to it, like our iPhones. It takes up too much time, and it makes us antisocial. AI is a great tool that helps a lot of people, but it'll be interesting to see where it goes.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04cb","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ced6c1a133d503e3a4a459a","fileName":"mark-hamill-TLJ-premiere.jpg","name":"mark-hamill-TLJ-premiere.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Mark Hamill at the UK Last Jedi premiere"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**You've got Mark Hamill voicing Chucky – how did you direct him to get the performance you wanted?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I had a pretty detailed plan about how I wanted Chucky to look, act, and sound before I started making the movie. Working with Mark Hamill was an amazing experience. He's a great guy, and he's also super professional. He watched all the Child's Play and Chucky movies back to back, he really did his homework. I was looking for someone that I could develop Chucky as a character with – Chucky goes through a lot of emotional states, and it was important that he was able to hit all those notes. Mark instantly knew where I wanted to go, and had a lot of good ideas.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**What was the experience like stepping into the booth with him for the first time?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"For me, I'm just a guy from Norway being able to do what I've always dreamed of. Of course you're star-struck for a minute. My experience is that many of the iconic actors and actresses are in that position for a reason, and that’s because they treat people well, they're super professional, and open to ideas and doing the best job possible. He was great from the first minute. Yeah, of course I grew up with that guy, watching him as Luke Skywalker, so it was a little bit crazy. He was really, really good.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04cc","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ced6c1a133d503e3a4a459a","fileName":"childs-play-2019-2.jpg","name":"childs-play-2019-2.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Child's Play 2019"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Opposite Chucky, you've got your main kid, Andy. What can you say about him?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Andy is a little bit older in this one, which I think makes sense. He's moved to a new place and he doesn't have a lot of friends, he's a little bit isolated. He has a background and emotional arc that I could really identify when I read it – he's in a place where he seeks to be accepted and to find friends, and in that space he meets Chucky. From there, this friendship starts to develop that for me just makes perfect sense, based on his arc. He's perfectly and beautifully portrayed by Gabriel Bateman who did an extraordinary job.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**You used animatronics to bring Chucky to the screen – what was that experience like? How adamant were you to use practical effects, and what were the challenges in wrangling them?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I'm a huge fan of practical effects, and it makes perfect sense when you're dealing with a doll – you build the doll, and then base the animatronic around that. Most importantly, from my own experience, any practical and physical object the human eye catches and the brain analyses, you have a deeper and more honest emotional response to it than something that the brain understands is not real. I knew that this was going to be an emotional story – it's a horror movie, but it's also very emotional for every character involved. For me, dealing with animatronics at that stage made perfect sense. If you had a CG character all the way, I fear that the audience would disconnect. It demands a lot of the crew and the actors, especially the director. Just a scene of Chucky walking from A to B across the room or sitting on the couch, demands minimum four to five people. You have to build the space with almost a basement, so people can hide underneath the floor. I never thought it would be that challenging, but it was very rewarding. It turned out great, and I'm really proud of the crew.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Where were you when you first saw the original *Child's Play*?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I don't remember! Probably 10 or 11, watching it on a VHS that went around. And of course I thought it was scary, it's an iconic horror movie. I believe, though, that our generation remember the original *Child's Play* to be really scary based on our experience watching it way too early. If you're 18 or 19 years old and you watch the original *Child's Play*, I frankly don't think you'll be that scared. It's just a pop cultural phenomenon, one of those movies you watched when you were way too young and kind of gets stuck in you. The same as *Jaws* and *Alien*, all the iconic horror movies. Your brain is more fresh and you're way too young to experience those visual images.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04cd","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ced6c1a133d503e3a4a459a","fileName":"childs-play-1988.jpg","name":"childs-play-1988.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Child's Play (1988)"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**The original series was created by Don Mancini – he's continuing his incarnation on his Chucky TV show. Is it strange for you that there will be another Chucky out there? How are you differentiating from his version, have you spoken to him?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"No, I haven't spoken to him at all. He stood his ground that he didn't want anything to do with this remake, which I respect. His version is developed with Universal, but MGM owns the rights for the original *Child's Play* movie. For me, what's important was the ink on the pages, the script I read was just such a great script. If it didn't have any Chucky in it, it still would be an amazing story about a boy getting a doll that had this AI function. When it had Chucky in it and was *Child's Play*, it was just extraordinary. So I haven't talked to him – he will develop and do his television show, and I can just wish him the best that I can. This will live its own life.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Now that the film's nearly finished, what's the one thing you're most excited for people to see?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Chucky's arc – our take on Chucky, which is very different from the original one. And the blend of horror and humour, that's part of the *Child's Play* universe – I loved the script based on the characters and the story and the horror, but I also was amazingly amused and surprised by the humour in it, which is a big part of why I wanted to do this movie. It's got a lot of emotions. I'm looking forward to how the audience will react to it.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*Child’s Play comes to UK cinemas on 21 June*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04c8","altText":"Child's Play 2019","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"childs-play-2019-main.jpg","name":"childs-play-2019-main.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5ced6c1a133d503e3a4a459a","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["In just over a month, it’ll be time to play all over again – a brand new incarnation of horror icon Chucky is coming in the form of a *Child’s Play* reboot. While original franchise trailblazer Don Mancini isn’t on board (he hasn’t given this new version his blessing), it offers an all-new tooled-up A.I. take on the killer doll, with Mark Hamill lending his versatile voice to Hollywood’s tiniest slashes. *Empire* caught up with the film’s director Lars Klevberg to talk killer technology, working with Luke Skywalker, and the rigours of directing an animatronic Chucky. Oh, and here’s an exclusive new image:","**EMPIRE: This incarnation of *Child's Play* gives us a technological Chucky doll – moving away from the voodoo plot of the original. How did you feel about changing the nature of Chucky?**","**Lars Klevberg** When I read the script, I didn't know anything about it. For me it was a pleasant surprise – not that I have anything against the voodoo concept, but it was just refreshing in many ways. It felt like there was a reason to make this movie. If you want to do a re-imagination, you need to have a ‘why?’ to do it. It's really interesting, especially in the characterisation of Chucky – you have a character who has the ability to learn, based on its surroundings and his interaction with humans.","**What are your favourite killer A.I. films?**","It has to be *Terminator 2*, no doubt about it. That's a good movie regardless, but it's one of my top three movies of all time. I think *Terminator 2*, and* 2001* – but that's just a part of it. I'm a huge fan of the original 1988 Child's Play, but I never saw myself in the future making a Chucky movie. When I read this [script], it was interesting because you have the opportunity to create an antagonist that has his own motivation and his own arc. It's not just about A.I. – it's more like, what happens if you put someone looking at the world for the first time and put them among humans? For me, that's what's really interesting.","**From a horror perspective, what possibilities does it open up having Chucky be a tech-savvy A.I. villain?**","It opens up a lot of opportunities. A lot of people have an Alexa at home, gadgets, your iPhone – something that talks to you and plans your day. Open that up in a Chucky movie, and you have a great antagonist with the possibility to connect to things that are supposed to help you in your daily life, but if you turn it 180 degrees you can do some really bad things. It can tap into the hub, which controls the environment in the house, the heater, ordering cars, controlling other objects. That for me was really fun. It's not just something that's added on, it's the theme of the movie. He uses stuff that helps us in a really bad way.","**Does the tech we have all around us today scare you? Are you a tech-phobe?**","I'm pretty positive on it actually! Elon Musk keeps warning everybody about the possibility of AI, but not in a way that it creates robots that fight us – more in the way of fake news and distortion. I'm pretty positive about technology, it helps us a lot every day. Robots are taking care of old people at senior homes; everything that used to take a lot of time we can now do in a finger-snap. What concerns me is addiction to it, like our iPhones. It takes up too much time, and it makes us antisocial. AI is a great tool that helps a lot of people, but it'll be interesting to see where it goes.","**You've got Mark Hamill voicing Chucky – how did you direct him to get the performance you wanted?**","I had a pretty detailed plan about how I wanted Chucky to look, act, and sound before I started making the movie. Working with Mark Hamill was an amazing experience. He's a great guy, and he's also super professional. He watched all the Child's Play and Chucky movies back to back, he really did his homework. I was looking for someone that I could develop Chucky as a character with – Chucky goes through a lot of emotional states, and it was important that he was able to hit all those notes. Mark instantly knew where I wanted to go, and had a lot of good ideas.","**What was the experience like stepping into the booth with him for the first time?**","For me, I'm just a guy from Norway being able to do what I've always dreamed of. Of course you're star-struck for a minute. My experience is that many of the iconic actors and actresses are in that position for a reason, and that’s because they treat people well, they're super professional, and open to ideas and doing the best job possible. He was great from the first minute. Yeah, of course I grew up with that guy, watching him as Luke Skywalker, so it was a little bit crazy. He was really, really good.","**Opposite Chucky, you've got your main kid, Andy. What can you say about him?**","Andy is a little bit older in this one, which I think makes sense. He's moved to a new place and he doesn't have a lot of friends, he's a little bit isolated. He has a background and emotional arc that I could really identify when I read it – he's in a place where he seeks to be accepted and to find friends, and in that space he meets Chucky. From there, this friendship starts to develop that for me just makes perfect sense, based on his arc. He's perfectly and beautifully portrayed by Gabriel Bateman who did an extraordinary job.","**You used animatronics to bring Chucky to the screen – what was that experience like? How adamant were you to use practical effects, and what were the challenges in wrangling them?**","I'm a huge fan of practical effects, and it makes perfect sense when you're dealing with a doll – you build the doll, and then base the animatronic around that. Most importantly, from my own experience, any practical and physical object the human eye catches and the brain analyses, you have a deeper and more honest emotional response to it than something that the brain understands is not real. I knew that this was going to be an emotional story – it's a horror movie, but it's also very emotional for every character involved. For me, dealing with animatronics at that stage made perfect sense. If you had a CG character all the way, I fear that the audience would disconnect. It demands a lot of the crew and the actors, especially the director. Just a scene of Chucky walking from A to B across the room or sitting on the couch, demands minimum four to five people. You have to build the space with almost a basement, so people can hide underneath the floor. I never thought it would be that challenging, but it was very rewarding. It turned out great, and I'm really proud of the crew.","**Where were you when you first saw the original *Child's Play*?**","I don't remember! Probably 10 or 11, watching it on a VHS that went around. And of course I thought it was scary, it's an iconic horror movie. I believe, though, that our generation remember the original *Child's Play* to be really scary based on our experience watching it way too early. If you're 18 or 19 years old and you watch the original *Child's Play*, I frankly don't think you'll be that scared. It's just a pop cultural phenomenon, one of those movies you watched when you were way too young and kind of gets stuck in you. The same as *Jaws* and *Alien*, all the iconic horror movies. Your brain is more fresh and you're way too young to experience those visual images.","**The original series was created by Don Mancini – he's continuing his incarnation on his Chucky TV show. Is it strange for you that there will be another Chucky out there? 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And the blend of horror and humour, that's part of the *Child's Play* universe – I loved the script based on the characters and the story and the horror, but I also was amazingly amused and surprised by the humour in it, which is a big part of why I wanted to do this movie. It's got a lot of emotions. 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Donna Tartt’s epic, Dickensian, 800-page novel was a bestselling hit and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, telling the emotional story of Theodore Decker, a 13-year-old boy who accidentally steals a Dutch Golden Age painting during the bombing of an art museum.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Now it’s a film, earning an adaptation from *Brooklyn* director John Crowley, with Ansel Elgort and Oakes Fegley sharing the role of Theo, alongside a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright and Sarah Paulson. With the first trailer launching today, we spoke to Crowley to talk us through how he brought Donna Tartt’s vision to the screen.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## About dam time","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ca91b155aa79c04db","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee7995133d503e3a4a55e0","fileName":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.07.05%20PM.png","name":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.07.05%20PM.png","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/png"},"caption":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*The trailer opens like the book does — with an adult Theo (Ansel Elgort) holed up in an Amsterdam hotel room, reflecting on his eventful life.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“We shot in Amsterdam, overlooking the canal. One of the things that really excited me about the book, and the idea of adapting it, was how vivid and distinct the world were within the book: between the icy cool Upper East Side world, to the slightly shambolic warm bohemian world of Hobie's downtown antique shop, to the blinding light of the Las Vegas desert, right down to the noirish, dark underworld of Amsterdam — and what all that represents to Theo emotionally. It was really important that we had a chance of capturing them on the screen in a way that was visually fully realised as possible. Aided, it must be said, by the great [cinematographer] Roger Deakins.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Worth its weight in Goldfinch","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ca91b155aa79c04dc","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee7995133d503e3a4a55e0","fileName":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.07.26%20PM.png","name":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.07.26%20PM.png","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/png"},"caption":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*A young Theo (Oakes Fegley) stares at The Goldfinch, the Fabritius painting hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art — unaware that it will shape his life for years to come.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“We had to get the rights [to the painting] from the [Dutch art museum] Mauritshuis, which is where it is. They were incredibly helpful. And and of course, we couldn't use the painting itself, which is priceless. There was a 3D laser scan of the original painting that had been done some time ago, and we were able to base our version on that. Paintings in film don't often look very real. Our designer and amazing art department team were incredible about the level of detail because that painting has a real power when you see it. I'm not surprised that it's that painting Donna [Tartt] focused in on. It's very particular, very distinctive. And for a tiny little painting, it does seem to *glow*. When you walk around the room, that bird keeps watching you.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Met its match","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ca91b155aa79c04dd","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee7995133d503e3a4a55e0","fileName":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.08.29%20PM.png","name":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.08.29%20PM.png","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/png"},"caption":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York serves as a key early setting in both the book and film. While visiting with his mother, Theo finds himself a victim of a terrorist attack, and suffers a tragedy that he never truly recovers from.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“We had to construct a set for the Met because it then had to be, y'know, destroyed. And again, the Met were very helpful. [The explosion] is something that you get one go at, because you can't reset. We had multiple camera angles for that. One of the things that I love about Roger [Deakins] is he's not someone who throws loads of cameras at scenes. He's very particular about what he wants to get with the one camera. And I love that, because the whole of the story is very clearly told from one point of view all the time. It's a different approach — it's not more or less legitimate than others. Some directors love having six cameras. It's just not something which felt appropriate to this story. with one aspect to this story is all about looking, and learning to see. And that just felt very important that that aspect of looking was singular.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Act your age","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ca91b155aa79c04de","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee7995133d503e3a4a55e0","fileName":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.09.04%20PM.png","name":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.09.04%20PM.png","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/png"},"caption":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*The book and film are set in two different timelines: the first when Theo is a young teenager, the second when he is a young man. Four characters in the film are played by two sets of actors. But as Crowley explains, the performances were not based on one another.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“The actors met socially. They met at a read-through. But I didn't need them to be looking at the other actor, and wondering where they should be meeting in the middle. Because for me, the really important thing is that there are two realities to these sets of characters, and what you are when you're 13 is not what you are when you're 25. It was very important that you have the feeling of, ‘Oh, my God, that kid is grown up into that man’. But the amount of stuff that's happened to him since is so strange and odd and melancholy. A lot of life has happened to him. So it was not that I wanted the performances to be based on superficial tics in any way — other than a brilliant hair and makeup team who worked incredibly hard to just make you feel at ease visually with the look of both sets of characters, and then forget about it. The important thing for me was that each of the four actors was was right in the sweet spot of the *truth* of who the character was at that part of the story.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## The invincible Boris","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ca91b155aa79c04df","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee7995133d503e3a4a55e0","fileName":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.09.42%20PM.png","name":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.09.42%20PM.png","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/png"},"caption":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*An indelible image in the books is Boris — the Ukranian immigrant who befriends Theo — walking around a Las Vegas desert dressed in black, carrying an umbrella. In the film, he is played by Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“I love *Stranger Things*. But Finn wasn't our first choice. My first instinct was to reach out to young Russian theatre groups and immigrant theatre groups in New York. We met a bunch of authentic young Russian kids. And along the way, Finn came and was just wonderful. And then he came in with the perfect accent as well. I had to get the accent checked out — you know, I'm not going to be a good judge of a Russian accent — and so our Russian dialect coach came and said 'He's already close to perfect'. It was astonishing. Finn's really special.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Barbed comments","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ca91b155aa79c04e0","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee7995133d503e3a4a55e0","fileName":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.09.53%20PM.png","name":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.09.53%20PM.png","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/png"},"caption":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*Nicole Kidman plays Mrs Barber, the wealthy socialite who adopts Theo when he finds himself orphaned; a character that suffers a fair amount of tragedy herself.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“Nicole is amazing, and I'm not the first to point out that she's had the most incredible second act to her career. The work that she is doing is just glorious and getting better and better. Her own appetite for work is incredible. She was the most prepared actor I think I've ever worked with. She joined us from another set but there were conversations rolling all the way along. For me, you have two halves to this character: you have this rather fragile woman in the first half who really doesn't know what to do with this child who lands on her doorstep. And then when you meet her in the in the more grown-up section, a big chunk of life has happened to her in a very tragic way, and it's almost like life has snapped her over its knee. She's all emotion. Nicole was able to inhabit those two things, which is this very brittle fragility, which suggested a degree of terror underneath; that an emotionally chaotic event could sweep into her life, like it did to Theo's life and capsize her, turn everything upside down.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Not with a whimper, but a bang","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ca91b155aa79c04e1","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee7995133d503e3a4a55e0","fileName":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.11.56%20PM.png","name":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.11.56%20PM.png","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/png"},"caption":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*As events reach a climax, Theo finds himself sucked deeper into a mess of criminal activity. The film’s closing moments, say Crowley, promises something particularly cinematic.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“There are aspects of the book which are almost melodramatic in terms of big outside event. Theo's relationship with that painting pulls him down, literally, into the underworld, which is where Boris has always operated in. That's why they complement each other's characters. Theo's life is dominated by this one great big event, which he's got stuck in, stuck between the grief of losing his mother, and holding onto this painting. Boris is the one character who's mad enough and bad enough to get them into trouble *and* out of trouble. It is like a journey to the underworld at that point. And yeah, there are a couple of nods towards more genre direction at times. Donna doesn't shy away from that in the book and we tried to capture that in the film as well.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## The gentle man","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ca91b155aa79c04e2","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee7995133d503e3a4a55e0","fileName":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.12.29%20PM.png","name":"Screen%20Shot%202019-05-29%20at%206.12.29%20PM.png","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/png"},"caption":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*The final shot of the trailer is given to Hobie, the father figure played by Jeffrey Wright, having the heartbreaking realisation that Theo is not entirely who he thought he was.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“Hobie’s gentle, but without it being sentimental. Not to say the books are sentimental, but you could play that character like that. Jeffrey brought a wonderful, gruff warmth to the character. In lots of ways Hobie is the moral centre of the story for me. Once Theo turns up on his doorstep, like a Dickensian waif, he's not only fed physically, he's also fed emotionally and imaginatively, by the man who teaches him the importance of old things, and that an old thing creates a responsibility. You should not just own it, or fetishize it, but pass it on. That's a great theme of the book. Again, what an actor. I've admired Jeffrey for years and I've always wanted to work with him. So I was so thrilled that he was willing to come and join us. He's brought something very special to it.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*The Goldfinch is in cinemas from 27 September*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118c2ca91b155aa79c04da","altText":"The Goldfinch","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"6GK9XhLuytdi3sZlfPn1h4ihkBN.jpg","name":"6GK9XhLuytdi3sZlfPn1h4ihkBN.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee7995133d503e3a4a55e0","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["There was a point in 2014 where, if you stepped on a commuter train, chances were you’d see someone reading *The Goldfinch*. Donna Tartt’s epic, Dickensian, 800-page novel was a bestselling hit and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, telling the emotional story of Theodore Decker, a 13-year-old boy who accidentally steals a Dutch Golden Age painting during the bombing of an art museum.","Now it’s a film, earning an adaptation from *Brooklyn* director John Crowley, with Ansel Elgort and Oakes Fegley sharing the role of Theo, alongside a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright and Sarah Paulson. With the first trailer launching today, we spoke to Crowley to talk us through how he brought Donna Tartt’s vision to the screen.","## About dam time","*The trailer opens like the book does — with an adult Theo (Ansel Elgort) holed up in an Amsterdam hotel room, reflecting on his eventful life.*","“We shot in Amsterdam, overlooking the canal. One of the things that really excited me about the book, and the idea of adapting it, was how vivid and distinct the world were within the book: between the icy cool Upper East Side world, to the slightly shambolic warm bohemian world of Hobie's downtown antique shop, to the blinding light of the Las Vegas desert, right down to the noirish, dark underworld of Amsterdam — and what all that represents to Theo emotionally. It was really important that we had a chance of capturing them on the screen in a way that was visually fully realised as possible. Aided, it must be said, by the great [cinematographer] Roger Deakins.”","## Worth its weight in Goldfinch","*A young Theo (Oakes Fegley) stares at The Goldfinch, the Fabritius painting hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art — unaware that it will shape his life for years to come.*","“We had to get the rights [to the painting] from the [Dutch art museum] Mauritshuis, which is where it is. They were incredibly helpful. And and of course, we couldn't use the painting itself, which is priceless. There was a 3D laser scan of the original painting that had been done some time ago, and we were able to base our version on that. Paintings in film don't often look very real. Our designer and amazing art department team were incredible about the level of detail because that painting has a real power when you see it. I'm not surprised that it's that painting Donna [Tartt] focused in on. It's very particular, very distinctive. And for a tiny little painting, it does seem to *glow*. When you walk around the room, that bird keeps watching you.”","## Met its match","*The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York serves as a key early setting in both the book and film. While visiting with his mother, Theo finds himself a victim of a terrorist attack, and suffers a tragedy that he never truly recovers from.*","“We had to construct a set for the Met because it then had to be, y'know, destroyed. And again, the Met were very helpful. [The explosion] is something that you get one go at, because you can't reset. We had multiple camera angles for that. One of the things that I love about Roger [Deakins] is he's not someone who throws loads of cameras at scenes. He's very particular about what he wants to get with the one camera. And I love that, because the whole of the story is very clearly told from one point of view all the time. It's a different approach — it's not more or less legitimate than others. Some directors love having six cameras. It's just not something which felt appropriate to this story. with one aspect to this story is all about looking, and learning to see. And that just felt very important that that aspect of looking was singular.”","## Act your age","*The book and film are set in two different timelines: the first when Theo is a young teenager, the second when he is a young man. Four characters in the film are played by two sets of actors. But as Crowley explains, the performances were not based on one another.*","“The actors met socially. They met at a read-through. But I didn't need them to be looking at the other actor, and wondering where they should be meeting in the middle. Because for me, the really important thing is that there are two realities to these sets of characters, and what you are when you're 13 is not what you are when you're 25. It was very important that you have the feeling of, ‘Oh, my God, that kid is grown up into that man’. But the amount of stuff that's happened to him since is so strange and odd and melancholy. A lot of life has happened to him. So it was not that I wanted the performances to be based on superficial tics in any way — other than a brilliant hair and makeup team who worked incredibly hard to just make you feel at ease visually with the look of both sets of characters, and then forget about it. The important thing for me was that each of the four actors was was right in the sweet spot of the *truth* of who the character was at that part of the story.”","## The invincible Boris","*An indelible image in the books is Boris — the Ukranian immigrant who befriends Theo — walking around a Las Vegas desert dressed in black, carrying an umbrella. In the film, he is played by Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard.*","“I love *Stranger Things*. But Finn wasn't our first choice. My first instinct was to reach out to young Russian theatre groups and immigrant theatre groups in New York. We met a bunch of authentic young Russian kids. And along the way, Finn came and was just wonderful. And then he came in with the perfect accent as well. I had to get the accent checked out — you know, I'm not going to be a good judge of a Russian accent — and so our Russian dialect coach came and said 'He's already close to perfect'. It was astonishing. Finn's really special.”","## Barbed comments","*Nicole Kidman plays Mrs Barber, the wealthy socialite who adopts Theo when he finds himself orphaned; a character that suffers a fair amount of tragedy herself.*","“Nicole is amazing, and I'm not the first to point out that she's had the most incredible second act to her career. The work that she is doing is just glorious and getting better and better. Her own appetite for work is incredible. She was the most prepared actor I think I've ever worked with. She joined us from another set but there were conversations rolling all the way along. For me, you have two halves to this character: you have this rather fragile woman in the first half who really doesn't know what to do with this child who lands on her doorstep. And then when you meet her in the in the more grown-up section, a big chunk of life has happened to her in a very tragic way, and it's almost like life has snapped her over its knee. She's all emotion. Nicole was able to inhabit those two things, which is this very brittle fragility, which suggested a degree of terror underneath; that an emotionally chaotic event could sweep into her life, like it did to Theo's life and capsize her, turn everything upside down.”","## Not with a whimper, but a bang","*As events reach a climax, Theo finds himself sucked deeper into a mess of criminal activity. The film’s closing moments, say Crowley, promises something particularly cinematic.*","“There are aspects of the book which are almost melodramatic in terms of big outside event. Theo's relationship with that painting pulls him down, literally, into the underworld, which is where Boris has always operated in. That's why they complement each other's characters. Theo's life is dominated by this one great big event, which he's got stuck in, stuck between the grief of losing his mother, and holding onto this painting. Boris is the one character who's mad enough and bad enough to get them into trouble *and* out of trouble. It is like a journey to the underworld at that point. And yeah, there are a couple of nods towards more genre direction at times. Donna doesn't shy away from that in the book and we tried to capture that in the film as well.”","## The gentle man","*The final shot of the trailer is given to Hobie, the father figure played by Jeffrey Wright, having the heartbreaking realisation that Theo is not entirely who he thought he was.*","“Hobie’s gentle, but without it being sentimental. Not to say the books are sentimental, but you could play that character like that. Jeffrey brought a wonderful, gruff warmth to the character. In lots of ways Hobie is the moral centre of the story for me. Once Theo turns up on his doorstep, like a Dickensian waif, he's not only fed physically, he's also fed emotionally and imaginatively, by the man who teaches him the importance of old things, and that an old thing creates a responsibility. You should not just own it, or fetishize it, but pass it on. That's a great theme of the book. Again, what an actor. I've admired Jeffrey for years and I've always wanted to work with him. So I was so thrilled that he was willing to come and join us. He's brought something very special to it.”","*The Goldfinch is in cinemas from 27 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While it's a new platform, there's still plenty of content to choose from, whether it's passive apps or pulse racing action games. Here's *Empire*'s pick of the best games and apps to get started with on the Quest.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Dance Central","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04d0","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","fileName":"oculus-quest-dance-central.png","name":"oculus-quest-dance-central.png","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/png"},"caption":"","altText":"Oculus Quest"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"A masterful showcase of the Quest's spatial tracking and the accuracy of the Touch controllers, this has players gaining social cred by dancing their way through a nightclub, taking on regulars and helping stop the club's closure – a subtle dig at gentrification? – over the course of a loose story. The real action is the dancing itself though, which eases you in and slowly trains you up to bust some proper moves. The best gaming workout since *Dance Dance Revolution*.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Robo Recall: Unplugged","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04d1","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","fileName":"oculus-quest-robo-recall.jpg","name":"oculus-quest-robo-recall.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Oculus Quest"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"A first-person shooter set in a dystopian corporate-owned future, *Robo Recall* has you taking to the streets to single-handedly oppose an uprising of defective, human-hating robots. With almost dauntingly vertical environments rooting you in the universe, you'll not only have an array of weapons to take on the 'bots with, but also be able to tear them to pieces with your own hands, or use them as shields. A fast-paced and incredibly visceral experience, with a brilliant blend of shooting and melee action.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Moss","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04d2","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","fileName":"oculus-quest-moss.jpg","name":"oculus-quest-moss.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Oculus Quest"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"A beautiful fairy tale adventure with clear Studio Ghibli influences, *Moss* has you guiding the courageous mouse Quill, exploring lush forest worlds and mousekind's ruins in a quest to save her village – and kidnapped uncle – from the fire-breathing snake demon Sarffog. A testament of the versatility of VR, with you observing from an overhead perspective, this PlayStation VR port remains an early classic of the medium on its new home.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Superhot VR","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04d3","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","fileName":"superhot-vr.jpg","name":"superhot-vr.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Superhot VR"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Oddly retro in presentation, *Superhot* throws you into a minimalist all-white void, where blank-faced polygonal red enemies attack. At a glance, it seems like something out of _[TRON](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/tron-legacy/review/)_. The killer hook though is that time only moves when you do – a mechanic that works brilliantly with Quest's cordless freedom to move around in real space. Dodging bullets in slow motion feels incredible, and the dexterity of the Touch controllers lets you punch, grab and throw static objects, and even snatch guns out of enemies' hands. Better yet, each level doubles as a sort of puzzle, challenging you to figure out the best order to take opponents out in, before they reach you. An incredible game, elevated by VR.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Shadow Point","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04d4","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","fileName":"oculus-quest-shadow-point.png","name":"oculus-quest-shadow-point.png","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/png"},"caption":"","altText":"Oculus Quest"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"A whimsical puzzle adventure taking you between worlds, Coatsink Games' *Shadow Point* at times feels like a modern day take on point-and-click classic _[Myst](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4wWITMUop0)_{:rel=nofollow}. As Alex Burkett, you follow a mysterious journal to an isolated laboratory, where strange experiments urge you to uncover what happened to a girl missing for over a decade. Environmental puzzles playing with light, shadow, and gravity will keep you scratching your head, while the story draws you deeper into a mystery spanning realities. Oh, and it's all narrated by [Patrick Stewart](https://www.empireonline.com/people/patrick-stewart/), too – what more can you ask for?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Vader Immortal: Episode One","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04d5","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","fileName":"oculus-quest-vader-immortal.jpg","name":"oculus-quest-vader-immortal.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Oculus Quest"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The phrase \"_[Episode One](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/star-wars-episode-phantom-menace/review/)_\" might be triggering to some *Star Wars* fans but, aside from a cheeky pod race reference, the first chapter of this three-part series steers clear of the prequels. Instead, you play a smuggler captain drawn into Darth Vader's web on Mustafar, the last key he needs to find an ancient power that could grant the Sith Lord immortality. With incredibly tactile ways to interact with the world, plenty of *Star Wars* gadgets and, immportantly, lightsaber combat, this is a gripping escape adventure brought to life with breathtaking environments, stunning music, and great voice work, including Maya Rudolph as droid ally ZOE3. Bring on *Episode Two* (no, not [that](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/star-wars-episode-ii-attack-clones/review/) one).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Beat Saber","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04d6","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","fileName":"oculus-quest-beat-saber.jpg","name":"oculus-quest-beat-saber.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Oculus Quest"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"This beat-matching rhythm action game challenges you to swipe lightsaber-style batons through red or blue blocks flying at you from an infinite void, all in time with the music. Immediately understandable – slash the blocks in the direction of the arrow on them – and with surprising physicality calling for you to dodge around or duck under oncoming walls, Beat Saber also delights with an incredible soundtrack – pirate-themed \"Rum n' Bass\" is an unexpected banger. After a few songs, you'll be a saber-weilding virtuoso, desperate for one more go. Without doubt, the most engaging game in VR.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Wander","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04d7","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","fileName":"oculus-quest-wander.png","name":"oculus-quest-wander.png","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/png"},"caption":"","altText":"Oculus Quest"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the best. *Wander* is, at its core, a glorified Google Street View, using the search giant's open data to let you explore the world. However, just by being in VR and seeing locations with your own eyes – and being able to conveniently navigate with the Touch controllers, teleporting around the world as easily as walking down the street – it becomes far more immersive. Whether it's walking down your own road or standing in Icelandic glaciers, Wander brings the world to you.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Netflix","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04d8","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","fileName":"oculus-quest-netflix.jpg","name":"oculus-quest-netflix.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Oculus Quest"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"It's not a game, sure, but if you have a Netflix account then you'll want to make this one of your first downloads. Don't have room for a comedically large TV screen in your living room? VR to the rescue! The Netflix app lets you pick up your favourite shows or movies where you left off, either watching them in a cosy digital environment, or on a virtual screen scaled up to cinema size. Although the Quest's lens can't deliver 4K quality, having an at-home IMAX is a pretty stunning experience.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04cf","altText":"Oculus Quest","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"oculus-quest-1.jpg","name":"oculus-quest-1.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["The recently released [Oculus Quest](https://www.empireonline.com/gaming/oculus-quest/) is a delight – virtual reality's first real option for gamers who want console quality VR without being tethered to their PC or PS4. While it's a new platform, there's still plenty of content to choose from, whether it's passive apps or pulse racing action games. Here's *Empire*'s pick of the best games and apps to get started with on the Quest.","## Dance Central","A masterful showcase of the Quest's spatial tracking and the accuracy of the Touch controllers, this has players gaining social cred by dancing their way through a nightclub, taking on regulars and helping stop the club's closure – a subtle dig at gentrification? – over the course of a loose story. The real action is the dancing itself though, which eases you in and slowly trains you up to bust some proper moves. The best gaming workout since *Dance Dance Revolution*.","## Robo Recall: Unplugged","A first-person shooter set in a dystopian corporate-owned future, *Robo Recall* has you taking to the streets to single-handedly oppose an uprising of defective, human-hating robots. With almost dauntingly vertical environments rooting you in the universe, you'll not only have an array of weapons to take on the 'bots with, but also be able to tear them to pieces with your own hands, or use them as shields. A fast-paced and incredibly visceral experience, with a brilliant blend of shooting and melee action.","## Moss","A beautiful fairy tale adventure with clear Studio Ghibli influences, *Moss* has you guiding the courageous mouse Quill, exploring lush forest worlds and mousekind's ruins in a quest to save her village – and kidnapped uncle – from the fire-breathing snake demon Sarffog. A testament of the versatility of VR, with you observing from an overhead perspective, this PlayStation VR port remains an early classic of the medium on its new home.","## Superhot VR","Oddly retro in presentation, *Superhot* throws you into a minimalist all-white void, where blank-faced polygonal red enemies attack. At a glance, it seems like something out of _[TRON](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/tron-legacy/review/)_. The killer hook though is that time only moves when you do – a mechanic that works brilliantly with Quest's cordless freedom to move around in real space. Dodging bullets in slow motion feels incredible, and the dexterity of the Touch controllers lets you punch, grab and throw static objects, and even snatch guns out of enemies' hands. Better yet, each level doubles as a sort of puzzle, challenging you to figure out the best order to take opponents out in, before they reach you. An incredible game, elevated by VR.","## Shadow Point","A whimsical puzzle adventure taking you between worlds, Coatsink Games' *Shadow Point* at times feels like a modern day take on point-and-click classic _[Myst](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4wWITMUop0)_{:rel=nofollow}. As Alex Burkett, you follow a mysterious journal to an isolated laboratory, where strange experiments urge you to uncover what happened to a girl missing for over a decade. Environmental puzzles playing with light, shadow, and gravity will keep you scratching your head, while the story draws you deeper into a mystery spanning realities. Oh, and it's all narrated by [Patrick Stewart](https://www.empireonline.com/people/patrick-stewart/), too – what more can you ask for?","## Vader Immortal: Episode One","The phrase \"_[Episode One](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/star-wars-episode-phantom-menace/review/)_\" might be triggering to some *Star Wars* fans but, aside from a cheeky pod race reference, the first chapter of this three-part series steers clear of the prequels. Instead, you play a smuggler captain drawn into Darth Vader's web on Mustafar, the last key he needs to find an ancient power that could grant the Sith Lord immortality. With incredibly tactile ways to interact with the world, plenty of *Star Wars* gadgets and, immportantly, lightsaber combat, this is a gripping escape adventure brought to life with breathtaking environments, stunning music, and great voice work, including Maya Rudolph as droid ally ZOE3. Bring on *Episode Two* (no, not [that](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/star-wars-episode-ii-attack-clones/review/) one).","## Beat Saber","This beat-matching rhythm action game challenges you to swipe lightsaber-style batons through red or blue blocks flying at you from an infinite void, all in time with the music. Immediately understandable – slash the blocks in the direction of the arrow on them – and with surprising physicality calling for you to dodge around or duck under oncoming walls, Beat Saber also delights with an incredible soundtrack – pirate-themed \"Rum n' Bass\" is an unexpected banger. After a few songs, you'll be a saber-weilding virtuoso, desperate for one more go. Without doubt, the most engaging game in VR.","## Wander","Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the best. *Wander* is, at its core, a glorified Google Street View, using the search giant's open data to let you explore the world. However, just by being in VR and seeing locations with your own eyes – and being able to conveniently navigate with the Touch controllers, teleporting around the world as easily as walking down the street – it becomes far more immersive. Whether it's walking down your own road or standing in Icelandic glaciers, Wander brings the world to you.","## Netflix","It's not a game, sure, but if you have a Netflix account then you'll want to make this one of your first downloads. Don't have room for a comedically large TV screen in your living room? VR to the rescue! The Netflix app lets you pick up your favourite shows or movies where you left off, either watching them in a cosy digital environment, or on a virtual screen scaled up to cinema size. Although the Quest's lens can't deliver 4K quality, having an at-home IMAX is a pretty stunning experience."],"embeds":[],"images":[{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04d0","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","fileName":"oculus-quest-dance-central.png","name":"oculus-quest-dance-central.png","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/png"},"caption":"","altText":"Oculus Quest"},{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04d1","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","fileName":"oculus-quest-robo-recall.jpg","name":"oculus-quest-robo-recall.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Oculus Quest"},{"id":"5d118c2ba91b155aa79c04d2","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cee552e133d503e3a4a4e9e","fileName":"oculus-quest-moss.jpg","name":"oculus-quest-moss.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Oculus 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Read more at Empire. ","sourceText":null,"sourceUrl":null,"_layout":[{"content":"An Essential Guide To All The Godzilla Movies","type":"title"},{"content":"","type":"subtitle"},{"content":{"id":"5d118724a91b155aa79bc83d","altText":"Godzilla","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"godzilla-king-monsters.jpg","name":"godzilla-king-monsters.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/560ebcc150e6c513721c311a","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}},"displayName":"Article Hero","free":true,"name":"hero","type":"heroImage"},{"content":"An atomic monster that's been smashing cities for 65 years now and is still going strong (and scaly), Godzilla is the pride of Japanese movie studio Toho. In over 30 movies the killer kaiju has been set against mutant beasties great, deadly and, in King Caesar's case, strangely canine, emerging missile-worn but ready to wreak havoc again. With *[Godzilla: King of the Monsters](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/godzilla-king-monsters/)* out today, here's *Empire*'s guide to every *Gojira* movie to date. Don your protective headware, gather your largest mothballs and take the plunge...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA (1954)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNmk4uTZ6vI","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla, King Of The Monsters*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Ishiro Honda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: The disappearance of some fishing boats revives the legend of an ancient sea monster, and heralds the arrival of Godzilla himself for the first time. Unleashed by an atomic explosion, he emerges from Tokyo Bay to wreak destruction. Kurosawa favourite Takashi Shimura is among the scientists on the case trying to figure out a way to combat the massive menace. A clear anti-nuclear fable, the original film has a serious agenda, but that was largely lost in the western world for years since we mostly only knew the American re-edit, *King Of The Monsters* (note that subtitle for later). Raymond Burr was dropped into that version as a documentary journalist.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Godzilla! He was designed as a cross between a Tyrannosaurus, a Stegosaurus, an Iguanodon and an alligator. His Japanese name, Gojira, is a portmanteau of the words for 'whale' and 'gorilla'. He has \"atomic breath\", the ability to regenerate (in the Wolverine rather than the *Doctor Who* sense) and is impervious to conventional weapons.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (1955)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH7MA-KlUBo","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Gigantis, The Fire Monster*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Motoyoshi Oda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Crash-landing on Iwato Island, two pilots stumble upon Godzilla fighting the Stegosaurus-thing Anguirus. The two monsters then arrive on mainland Osaka and continue to throw down. Shimura is on hand once again to explain that this is actually a *different* Godzilla to last time, likely awakened, along with his age-old dino-foe, by the same atomic experiments. The US cut didn’t even call him Godzilla, renaming him Gigantis.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Anguirus, a dinosaur thing with wrestling ability.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## KING KONG VS. 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Fuji for Godzilla to deal with.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** King Kong (at least as far as the *Godzilla* franchise goes)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (1964)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_DMKmRmdBg","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. The Thing*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Ishiro Honda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Scientists discover a big egg in some typhoon wreckage, and learn that it comes from Infant Island, where lives the lepidopterous god Mothra. Initially buried by the same typhoon, Godzilla then emerges from some mud to recommence smashing, and the Japanese petition Infant Island (which is led by tiny fairy priestesses - just go with it) for a loan of their senior kaiju. Mothra is eventually killed, but Godzilla wanders off anyway, leaving the egg to hatch and release two larvae, which then spray Godzilla with silk and sink him in the ocean before returning home. Yes, in this story Mothra and family are the goodies and Godzilla's the big bad.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Mothra, a big moth (previously the star of her own film in 1961).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1964)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TYkCw5-BMA","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Ghidra, The Three-Headed Monster*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Ishiro Honda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Following his debut in his own 1956 film, Rodan emerges from the crater of Mt. Aso, while Godzilla emerges from the deep once again. Princess Selina, who is possessed by a Martian (!), predicts these events, and for her next prophecy warns of the arrival of tri-bonced dragon Ghidorah, previously the destructor of Martian society. And lo! a recently-landed meteorite turns out to be an egg, and Ghidorah is hatched on Earth. Mothra tries to persuade Godzilla and Rodan to team up against Ghidora, but initially fails. When she takes a beating from Ghidorah, however, Godzilla and Rodan are impressed enough for a détente, and join Mothra in sending Ghidorah back to space with extreme prejudice.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Rodan (spiky mutant Pterosaur) and King Ghidorah (three-headed space dragon).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER (1965)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO5ViKUt-sg","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Monster Zero*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Ishiro Honda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: A joint Japanese / American space mission rocks up behind Jupiter at a newly discovered planet the Earth has dubbed 'Planet X'. It turns out its inhabitants call it Planet X, too. *What are the odds?* The Planet Xians then ask for Earth’s help against a recent King Ghidorah problem. We ship them Godzilla and Rodan for a rematch which the pair win, and all appears well until Planet X tries to take over the Earth by releasing its newly acquired kaiju triumvirate back onto our own soil. As the military battles the monsters while they wreck Tokyo *again*, our Earth boffins find a way to defeat the Xians with science. Their mind-control broken, Godzilla and Rodan turn on King Ghidorah, and all three disappear into the sea.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of... ***N/A","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## EBIRAH, HORROR OF THE DEEP (1966)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_auhaD26WY","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. The Sea Monster*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Jun Fukuda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Terrorist ne’er-do-wells The Red Bamboo are manufacturing heavy water on a secret island, employing slave labour shipped in from Infant Island, the home of Mothra. When a ship’s crew wash up on the island after an encounter with giant lobster Ebirah, they attempt to escape The Red Bamboo, but accidentally wake Godzilla in the process. Godzilla then fights Ebirah and giant bird Ookondoru, before Mothra shows up to rescue her congregation.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Ebirah (a giant lobster) and Ookondoru (a giant condor).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## MONSTER ISLAND'S DECISIVE BATTLE: GODZILLA'S SON (1967)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyL3IGeP5OU","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Son Of Godzilla*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Jun Fukuda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Scientists working on a weather control system are hampered by the Kamacuras, two giant praying mantises. Inconvenient. An egg is then uncovered which hatches a baby Godzilla, who sends out telepathic distress signals until the full-sized version arrives to claim him. Named 'Minilla' (*not* Godzooky), he grows to half the size of Godzilla and learns some tricks from his adoptive pops, which come in useful against the sudden attack of giant spider Kumonga.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Minilla (adopted son of Godzilla); Kamacuras (giant praying mantises); and Kumonga (giant spider with web and stinger action).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_qgNNecm38","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: Unnecessary","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Ishiro Honda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Toho’s twentieth kaiju film was a celebratory affair, intended to mark Godzilla’s final appearance. That didn’t work. Set at the end of the 20th century, the premise is that all the kaiju have been rounded up on a research centre dubbed 'Monster Island'. This set-up is fine until the alien Kilaaks throw a spanner in the works, setting all the kaiju on Earth’s major cities to force our subjugation. After some stomping of New York, London, Beijing and Moscow, Earth gets the kaiju back under control and sets them on the Kilaak base at Mt. Fuji. But the Kilaaks still have King Ghidorah up their (presumably rather large) sleeve.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Gorosaurus (a dinosaur); Manda (a sea monster); Baragon (a smaller, horned dinosaur than Gorosaurus); and Varan (a giant flying lizard).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA, MINILLA, GABARA: ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (1969)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LoEtRYCO6k","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla’s Revenge*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Ishiro Honda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The tenth *Godzilla* film was the first to be aimed specifically at children. It involves the young Ichiro (Tomonori Yazaki), neglected by his working parents and bullied by his peers, learning to cope with life through frequent dream visits to Monster Island. While asleep he sees Godzilla fighting Kamacuras, Kumonga and Ebirah, and is rescued from a fall into a cave by Minilla, who reveals he’s also having bully problems. Ichiro helps Minilla defeat the ogre Gabara, gaining the courage to defeat his own tormentors – and a gang of robbers – in the waking world.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of***: Gabara, an ogre who exists only in Ichiro’s dreams. He doesn’t appear again.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (1971)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6c_LuvJRuQ","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Yoshimitsu Banno","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Hedorah is a poisonous sea monster that, it turns out, evolved from a microscopic alien life form thanks to Earth’s pollution. The shape-shifting creature causes such destruction and is so invincible that humankind actually throws a party to mark the end of days. Bleak. But then we figure out that dehydration is the key, and Godzilla helps us desiccate Hedorah with electrodes. Win!","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Hedorah, a pollution-powered sea monster that spews acid.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (1972)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GslZKWemeEs","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla On Monster Island*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Jun Fukuda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Haruo Nakajima, who had played Godzilla since the beginning, made his final appearance in the suit here, once again fighting King Ghidorah and some giant space insects from Nebula-M. Said aliens, somehow disguised as humans, are planning to destroy all Earthlings by employing Ghidorah and Gigan, a giant alien cyborg. Godzilla and Anguirus have other ideas.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Gigan, a cyborg-biped-dragon thing with a buzzsaw in his stomach.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBHgwl1cb4A","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: None deemed necessary","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Jun Fukuda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: The result of a design competition for Japanese schoolchildren, this wasn’t initially intended as a *Godzilla* film at all, which is why he plays second fiddle to giant robot superhero Jet Jaguar. The story sees aquatic Earth race the Seatopians annoyed by decades of nuclear testing and planning to unleash Megalon, their undersea god. Jet Jaguar’s inventors initially lose control of him to the Seatopians, but regain the upper hand with a useful secondary control system, and send their roboto to Monster Island to fetch Godzilla. Faced with alarmingly turned tables, the Seatopians send a distress call to Nebula-M asking for Gigan...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Jet Jaguar (giant robot designed by competition winners) and Megalon (a sort of giant cockroach / beetle).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1974)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sb7e0iKqWI","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. 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They have taken a dislike to King Caesar, who joins Godzilla in pulling Mechagodzilla's head off.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Mechagodzilla (giant robot Godzilla from space) and King Caesar (giant mythological lion/dog creature).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1975)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgpxRVCNEoI","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Terror Of Godzilla*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Ishiro Honda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: The last of the original slew of *Godzilla* films, this one starts with Interpol agents looking for the wreckage of Mechagodzilla at the bottom of the ocean. Fools! They’re soon under attack from the undersea Titanosaurus, who turns out to have been invented by a mad Japanese scientist who wants to destroy mankind and is in cahoots with the Black Hole Planet 3 aliens. Titanosaurus and a newly rebuilt Mechagodzilla are soon laying waste to Yokosuka, and Godzilla struggles to cope with their joint assault. But Interpol’s discovery that Titanosaurus is vulnerable to \"sonic waves\" leaves Mechagodzilla alone as Godzilla’s sole focus. The organic version triumphs, with a little help from Mechagodzilla’s human / cyborg controller, who has a change of heart.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Titanosaurus, an aquatic dinosaur with a tail that can cause maelstroms and hurricanes.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA (ANIMATED SERIES, 1978)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMuI9rn5UrA","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: Er, *Godzilla*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Produced by Hanna-Barbera","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: For those of us of a certain age, this was the first Godzilla we encountered and remains an indelible memory. The format had a group of American marine scientists on board a hydrofoil called Calico. When in danger from sea monsters and the like, they could call Godzilla by pressing a big red button. This being a US cartoon, there’s also the cute factor, in the form of Godzilla’s more useless nephew Godzooky, who has some traits borrowed from Minilla, such as only being able to puff smoke rings. This wasn’t Godzilla’s first TV incarnation: he’d previously appeared on the Japanese live-action *Zone Fighter* series in the ‘70s. There would also be the short-lived *Godzilla Island* (Japan, live-action) in 1997, and another American cartoon series following the Roland Emmerich film in 1998. Netflix have been in on the animated *Godzilla* action more recently, providing western distribution for the anime feature films *Planet Of The Monsters* (2017), *City On The Edge Of Battle* and *The Planet Eater* (both 2018).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Godzoooooookyyyyyy…","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA (1984)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27OaNDxUmEE","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *The Return Of Godzilla*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Koji Hashimoto","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: After a decade’s retirement (not counting the cartoon) Godzilla was back for the first of a new series, celebrating his 30th anniversary. This reboot was a direct sequel to the original film from 1954, ignoring every film from *Godzilla Raids Again* onwards. Following years in which he’d gradually become a friend to humanity, this sees the big G back in antagonist mode, rising from a volcano on Daikoku Island, feeding off nuclear power plants and prompting the mass evacuation of Tokyo. Mankind’s initial volley in defence is the Super-X military warplane, but when Godzilla drops a building on that, plan B is to lure him into another volcano. As well as a guy in a suit (Kenpachiro Satsuma; previously Hedorah and Gigan), this film utilised a 20ft animatronic Godzilla. The American edit brought back Raymond Burr, in the same role as in 1954.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** The Super-X plane.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE (1989)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qnclpYUmx8","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: The same","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Kazuki Omori","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Five years on from his *Return*, Godzilla’s reboot cycle kicks off in earnest. Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka was reluctant to reuse any of the kaiju from the series' heyday, so here we get Biollante, a Frankensteinian lab-created triffid / octopus thing combining the DNA of Godzilla, roses, and a scientist’s dead daughter. Because why not? Mankind tries a new version of the Super-X against the double threat, along with an experimental anti-nuclear bacteria. But it’s basically down to Godzilla and Biollante to take each other down. Godzilla once again returns to the sea, and Biollante ends up orbiting the Earth in the form of a giant flower.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Biollante. She was the result of another public design competition, which was won by a dentist.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH (1991)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GWl-wrwN2g","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: N/A","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Kazuki Omori","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Following the Biollante farrago, Tanaka capitulated on his \"no classic monsters\" rule and allowed the return of Godzilla’s greatest foe. This one’s got time travel in it. It’s complicated. A UFO arrives on Mt. Fuji and unloads its pilots, who have come back to 1991 from the year 2204. They call themselves 'The Futurians', claim that Japan has been completely destroyed in the future, and hatch a plan to take present-day scientists back to the 1940s to stop Godzilla’s creation in the first place. So they do that, but also deliberately create King Ghidorah in the process, who they plan to use to subjugate Japan. Because it turns out the Japan of the future *isn’t* destroyed, but is the number one world superpower and the Futurians want it smashed. *But*, it so happens that rather than stop Godzilla’s creation, the Futurians accidentally created the second Godzilla (the first one having genuinely been killed in the 1954 film). Godzilla then fights Ghidorah and wins, so the Futurians go back to the future and fetch Mecha-King Ghidorah, a cyborg created from the remains of the organic version. Godzilla then defeats Mecha-King Ghidorah at the bottom of the sea.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Mecha-King Ghidorah, a cyborg Ghidorah from the future","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1992)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZRrIIHYWZk","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla And Mothra: The Battle For Earth*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Takao Okawara","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: The previous film was a massive success, so it was decided that classic kaiju were the way to go. This turned out to be The Correct Plan, since this film is officially the most financially successful of the whole Toho series, coming second only to *Jurassic Park* in Japan’s 1993 box office (it was a good year for giant lizards). Various natural disasters cause the awakening not only of Godzilla, but also of Mothra and Battra, another moth thing (some translations claim it as \"Black Mothra\"). The climactic battle takes place in a fairground.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of... ***Battra, originally conceived as Mothra’s evil twin, but reaching the screen as something slightly different.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1993)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvbWZB1k5t0","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Takao Okawara","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Not a remake as the Japanese title suggests, nor a sequel as the Americans would have it, this is just... what it is. The UN salvages what’s left of Mecha-King Ghidorah to build both a flying gunship called Garuda and a Mechagodzilla for Earth’s defence. Godzilla and Rodan are attracted by a telepathic signal being given off by a mysterious egg. After a bit of a rumble, Godzilla defeats Rodan, and the egg hatches a new Baby Godzilla, which is squirreled away by a research team. As Godzilla flails around searching for the baby, Mechagodzilla is sent in, to disappointing effect. Then Rodan shows up again, the UN has to deploy Mechagodzilla against him instead, and Godzilla arrives in the aftermath to take down the weakened mecha. Finally united with the baby, Godzilla heads out to sea with his new adopted son.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of... ***Baby Godzilla, not to be confused with Minilla (or Godzooky).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA (1994)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAD-0-PUhag","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: N/A","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Kensho Yamashita","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: A new Godzilla is spontaneously created in space, thanks to some cells taken off-world by Biollante and Mothra, and the fission effect of a black hole. SpaceGodzilla destroys a NASA space station, and as it gets nearer to Earth, Japan sends Moguera, a giant mecha penguin, to intercept. Surprisingly this gambit is unsuccessful. SpaceGodzilla lands and attacks Baby Godzilla. Godzilla fights SpaceGodzilla, but loses, leaving SpaceGodzilla to build a crystal fortress of solitude in the middle of Fukuoka and siphon off energy from the Earth’s core. Godzilla and Moguera team up for some stomping.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** SpaceGodzilla (a Godzilla from space, with big crystals on his shoulders) and Moguera (a 160ft mecha penguin that can separate into a tank and a flying battleship).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH (1995)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEHDDxNOybk","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. Destroyah*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Takao Okawara","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: The final film of the second wave, this one picked up publicity for supposedly being the film that would finally kill Godzilla (as Toho cleared the decks for the Roland Emmerich movie). Godzilla develops a rash-like illness and attacks Hong Kong in his delirium. Turns out his reactor-like core is approaching meltdown: a problem, since he’ll likely take the world with him when he goes. Japan deploys another new Super-X with cold weapons to try to stop this. Meanwhile a separate plan, using the “oxygen destroyer” that took down the original Godzilla in 1954, instead mutates some Precambrian organisms into giant crabs called Destoroyah. Baby Godzilla, now grown into Godzilla Jr., is sent in to intervene under telepathic human control. Godzilla does ultimately perish, but he doesn’t destroy the Earth in the process, and his atomic energy is channelled into Godzilla Jr., who grows to full size to replace his adoptive father as King Of The Monsters.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Destoroyah, massive insect-bat-crab things accidentally force-evolved from crustacea.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA (1998)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZng1ZdvA7I","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***Japanese title***: *Gojira*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Roland Emmerich","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Post-*Jurassic Park*, a CG *Godzilla* was a Hollywood no-brainer, leading to this... effort, from Roland Emmerich and Sony. Nuclear tests in French Polynesia irradiate an iguana’s nest. Decades later, the result shows up in New York to bother Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno. Helicopter pilots fail to twig that they can escape the beast by gaining altitude. This Godzilla appears to be female because it lays eggs. She ends up fatally tangled in the Brooklyn Bridge, but there are a whole mess of eggs left to deal with - and one is overlooked...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Toho folded this iguana-like monster into its own continuity as 'Zilla'.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA 2000: MILLENNIUM (1999)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSiwb9ATdBE","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla 2000*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Takao Okawara","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Toho Phase III once again ignores everything that’s ever happened in the *Godzilla*-verse, bar the original 1954 movie. This film posits that there’s now a Godzilla Prediction Network, formed to anticipate his movements like weather-based natural disasters. A mysterious million-year-old UFO emerges from the Pacific and begins harvesting computer files about Godzilla, looking to replicate the kaiju’s regenerative DNA. The giant jellyfish-ish Millennian they create/become then, because of Earth’s unfamiliar atmosphere, mutates into the 200ft gorilla/snake/shark Orga. He bears the brunt of Godzilla’s nuclear pulse.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Orga, who can open his snake-like jaws to swallow opponents and morph into their form. He also has a death ray on his shoulder.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA X MEGAGUIRUS: G ANNIHILATION STRATEGY (2000)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_pi5tw7SpQ","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Masaaki Tezuka","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Mankind has now replaced nuclear power with clean \"plasma energy\", but Godzilla still hasn’t gone away. Pesky scientists working on a weapon that creates small black holes accidentally open a wormhole through which a prehistoric dragonfly emerges and lays an egg. The egg then splits into hundreds more and, when it comes into contact with water, hatches larvae called Meganula, which cause some degree of havoc in Tokyo. Godzilla crushes them, but some of them manage to extract some of his life force and inject it into a mega-larva that becomes Megaguirus, a giant dragonfly gremlin, and the Meganulas’ queen. Queenie then goes after Godzilla...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First appearance of...*** Megaguirus, who can fly superfast and drain energy from opponents with a big stinger.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA, MOTHRA AND KING GHIDORA: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (2001)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7iPn4W9oeI","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *GMK*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Shusuke Kaneko","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Following the Emmerich attack on New York, Japan prepares for the return of Godzilla. Godzilla destroys a nuclear submarine. Baragon causes an earthquake. Mothra attacks some teenagers. Researchers discover that Godzilla is possessed by the dead Japanese soldiers of WWII, angry that Japan has forgotten their sacrifice. Godzilla fights Baragon. Mothra fights Godzilla. Ghidorah fights Mothra and Godzilla. The Japan Self-Defence Force gets Godzilla to eat a missile.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Nobody, but Mothra, King Ghidora and Baragon are significantly altered to make Godzilla seem more powerful.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA X MECHAGODZILLA (2002)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdNlfZfIdF4","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Masaaki Tezuka","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Scientists assemble to create a cyborg Godzilla from the dead 1954 version’s skeleton. And lo! Mechagodzilla is born – again! – and given the name Kiryu. Supposed to be remote-controlled, Kiryu is then essentially possessed by 1954 Godzilla, thanks to its organic remnants, when it hears the current Godzilla’s roar. It then goes on the rampage. Oops. Brought back under human control, at first remotely and then with an on-board pilot, the fight with Godzilla is properly on, creating the opportunity for the deployment of the awesome Absolute Zero Cannon. Boom!","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Kiryu, a new Mechagodzilla.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA X MOTHRA X MECHAGODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S (2003)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc8oCFE5tCI","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla: Tokyo SOS*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Masaaki Tezuka","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Kiryu is under repair, and Mothra’s fairy representatives advise the Japanese government that it’s possibly worth returning Kiryu’s Godzilla skeleton to the bottom of the ocean. Mothra says she’ll fight in Kiryu’s place if this happens. Godzilla duly arrives, but Mothra struggles to defeat him. Kiryu has a crack, but is also beaten. A repaired Kiryu later does succeed in wounding Godzilla, but his roar awakens 1954 Godzilla’s soul within Kiryu again, and the mecha carries Godzilla to safety, accompanying him to the sea bed.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Kamoeba, a rock turtle kaiju, albeit in cameo form. It previously appeared solo in 1970’s Space Amoeba.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (2004)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkAkbAU9NCg","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: N/A","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: Ryuhei Kitamura","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: In 2044, kaiju begin appearing all over the world. Anguirus shows up in Shanghai; Rodan takes New York; King Ceasar goes for Okinawa; Kamacuras takes Paris; Kumonga arrives in Arizona; Ebirah stomps into Tokyo; and Sydney draws the short straw with Zilla (the Emmerich Godzilla). After much destruction, the Earth is apparently rescued by the timely intervention of the alien Xiliens, but it turns out they actually want to harvest us for food. Hate when that happens. When we resist, they set the kaiju on us again. Luckily, Godzilla was frozen at the South Pole in 2004 and so isn’t under the Xiliens’ kaiju mind control. We thaw him out, and he defeats all the kaiju sent against him, sparing only Anguirus, Rodan and King Caesar, and breaking their mind control. Gigan, King Ghidorah and Mothra also show up, as does Minilla, who persuades the eventually triumphant Godzilla not to petulantly stomp the whole of mankind for good measure.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of... *** CGI versions of Manda, Mothra and Kamacuras, plus Zilla's only appearance in a Japanese film. She’s smashed into Sydney Opera House in the quickest battle in the entire franchise. That’s what you might call short shrift.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA (2014)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjKO10hKtYw","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***Japanese title***: *Gojira*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: [Gareth Edwards](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gareth-edwards/)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Hollywood's second attempt... In 1999, scientists discover that a monster has escaped from a collapsed uranium mine in the Philippines. Shortly afterwards, seismic disturbances cause a catastrophe at the Janjira nuclear facility in Japan. Fifteen years later, enjineer Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) remains obsessed with the disaster that killed his wife (Juliette Binoche), and is arrested trespassing at the Janjira site just as a giant cartilaginous spider-bat-mantis thing hatches and goes on the rampage with its wife. The creatures are designated \"MUTO\"s – Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms – and humanity's only hope of surviving them is an agent of balance that we previously subdued with nuclear bombs in the 1950s (those famous \"tests\" were nothing of the sort). After an ominous build-up, Godzilla emerges from the sea to bring the MUTO ruckus, kicking off Legendary's MonsterVerse in the process.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Let's call him the Legendary Godzilla. Plus the MUTOs.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## SHIN GODZILLA (2018)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qX1ZU3jcfU","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***US title***: *Godzilla Resurgence*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Directors***: Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Not to be outdone, this was Toho's own reboot of the franchise, for the first time striking even the original film from the record and giving Godzilla a contemporary origin (that title is literally *New Godzilla*). Back in classic antagonist mode, this Godzilla arrives purely as an agent of destructive choas. An impromptu \"Unidentified Creature Response Special Task Force\" scrambles to come up with an alternative solution to the threat than the UN's planned nuking of Tokyo. Freezing is the ultimate answer.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Well in narrative terms, Godzilla. Again.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4xJB91axf8","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***Japanese title***: *King Kong: Giant God Of Skull Island*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: [Jordan Vogt-Roberts](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jordan-vogt-roberts/)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: Just a cave painting and a roar after the credits of Kong's movie. *Skull Island*'s protagonists are rounded up by the shady Monarch agency and given a talking to, in a scene revealing (for those that didn't pick up on the Monarch references) that *Skull Island* and the 2014 *Godzilla* are part of the same series. It also sets up *Godzilla Vs. Kong*, due from Adam Wingard in 2020.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** The Legendary MonsterVerse Kong.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC-DOCbdbmw","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"***Japanese title***: *Gojira: King Of Monsters*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Director***: [Michael Dougherty](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-dougherty/)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***Plot***: The first direct sequel to the 2014 *Godzilla* once again sees Monarch-connected humans standing by ineffectually as Gojira protects the world from a new era of monster gods. As another franchise put it: Titans! Will! Clash!","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"***First series appearance of...*** Legendary's MonsterVersions of Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidora.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*Godzilla: King Of The Monsters* is in cinemas from May 29. [Click here for *Empire*'s review](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/godzilla-king-monsters/review/).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118724a91b155aa79bc83d","altText":"Godzilla","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"godzilla-king-monsters.jpg","name":"godzilla-king-monsters.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/560ebcc150e6c513721c311a","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["An atomic monster that's been smashing cities for 65 years now and is still going strong (and scaly), Godzilla is the pride of Japanese movie studio Toho. In over 30 movies the killer kaiju has been set against mutant beasties great, deadly and, in King Caesar's case, strangely canine, emerging missile-worn but ready to wreak havoc again. With *[Godzilla: King of the Monsters](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/godzilla-king-monsters/)* out today, here's *Empire*'s guide to every *Gojira* movie to date. Don your protective headware, gather your largest mothballs and take the plunge...","## GODZILLA (1954)","***US title***: *Godzilla, King Of The Monsters*","***Director***: Ishiro Honda","***Plot***: The disappearance of some fishing boats revives the legend of an ancient sea monster, and heralds the arrival of Godzilla himself for the first time. Unleashed by an atomic explosion, he emerges from Tokyo Bay to wreak destruction. Kurosawa favourite Takashi Shimura is among the scientists on the case trying to figure out a way to combat the massive menace. A clear anti-nuclear fable, the original film has a serious agenda, but that was largely lost in the western world for years since we mostly only knew the American re-edit, *King Of The Monsters* (note that subtitle for later). Raymond Burr was dropped into that version as a documentary journalist.","***First series appearance of...*** Godzilla! He was designed as a cross between a Tyrannosaurus, a Stegosaurus, an Iguanodon and an alligator. His Japanese name, Gojira, is a portmanteau of the words for 'whale' and 'gorilla'. He has \"atomic breath\", the ability to regenerate (in the Wolverine rather than the *Doctor Who* sense) and is impervious to conventional weapons.","## GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (1955)","***US title***: *Gigantis, The Fire Monster*","***Director***: Motoyoshi Oda","***Plot***: Crash-landing on Iwato Island, two pilots stumble upon Godzilla fighting the Stegosaurus-thing Anguirus. The two monsters then arrive on mainland Osaka and continue to throw down. Shimura is on hand once again to explain that this is actually a *different* Godzilla to last time, likely awakened, along with his age-old dino-foe, by the same atomic experiments. The US cut didn’t even call him Godzilla, renaming him Gigantis.","***First series appearance of...*** Anguirus, a dinosaur thing with wrestling ability.","## KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962)","***US title***: The original title worked well enough.","***Director***: Ishiro Honda","***Plot***: Godzilla, frozen at the end of the last film, thaws out, sinks a submarine and, having been prevented from entering Tokyo, heads for Mt. Fuji. Meanwhile, a TV mogul heads to Faro Island in search of a monster to boost ratings. He finds King Kong, who in his Japanese incarnation can suck up electricity and zap things. Regretting their decision to transport the uncontrollable Kong to Tokyo, the authorities manage to knock him out and balloon him to Mt. Fuji for Godzilla to deal with.","***First series appearance of...*** King Kong (at least as far as the *Godzilla* franchise goes)","## MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (1964)","***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. The Thing*","***Director***: Ishiro Honda","***Plot***: Scientists discover a big egg in some typhoon wreckage, and learn that it comes from Infant Island, where lives the lepidopterous god Mothra. Initially buried by the same typhoon, Godzilla then emerges from some mud to recommence smashing, and the Japanese petition Infant Island (which is led by tiny fairy priestesses - just go with it) for a loan of their senior kaiju. Mothra is eventually killed, but Godzilla wanders off anyway, leaving the egg to hatch and release two larvae, which then spray Godzilla with silk and sink him in the ocean before returning home. Yes, in this story Mothra and family are the goodies and Godzilla's the big bad.","***First series appearance of...*** Mothra, a big moth (previously the star of her own film in 1961).","## GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1964)","***US title***: *Ghidra, The Three-Headed Monster*","***Director***: Ishiro Honda","***Plot***: Following his debut in his own 1956 film, Rodan emerges from the crater of Mt. Aso, while Godzilla emerges from the deep once again. Princess Selina, who is possessed by a Martian (!), predicts these events, and for her next prophecy warns of the arrival of tri-bonced dragon Ghidorah, previously the destructor of Martian society. And lo! a recently-landed meteorite turns out to be an egg, and Ghidorah is hatched on Earth. Mothra tries to persuade Godzilla and Rodan to team up against Ghidora, but initially fails. When she takes a beating from Ghidorah, however, Godzilla and Rodan are impressed enough for a détente, and join Mothra in sending Ghidorah back to space with extreme prejudice.","***First series appearance of...*** Rodan (spiky mutant Pterosaur) and King Ghidorah (three-headed space dragon).","## INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER (1965)","***US title***: *Monster Zero*","***Director***: Ishiro Honda","***Plot***: A joint Japanese / American space mission rocks up behind Jupiter at a newly discovered planet the Earth has dubbed 'Planet X'. It turns out its inhabitants call it Planet X, too. *What are the odds?* The Planet Xians then ask for Earth’s help against a recent King Ghidorah problem. We ship them Godzilla and Rodan for a rematch which the pair win, and all appears well until Planet X tries to take over the Earth by releasing its newly acquired kaiju triumvirate back onto our own soil. As the military battles the monsters while they wreck Tokyo *again*, our Earth boffins find a way to defeat the Xians with science. Their mind-control broken, Godzilla and Rodan turn on King Ghidorah, and all three disappear into the sea.","***First series appearance of... ***N/A","## EBIRAH, HORROR OF THE DEEP (1966)","***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. The Sea Monster*","***Director***: Jun Fukuda","***Plot***: Terrorist ne’er-do-wells The Red Bamboo are manufacturing heavy water on a secret island, employing slave labour shipped in from Infant Island, the home of Mothra. When a ship’s crew wash up on the island after an encounter with giant lobster Ebirah, they attempt to escape The Red Bamboo, but accidentally wake Godzilla in the process. Godzilla then fights Ebirah and giant bird Ookondoru, before Mothra shows up to rescue her congregation.","***First series appearance of...*** Ebirah (a giant lobster) and Ookondoru (a giant condor).","## MONSTER ISLAND'S DECISIVE BATTLE: GODZILLA'S SON (1967)","***US title***: *Son Of Godzilla*","***Director***: Jun Fukuda","***Plot***: Scientists working on a weather control system are hampered by the Kamacuras, two giant praying mantises. Inconvenient. An egg is then uncovered which hatches a baby Godzilla, who sends out telepathic distress signals until the full-sized version arrives to claim him. Named 'Minilla' (*not* Godzooky), he grows to half the size of Godzilla and learns some tricks from his adoptive pops, which come in useful against the sudden attack of giant spider Kumonga.","***First series appearance of...*** Minilla (adopted son of Godzilla); Kamacuras (giant praying mantises); and Kumonga (giant spider with web and stinger action).","## DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968)","***US title***: Unnecessary","***Director***: Ishiro Honda","***Plot***: Toho’s twentieth kaiju film was a celebratory affair, intended to mark Godzilla’s final appearance. That didn’t work. Set at the end of the 20th century, the premise is that all the kaiju have been rounded up on a research centre dubbed 'Monster Island'. This set-up is fine until the alien Kilaaks throw a spanner in the works, setting all the kaiju on Earth’s major cities to force our subjugation. After some stomping of New York, London, Beijing and Moscow, Earth gets the kaiju back under control and sets them on the Kilaak base at Mt. Fuji. But the Kilaaks still have King Ghidorah up their (presumably rather large) sleeve.","***First series appearance of...*** Gorosaurus (a dinosaur); Manda (a sea monster); Baragon (a smaller, horned dinosaur than Gorosaurus); and Varan (a giant flying lizard).","## GODZILLA, MINILLA, GABARA: ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (1969)","***US title***: *Godzilla’s Revenge*","***Director***: Ishiro Honda","The tenth *Godzilla* film was the first to be aimed specifically at children. It involves the young Ichiro (Tomonori Yazaki), neglected by his working parents and bullied by his peers, learning to cope with life through frequent dream visits to Monster Island. While asleep he sees Godzilla fighting Kamacuras, Kumonga and Ebirah, and is rescued from a fall into a cave by Minilla, who reveals he’s also having bully problems. Ichiro helps Minilla defeat the ogre Gabara, gaining the courage to defeat his own tormentors – and a gang of robbers – in the waking world.","***First series appearance of***: Gabara, an ogre who exists only in Ichiro’s dreams. He doesn’t appear again.","## GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (1971)","***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster*","***Director***: Yoshimitsu Banno","***Plot***: Hedorah is a poisonous sea monster that, it turns out, evolved from a microscopic alien life form thanks to Earth’s pollution. The shape-shifting creature causes such destruction and is so invincible that humankind actually throws a party to mark the end of days. Bleak. But then we figure out that dehydration is the key, and Godzilla helps us desiccate Hedorah with electrodes. Win!","***First series appearance of...*** Hedorah, a pollution-powered sea monster that spews acid.","## GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (1972)","***US title***: *Godzilla On Monster Island*","***Director***: Jun Fukuda","***Plot***: Haruo Nakajima, who had played Godzilla since the beginning, made his final appearance in the suit here, once again fighting King Ghidorah and some giant space insects from Nebula-M. Said aliens, somehow disguised as humans, are planning to destroy all Earthlings by employing Ghidorah and Gigan, a giant alien cyborg. Godzilla and Anguirus have other ideas.","***First series appearance of...*** Gigan, a cyborg-biped-dragon thing with a buzzsaw in his stomach.","## GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973)","***US title***: None deemed necessary","***Director***: Jun Fukuda","***Plot***: The result of a design competition for Japanese schoolchildren, this wasn’t initially intended as a *Godzilla* film at all, which is why he plays second fiddle to giant robot superhero Jet Jaguar. The story sees aquatic Earth race the Seatopians annoyed by decades of nuclear testing and planning to unleash Megalon, their undersea god. Jet Jaguar’s inventors initially lose control of him to the Seatopians, but regain the upper hand with a useful secondary control system, and send their roboto to Monster Island to fetch Godzilla. Faced with alarmingly turned tables, the Seatopians send a distress call to Nebula-M asking for Gigan...","***First series appearance of...*** Jet Jaguar (giant robot designed by competition winners) and Megalon (a sort of giant cockroach / beetle).","## GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1974)","***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. The Bionic Monster*","***Director***: Jun Fukuda","***Plot***: Godzilla, who we thought was our ally these days, bursts from Mt. Fuji and starts his old stomping tricks again. Anguirus has a word, but is defeated, though not before inflicting a wound on the creature that exposes a shiny metal endoskeleton. It’s not Godzilla at all! It’s... you’re way ahead of us. The real Godzilla then shows up, and Mechagodzilla is revealed to be an alien super-weapon wielded by the ape-like Simians, from the Third Planet Of The Black Hole. They have taken a dislike to King Caesar, who joins Godzilla in pulling Mechagodzilla's head off.","***First series appearance of...*** Mechagodzilla (giant robot Godzilla from space) and King Caesar (giant mythological lion/dog creature).","## TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1975)","***US title***: *Terror Of Godzilla*","***Director***: Ishiro Honda","***Plot***: The last of the original slew of *Godzilla* films, this one starts with Interpol agents looking for the wreckage of Mechagodzilla at the bottom of the ocean. Fools! They’re soon under attack from the undersea Titanosaurus, who turns out to have been invented by a mad Japanese scientist who wants to destroy mankind and is in cahoots with the Black Hole Planet 3 aliens. Titanosaurus and a newly rebuilt Mechagodzilla are soon laying waste to Yokosuka, and Godzilla struggles to cope with their joint assault. But Interpol’s discovery that Titanosaurus is vulnerable to \"sonic waves\" leaves Mechagodzilla alone as Godzilla’s sole focus. The organic version triumphs, with a little help from Mechagodzilla’s human / cyborg controller, who has a change of heart.","***First series appearance of...*** Titanosaurus, an aquatic dinosaur with a tail that can cause maelstroms and hurricanes.","## GODZILLA (ANIMATED SERIES, 1978)","***US title***: Er, *Godzilla*","***Director***: Produced by Hanna-Barbera","***Plot***: For those of us of a certain age, this was the first Godzilla we encountered and remains an indelible memory. The format had a group of American marine scientists on board a hydrofoil called Calico. When in danger from sea monsters and the like, they could call Godzilla by pressing a big red button. This being a US cartoon, there’s also the cute factor, in the form of Godzilla’s more useless nephew Godzooky, who has some traits borrowed from Minilla, such as only being able to puff smoke rings. This wasn’t Godzilla’s first TV incarnation: he’d previously appeared on the Japanese live-action *Zone Fighter* series in the ‘70s. There would also be the short-lived *Godzilla Island* (Japan, live-action) in 1997, and another American cartoon series following the Roland Emmerich film in 1998. Netflix have been in on the animated *Godzilla* action more recently, providing western distribution for the anime feature films *Planet Of The Monsters* (2017), *City On The Edge Of Battle* and *The Planet Eater* (both 2018).","***First series appearance of...*** Godzoooooookyyyyyy…","## GODZILLA (1984)","***US title***: *The Return Of Godzilla*","***Director***: Koji Hashimoto","***Plot***: After a decade’s retirement (not counting the cartoon) Godzilla was back for the first of a new series, celebrating his 30th anniversary. This reboot was a direct sequel to the original film from 1954, ignoring every film from *Godzilla Raids Again* onwards. Following years in which he’d gradually become a friend to humanity, this sees the big G back in antagonist mode, rising from a volcano on Daikoku Island, feeding off nuclear power plants and prompting the mass evacuation of Tokyo. Mankind’s initial volley in defence is the Super-X military warplane, but when Godzilla drops a building on that, plan B is to lure him into another volcano. As well as a guy in a suit (Kenpachiro Satsuma; previously Hedorah and Gigan), this film utilised a 20ft animatronic Godzilla. The American edit brought back Raymond Burr, in the same role as in 1954.","***First series appearance of...*** The Super-X plane.","## GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE (1989)","***US title***: The same","***Director***: Kazuki Omori","***Plot***: Five years on from his *Return*, Godzilla’s reboot cycle kicks off in earnest. Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka was reluctant to reuse any of the kaiju from the series' heyday, so here we get Biollante, a Frankensteinian lab-created triffid / octopus thing combining the DNA of Godzilla, roses, and a scientist’s dead daughter. Because why not? Mankind tries a new version of the Super-X against the double threat, along with an experimental anti-nuclear bacteria. But it’s basically down to Godzilla and Biollante to take each other down. Godzilla once again returns to the sea, and Biollante ends up orbiting the Earth in the form of a giant flower.","***First series appearance of...*** Biollante. She was the result of another public design competition, which was won by a dentist.","## GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH (1991)","***US title***: N/A","***Director***: Kazuki Omori","***Plot***: Following the Biollante farrago, Tanaka capitulated on his \"no classic monsters\" rule and allowed the return of Godzilla’s greatest foe. This one’s got time travel in it. It’s complicated. A UFO arrives on Mt. Fuji and unloads its pilots, who have come back to 1991 from the year 2204. They call themselves 'The Futurians', claim that Japan has been completely destroyed in the future, and hatch a plan to take present-day scientists back to the 1940s to stop Godzilla’s creation in the first place. So they do that, but also deliberately create King Ghidorah in the process, who they plan to use to subjugate Japan. Because it turns out the Japan of the future *isn’t* destroyed, but is the number one world superpower and the Futurians want it smashed. *But*, it so happens that rather than stop Godzilla’s creation, the Futurians accidentally created the second Godzilla (the first one having genuinely been killed in the 1954 film). Godzilla then fights Ghidorah and wins, so the Futurians go back to the future and fetch Mecha-King Ghidorah, a cyborg created from the remains of the organic version. Godzilla then defeats Mecha-King Ghidorah at the bottom of the sea.","***First series appearance of...*** Mecha-King Ghidorah, a cyborg Ghidorah from the future","## GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1992)","***US title***: *Godzilla And Mothra: The Battle For Earth*","***Director***: Takao Okawara","***Plot***: The previous film was a massive success, so it was decided that classic kaiju were the way to go. This turned out to be The Correct Plan, since this film is officially the most financially successful of the whole Toho series, coming second only to *Jurassic Park* in Japan’s 1993 box office (it was a good year for giant lizards). Various natural disasters cause the awakening not only of Godzilla, but also of Mothra and Battra, another moth thing (some translations claim it as \"Black Mothra\"). The climactic battle takes place in a fairground.","***First series appearance of... ***Battra, originally conceived as Mothra’s evil twin, but reaching the screen as something slightly different.","## GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1993)","***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II*","***Director***: Takao Okawara","***Plot***: Not a remake as the Japanese title suggests, nor a sequel as the Americans would have it, this is just... what it is. The UN salvages what’s left of Mecha-King Ghidorah to build both a flying gunship called Garuda and a Mechagodzilla for Earth’s defence. Godzilla and Rodan are attracted by a telepathic signal being given off by a mysterious egg. After a bit of a rumble, Godzilla defeats Rodan, and the egg hatches a new Baby Godzilla, which is squirreled away by a research team. As Godzilla flails around searching for the baby, Mechagodzilla is sent in, to disappointing effect. Then Rodan shows up again, the UN has to deploy Mechagodzilla against him instead, and Godzilla arrives in the aftermath to take down the weakened mecha. Finally united with the baby, Godzilla heads out to sea with his new adopted son.","***First series appearance of... ***Baby Godzilla, not to be confused with Minilla (or Godzooky).","## GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA (1994)","***US title***: N/A","***Director***: Kensho Yamashita","***Plot***: A new Godzilla is spontaneously created in space, thanks to some cells taken off-world by Biollante and Mothra, and the fission effect of a black hole. SpaceGodzilla destroys a NASA space station, and as it gets nearer to Earth, Japan sends Moguera, a giant mecha penguin, to intercept. Surprisingly this gambit is unsuccessful. SpaceGodzilla lands and attacks Baby Godzilla. Godzilla fights SpaceGodzilla, but loses, leaving SpaceGodzilla to build a crystal fortress of solitude in the middle of Fukuoka and siphon off energy from the Earth’s core. Godzilla and Moguera team up for some stomping.","***First series appearance of...*** SpaceGodzilla (a Godzilla from space, with big crystals on his shoulders) and Moguera (a 160ft mecha penguin that can separate into a tank and a flying battleship).","## GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH (1995)","***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. Destroyah*","***Director***: Takao Okawara","***Plot***: The final film of the second wave, this one picked up publicity for supposedly being the film that would finally kill Godzilla (as Toho cleared the decks for the Roland Emmerich movie). Godzilla develops a rash-like illness and attacks Hong Kong in his delirium. Turns out his reactor-like core is approaching meltdown: a problem, since he’ll likely take the world with him when he goes. Japan deploys another new Super-X with cold weapons to try to stop this. Meanwhile a separate plan, using the “oxygen destroyer” that took down the original Godzilla in 1954, instead mutates some Precambrian organisms into giant crabs called Destoroyah. Baby Godzilla, now grown into Godzilla Jr., is sent in to intervene under telepathic human control. Godzilla does ultimately perish, but he doesn’t destroy the Earth in the process, and his atomic energy is channelled into Godzilla Jr., who grows to full size to replace his adoptive father as King Of The Monsters.","***First series appearance of...*** Destoroyah, massive insect-bat-crab things accidentally force-evolved from crustacea.","## GODZILLA (1998)","***Japanese title***: *Gojira*","***Director***: Roland Emmerich","***Plot***: Post-*Jurassic Park*, a CG *Godzilla* was a Hollywood no-brainer, leading to this... effort, from Roland Emmerich and Sony. Nuclear tests in French Polynesia irradiate an iguana’s nest. Decades later, the result shows up in New York to bother Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno. Helicopter pilots fail to twig that they can escape the beast by gaining altitude. This Godzilla appears to be female because it lays eggs. She ends up fatally tangled in the Brooklyn Bridge, but there are a whole mess of eggs left to deal with - and one is overlooked...","***First series appearance of...*** Toho folded this iguana-like monster into its own continuity as 'Zilla'.","## GODZILLA 2000: MILLENNIUM (1999)","***US title***: *Godzilla 2000*","***Director***: Takao Okawara","***Plot***: Toho Phase III once again ignores everything that’s ever happened in the *Godzilla*-verse, bar the original 1954 movie. This film posits that there’s now a Godzilla Prediction Network, formed to anticipate his movements like weather-based natural disasters. A mysterious million-year-old UFO emerges from the Pacific and begins harvesting computer files about Godzilla, looking to replicate the kaiju’s regenerative DNA. The giant jellyfish-ish Millennian they create/become then, because of Earth’s unfamiliar atmosphere, mutates into the 200ft gorilla/snake/shark Orga. He bears the brunt of Godzilla’s nuclear pulse.","***First series appearance of...*** Orga, who can open his snake-like jaws to swallow opponents and morph into their form. He also has a death ray on his shoulder.","## GODZILLA X MEGAGUIRUS: G ANNIHILATION STRATEGY (2000)","***US title***: *Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus*","***Director***: Masaaki Tezuka","***Plot***: Mankind has now replaced nuclear power with clean \"plasma energy\", but Godzilla still hasn’t gone away. Pesky scientists working on a weapon that creates small black holes accidentally open a wormhole through which a prehistoric dragonfly emerges and lays an egg. The egg then splits into hundreds more and, when it comes into contact with water, hatches larvae called Meganula, which cause some degree of havoc in Tokyo. Godzilla crushes them, but some of them manage to extract some of his life force and inject it into a mega-larva that becomes Megaguirus, a giant dragonfly gremlin, and the Meganulas’ queen. Queenie then goes after Godzilla...","***First appearance of...*** Megaguirus, who can fly superfast and drain energy from opponents with a big stinger.","## GODZILLA, MOTHRA AND KING GHIDORA: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (2001)","***US title***: *GMK*","***Director***: Shusuke Kaneko","***Plot***: Following the Emmerich attack on New York, Japan prepares for the return of Godzilla. Godzilla destroys a nuclear submarine. Baragon causes an earthquake. Mothra attacks some teenagers. Researchers discover that Godzilla is possessed by the dead Japanese soldiers of WWII, angry that Japan has forgotten their sacrifice. Godzilla fights Baragon. Mothra fights Godzilla. Ghidorah fights Mothra and Godzilla. The Japan Self-Defence Force gets Godzilla to eat a missile.","***First series appearance of...*** Nobody, but Mothra, King Ghidora and Baragon are significantly altered to make Godzilla seem more powerful.","## GODZILLA X MECHAGODZILLA (2002)","***US title***: *Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla*","***Director***: Masaaki Tezuka","***Plot***: Scientists assemble to create a cyborg Godzilla from the dead 1954 version’s skeleton. And lo! Mechagodzilla is born – again! – and given the name Kiryu. Supposed to be remote-controlled, Kiryu is then essentially possessed by 1954 Godzilla, thanks to its organic remnants, when it hears the current Godzilla’s roar. It then goes on the rampage. Oops. Brought back under human control, at first remotely and then with an on-board pilot, the fight with Godzilla is properly on, creating the opportunity for the deployment of the awesome Absolute Zero Cannon. Boom!","***First series appearance of...*** Kiryu, a new Mechagodzilla.","## GODZILLA X MOTHRA X MECHAGODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S (2003)","***US title***: *Godzilla: Tokyo SOS*","***Director***: Masaaki Tezuka","***Plot***: Kiryu is under repair, and Mothra’s fairy representatives advise the Japanese government that it’s possibly worth returning Kiryu’s Godzilla skeleton to the bottom of the ocean. Mothra says she’ll fight in Kiryu’s place if this happens. Godzilla duly arrives, but Mothra struggles to defeat him. Kiryu has a crack, but is also beaten. A repaired Kiryu later does succeed in wounding Godzilla, but his roar awakens 1954 Godzilla’s soul within Kiryu again, and the mecha carries Godzilla to safety, accompanying him to the sea bed.","***First series appearance of...*** Kamoeba, a rock turtle kaiju, albeit in cameo form. It previously appeared solo in 1970’s Space Amoeba.","## GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (2004)","***US title***: N/A","***Director***: Ryuhei Kitamura","***Plot***: In 2044, kaiju begin appearing all over the world. Anguirus shows up in Shanghai; Rodan takes New York; King Ceasar goes for Okinawa; Kamacuras takes Paris; Kumonga arrives in Arizona; Ebirah stomps into Tokyo; and Sydney draws the short straw with Zilla (the Emmerich Godzilla). After much destruction, the Earth is apparently rescued by the timely intervention of the alien Xiliens, but it turns out they actually want to harvest us for food. Hate when that happens. When we resist, they set the kaiju on us again. Luckily, Godzilla was frozen at the South Pole in 2004 and so isn’t under the Xiliens’ kaiju mind control. We thaw him out, and he defeats all the kaiju sent against him, sparing only Anguirus, Rodan and King Caesar, and breaking their mind control. Gigan, King Ghidorah and Mothra also show up, as does Minilla, who persuades the eventually triumphant Godzilla not to petulantly stomp the whole of mankind for good measure.","***First series appearance of... *** CGI versions of Manda, Mothra and Kamacuras, plus Zilla's only appearance in a Japanese film. She’s smashed into Sydney Opera House in the quickest battle in the entire franchise. That’s what you might call short shrift.","## GODZILLA (2014)","***Japanese title***: *Gojira*","***Director***: [Gareth Edwards](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gareth-edwards/)","***Plot***: Hollywood's second attempt... In 1999, scientists discover that a monster has escaped from a collapsed uranium mine in the Philippines. Shortly afterwards, seismic disturbances cause a catastrophe at the Janjira nuclear facility in Japan. Fifteen years later, enjineer Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) remains obsessed with the disaster that killed his wife (Juliette Binoche), and is arrested trespassing at the Janjira site just as a giant cartilaginous spider-bat-mantis thing hatches and goes on the rampage with its wife. The creatures are designated \"MUTO\"s – Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms – and humanity's only hope of surviving them is an agent of balance that we previously subdued with nuclear bombs in the 1950s (those famous \"tests\" were nothing of the sort). After an ominous build-up, Godzilla emerges from the sea to bring the MUTO ruckus, kicking off Legendary's MonsterVerse in the process.","***First series appearance of...*** Let's call him the Legendary Godzilla. Plus the MUTOs.","## SHIN GODZILLA (2018)","***US title***: *Godzilla Resurgence*","***Directors***: Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi","***Plot***: Not to be outdone, this was Toho's own reboot of the franchise, for the first time striking even the original film from the record and giving Godzilla a contemporary origin (that title is literally *New Godzilla*). Back in classic antagonist mode, this Godzilla arrives purely as an agent of destructive choas. An impromptu \"Unidentified Creature Response Special Task Force\" scrambles to come up with an alternative solution to the threat than the UN's planned nuking of Tokyo. Freezing is the ultimate answer.","***First series appearance of...*** Well in narrative terms, Godzilla. Again.","## KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)","***Japanese title***: *King Kong: Giant God Of Skull Island*","***Director***: [Jordan Vogt-Roberts](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jordan-vogt-roberts/)","***Plot***: Just a cave painting and a roar after the credits of Kong's movie. *Skull Island*'s protagonists are rounded up by the shady Monarch agency and given a talking to, in a scene revealing (for those that didn't pick up on the Monarch references) that *Skull Island* and the 2014 *Godzilla* are part of the same series. It also sets up *Godzilla Vs. Kong*, due from Adam Wingard in 2020.","***First series appearance of...*** The Legendary MonsterVerse Kong.","## GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019)","***Japanese title***: *Gojira: King Of Monsters*","***Director***: [Michael Dougherty](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-dougherty/)","***Plot***: The first direct sequel to the 2014 *Godzilla* once again sees Monarch-connected humans standing by ineffectually as Gojira protects the world from a new era of monster gods. As another franchise put it: Titans! Will! Clash!","***First series appearance of...*** Legendary's MonsterVersions of Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidora.","*Godzilla: King Of The Monsters* is in cinemas from May 29. [Click here for *Empire*'s 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With the trailer answering some questions and posing several dozen more, we called up director [Tim Miller](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tim-miller/) who talked us through the trailer’s key beats, and gave some inklings as to what’s in store.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CjYw1hARhY","provider":"youtube"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"## The Unknown Future Rolls Towards Us","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04be","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ce55b31133d503e3a4a1ae3","fileName":"terminator-df-1.jpg","name":"terminator-df-1.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Terminator: Dark Fate"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"If there were any doubt that *Dark Fate* is a direct sequel to *T2*, we begin the trailer with a rolling freeway, a daylight version of the classic sequel’s final shot. “It starts with the highway again leading into the future,” says Miller. “And once again, I think we don't know what the future holds. Whether it's a good thing or a bad thing. That's the promise of that opening shot.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Holding Out For A Heroine","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04bf","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ce55b31133d503e3a4a1ae3","fileName":"terminator-df-2.jpg","name":"terminator-df-2.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Terminator: Dark Fate"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"At the start of the trailer we’re introduced to Dani Ramos ([Natalia Reyes](https://www.empireonline.com/people/natalia-reyes/)), one of the film’s three heroines, who laments in voiceover the fact that her “nice, simple life” has been turned upon its head by the arrival of warriors from the future. Remind you of anyone? “Dani is an innocent once again thrust into a central role in the future,” reveals Miller. “Why and who she becomes is the mystery that the movie unveils.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 2-In-1 Terminator","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04c0","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ce55b31133d503e3a4a1ae3","fileName":"terminator-df-3.jpg","name":"terminator-df-3.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Terminator: Dark Fate"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Here’s our first proper look at the new Terminator, played by [Gabriel Luna](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gabriel-luna/), which sheds its liquid metal and promptly reforms into… *another* Terminator, which can operate independently. Yes, it’s pretty much a T-1000 wrapped around a T-800. “The rationale in that scene is that he's pinned to the truck. When you think, ‘Okay, he's fucked’, he separates and you realise that the game continues,” Miller says. The freeway truck chase is another nod to one of the most iconic sequences in *Judgment Day*.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## She’ll Be Back","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04c1","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ce55b31133d503e3a4a1ae3","fileName":"terminator-dark-fate-trailer.jpg","name":"terminator-dark-fate-trailer.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Terminator Dark Fate Trailer"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"And just in time, here arrives a familiar face, stepping in with a shotgun to save the day. But it’s not Arnie – it’s [Linda Hamilton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/linda-hamilton/)’s Sarah Connor, looking more badass than ever before and blasting holes into the new 'bot’s liquid metal form, before seeing off its endoskeleton with a rocket launcher. “Sarah continues to fight – there's a nobility in that even though she's cynical and hard-bitten, hope still comes through,” Miller explains. “She still gets out of bed every day and hopes to do better for humanity.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Amazing Grace","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04c2","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ce55b31133d503e3a4a1ae3","fileName":"terminator-df-4.jpg","name":"terminator-df-4.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Terminator: Dark Fate"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"While the Terminator has had an upgrade, *Dark Fate*’s protector has too. *[Blade Runner 2049](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/blade-runner-2049/review/)* star [Mackenzie Davis](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mackenzie-davis/) plays Grace, a hardened fighter who’s more than human herself. So much so that Sarah mistakes her for a machine. “She's not a machine,” corrects Miller. “She's enhanced. She is a machine-fighter – that's the way I think of her.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Fierce Fighter","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04c3","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ce55b31133d503e3a4a1ae3","fileName":"terminator-df-7.jpg","name":"terminator-df-7.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Terminator: Dark Fate"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"If there was any ambiguity as to Grace’s origins, this sequence dispels it – as a naked Grace beats seven shades of hell out of an investigating officer, in another showcase of her enhanced physicality. Her lack of apparel clearly suggests that she’s been sent back from the future – either that, or she’s a part-time nudist when not fighting to save the world.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Man Of The Woods","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04c4","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ce55b31133d503e3a4a1ae3","fileName":"terminator-df-5.jpg","name":"terminator-df-5.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Terminator: Dark Fate"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The only look at Schwarzenegger’s T-800 in the trailer, and it (deliberately) gives nothing away. Whether he’s there to help or hinder is being kept tightly under wraps, though since we see Sarah come knocking at his door and not receiving an Uzi 9mm to the face, it seems safe to say he’s probably not an antagonist this time around. “All I can say is he's back and you'll have to watch the movie,” says Miller.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## The Fasten Seatbelts Sign Has Been Switched On","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04c5","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ce55b31133d503e3a4a1ae3","fileName":"terminator-df-6.jpg","name":"terminator-df-6.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Terminator: Dark Fate"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"In a massive set-piece sure to be terrifying viewing for nervous flyers, two giant planes collide in mid-air, flinging the Terminator from one to the other and setting the stage for a mid-air fracas. “This is the start of a big, extended action sequence that has multiple parts,” Miller teases. “The plane ride is just the beginning!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## Block-Knocking Beats","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04c6","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5ce55b31133d503e3a4a1ae3","fileName":"terminator-df-8.jpg","name":"terminator-df-8.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Terminator: Dark Fate"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Taken from a sequence early in the film, Davis’ Grace faces off against the new Terminator with a whacking great sledgehammer… and gives no ground whatsoever, knocking the killer cyborg around like a rag doll. “When you see that in the theater, I have to say that the sound mix for that, each blow punches you in the chest,” Miller promises. “You feel like you're getting hit yourself with a sledgehammer, it's pretty incredible.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*Terminator: Dark Fate arrives in UK cinemas on 23 October. See an [exclusive Arnold Schwarzenegger image from the film here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/arnold-schwarzenegger-opens-fire-terminator-dark-fate-exclusive-image/).*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04bd","altText":"Terminator: Dark Fate","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"terminator-dark-fate-main.jpg","name":"terminator-dark-fate-main.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5ce55b31133d503e3a4a1ae3","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["The first trailer for *[Terminator: Dark Fate](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/terminator-dark-fate/)* dropped today – showing off the return of Sarah Connor, the re-ermergence of [Arnold Schwarzenegger](https://www.empireonline.com/people/arnold-schwarzenegger/)’s T-800, an all-new bunch of heroes, and a fearsome new killer cyborg, in a sequel that ignores everything that happened after *[Terminator 2: Judgment Day](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/terminator-2-judgment-day/review/)*. With the trailer answering some questions and posing several dozen more, we called up director [Tim Miller](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tim-miller/) who talked us through the trailer’s key beats, and gave some inklings as to what’s in store.","## The Unknown Future Rolls Towards Us","If there were any doubt that *Dark Fate* is a direct sequel to *T2*, we begin the trailer with a rolling freeway, a daylight version of the classic sequel’s final shot. “It starts with the highway again leading into the future,” says Miller. “And once again, I think we don't know what the future holds. Whether it's a good thing or a bad thing. That's the promise of that opening shot.”","## Holding Out For A Heroine","At the start of the trailer we’re introduced to Dani Ramos ([Natalia Reyes](https://www.empireonline.com/people/natalia-reyes/)), one of the film’s three heroines, who laments in voiceover the fact that her “nice, simple life” has been turned upon its head by the arrival of warriors from the future. Remind you of anyone? “Dani is an innocent once again thrust into a central role in the future,” reveals Miller. “Why and who she becomes is the mystery that the movie unveils.”","## 2-In-1 Terminator","Here’s our first proper look at the new Terminator, played by [Gabriel Luna](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gabriel-luna/), which sheds its liquid metal and promptly reforms into… *another* Terminator, which can operate independently. Yes, it’s pretty much a T-1000 wrapped around a T-800. “The rationale in that scene is that he's pinned to the truck. When you think, ‘Okay, he's fucked’, he separates and you realise that the game continues,” Miller says. The freeway truck chase is another nod to one of the most iconic sequences in *Judgment Day*.","## She’ll Be Back","And just in time, here arrives a familiar face, stepping in with a shotgun to save the day. But it’s not Arnie – it’s [Linda Hamilton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/linda-hamilton/)’s Sarah Connor, looking more badass than ever before and blasting holes into the new 'bot’s liquid metal form, before seeing off its endoskeleton with a rocket launcher. “Sarah continues to fight – there's a nobility in that even though she's cynical and hard-bitten, hope still comes through,” Miller explains. “She still gets out of bed every day and hopes to do better for humanity.\"","## Amazing Grace","While the Terminator has had an upgrade, *Dark Fate*’s protector has too. *[Blade Runner 2049](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/blade-runner-2049/review/)* star [Mackenzie Davis](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mackenzie-davis/) plays Grace, a hardened fighter who’s more than human herself. So much so that Sarah mistakes her for a machine. “She's not a machine,” corrects Miller. “She's enhanced. 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Whether he’s there to help or hinder is being kept tightly under wraps, though since we see Sarah come knocking at his door and not receiving an Uzi 9mm to the face, it seems safe to say he’s probably not an antagonist this time around. “All I can say is he's back and you'll have to watch the movie,” says Miller.","## The Fasten Seatbelts Sign Has Been Switched On","In a massive set-piece sure to be terrifying viewing for nervous flyers, two giant planes collide in mid-air, flinging the Terminator from one to the other and setting the stage for a mid-air fracas. “This is the start of a big, extended action sequence that has multiple parts,” Miller teases. “The plane ride is just the beginning!”","## Block-Knocking Beats","Taken from a sequence early in the film, Davis’ Grace faces off against the new Terminator with a whacking great sledgehammer… and gives no ground whatsoever, knocking the killer cyborg around like a rag doll. “When you see that in the theater, I have to say that the sound mix for that, each blow punches you in the chest,” Miller promises. “You feel like you're getting hit yourself with a sledgehammer, it's pretty incredible.”","*Terminator: Dark Fate arrives in UK cinemas on 23 October. 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Few would have predicted that HBO’s epic fantasy show, adapted from [George RR Martin](https://www.empireonline.com/people/george-rr-martin/)’s epic novel series *A Song Of Ice And Fire*, would become one of the biggest TV shows of all time – but with equal parts political intrigue, massive dragons, and unashamed sex and gore, it conquered the world more quickly than a pissed-off Daenerys Targaryen. With Season 8, the show’s final run, at an end, *Empire* recounts the saga's greatest ever moments – with a little help from the cast and filmmakers who brought it to the big screen.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SEASON 8**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 34) Tub Talk (Season 3, ‘Kissed By Fire’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c048d","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-30.jpg","name":"got-best-30.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Are Brienne of Tarth ([Gwendoline Christie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gwendoline-christie/)) and Jaime Lannister ([Nikolaj Coster-Waldau](https://www.empireonline.com/people/nikolaj-coster-waldau/)) in love? 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Comic scenes in *Game Of Thrones* are few and far between, but one of the finest is in the Season 7 premiere, showing Sam’s monotonous life at the Citadel. He washes chamber pots, serves stew and sorts books, over and over and over.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“That sequence took two-and-a-half weeks,” says Bradley. “We were shooting these tiny ten-second chunks and I had no idea what it would look like when it was all put together.” It was filmed at the start of production, before anyone else had returned to set. “It was very isolating, actually… But one of the things I love about it is that it’s so surprising. 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They never got a scene together alone in the books, but the show corrected that, with the cracker of a conversation in which, standing before the Iron Throne, they discuss Westeros realpolitik — plus Varys’ dearth of testicles. “The writing for these guys was very smart and witty,” says Gillen. “They delight in running rings around each other.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The scene was written for Season 1, but couldn’t be squeezed in. Two years later, it was dug out of a drawer and enhanced. But it wasn’t until post-production that it came together in its existing form. “When we shot it the dialogue was whispered,” Gillen recalls, “and we decided to amp it up. 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Her siege on the city started ferociously enough, to the point that Cersei Lannister actually surrendered, ringing the bells that call for an end to the violence. But it was too late – Dany had gone full Mad Queen, blasting the streets of the city to smithereens, burning innocents to a crisp, and turning whole swathes of the Red Keep to rubble.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It’s easy to see why fans were so split – on the one hand, the hints had been there all along that Dany had more than a mere ruthless streak in her. And *Thrones*’ outlook has always been that power – and the desire for it – corrupts and destroys without mercy. And yet it was also a lot to take, having followed the Khaleesi’s glorious journey of self-empowerment for so long, cheering on as she destroyed villainous men and freed innocent citizens and slaves. Here, she seemed content to watch them burn, seemingly without remorse or internal conflict.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Still, it’s undeniable that watching Drogon rain fire on the streets of King’s Landing is as epic as the show gets – after all those years imagining how it would play out when a full-strength Daenerys, dragons in tow, would make her bid for the Iron Throne, seeing it play out was all kinds of thrilling. Deeply harrowing too, with searing imagery ripped straight from Hiroshima and Pompeii, fiery blasts funnelling through the streets leaving no way out, ash raining from the sky. From a storytelling and character perspective? Flawed. As a disturbing sequence of devastating spectacle? 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It confirmed the long-held fan theory ‘R+L=J’: Rhaegar Targaryen plus Lyanna Stark equals Jon Snow.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“I was very surprised I got given that piece of information to reveal,” says Hannah Murray, who plays Gilly. “She and Sam are kind of outside of the politics but sometimes they do earth-shatteringly important things.” Well, quite. The revelation that Ned Stark’s bastard was actually the trueborn heir to the Iron Throne and that Robert’s Rebellion was built on a lie shattered parts of the internet, with hundreds of YouTube videos showing viewers’ ecstatic reactions to what became known as the ‘Gillybomb’.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“The reaction to it blew me away,” admits Murray. “I didn’t expect it to be as big.” But it *is* big — perhaps “one of the most important moments in the history of the show,” says John Bradley. “You don’t have time to process it before Sam launches into this tirade about how disenchanted he is with life at the Citadel.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It’s a tirade that’s also proved a notorious example of Maester-mansplaining. “Yeah!” laughs Murray. “Justice for Gilly!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by John Nugent*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 29) Fire Vs. 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It’s pretty scary!” remembers Richard Dormer, aka Ser Beric Dondarrion, the Lightning Lord. “All you can hear is the snarling and screaming, so you’re really in it.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Shot atop the Cave Hill in Belfast, the scene involved a hundred stunt performers and hundreds more extras, all assaulting the band of brothers on their tiny island refuge. The gang learned standard moves they could rotate against the oncoming hordes, with the stuntmen ready to react to any of them, and started fighting. The showiest among them courtesy of Beric and his flaming, wight-killing sword, stunning-looking on screen.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Alas, for Dormer the spectacular weapon proved terribly impractical. The sword burnt for only two minutes before the scene had to be reset, and used up so much oxygen in the air that swinging it around risked making Dormer giddy. Even worse, “I couldn’t go full-speed or the flame would go out,” he says. “So it’s almost 20 per cent slower than a normal sword. It was like working with an animal or a child. You never knew what it was going to do.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The five-week shoot in miserable weather was tough going, but an *esprit de corps* developed. The septet sat with ukuleles and banjos between takes, serenading the crew with Tom Waits songs and joking together. “It was like a trench mentality,” says Dormer. “Gallows humour. Thank God: if we didn’t have a sense of humour it would have been the most miserable shoot.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Helen O'Hara*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 28) Lust And Leeches (Season 3, ‘Second Sons’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c0493","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-25.jpg","name":"got-best-25.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"“I think it’s one of the more *interesting* ways to lose your virginity,” deadpans [Joe Dempsie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joe-dempsie/), who plays Gendry, the illegitimate son of Robert Baratheon and by some accounts the man with the best claim to the Iron Throne. A humble blacksmith who escapes Joffrey’s massacre of bastards, Gendry’s royal ancestry goes largely disregarded until this wild Season 3 sex scene, which sees the priestess Melisandre ([Carice van Houten](https://www.empireonline.com/people/carice-van-houten/)) tempt him into bed — before adding ropes, leeches and spells into the mix.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“When I first wanted to be an actor, that was exactly what I had in mind: dark magic and S&M,” laughs Dempsie. “It’s all in a day’s work on a show like *Thrones*... When I first read the scene, my mind started whirring: how are they going to do the leeches? Maybe they’ll CGI them in?” But no: real leeches were used, fed before filming so they wouldn’t suck Dempsie’s blood. “That just meant they slid off my torso. It was one of those once-in-a-career scenes.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"For Gendry, it ultimately meant exile to King’s Landing, and disappearing from the show for four years. As for the leeches, fat with royal blood and burned in the fire by Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon, it’s a ritual that perhaps had more effect on the show than is recognised. “The usurper Robb Stark, the usurper Balon Greyjoy, the usurper Joffrey Baratheon,” recites Stannis — prophesying deaths that all came to pass.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by John Nugent*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 27) Dragon Vs Wagons (Season 7, ‘The Spoils Of War’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c0494","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-24.jpg","name":"got-best-24.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"If a horde of Dothraki screamers wasn’t terrifying enough, the Lannister loot train, fresh from pillaging Highgarden, witnesses Daenerys’ dragons for the first time. With the Queen bestride him, Drogon descends upon the enemy, pouring streams of fire into their ranks, incinerating man and mount alike. The thunderstruck looks on Bronn and Jaime’s faces at the beast’s power are an apt reaction to the most fist-pumping moment of the show so far.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by James Dyer*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 26) Setting Sail (Season 6, ‘The Winds Of Winter’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c0495","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-23.jpg","name":"got-best-23.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"It’s fair to say that *Game Of Thrones* offers more build-up than pay-off. So when Daenerys finally quit faffing about in the desert, brought her unruly conquests into line and set sail for Westeros with her dragons to claim the birthright she’d banged on about ever since we met her, it was a huge moment. It’s also a satisfyingly big money shot, a Troy-meets-The-Hobbit crossover that promises sprawling battles ahead.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Helen O'Hara*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 25) Knives Out (Season 5, ‘Mother’s Mercy’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c0496","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-22.jpg","name":"got-best-22.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"“OMG stamp stabbin Jon Snoooo,” tweeted [Maisie Williams](https://www.empireonline.com/people/maisie-williams/) after the Season 5 finale. She spoke for all of us. In a show known for killing off the main characters, the murder of Jon Snow by his Night’s Watch brothers sent off a particular shockwave — and sparked a flurry of theorising about his actual fate. The fact that he came back to life just a couple of episodes later doesn’t undermine the trauma or tragedy of the moment.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by John Nugent*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 24) The Burning (Season 5, ‘The Dance Of Dragons’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c0497","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-21.jpg","name":"got-best-21.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"No child is safe in Westeros (remember all those babies despatched by Joffrey’s minions), but there’s still something especially shocking about the sequence in which the fanatical Stannis Baratheon ([Stephen Dillane](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stephen-dillane/)) sacrifices his young daughter Shireen (Kerry Ingram) to the Lord Of Light, watching as she is consumed by flames.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"On screen, the sequence is so bleak it’s almost unwatchable, partly due to the disfigured girl’s heartrending screams. “It’s on my CV now: professional screamer,” jokes Ingram. “Before we did the scene my vocal coach took me to an empty car park in the middle of Belfast and had me scream my lungs out for about an hour. It was the only way I could practise without someone calling the police.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It took three days to shoot, but the build-up was a lot longer, with Ingram learning her fate via phone call during a family outing to a trampoline park. “Obviously I had to tell my mum what was going on,” says the actor, who was only 15 at the time. “We both thought it was really exciting, because with *Game Of Thrones* getting a death that intense is a big honour. She was really happy for me. Though when it got to the actual days, I think she struggled a bit, having to listen to it and watch it.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"When the episode aired, her extended family gathered to watch her being burned alive: “My grandparents and aunties and stuff… They hadn’t seen the show before. We videoed their reaction and they were like, ‘How could you not tell us that? That was horrible!’” A few years on, she’s still proud of the sequence, though there’s one downside. “I’m not allowed to make heat jokes,” she laments. “I still can’t make those.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Nick de Semlyen*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 23) Theon Loses His Toy (Season 3, ‘The Bear And The Maiden Fair’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c0498","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-20.jpg","name":"got-best-20.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Ramsay Snow, the Bastard Of The Dreadfort, never failed to live up to his title. Portrayed with sadistic zest by [Iwan Rheon](https://www.empireonline.com/people/iwan-rheon/), he was such a deviously nasty character, he even made us feel sorry for snivelling turncoat Theon Greyjoy ([Alfie Allen](https://www.empireonline.com/people/alfie-allen/)). Never more so than during the shocking moment Ramsay takes a castration knife to the captive Theon’s nethers, delivering a squirmy crescendo to Season 3’s extended, episodic torture sequence.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Though Rheon wasn’t so shocked. He knew exactly what he was getting into. After all, he reveals, “That was my audition scene.” One he describes as “brilliantly written, because it was based on that twist where he’s been really nice to Theon” — specifically by first sending in two women to tenderly, shall we say, harden him up — “but actually just wants to fuck around with him. It’s a pretty fucked-up way of doing things, but… Ramsay had a fucked-up way of doing things!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"As he only reinforced three episodes later when he delivered a viciously dark punchline, eating a rather suspicious-looking sausage in front of the emasculated Greyjoy. (It wasn’t what we were thinking — “I’m not a savage!” exclaimed Ramsay.) Which is why, to this day, people will occasionally wave their Cumberlands or Gloucestershire Old Spots at the bemused Rheon in restaurants or cafés. “It’s kind of weird,” he says. “It was such a while ago, I forget about these things. It’s like, ‘Why are you waving a sausage at me?’ Oh *riiiight*. Yeah. Okay. I remember.’”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Dan Jolin*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 22) The Knight Queen (Season 8, ‘A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c0499","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"thrones-s8-moment-3.jpg","name":"thrones-s8-moment-3.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones - Season 8"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"By and large, the final season of *Thrones* had more time for spectacle than character – but one of its best episodes gave us an entire hour of build-up to the Battle of Winterfell, where everyone got to sit and talk, and one beloved character received the perfect pay-off: arise, Ser Brienne of Tarth. Ever since her introduction in Season 2, Brienne proved herself to be a formidable fighter, a loyal ally, and a total badass at every turn – and with Jaime Lannister in her corner, her gender wasn’t allowed to be a barrier to the knighthood she truly deserved. In the gloriously eloquent words of Tormund Giantsbane: “Fuck tradition.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Ben Travis*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 21) Tyrion On Trial (Season 4, ‘The Laws Of Gods And Men’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c049a","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-19.jpg","name":"got-best-19.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"For four seasons Tyrion had, largely, feigned nonchalance when attacked by his family. But his fury at their contempt finally exploded when he was tried for his nephew Joffrey’s murder. He spits bile at King’s Landing’s ungrateful nobles, denounces his sister and surprises even Tywin with his final demand, for trial by combat. It’s one of [Peter Dinklage](https://www.empireonline.com/people/peter-dinklage/)’s finest moments and a turning point for the show (watch the Viper perk up at the end).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Helen O'Hara*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 20) Born In Flames (Season 1, ‘Fire And Blood’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c049b","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-18.jpg","name":"got-best-18.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Away from all that Stark business, *Thrones* Season 1 is basically ‘Daenerys Targaryen: Origins’ — and in its final scene her transformation into the Mother Of Dragons truly begins. Her leadership style (burn stuff, make friends) is born here, and so is her trio of tiny dragons: Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal, hatched from the flames of her husband’s funeral pyre. They’re cute as hell — not that we’d say that to their faces these days.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Ben Travis*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 19) Bastard Hard (Season 6, ‘Battle Of The Bastards’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c049c","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-17.jpg","name":"got-best-17.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"A bastard in every sense, Ramsay impales Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) with an arrow as he runs across the battlefield towards his brother. Enraged, fellow bastard Jon Snow charges the enemy lines alone, his horse cut down by a volley of arrows, leaving him to stand, sword in hand, against the thundering hooves of the Bolton cavalry. As he prepares to go down swinging, the Stark army overtakes and the two forces collide in an explosion of splintering lances and rending horseflesh.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by James Dyer*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 18) Shame! (Season 5, ‘Mother’s Mercy’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c049d","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-16.jpg","name":"got-best-16.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"You know that dream where you’re in school naked? Imagine that, but you’re also being pelted with bodily fluids and rubbish, and there’s a demon nun behind you ringing a bell and calling out your “shame” until you could strangle her. Even cast-iron bitch Cersei Lannister ([Lena Headey](https://www.empireonline.com/people/lena-headey/)) visibly struggles to maintain her composure in such a nightmare. Of course, a lion can’t change its, er, fur, and she takes solace in plotting a violent and comprehensive revenge.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Helen O'Hara*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 17) To The Dogs (Season 6, ‘Battle Of The Bastards’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c049e","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-15.jpg","name":"got-best-15.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"All bad things come to an end. All bad people, too. To Iwan Rheon’s mind, Ramsay Bolton’s death came at the right time and happened in exactly the right way. “I thought he got a good, justified death,” he says, referring to the moment Sansa sets the Battle Of The Bastards loser’s own starving dogs on him. “I feel the character had its full swing. I don’t know what else they could have done with him. He’d got to the point where he really did need to get killed horribly.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Rheon knew it was coming the moment showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff phoned him a few months before shooting on Season 6 started and said, “Congratulations! Ramsay’s made it to the Iron Throne!” He just laughed and replied, “I’m dead, aren’t I?”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The scene itself involved him, “covered in blood and gore, tied to a chair, doing a scene with [Sophie Turner](https://www.empireonline.com/people/sophie-turner/), pretending these dogs are around and eating my face”. Even in reality, those hounds “are actually quite aggressive”, so they had to be digitally added later. “You’re not allowed to talk to the dogs or look them in the eye,” he explains. “They only listen to their owner, so you have to be careful with them. Though it was my last scene, so maybe they could have really had the dog in my face like that. But they thought it better to save me, in case of reshoots.” (We *think* he’s joking.)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"After multiple disheartening deaths and horrible-surprise terminations, it was good for viewers to finally see someone get what they deserved. “It was cheers all round,” laughs Rheon. “He had it coming. See: there is some justice in the world!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Dan Jolin*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 16) All Men Must Pie (Season 6, ‘The Winds Of Winter’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c049f","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-14.jpg","name":"got-best-14.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"“I think people thought it was pretty sick,” says Maisie Williams. “I did too. It’s always nice when Arya gets a name off her list.” Three seasons after Lord Walder Frey ([David Bradley](https://www.empireonline.com/people/david-bradley/)) ordered the slaughter of her mother, oldest brother, sister-in-law and unborn nephew, Arya Stark finally delivered her bloody retribution. Despite the horror of the details — killing Frey’s sons, then baking them in a pie which she feeds him, before slitting his throat — it is a moment of heroic climax for the youngest Stark daughter, coming after a long stretch of being on the run and training as a Braavosi assassin.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“That was a great death,” she says. “And it was a fun night’s shooting, too. That was the year I left school, so I was working adult hours. It was just the coolest day ever. We were on set really late and they ordered pizza. I just remember stuffing my face with pizza and then going on set and stabbing someone. It was really great fun.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"There was an extra sting in the tale, too, one where Arya received treatment no other *Thrones* character has. “Yeah, the season after, they had a cold open and they never do that. Walder was back and everyone was kind of confused. Then he reveals himself as Arya and she poisons the entire Frey army.” She giggles, rather disconcertingly. “Bish bash bosh, open of Season 7. Here we go!” Like Arya herself, Williams certainly seems to enjoy her work. Perhaps a little too much.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Dan Jolin*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 15) Face Off (Season 6, ‘The Red Woman’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04a0","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-13.jpg","name":"got-best-13.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Carice Van Houten’s reaction to seeing the ‘real’ Melisandre was much the same as viewers’: “It startled the shit out of me! It was pretty scary.” At the end of ‘The Red Woman’, the first episode of Season 6, Melisandre removes her necklace and reveals her true form, an ancient, hunched woman with sagging flesh and just a few stringy hairs clinging to her scalp. It was confirmation of something hinted at throughout the series: that Melisandre was far older than she appeared, and those years had taken their toll.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It actually is van Houten in that scene. At least, the head is hers. “I spent about six hours in make-up having prosthetics applied,” she says. “There was a woman [body double] who would do the same actions as me and then they combined them with CG. Those people are magicians.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"As much as that moment changed viewer perceptions of Melisandre, showing that the fearless image she presents the world was a mere mask, it also changed how van Houten would play her afterwards. “I always knew she was older than she [seemed], but I never knew what we were going to do with that,” says the actor. “When I knew this about her it gave her way more vulnerability and you realise that she’s seen way more than anyone else [in the show]. She is doing everything for the greater good. Her methods aren’t very nice, but she knows what she’s doing.” It’s one of the best moments in the show because it showed us that one of the story’s most formidable villains was, when nobody was looking, just another human.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Olly Richards*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 14) Wiped Out (Season 4, ‘The Children’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04a1","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-12.jpg","name":"got-best-12.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"One of the best things about *Game Of Thrones* is that death respects nobody. Relatively minor characters can go out in a blaze of drama, while big, important characters can be dispatched in the most mundane ways. No character’s end was so undignified as that of Tywin Lannister. The man who always treated everyone in the Seven Kingdoms like crap was killed while taking a crap, shot with a crossbow by his loathed son Tyrion.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Not being a reader of the books, [Charles Dance](https://www.empireonline.com/people/charles-dance/), who played Tywin, was not initially aware of how he’d die. “I remember someone [on set] saying, ‘You’ve got a great death scene,’” he recalls. “I thought, ‘Oh lovely,’ and went off to Waterstones to get a copy of the book and find out. I read and thought, ‘Wow… right… If you’re going to go, that’s a pretty good way to go.’”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"He should be thankful the scene as filmed is not *quite* as graphic as in the book, because it hardly could be. “It wasn’t going to follow word-for-word what happens in the book,” says Dance. “There was no way I could fall off the lavatory and then open my bowels all over the place. But it was still pretty inelegant.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Dramatically, it’s one of the show’s most powerful scenes, with Tyrion finally getting the upper hand with a father who has wanted him dead since birth. “You can see an element of regret in Tyrion,” says Dance, “about what he’s having to do.” Which is not to say it was dramatic for those involved. Chuckles Dance, “I was rather fighting the temptation to laugh.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Olly Richards*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 13) Fire Festival (Season 3, ‘And Now His Watch Is Ended’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04a2","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-11.jpg","name":"got-best-11.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"We’d already seen a baby dragon scorch a warlock in Qarth, but this was the moment that showcased the full power of the creatures and their ‘mother’. A slimy Astapor slave-trader has been insulting Daenerys to her face in Valyrian, unaware it’s her mother tongue, and smugly takes one of the lizards, Drogon, as trade for an army. When Daenerys intones, “Dracarys!” and Drogon roasts him alive, it’s as inspiring a moment as one involving a person being immolated can be.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Nick de Semlyen*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 12) Incesticide (Season 8, ‘The Iron Throne’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04a3","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"thrones-s8-moment-2.jpg","name":"thrones-s8-moment-2.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones - Season 8"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Ever since *that* turning point in ‘The Bells’, it became clear that Jon Snow – sorry, Aegon Targaryen – wouldn’t be able to stand by his Queen-lover-aunt, Daenerys and join her kill-it-all-rebuild-it-all new world. And so, with a heavy heart, the King in the North plunged a knife into her as they snuggled in the throne room.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The pair’s conversation in the run-up to Dany’s death is beautifully conflicted – the Starks have always been a moral compass in Westeros, the family who ultimately does the right thing, often to the point where it kills them. And here stands Jon Snow, having put all his eggs in the Dany basket, only for dragons to hatch out of them and burn everything. The thing that he thought was good – joining her side and living happily ever after – proved not to be. And the reality of what’s good – killing her and suffering the consequences – is not so clear-cut. It’s a moment of pure Shakespearean tragedy, as Dany unknowingly talks her nephew-lover (nope, still not ok) into killing her, her final moment not bathed in fire and glory, but gentle sorrow among the falling snow.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Ben Travis*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 11) The Wall Falls (Season 7, ‘The Dragon And The Wolf’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04a4","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-10.jpg","name":"got-best-10.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"It’s taken seven years, but finally the army of the dead arrives at the Wall and they don’t come alone. As Tormund and Beric watch, the ranks of shambling corpses form below as an unearthly roar splits the air. The Night King astride him, the reanimated form of the dragon Viserion strafes the wall, belching gouts of blue fire, before a concentrated blast causes the structure, which has stood for 8,000 years, to come crashing down. As the dead pour through the breach into the North and the undead dragon wheels overhead, the battle for Westeros has finally begun.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by James Dyer*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 10) Peaky Blinder (Season 4, ‘The Mountain And The Viper’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04a5","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-9.jpg","name":"got-best-9.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"When Prince Oberyn Martell’s Inigo Montoya moment finally arrives — a showdown against Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane, the brute who raped and murdered his sister — there’s a glimmer of a happy ending. Except, Westeros doesn’t do those — just when everyone assumes the Red Viper ([Pedro Pascal](https://www.empireonline.com/people/pedro-pascal/)) has triumphed, the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) flips the script, gouging our hero’s eyes out and bursting his head wide open in an utterly horrifying spectacle. It’s perhaps *Thrones*’ single goriest moment — which really is saying something.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Ben Travis*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 9) Green Inferno (Season 2, ‘Blackwater’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04a6","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-8.jpg","name":"got-best-8.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"“Piss on wildfire, and your cock burns off,” is an old sailor’s proverb in Westeros. But until the Battle Of The Blackwater, wildfire remains merely the stuff of proverbs. All that changes when Tyrion Lannister’s game-changing plan to see off Stannis Baratheon’s attack on King’s Landing succeeds in glorious, explosive fashion. In seven seasons, it remains among the best and most satisfying military strategies ever realised on the show, with the Baratheon fleet almost entirely destroyed by a single flaming arrow. It’s not just cocks that get burned off.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by John Nugent*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 8) Fall Bran (Season 1, ‘Winter Is Coming’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04a7","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-7.jpg","name":"got-best-7.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"“I think ten is quite a young age to be introduced to the idea [that someone wants you dead],” laughs [Isaac Hempstead-Wright](https://www.empireonline.com/people/isaac-hempstead-wright/), aka Bran Stark. The first episode of *Game Of Thrones* established its ruthless tone with its shocking final scene, in which the heroic-looking knight in shining armour, Jaime Lannister, casually threw Bran out the window of a castle tower after the small boy witnessed Jaime shagging his sister. “The things I do for love”, indeed.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“I knew what was going on,” remembers Hempstead-Wright. “‘Alright, she’s having sex with her brother, oh dear. That’s bad.’ The main thing was making sure I didn’t see the actual sex scene. But it was contextualised within the story by my parents and by the other actors.” Far more exciting for Hempstead-Wright was the fact that he was on a wire (“the ultimate”), clambering up a medieval castle wall, though a stuntwoman did the main 30-foot fall.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"As dark and horrifying as the moment is — Bran is crippled from this moment on, only walking again in his mystical dreams — by the time it was shot the young actor was already accustomed to the twisted tone of the show. After all, he’d been part of the scene in which Ned Stark executes a deserter from the Night Watch, with his children watching. “You see Sean Bean kicking a decapitated head around like a football, and it kind of demystifies all the drama and trauma about it,” says Hempstead-Wright. And with seven seasons of beheadings, incinerations and torture ahead of him, maybe it’s just as well Bran got his life lesson in early.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Helen O'Hara*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 7) Raising The Dead (Season 5, ‘Hardhome’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04a8","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-6.jpg","name":"got-best-6.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The climax of ‘Hardhome’ is *Game Of Thrones* at its most intense: a supernatural spin on *[Dunkirk](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/dunkirk-2/review/)* as Jon Snow and panicking Wildling hordes flee the forces of eternal winter. The vibe is doomy, and the defining moment is that in which the Night King, the series’ rarely glimpsed Big Bad, raises his arms and resurrects every corpse on the battlefield, staring down Jon as he does so.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“I vividly remember lying on the couch reading that and thinking, ‘Jesus. Amazing,’” says the Night King himself, Richard Brake. It’s the first chilling demonstration of the character’s power, and Brake’s biggest challenge on the series, requiring six hours of make-up to transform him into Westeros’ premium ice-bastard. “The contact lenses were the biggest you can put in a human eye,” he reveals. “Absolutely agonising. I could only keep them in for four hours, and then they had to get three people to grab my head and jam them back in. But it was worth it.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Brake skulked alone in a corner of the set. “I’m a big meditator, and I just stayed in this very dark place. It was easy to keep to myself, because I’m this strange-looking creature nobody wants to talk to anyway.” Then he and Kit Harington locked eyes, the forces of darkness and light face to face at last. Then, the pub.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Due to scheduling issues, Brake no longer plays the Night King. But thanks to this moment, he still gets approached by fans. And they’re an interesting bunch. “There are a lot of Night King tattoos out there,” Brake laughs. “People love him. I think a lot of them want him sitting on the throne. It’s kind of kooky, to say the least.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Nick de Semlyen*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 6) Joff Bumped Off (Season 4, ‘The Lion And The Rose’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04a9","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-5.jpg","name":"got-best-5.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Westeros’ most cowardly, shrieking bully, gets a cowardly, shrieking death — poisoned at his own wedding, choking on his own snot. Schadenfreude is an understatement — Joffrey’s withering demise is perhaps the most *freude* you could possibly hope to get from someone’s *schaden*. And yet, once the light has extinguished from the little shit’s blood-streaked eyes, it’s surprisingly hard to cheer — despite his monumental awfulness, in his final moments, we’re reminded that Joffrey is just a spoiled child. Curse your pesky nuance, George R.R. Martin.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Ben Travis*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 5) Game, Sept, Match (Season 6, ‘The Winds Of Winter’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04aa","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-4.jpg","name":"got-best-4.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Set to a beautiful ten-minute piece of music from Ramin Djawadi, the build-up to Cersei’s fiery vengeance is a masterpiece of escalating tension. The piano (the only time one appears on a *Game Of Thrones* score) builds to a choir, which escalates to a frantic cello and finally a thundering church organ as Margaery’s pleas to the High Sparrow go unheeded and Lancel, bleeding, crawls towards the barrels of wildfire in the catacombs. Cersei watches from the Red Keep, glass of wine in hand, as the Great Sept of Baelor, along with all her enemies, is consumed in an eruption of jade fire.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by James Dyer*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 4) Ned Gets The Chop (Season 1, ‘Baelor’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04ab","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-3.jpg","name":"got-best-3.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"It is, arguably, *Game Of Thrones*’ defining moment. The point the show made clear that it wasn’t just bringing sexposition and extreme violence to the fantasy genre. It was also going to mercilessly kill its heroes, beginning with the lead character, Ned Stark, played by the cast’s biggest star, [Sean Bean](https://www.empireonline.com/people/sean-bean/). He was Boromir, for fuck’s sake. And Sharpe! But there was no last-minute rescue for poor, noble Eddard, uncompromising former hand to the King and head of House Stark. No surprise reprieve. The sword fell, by King Joffrey’s command, and the head came off. In the presence of his two distraught daughters, too: Sansa on the stage at the Sept of Baelor, and little Arya in the crowd, looking like her world was ending.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“Well, I actually did all my stuff on a separate day,” Maisie Williams corrects *Empire*. “So really when Arya’s up on that statue looking out at the Sept, there’s no-one there. But I watch it back now and I think, ‘How the hell did I do that so convincingly?’” She laughs. “I genuinely think I was a better actor when I was 12. I couldn’t do that now. I’d be like, ‘I have no eyelines. I can’t do it.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"She confesses that the cultural import of the moment was lost on her at the time. “I hadn’t watched a lot of drama and didn’t realise how much of a big deal it was, how shocking. I thought, ‘Why don’t more shows do this? Like, no one’s expecting it, it would be amazing.’ But I guess that was the point.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Dan Jolin*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 3) The Real MVP (Season 8, ‘The Long Night’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04ac","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"thrones-s8-moment-1.jpg","name":"thrones-s8-moment-1.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones - Season 8"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Everyone involved in the long-awaited Battle of Winterfell was absolutely shattered by its end – nobody more so than the Night King himself, who exploded into icicles after a swift stabbing by Arya ‘the real MVP’ Stark. It was a supremely Thronesian move to set up the White Walkers as the real endgame of the show, only to bump them all off three episodes from the end – even if the ‘kill the boss to destroy the army’ trope is far from original. The Night King’s sudden demise was a jaw-dropping, air-punching moment of unexpected triumph – and *of course* it had to be Arya striking the killing blow, incredible pay-off from her seemingly extraneous time in Essos learning to become a deadly assassin. The real cherry on top? A White Walker’s hair blowing softly in the breeze as Arya speeds past on her way to the kill.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Ben Travis*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 2) Hold The Door (Season 6, ‘The Door’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04ad","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-2.jpg","name":"got-best-2.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*Game Of Thrones* is, when you boil it down, a show about death. Much of it shocking. Some welcome. But only one death so far has really brought us to tears (unless you were upset about Sansa’s direwolf in the second episode). And that’s the heroic act of self-sacrifice committed by Hodor, aka Belfast house DJ Kristian Nairn, who pressed a door closed to hold off a horde of screeching, flesh-tearing wights, allowing the escape of Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright). Then they broke through and tore him apart, just as we learned the origin of his strange name (“Hold the door!”) and the true tragedy of his destiny.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It was as tough to shoot as it was to watch, taking place over a week which involved exterior night shoots at Magheramorne Quarry, near Belfast. “It’s brutal, exposed to the elements,” says Hempstead-Wright. “I can’t complain, I was lying down. But it was tough for Kristian.” Not only due to the harsh physical conditions. The final day was Nairn’s 40th birthday, and also his last-ever day of principal photography.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“It was emotional, man,” Nairn tells us. “Intensely emotional. It just felt very final, to be leaving this huge production having been very close to Isaac for so many years. He obviously feels like a little brother. Knowing that you’re always gonna be in touch with these people, but you’re not going to see them every day now, it was a tough scene to do.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*Empire* asks if he kept a souvenir from the day. “PTSD,” he jokes. “No, I actually took a tiny piece of one of the broken doors. We had many doors, which were made out of balsa wood, and a tiny piece of one came off in my hand. I thought, ‘You know what? I’m gonna keep it.’” So even now, in a sense, Hodor is still holding that door.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Dan Jolin*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## 1) ’Til Death Do Us Part (Season 3, ‘The Rains Of Castamere’)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04ae","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-1-again.jpg","name":"got-best-1-again.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"When David Nutter received his invitation to the Red Wedding, he had no idea what horrors lay in store. It was 2012, and the director was in the wilds of Iceland, shooting Jon Snow scenes for Season 2. Then co-showrunner D.B. Weiss took him to dinner in Reykjavík and, over a three-hour tasting menu, asked him if he would put together the penultimate episode of Season 3. “I had no idea what that really entailed,” admits Nutter, who hadn’t read the books and so was unaware of the significance of the sequence he was being entrusted with. “The closer I got to it, the more I realised how important it was. There was tons of pressure.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The Red Wedding, of course, is an event so grim and gory that it makes the ending of Macbeth look like a lark. Two members of Game Of Thrones’ hero family, the Starks, are brutally murdered, in an ambush orchestrated by the treacherous Walder Frey. It’s almost unbearable on the page, so much so that George R.R. Martin skipped forward and finished writing the rest of the book it appears in (A Storm Of Swords) before going back to tackle it. Yet Weiss and David Benioff ratcheted up the anguish even more, with the addition of Robb Stark’s pregnant fiancée, Talisa (Oona Chaplin), being stabbed in the belly and Catelyn Stark being made to watch as her son dies. And before any of that goes down, there’s epic misdirection. “I wanted to create a sense of, ‘Ah, it’s so nice and sweet,’ to get the audience to let their guard down,” says Nutter, the misdirector. “Once you’ve done that, then you can shock the hell out of them.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"On the Belfast set, over the three days it took to film the slaughter, there was plenty of emotion too. “I remember when Robb crawls over to Talisa and is cradling her in his arms, seeing her life pass away, I was crouched down, whispering quite intimately to [Richard Madden](https://www.empireonline.com/people/richard-madden/) about relationships and love and all that kind of stuff,” Nutter says. “And I turned around and three or four of the make-up ladies had lost it. They were sobbing. It was that kind of situation for everyone.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c04af","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","fileName":"got-best-1.jpg","name":"got-best-1.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"[Michelle Fairley](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michelle-fairley/) (Catelyn), whose primal scream of despair was the final thing to be shot, was left so traumatised that she went into seclusion for a week following the shoot, refusing to talk about the episode. But when it aired in June 2013, the rest of the world couldn’t stop talking about it. YouTube became filled with reaction videos of viewers melting down as they watched the last 15 minutes. Fans talked in forums about needing therapy to get over the carnage. And Rosie O’Donnell spoke for all of us when she tweeted, “HOLY SHIT BOPPERS!!!!!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“When you’re directing television you rarely get that immediate response from people,” says Nutter. “So when I started to see all of that happening, I felt very good about how it all came out. People still tell me how it affected them the most.” And if you were wondering, he has not been invited to a single wedding since June 2013.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*by Nick de Semylen*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c048c","altText":"Game Of Thrones","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"GOT-MAIN.jpg","name":"GOT-MAIN.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5cde8a00133d503e3a49e503","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["It’s undeniable: *Game Of Thrones* changed TV forever. Few would have predicted that HBO’s epic fantasy show, adapted from [George RR Martin](https://www.empireonline.com/people/george-rr-martin/)’s epic novel series *A Song Of Ice And Fire*, would become one of the biggest TV shows of all time – but with equal parts political intrigue, massive dragons, and unashamed sex and gore, it conquered the world more quickly than a pissed-off Daenerys Targaryen. With Season 8, the show’s final run, at an end, *Empire* recounts the saga's greatest ever moments – with a little help from the cast and filmmakers who brought it to the big screen.","**WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SEASON 8**","## 34) Tub Talk (Season 3, ‘Kissed By Fire’)","Are Brienne of Tarth ([Gwendoline Christie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gwendoline-christie/)) and Jaime Lannister ([Nikolaj Coster-Waldau](https://www.empireonline.com/people/nikolaj-coster-waldau/)) in love? Many fans (and Coster-Waldau) say yes; others insist it’s platonic. Either way, there’s no denying they make for a golden double act and their finest moment comes with this conversation in a large bath at Riverrun. After stripping off their clothes, they also let down their guards, with Jaime relating how he killed Aerys Targaryan, the moment that disgraced him. It’s intimate, tender and totally changes how we see this particular lion.","*by Nick de Semlyen*","## 33) The Shite King (Season 7, ‘Dragonstone’)","While the rest of the cast were swanning around on the red carpet of the 2016 Emmys, John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) was in Belfast, repeatedly sluicing poo out of a bed pan. Comic scenes in *Game Of Thrones* are few and far between, but one of the finest is in the Season 7 premiere, showing Sam’s monotonous life at the Citadel. He washes chamber pots, serves stew and sorts books, over and over and over.","“That sequence took two-and-a-half weeks,” says Bradley. “We were shooting these tiny ten-second chunks and I had no idea what it would look like when it was all put together.” It was filmed at the start of production, before anyone else had returned to set. “It was very isolating, actually… But one of the things I love about it is that it’s so surprising. Surprises in Game Of Thrones don’t have to be characters dying or big battles… the show can surprise you in quirky ways, with a silent comedy montage.”","Bradley may have missed the Emmys, but he got a moment to make up for it, thanks to all those soiled pots. “The first time I saw the sequence [put together] was at [Walt Disney Concert Hall] in LA, where we screened that first episode. To hear the reaction of the audience and see the sequence build to its crescendo was really affecting. It’s probably one of my proudest moments on the show.”","In case you’re wondering, all those turds were “soaking wet fruitcake”, which is apparently about as whiffy as the real thing after a day under the lights.","*by Olly Richards*","## 32) Chaos Is A Ladder (Season 3, ‘The Climb’)","Littlefinger ([Aiden Gillen](https://www.empireonline.com/people/aidan-gillen/)) and Varys (Conleth Hill) are two of a kind: masters of intrigue who speak in veiled threats and shadowy allusions. They never got a scene together alone in the books, but the show corrected that, with the cracker of a conversation in which, standing before the Iron Throne, they discuss Westeros realpolitik — plus Varys’ dearth of testicles. “The writing for these guys was very smart and witty,” says Gillen. “They delight in running rings around each other.”","The scene was written for Season 1, but couldn’t be squeezed in. Two years later, it was dug out of a drawer and enhanced. But it wasn’t until post-production that it came together in its existing form. “When we shot it the dialogue was whispered,” Gillen recalls, “and we decided to amp it up. So in the ADR session we were able to segue from a conversational tone into something more epic, as I got into Littlefinger’s speech.”","That monologue’s apex, the immortal line, “Chaos isn’t a pit; chaos is a ladder,” has inspired T-shirts, mugs and memes, with the words plastered over photos of the likes of Trump and Putin. Gillen, who based the character’s body language on Peter Mandelson, still gets asked to scrawl it on Littlefinger Funko boxes. “It’s funny how these things come about,” he says. “It encapsulates his philosophy in a very succinct and powerful way. And it’s an apt phrase for the times we’re living in now. Chaos *is* a ladder.”","*by Nick de Semylen*","## 31) The Clanging Chimes Of Doom (Season 8, ‘The Bells’)","Even by *Game Of Thrones* standards, this was controversial. With the war against the dead won, Daenerys Targaryen’s eyes were set firmly on conquering King’s Landing – and she really wasn’t kidding about the whole ‘fire and blood’ thing. Her siege on the city started ferociously enough, to the point that Cersei Lannister actually surrendered, ringing the bells that call for an end to the violence. But it was too late – Dany had gone full Mad Queen, blasting the streets of the city to smithereens, burning innocents to a crisp, and turning whole swathes of the Red Keep to rubble.","It’s easy to see why fans were so split – on the one hand, the hints had been there all along that Dany had more than a mere ruthless streak in her. And *Thrones*’ outlook has always been that power – and the desire for it – corrupts and destroys without mercy. And yet it was also a lot to take, having followed the Khaleesi’s glorious journey of self-empowerment for so long, cheering on as she destroyed villainous men and freed innocent citizens and slaves. Here, she seemed content to watch them burn, seemingly without remorse or internal conflict.","Still, it’s undeniable that watching Drogon rain fire on the streets of King’s Landing is as epic as the show gets – after all those years imagining how it would play out when a full-strength Daenerys, dragons in tow, would make her bid for the Iron Throne, seeing it play out was all kinds of thrilling. Deeply harrowing too, with searing imagery ripped straight from Hiroshima and Pompeii, fiery blasts funnelling through the streets leaving no way out, ash raining from the sky. From a storytelling and character perspective? Flawed. As a disturbing sequence of devastating spectacle? Astonishing.","*by Ben Travis*","## 30) R+L=J (Season 7, ‘Eastwatch’)","It was the biggest secret in Westeros lore for years. And in the end, the reveal was almost obscured by a joke about the loo. While reciting facts to Sam from High Septon Maynard’s journal (where he also records details on his bowel movements), former wildling Gilly inadvertently divulges Jon Snow’s true Targaryen parentage. It confirmed the long-held fan theory ‘R+L=J’: Rhaegar Targaryen plus Lyanna Stark equals Jon Snow.","“I was very surprised I got given that piece of information to reveal,” says Hannah Murray, who plays Gilly. “She and Sam are kind of outside of the politics but sometimes they do earth-shatteringly important things.” Well, quite. The revelation that Ned Stark’s bastard was actually the trueborn heir to the Iron Throne and that Robert’s Rebellion was built on a lie shattered parts of the internet, with hundreds of YouTube videos showing viewers’ ecstatic reactions to what became known as the ‘Gillybomb’.","“The reaction to it blew me away,” admits Murray. “I didn’t expect it to be as big.” But it *is* big — perhaps “one of the most important moments in the history of the show,” says John Bradley. “You don’t have time to process it before Sam launches into this tirade about how disenchanted he is with life at the Citadel.”","It’s a tirade that’s also proved a notorious example of Maester-mansplaining. “Yeah!” laughs Murray. “Justice for Gilly!”","*by John Nugent*","## 29) Fire Vs. Ice (Season 7, ‘Beyond The Wall’)","Even by *Game Of Thrones* standards, seven warriors versus thousands of undead wights makes for terrifying odds. “I’ve never seen so many stunt people running at me with sharp instruments. It’s pretty scary!” remembers Richard Dormer, aka Ser Beric Dondarrion, the Lightning Lord. “All you can hear is the snarling and screaming, so you’re really in it.”","Shot atop the Cave Hill in Belfast, the scene involved a hundred stunt performers and hundreds more extras, all assaulting the band of brothers on their tiny island refuge. The gang learned standard moves they could rotate against the oncoming hordes, with the stuntmen ready to react to any of them, and started fighting. The showiest among them courtesy of Beric and his flaming, wight-killing sword, stunning-looking on screen.","Alas, for Dormer the spectacular weapon proved terribly impractical. The sword burnt for only two minutes before the scene had to be reset, and used up so much oxygen in the air that swinging it around risked making Dormer giddy. Even worse, “I couldn’t go full-speed or the flame would go out,” he says. “So it’s almost 20 per cent slower than a normal sword. It was like working with an animal or a child. You never knew what it was going to do.”","The five-week shoot in miserable weather was tough going, but an *esprit de corps* developed. The septet sat with ukuleles and banjos between takes, serenading the crew with Tom Waits songs and joking together. “It was like a trench mentality,” says Dormer. “Gallows humour. Thank God: if we didn’t have a sense of humour it would have been the most miserable shoot.”","*by Helen O'Hara*","## 28) Lust And Leeches (Season 3, ‘Second Sons’)","“I think it’s one of the more *interesting* ways to lose your virginity,” deadpans [Joe Dempsie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joe-dempsie/), who plays Gendry, the illegitimate son of Robert Baratheon and by some accounts the man with the best claim to the Iron Throne. A humble blacksmith who escapes Joffrey’s massacre of bastards, Gendry’s royal ancestry goes largely disregarded until this wild Season 3 sex scene, which sees the priestess Melisandre ([Carice van Houten](https://www.empireonline.com/people/carice-van-houten/)) tempt him into bed — before adding ropes, leeches and spells into the mix.","“When I first wanted to be an actor, that was exactly what I had in mind: dark magic and S&M,” laughs Dempsie. “It’s all in a day’s work on a show like *Thrones*... When I first read the scene, my mind started whirring: how are they going to do the leeches? Maybe they’ll CGI them in?” But no: real leeches were used, fed before filming so they wouldn’t suck Dempsie’s blood. “That just meant they slid off my torso. It was one of those once-in-a-career scenes.”","For Gendry, it ultimately meant exile to King’s Landing, and disappearing from the show for four years. As for the leeches, fat with royal blood and burned in the fire by Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon, it’s a ritual that perhaps had more effect on the show than is recognised. “The usurper Robb Stark, the usurper Balon Greyjoy, the usurper Joffrey Baratheon,” recites Stannis — prophesying deaths that all came to pass.","*by John Nugent*","## 27) Dragon Vs Wagons (Season 7, ‘The Spoils Of War’)","If a horde of Dothraki screamers wasn’t terrifying enough, the Lannister loot train, fresh from pillaging Highgarden, witnesses Daenerys’ dragons for the first time. With the Queen bestride him, Drogon descends upon the enemy, pouring streams of fire into their ranks, incinerating man and mount alike. The thunderstruck looks on Bronn and Jaime’s faces at the beast’s power are an apt reaction to the most fist-pumping moment of the show so far.","*by James Dyer*","## 26) Setting Sail (Season 6, ‘The Winds Of Winter’)","It’s fair to say that *Game Of Thrones* offers more build-up than pay-off. So when Daenerys finally quit faffing about in the desert, brought her unruly conquests into line and set sail for Westeros with her dragons to claim the birthright she’d banged on about ever since we met her, it was a huge moment. It’s also a satisfyingly big money shot, a Troy-meets-The-Hobbit crossover that promises sprawling battles ahead.","*by Helen O'Hara*","## 25) Knives Out (Season 5, ‘Mother’s Mercy’)","“OMG stamp stabbin Jon Snoooo,” tweeted [Maisie Williams](https://www.empireonline.com/people/maisie-williams/) after the Season 5 finale. She spoke for all of us. In a show known for killing off the main characters, the murder of Jon Snow by his Night’s Watch brothers sent off a particular shockwave — and sparked a flurry of theorising about his actual fate. The fact that he came back to life just a couple of episodes later doesn’t undermine the trauma or tragedy of the moment.","*by John Nugent*","## 24) The Burning (Season 5, ‘The Dance Of Dragons’)","No child is safe in Westeros (remember all those babies despatched by Joffrey’s minions), but there’s still something especially shocking about the sequence in which the fanatical Stannis Baratheon ([Stephen Dillane](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stephen-dillane/)) sacrifices his young daughter Shireen (Kerry Ingram) to the Lord Of Light, watching as she is consumed by flames.","On screen, the sequence is so bleak it’s almost unwatchable, partly due to the disfigured girl’s heartrending screams. “It’s on my CV now: professional screamer,” jokes Ingram. “Before we did the scene my vocal coach took me to an empty car park in the middle of Belfast and had me scream my lungs out for about an hour. It was the only way I could practise without someone calling the police.”","It took three days to shoot, but the build-up was a lot longer, with Ingram learning her fate via phone call during a family outing to a trampoline park. “Obviously I had to tell my mum what was going on,” says the actor, who was only 15 at the time. “We both thought it was really exciting, because with *Game Of Thrones* getting a death that intense is a big honour. She was really happy for me. Though when it got to the actual days, I think she struggled a bit, having to listen to it and watch it.”","When the episode aired, her extended family gathered to watch her being burned alive: “My grandparents and aunties and stuff… They hadn’t seen the show before. We videoed their reaction and they were like, ‘How could you not tell us that? That was horrible!’” A few years on, she’s still proud of the sequence, though there’s one downside. “I’m not allowed to make heat jokes,” she laments. “I still can’t make those.”","*by Nick de Semlyen*","## 23) Theon Loses His Toy (Season 3, ‘The Bear And The Maiden Fair’)","Ramsay Snow, the Bastard Of The Dreadfort, never failed to live up to his title. Portrayed with sadistic zest by [Iwan Rheon](https://www.empireonline.com/people/iwan-rheon/), he was such a deviously nasty character, he even made us feel sorry for snivelling turncoat Theon Greyjoy ([Alfie Allen](https://www.empireonline.com/people/alfie-allen/)). Never more so than during the shocking moment Ramsay takes a castration knife to the captive Theon’s nethers, delivering a squirmy crescendo to Season 3’s extended, episodic torture sequence.","Though Rheon wasn’t so shocked. He knew exactly what he was getting into. After all, he reveals, “That was my audition scene.” One he describes as “brilliantly written, because it was based on that twist where he’s been really nice to Theon” — specifically by first sending in two women to tenderly, shall we say, harden him up — “but actually just wants to fuck around with him. It’s a pretty fucked-up way of doing things, but… Ramsay had a fucked-up way of doing things!”","As he only reinforced three episodes later when he delivered a viciously dark punchline, eating a rather suspicious-looking sausage in front of the emasculated Greyjoy. (It wasn’t what we were thinking — “I’m not a savage!” exclaimed Ramsay.) Which is why, to this day, people will occasionally wave their Cumberlands or Gloucestershire Old Spots at the bemused Rheon in restaurants or cafés. “It’s kind of weird,” he says. “It was such a while ago, I forget about these things. It’s like, ‘Why are you waving a sausage at me?’ Oh *riiiight*. Yeah. Okay. I remember.’”","*by Dan Jolin*","## 22) The Knight Queen (Season 8, ‘A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms’)","By and large, the final season of *Thrones* had more time for spectacle than character – but one of its best episodes gave us an entire hour of build-up to the Battle of Winterfell, where everyone got to sit and talk, and one beloved character received the perfect pay-off: arise, Ser Brienne of Tarth. Ever since her introduction in Season 2, Brienne proved herself to be a formidable fighter, a loyal ally, and a total badass at every turn – and with Jaime Lannister in her corner, her gender wasn’t allowed to be a barrier to the knighthood she truly deserved. In the gloriously eloquent words of Tormund Giantsbane: “Fuck tradition.”","*by Ben Travis*","## 21) Tyrion On Trial (Season 4, ‘The Laws Of Gods And Men’)","For four seasons Tyrion had, largely, feigned nonchalance when attacked by his family. But his fury at their contempt finally exploded when he was tried for his nephew Joffrey’s murder. He spits bile at King’s Landing’s ungrateful nobles, denounces his sister and surprises even Tywin with his final demand, for trial by combat. It’s one of [Peter Dinklage](https://www.empireonline.com/people/peter-dinklage/)’s finest moments and a turning point for the show (watch the Viper perk up at the end).","*by Helen O'Hara*","## 20) Born In Flames (Season 1, ‘Fire And Blood’)","Away from all that Stark business, *Thrones* Season 1 is basically ‘Daenerys Targaryen: Origins’ — and in its final scene her transformation into the Mother Of Dragons truly begins. Her leadership style (burn stuff, make friends) is born here, and so is her trio of tiny dragons: Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal, hatched from the flames of her husband’s funeral pyre. They’re cute as hell — not that we’d say that to their faces these days.","*by Ben Travis*","## 19) Bastard Hard (Season 6, ‘Battle Of The Bastards’)","A bastard in every sense, Ramsay impales Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) with an arrow as he runs across the battlefield towards his brother. Enraged, fellow bastard Jon Snow charges the enemy lines alone, his horse cut down by a volley of arrows, leaving him to stand, sword in hand, against the thundering hooves of the Bolton cavalry. As he prepares to go down swinging, the Stark army overtakes and the two forces collide in an explosion of splintering lances and rending horseflesh.","*by James Dyer*","## 18) Shame! (Season 5, ‘Mother’s Mercy’)","You know that dream where you’re in school naked? Imagine that, but you’re also being pelted with bodily fluids and rubbish, and there’s a demon nun behind you ringing a bell and calling out your “shame” until you could strangle her. Even cast-iron bitch Cersei Lannister ([Lena Headey](https://www.empireonline.com/people/lena-headey/)) visibly struggles to maintain her composure in such a nightmare. Of course, a lion can’t change its, er, fur, and she takes solace in plotting a violent and comprehensive revenge.","*by Helen O'Hara*","## 17) To The Dogs (Season 6, ‘Battle Of The Bastards’)","All bad things come to an end. All bad people, too. To Iwan Rheon’s mind, Ramsay Bolton’s death came at the right time and happened in exactly the right way. “I thought he got a good, justified death,” he says, referring to the moment Sansa sets the Battle Of The Bastards loser’s own starving dogs on him. “I feel the character had its full swing. I don’t know what else they could have done with him. He’d got to the point where he really did need to get killed horribly.”","Rheon knew it was coming the moment showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff phoned him a few months before shooting on Season 6 started and said, “Congratulations! Ramsay’s made it to the Iron Throne!” He just laughed and replied, “I’m dead, aren’t I?”","The scene itself involved him, “covered in blood and gore, tied to a chair, doing a scene with [Sophie Turner](https://www.empireonline.com/people/sophie-turner/), pretending these dogs are around and eating my face”. Even in reality, those hounds “are actually quite aggressive”, so they had to be digitally added later. “You’re not allowed to talk to the dogs or look them in the eye,” he explains. “They only listen to their owner, so you have to be careful with them. Though it was my last scene, so maybe they could have really had the dog in my face like that. But they thought it better to save me, in case of reshoots.” (We *think* he’s joking.)","After multiple disheartening deaths and horrible-surprise terminations, it was good for viewers to finally see someone get what they deserved. “It was cheers all round,” laughs Rheon. “He had it coming. See: there is some justice in the world!”","*by Dan Jolin*","## 16) All Men Must Pie (Season 6, ‘The Winds Of Winter’)","“I think people thought it was pretty sick,” says Maisie Williams. “I did too. It’s always nice when Arya gets a name off her list.” Three seasons after Lord Walder Frey ([David Bradley](https://www.empireonline.com/people/david-bradley/)) ordered the slaughter of her mother, oldest brother, sister-in-law and unborn nephew, Arya Stark finally delivered her bloody retribution. Despite the horror of the details — killing Frey’s sons, then baking them in a pie which she feeds him, before slitting his throat — it is a moment of heroic climax for the youngest Stark daughter, coming after a long stretch of being on the run and training as a Braavosi assassin.","“That was a great death,” she says. “And it was a fun night’s shooting, too. That was the year I left school, so I was working adult hours. It was just the coolest day ever. We were on set really late and they ordered pizza. I just remember stuffing my face with pizza and then going on set and stabbing someone. It was really great fun.”","There was an extra sting in the tale, too, one where Arya received treatment no other *Thrones* character has. “Yeah, the season after, they had a cold open and they never do that. Walder was back and everyone was kind of confused. Then he reveals himself as Arya and she poisons the entire Frey army.” She giggles, rather disconcertingly. “Bish bash bosh, open of Season 7. Here we go!” Like Arya herself, Williams certainly seems to enjoy her work. Perhaps a little too much.","*by Dan Jolin*","## 15) Face Off (Season 6, ‘The Red Woman’)","Carice Van Houten’s reaction to seeing the ‘real’ Melisandre was much the same as viewers’: “It startled the shit out of me! It was pretty scary.” At the end of ‘The Red Woman’, the first episode of Season 6, Melisandre removes her necklace and reveals her true form, an ancient, hunched woman with sagging flesh and just a few stringy hairs clinging to her scalp. It was confirmation of something hinted at throughout the series: that Melisandre was far older than she appeared, and those years had taken their toll.","It actually is van Houten in that scene. At least, the head is hers. “I spent about six hours in make-up having prosthetics applied,” she says. “There was a woman [body double] who would do the same actions as me and then they combined them with CG. Those people are magicians.”","As much as that moment changed viewer perceptions of Melisandre, showing that the fearless image she presents the world was a mere mask, it also changed how van Houten would play her afterwards. “I always knew she was older than she [seemed], but I never knew what we were going to do with that,” says the actor. “When I knew this about her it gave her way more vulnerability and you realise that she’s seen way more than anyone else [in the show]. She is doing everything for the greater good. Her methods aren’t very nice, but she knows what she’s doing.” It’s one of the best moments in the show because it showed us that one of the story’s most formidable villains was, when nobody was looking, just another human.","*by Olly Richards*","## 14) Wiped Out (Season 4, ‘The Children’)","One of the best things about *Game Of Thrones* is that death respects nobody. Relatively minor characters can go out in a blaze of drama, while big, important characters can be dispatched in the most mundane ways. No character’s end was so undignified as that of Tywin Lannister. The man who always treated everyone in the Seven Kingdoms like crap was killed while taking a crap, shot with a crossbow by his loathed son Tyrion.","Not being a reader of the books, [Charles Dance](https://www.empireonline.com/people/charles-dance/), who played Tywin, was not initially aware of how he’d die. “I remember someone [on set] saying, ‘You’ve got a great death scene,’” he recalls. “I thought, ‘Oh lovely,’ and went off to Waterstones to get a copy of the book and find out. I read and thought, ‘Wow… right… If you’re going to go, that’s a pretty good way to go.’”","He should be thankful the scene as filmed is not *quite* as graphic as in the book, because it hardly could be. “It wasn’t going to follow word-for-word what happens in the book,” says Dance. “There was no way I could fall off the lavatory and then open my bowels all over the place. But it was still pretty inelegant.”","Dramatically, it’s one of the show’s most powerful scenes, with Tyrion finally getting the upper hand with a father who has wanted him dead since birth. “You can see an element of regret in Tyrion,” says Dance, “about what he’s having to do.” Which is not to say it was dramatic for those involved. Chuckles Dance, “I was rather fighting the temptation to laugh.”","*by Olly Richards*","## 13) Fire Festival (Season 3, ‘And Now His Watch Is Ended’)","We’d already seen a baby dragon scorch a warlock in Qarth, but this was the moment that showcased the full power of the creatures and their ‘mother’. A slimy Astapor slave-trader has been insulting Daenerys to her face in Valyrian, unaware it’s her mother tongue, and smugly takes one of the lizards, Drogon, as trade for an army. When Daenerys intones, “Dracarys!” and Drogon roasts him alive, it’s as inspiring a moment as one involving a person being immolated can be.","*by Nick de Semlyen*","## 12) Incesticide (Season 8, ‘The Iron Throne’)","Ever since *that* turning point in ‘The Bells’, it became clear that Jon Snow – sorry, Aegon Targaryen – wouldn’t be able to stand by his Queen-lover-aunt, Daenerys and join her kill-it-all-rebuild-it-all new world. And so, with a heavy heart, the King in the North plunged a knife into her as they snuggled in the throne room.","The pair’s conversation in the run-up to Dany’s death is beautifully conflicted – the Starks have always been a moral compass in Westeros, the family who ultimately does the right thing, often to the point where it kills them. And here stands Jon Snow, having put all his eggs in the Dany basket, only for dragons to hatch out of them and burn everything. The thing that he thought was good – joining her side and living happily ever after – proved not to be. And the reality of what’s good – killing her and suffering the consequences – is not so clear-cut. It’s a moment of pure Shakespearean tragedy, as Dany unknowingly talks her nephew-lover (nope, still not ok) into killing her, her final moment not bathed in fire and glory, but gentle sorrow among the falling snow.","*by Ben Travis*","## 11) The Wall Falls (Season 7, ‘The Dragon And The Wolf’)","It’s taken seven years, but finally the army of the dead arrives at the Wall and they don’t come alone. As Tormund and Beric watch, the ranks of shambling corpses form below as an unearthly roar splits the air. The Night King astride him, the reanimated form of the dragon Viserion strafes the wall, belching gouts of blue fire, before a concentrated blast causes the structure, which has stood for 8,000 years, to come crashing down. As the dead pour through the breach into the North and the undead dragon wheels overhead, the battle for Westeros has finally begun.","*by James Dyer*","## 10) Peaky Blinder (Season 4, ‘The Mountain And The Viper’)","When Prince Oberyn Martell’s Inigo Montoya moment finally arrives — a showdown against Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane, the brute who raped and murdered his sister — there’s a glimmer of a happy ending. Except, Westeros doesn’t do those — just when everyone assumes the Red Viper ([Pedro Pascal](https://www.empireonline.com/people/pedro-pascal/)) has triumphed, the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) flips the script, gouging our hero’s eyes out and bursting his head wide open in an utterly horrifying spectacle. It’s perhaps *Thrones*’ single goriest moment — which really is saying something.","*by Ben Travis*","## 9) Green Inferno (Season 2, ‘Blackwater’)","“Piss on wildfire, and your cock burns off,” is an old sailor’s proverb in Westeros. But until the Battle Of The Blackwater, wildfire remains merely the stuff of proverbs. All that changes when Tyrion Lannister’s game-changing plan to see off Stannis Baratheon’s attack on King’s Landing succeeds in glorious, explosive fashion. In seven seasons, it remains among the best and most satisfying military strategies ever realised on the show, with the Baratheon fleet almost entirely destroyed by a single flaming arrow. It’s not just cocks that get burned off.","*by John Nugent*","## 8) Fall Bran (Season 1, ‘Winter Is Coming’)","“I think ten is quite a young age to be introduced to the idea [that someone wants you dead],” laughs [Isaac Hempstead-Wright](https://www.empireonline.com/people/isaac-hempstead-wright/), aka Bran Stark. The first episode of *Game Of Thrones* established its ruthless tone with its shocking final scene, in which the heroic-looking knight in shining armour, Jaime Lannister, casually threw Bran out the window of a castle tower after the small boy witnessed Jaime shagging his sister. “The things I do for love”, indeed.","“I knew what was going on,” remembers Hempstead-Wright. “‘Alright, she’s having sex with her brother, oh dear. That’s bad.’ The main thing was making sure I didn’t see the actual sex scene. But it was contextualised within the story by my parents and by the other actors.” Far more exciting for Hempstead-Wright was the fact that he was on a wire (“the ultimate”), clambering up a medieval castle wall, though a stuntwoman did the main 30-foot fall.","As dark and horrifying as the moment is — Bran is crippled from this moment on, only walking again in his mystical dreams — by the time it was shot the young actor was already accustomed to the twisted tone of the show. After all, he’d been part of the scene in which Ned Stark executes a deserter from the Night Watch, with his children watching. “You see Sean Bean kicking a decapitated head around like a football, and it kind of demystifies all the drama and trauma about it,” says Hempstead-Wright. And with seven seasons of beheadings, incinerations and torture ahead of him, maybe it’s just as well Bran got his life lesson in early.","*by Helen O'Hara*","## 7) Raising The Dead (Season 5, ‘Hardhome’)","The climax of ‘Hardhome’ is *Game Of Thrones* at its most intense: a supernatural spin on *[Dunkirk](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/dunkirk-2/review/)* as Jon Snow and panicking Wildling hordes flee the forces of eternal winter. The vibe is doomy, and the defining moment is that in which the Night King, the series’ rarely glimpsed Big Bad, raises his arms and resurrects every corpse on the battlefield, staring down Jon as he does so.","“I vividly remember lying on the couch reading that and thinking, ‘Jesus. Amazing,’” says the Night King himself, Richard Brake. It’s the first chilling demonstration of the character’s power, and Brake’s biggest challenge on the series, requiring six hours of make-up to transform him into Westeros’ premium ice-bastard. “The contact lenses were the biggest you can put in a human eye,” he reveals. “Absolutely agonising. I could only keep them in for four hours, and then they had to get three people to grab my head and jam them back in. But it was worth it.”","Brake skulked alone in a corner of the set. “I’m a big meditator, and I just stayed in this very dark place. It was easy to keep to myself, because I’m this strange-looking creature nobody wants to talk to anyway.” Then he and Kit Harington locked eyes, the forces of darkness and light face to face at last. Then, the pub.","Due to scheduling issues, Brake no longer plays the Night King. But thanks to this moment, he still gets approached by fans. And they’re an interesting bunch. “There are a lot of Night King tattoos out there,” Brake laughs. “People love him. I think a lot of them want him sitting on the throne. It’s kind of kooky, to say the least.”","*by Nick de Semlyen*","## 6) Joff Bumped Off (Season 4, ‘The Lion And The Rose’)","Westeros’ most cowardly, shrieking bully, gets a cowardly, shrieking death — poisoned at his own wedding, choking on his own snot. Schadenfreude is an understatement — Joffrey’s withering demise is perhaps the most *freude* you could possibly hope to get from someone’s *schaden*. And yet, once the light has extinguished from the little shit’s blood-streaked eyes, it’s surprisingly hard to cheer — despite his monumental awfulness, in his final moments, we’re reminded that Joffrey is just a spoiled child. Curse your pesky nuance, George R.R. Martin.","*by Ben Travis*","## 5) Game, Sept, Match (Season 6, ‘The Winds Of Winter’)","Set to a beautiful ten-minute piece of music from Ramin Djawadi, the build-up to Cersei’s fiery vengeance is a masterpiece of escalating tension. The piano (the only time one appears on a *Game Of Thrones* score) builds to a choir, which escalates to a frantic cello and finally a thundering church organ as Margaery’s pleas to the High Sparrow go unheeded and Lancel, bleeding, crawls towards the barrels of wildfire in the catacombs. Cersei watches from the Red Keep, glass of wine in hand, as the Great Sept of Baelor, along with all her enemies, is consumed in an eruption of jade fire.","*by James Dyer*","## 4) Ned Gets The Chop (Season 1, ‘Baelor’)","It is, arguably, *Game Of Thrones*’ defining moment. The point the show made clear that it wasn’t just bringing sexposition and extreme violence to the fantasy genre. It was also going to mercilessly kill its heroes, beginning with the lead character, Ned Stark, played by the cast’s biggest star, [Sean Bean](https://www.empireonline.com/people/sean-bean/). He was Boromir, for fuck’s sake. And Sharpe! But there was no last-minute rescue for poor, noble Eddard, uncompromising former hand to the King and head of House Stark. No surprise reprieve. The sword fell, by King Joffrey’s command, and the head came off. In the presence of his two distraught daughters, too: Sansa on the stage at the Sept of Baelor, and little Arya in the crowd, looking like her world was ending.","“Well, I actually did all my stuff on a separate day,” Maisie Williams corrects *Empire*. “So really when Arya’s up on that statue looking out at the Sept, there’s no-one there. But I watch it back now and I think, ‘How the hell did I do that so convincingly?’” She laughs. “I genuinely think I was a better actor when I was 12. I couldn’t do that now. I’d be like, ‘I have no eyelines. I can’t do it.”","She confesses that the cultural import of the moment was lost on her at the time. “I hadn’t watched a lot of drama and didn’t realise how much of a big deal it was, how shocking. I thought, ‘Why don’t more shows do this? Like, no one’s expecting it, it would be amazing.’ But I guess that was the point.”","*by Dan Jolin*","## 3) The Real MVP (Season 8, ‘The Long Night’)","Everyone involved in the long-awaited Battle of Winterfell was absolutely shattered by its end – nobody more so than the Night King himself, who exploded into icicles after a swift stabbing by Arya ‘the real MVP’ Stark. It was a supremely Thronesian move to set up the White Walkers as the real endgame of the show, only to bump them all off three episodes from the end – even if the ‘kill the boss to destroy the army’ trope is far from original. The Night King’s sudden demise was a jaw-dropping, air-punching moment of unexpected triumph – and *of course* it had to be Arya striking the killing blow, incredible pay-off from her seemingly extraneous time in Essos learning to become a deadly assassin. The real cherry on top? A White Walker’s hair blowing softly in the breeze as Arya speeds past on her way to the kill.","*by Ben Travis*","## 2) Hold The Door (Season 6, ‘The Door’)","*Game Of Thrones* is, when you boil it down, a show about death. Much of it shocking. Some welcome. But only one death so far has really brought us to tears (unless you were upset about Sansa’s direwolf in the second episode). And that’s the heroic act of self-sacrifice committed by Hodor, aka Belfast house DJ Kristian Nairn, who pressed a door closed to hold off a horde of screeching, flesh-tearing wights, allowing the escape of Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright). Then they broke through and tore him apart, just as we learned the origin of his strange name (“Hold the door!”) and the true tragedy of his destiny.","It was as tough to shoot as it was to watch, taking place over a week which involved exterior night shoots at Magheramorne Quarry, near Belfast. “It’s brutal, exposed to the elements,” says Hempstead-Wright. “I can’t complain, I was lying down. But it was tough for Kristian.” Not only due to the harsh physical conditions. The final day was Nairn’s 40th birthday, and also his last-ever day of principal photography.","“It was emotional, man,” Nairn tells us. “Intensely emotional. It just felt very final, to be leaving this huge production having been very close to Isaac for so many years. He obviously feels like a little brother. Knowing that you’re always gonna be in touch with these people, but you’re not going to see them every day now, it was a tough scene to do.”","*Empire* asks if he kept a souvenir from the day. “PTSD,” he jokes. “No, I actually took a tiny piece of one of the broken doors. We had many doors, which were made out of balsa wood, and a tiny piece of one came off in my hand. I thought, ‘You know what? I’m gonna keep it.’” So even now, in a sense, Hodor is still holding that door.","*by Dan Jolin*","## 1) ’Til Death Do Us Part (Season 3, ‘The Rains Of Castamere’)","When David Nutter received his invitation to the Red Wedding, he had no idea what horrors lay in store. It was 2012, and the director was in the wilds of Iceland, shooting Jon Snow scenes for Season 2. Then co-showrunner D.B. Weiss took him to dinner in Reykjavík and, over a three-hour tasting menu, asked him if he would put together the penultimate episode of Season 3. “I had no idea what that really entailed,” admits Nutter, who hadn’t read the books and so was unaware of the significance of the sequence he was being entrusted with. “The closer I got to it, the more I realised how important it was. There was tons of pressure.”","The Red Wedding, of course, is an event so grim and gory that it makes the ending of Macbeth look like a lark. Two members of Game Of Thrones’ hero family, the Starks, are brutally murdered, in an ambush orchestrated by the treacherous Walder Frey. It’s almost unbearable on the page, so much so that George R.R. Martin skipped forward and finished writing the rest of the book it appears in (A Storm Of Swords) before going back to tackle it. Yet Weiss and David Benioff ratcheted up the anguish even more, with the addition of Robb Stark’s pregnant fiancée, Talisa (Oona Chaplin), being stabbed in the belly and Catelyn Stark being made to watch as her son dies. And before any of that goes down, there’s epic misdirection. “I wanted to create a sense of, ‘Ah, it’s so nice and sweet,’ to get the audience to let their guard down,” says Nutter, the misdirector. “Once you’ve done that, then you can shock the hell out of them.”","On the Belfast set, over the three days it took to film the slaughter, there was plenty of emotion too. “I remember when Robb crawls over to Talisa and is cradling her in his arms, seeing her life pass away, I was crouched down, whispering quite intimately to [Richard Madden](https://www.empireonline.com/people/richard-madden/) about relationships and love and all that kind of stuff,” Nutter says. “And I turned around and three or four of the make-up ladies had lost it. They were sobbing. It was that kind of situation for everyone.”","[Michelle Fairley](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michelle-fairley/) (Catelyn), whose primal scream of despair was the final thing to be shot, was left so traumatised that she went into seclusion for a week following the shoot, refusing to talk about the episode. But when it aired in June 2013, the rest of the world couldn’t stop talking about it. YouTube became filled with reaction videos of viewers melting down as they watched the last 15 minutes. Fans talked in forums about needing therapy to get over the carnage. And Rosie O’Donnell spoke for all of us when she tweeted, “HOLY SHIT BOPPERS!!!!!”","“When you’re directing television you rarely get that immediate response from people,” says Nutter. “So when I started to see all of that happening, I felt very good about how it all came out. 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Beating *Ghostbusters*, *Gremlins* and *Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom* at the US box office, *Beverly Hills Cop* became a surprise phenomenon, transforming Eddie Murphy from a big star to an enormous one, while inspiring all manner of cop-comedy rip-offs. Even more incredibly, Murphy wasn’t meant to be in it at all — he was cast only at the last moment, when Sylvester Stallone dropped out over script issues. In this excerpt from *Empire* writer Nick de Semlyen’s new book *Wild And Crazy Guys: How The Comedy Mavericks Of The ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever*, the unlikely success story of *Beverly Hills Cop* plays out.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04b7","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdedd37133d503e3a49ec44","fileName":"wild-and-crazy-crop.jpg","name":"wild-and-crazy-crop.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Wild And Crazy Guys"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"New sets and costumes were hurriedly assembled. New York–born director Martin Brest, himself skittish about directing a big action movie for the first time, got to work with Murphy and writer Dan Petrie, figuring out the whys and wherefores of the lead character, now at last called Axel Foley. Rather than the buffed-up, hardboiled guy he had become in recent drafts, they turned Axel into a scruffy wiseass, always flying by the seat of his pants. “We wanted Eddie to look like a kid,” said producer Don Simpson. Though a law-enforcement officer, Foley was to be an underdog perpetually snapping at the heels of his affluent enemies. And despite the fact the script had been written with white stars in mind, Murphy’s skin color only sharpened the him-against-them dynamic.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Murphy himself rejected the initial outfit that Brest, Simpson, and Jerry Bruckheimer picked out: it was, he told them, “too slick”. Instead, he opted for a pair of squeaky sneakers, a faded T-shirt marked MUMFORD PHYS. ED DEPT., and a shabby sweatshirt; the garments would match the character’s car, a blue Chevy Nova that was dented and covered in rust. “Everything he had was the cheapest, most lowdown possible,” said Brest. “The only thing he had going for himself was his wits.” Rather than keeping his gun in a holster, Axel would tuck it into his jeans — something Brest saw being done by real detective Gilbert Hill (whom he’d cast in the film as Foley’s foulmouthed superior, Inspector Todd) during a research recce to a Detroit cop shop.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"In spring 1983, production began, with final changes to the script completed that very morning. Murphy’s first scene was a tense exchange about hijacked cigarettes in the back of a truck, with dialogue inspired by a Harvey Keitel – Robert De Niro interaction in *Mean Streets*. Brest’s nerves quickly melted away as he realized Murphy was capable of fizzing up even the most generic of lines. “Every time, he came up with something that knocked me to the floor,” he said. “He’s a director’s dream. He magnifies every bit of work you do by a thousandfold.” The director kept a VHS tape of *48 Hrs.* on hand on-set, so he could watch snippets of it for inspiration. But his star consistently delivered footage funnier than he’d imagined. One day Murphy, who never touched coffee, drank a strong cappuccino before improvising a monologue. The resulting caffeine-fueled riffs made Brest laugh so much he had to retreat to a nearby room and listen through headphones, covering himself with blankets to soundproof his giggles.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04b8","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdedd37133d503e3a49ec44","fileName":"bhc-3.jpg","name":"bhc-3.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Beverly Hills Cop"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Foley and Murphy were a perfect fit: both were imbued with super-human chutzpah, waltzing through Hollywood, listening to no-one, making jokes out of everyone. “Of all the characters I’ve played, Axel is the most like me,” the star acknowledged. “He walks like me, he talks like me, he reacts to situations the same way that I do.” Backed up by the Laurel and Hardy double-act of John Ashton and Judge Reinhold, as well-meaning but dozy cops Taggart and Rosewood, he made the most out of every gag he got. Not least a memorable bit of business with a banana (replacing the original script’s potato), which Foley stuffs up the tailpipe of a pursuing villain’s car. Like *Trading Places*, *Beverly Hills Cop* was ultimately a movie about class, the blue-collar hero cutting a path through a procession of straight men, from a snooty maître d’ to dead-eyed, art-gallery-dwelling villain Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"When rough footage was screened to a test audience, it elicited such rapturous reactions that Murphy, sitting at the back with Brest, exclaimed, “It’s hot!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"pullQuotes"},{"content":"What was new for Murphy was the action. On *48 Hrs.*, he’d been content to wave a gun around and channel Bruce Lee, but here he got to do some bona de stunts, albeit not the steroidal ones Stallone had had in mind. The movie’s opening sequence, in which Foley battles henchmen in the back of a speeding truck, was shot in downtown L.A., with the vehicles running through red lights as a police escort led the way. It was the most dangerous day of shooting Brest had ever been involved in; he sat in a pursuing car, gripping a megaphone with a white-knuckled hand, bellowing at Murphy before each turn so he could hold on tighter. The climactic shootout, meanwhile, was filmed at a stately mansion once owned by gangster Bugsy Siegel.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Murphy arrived each morning in a stretch limousine, filled with friends and hangers-on. It was his first time shooting a movie in California and he partied nonstop, paying frequent visits to a discotheque called Carlos ’n Charlie’s and on one occasion getting into a fight there that ended up as a wrestling match on the dancefloor. But despite the late nights, his co-stars were impressed by his focus. Berkoff marvelled, “He is the perfect Brechtian. He stands outside his character and works it like a puppeteer… When you do a scene with Murphy, he really listens to you, like he’s studying you… as if he was absorbing you, sucking your molecules.” Berkoff was even more impressed when the comedian caught him studying the stretch limo one afternoon, then let him have it for his journey back to his hotel.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Long before the picture wrapped, it had become evident that *Beverly Hills Cop* would not be another *Best Defense*. When rough footage was screened to a test audience, it elicited such rapturous reactions that Murphy, sitting at the back with Brest, exclaimed, “It’s hot!” And that was before the ludicrously catchy theme tune, a synth number recorded by Harold Faltermeyer on a Roland JX-3P and Yamaha DX-7, had even been added. So confident were Paramount that they decided to open it on Wednesday, 5 December, rather than the planned Friday, December 7, and wider than usual. They also front-loaded their advertising campaign, splashing out $5 million pre-release rather than the standard $3 million.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04b9","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdedd37133d503e3a49ec44","fileName":"bhc-2.jpg","name":"bhc-2.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Beverly Hills Cop"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"The result was delirium for the studio and calamity for their rivals. “This is the year the Grinch stole Christmas,” lamented 20th Century Fox’s president of distribution, Tom Sherak, as he watched *Beverly Hills Cop* stick bananas up the tailpipes of its expensive competitors, the likes of the Clint Eastwood–Burt Reynolds team-up *City Heat*, the sci-fi epic *Dune*, and the well-reviewed *Starman*. A staggering one in three ticket buyers was opting to see the comedy; half of those polled coming out of it said they wanted to see it again. It became the first Eddie Murphy film to do gangbusters not just in cities, but in America’s heartland and across the globe. Having cost just $15 million, its receipts soared up and up and up, eventually surpassing $316 million worldwide, about $20 million more than *Ghostbusters* had made.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Unlike that film, it had zero in the way of visual effects. Unless you counted Eddie Murphy’s grin, a huge, infectious thing the Washington Post described as a “Studebaker-grille smile.” It helped make *Beverly Hills Cop* that rarest of things: a fun movie about a cop. “In most films the cop wakes up alone in a shitty apartment, has a cup of horrible coffee, then gets served divorce papers by his wife,” says Petrie. “But in this one you can see the enjoyment pouring out of Eddie all the time. Even though he’s at odds with all the people around him, he charms them all.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"That charm wafted off the screen like a love spell, intoxicating all who took a sniff. “Everybody seems to love it. Old folks, young folks, men, women. I imagine that even cops in Beverly Hills love it,” wrote newspaper columnist DL Stewart. “When it first came out, friends used to call me in the middle of the night to urge me to go and see it. Strangers stopped me on the street to tell me how great it is.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Fans kept going back and back and back. “Me and my friend Fred Barton, we saw *Beverly Hills Cop* three times the first day it came out,” says Chris Rock, who would make his movie debut in the sequel. “We just wouldn’t leave. Doing a movie twice was normal. We did 48 Hrs. twice, we did *Trading Places* twice, but this one we did three times. It was like, ‘Whoa!’”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04ba","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdedd37133d503e3a49ec44","fileName":"bhc-4.jpg","name":"bhc-4.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Beverly Hills Cop"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Faltermeyer’s theme became a number-three hit on the Billboard chart. Even Axel Foley’s shabby sweatshirt became must-buy merchandise. Samuel C. Mumford High School, picked as the source of Foley’s signature garment because producer Bruckheimer was a graduate, got a flood of phone calls, asking where the sweatshirt could be bought. The school eventually commissioned Kansas company Artex Manufacturing to make up 24,000, sold for $10 a pop.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The promotional tour was intense; for the first time Murphy was the sole front man, deployed not just to *Saturday Night Live* but all over the country. The day after the movie opened, he drove alone to the shopping mall in his hometown of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, utterly exhausted. Instead of exiting the car, an unremarkable older model instead of the Porsche or the Jaguar, he turned around so his face was pressed against the seat, and took a nap. He was woken by the sound of a group of people walking past the vehicle, yelling, “Bum!” and “Get a job!” He stayed there facedown, just listening.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Two days later, he returned to the same mall. This time, people in the parking lot, immediately recognising him, greeted him with high-fives and shouts of “Hey, brother!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“Both days,” Murphy reflected of the dissonant experiences, “were really cold for me.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04bb","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdedd37133d503e3a49ec44","fileName":"wild-and-crazy-guys.jpg","name":"wild-and-crazy-guys.jpg","width":"1080","height":"1080","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Wild And Crazy Guys"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*Wild And Crazy Guys is out on 6 June as hardback, e-book and audiobook.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118c2aa91b155aa79c04b6","altText":"Beverly Hills Cop","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"bhc.jpg","name":"bhc.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdedd37133d503e3a49ec44","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["It seems incredible, but 35 years ago the biggest box-office hit of the year featured no special effects or world-threatening stakes — just a mouthy police officer with cheap sneakers and a crappy car. Beating *Ghostbusters*, *Gremlins* and *Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom* at the US box office, *Beverly Hills Cop* became a surprise phenomenon, transforming Eddie Murphy from a big star to an enormous one, while inspiring all manner of cop-comedy rip-offs. Even more incredibly, Murphy wasn’t meant to be in it at all — he was cast only at the last moment, when Sylvester Stallone dropped out over script issues. In this excerpt from *Empire* writer Nick de Semlyen’s new book *Wild And Crazy Guys: How The Comedy Mavericks Of The ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever*, the unlikely success story of *Beverly Hills Cop* plays out.","New sets and costumes were hurriedly assembled. New York–born director Martin Brest, himself skittish about directing a big action movie for the first time, got to work with Murphy and writer Dan Petrie, figuring out the whys and wherefores of the lead character, now at last called Axel Foley. Rather than the buffed-up, hardboiled guy he had become in recent drafts, they turned Axel into a scruffy wiseass, always flying by the seat of his pants. “We wanted Eddie to look like a kid,” said producer Don Simpson. Though a law-enforcement officer, Foley was to be an underdog perpetually snapping at the heels of his affluent enemies. And despite the fact the script had been written with white stars in mind, Murphy’s skin color only sharpened the him-against-them dynamic.","Murphy himself rejected the initial outfit that Brest, Simpson, and Jerry Bruckheimer picked out: it was, he told them, “too slick”. Instead, he opted for a pair of squeaky sneakers, a faded T-shirt marked MUMFORD PHYS. ED DEPT., and a shabby sweatshirt; the garments would match the character’s car, a blue Chevy Nova that was dented and covered in rust. “Everything he had was the cheapest, most lowdown possible,” said Brest. “The only thing he had going for himself was his wits.” Rather than keeping his gun in a holster, Axel would tuck it into his jeans — something Brest saw being done by real detective Gilbert Hill (whom he’d cast in the film as Foley’s foulmouthed superior, Inspector Todd) during a research recce to a Detroit cop shop.","In spring 1983, production began, with final changes to the script completed that very morning. Murphy’s first scene was a tense exchange about hijacked cigarettes in the back of a truck, with dialogue inspired by a Harvey Keitel – Robert De Niro interaction in *Mean Streets*. Brest’s nerves quickly melted away as he realized Murphy was capable of fizzing up even the most generic of lines. “Every time, he came up with something that knocked me to the floor,” he said. “He’s a director’s dream. He magnifies every bit of work you do by a thousandfold.” The director kept a VHS tape of *48 Hrs.* on hand on-set, so he could watch snippets of it for inspiration. But his star consistently delivered footage funnier than he’d imagined. One day Murphy, who never touched coffee, drank a strong cappuccino before improvising a monologue. The resulting caffeine-fueled riffs made Brest laugh so much he had to retreat to a nearby room and listen through headphones, covering himself with blankets to soundproof his giggles.","Foley and Murphy were a perfect fit: both were imbued with super-human chutzpah, waltzing through Hollywood, listening to no-one, making jokes out of everyone. “Of all the characters I’ve played, Axel is the most like me,” the star acknowledged. “He walks like me, he talks like me, he reacts to situations the same way that I do.” Backed up by the Laurel and Hardy double-act of John Ashton and Judge Reinhold, as well-meaning but dozy cops Taggart and Rosewood, he made the most out of every gag he got. Not least a memorable bit of business with a banana (replacing the original script’s potato), which Foley stuffs up the tailpipe of a pursuing villain’s car. Like *Trading Places*, *Beverly Hills Cop* was ultimately a movie about class, the blue-collar hero cutting a path through a procession of straight men, from a snooty maître d’ to dead-eyed, art-gallery-dwelling villain Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff).","What was new for Murphy was the action. On *48 Hrs.*, he’d been content to wave a gun around and channel Bruce Lee, but here he got to do some bona de stunts, albeit not the steroidal ones Stallone had had in mind. The movie’s opening sequence, in which Foley battles henchmen in the back of a speeding truck, was shot in downtown L.A., with the vehicles running through red lights as a police escort led the way. It was the most dangerous day of shooting Brest had ever been involved in; he sat in a pursuing car, gripping a megaphone with a white-knuckled hand, bellowing at Murphy before each turn so he could hold on tighter. The climactic shootout, meanwhile, was filmed at a stately mansion once owned by gangster Bugsy Siegel.","Murphy arrived each morning in a stretch limousine, filled with friends and hangers-on. It was his first time shooting a movie in California and he partied nonstop, paying frequent visits to a discotheque called Carlos ’n Charlie’s and on one occasion getting into a fight there that ended up as a wrestling match on the dancefloor. But despite the late nights, his co-stars were impressed by his focus. Berkoff marvelled, “He is the perfect Brechtian. He stands outside his character and works it like a puppeteer… When you do a scene with Murphy, he really listens to you, like he’s studying you… as if he was absorbing you, sucking your molecules.” Berkoff was even more impressed when the comedian caught him studying the stretch limo one afternoon, then let him have it for his journey back to his hotel.","Long before the picture wrapped, it had become evident that *Beverly Hills Cop* would not be another *Best Defense*. When rough footage was screened to a test audience, it elicited such rapturous reactions that Murphy, sitting at the back with Brest, exclaimed, “It’s hot!” And that was before the ludicrously catchy theme tune, a synth number recorded by Harold Faltermeyer on a Roland JX-3P and Yamaha DX-7, had even been added. So confident were Paramount that they decided to open it on Wednesday, 5 December, rather than the planned Friday, December 7, and wider than usual. They also front-loaded their advertising campaign, splashing out $5 million pre-release rather than the standard $3 million.","The result was delirium for the studio and calamity for their rivals. “This is the year the Grinch stole Christmas,” lamented 20th Century Fox’s president of distribution, Tom Sherak, as he watched *Beverly Hills Cop* stick bananas up the tailpipes of its expensive competitors, the likes of the Clint Eastwood–Burt Reynolds team-up *City Heat*, the sci-fi epic *Dune*, and the well-reviewed *Starman*. A staggering one in three ticket buyers was opting to see the comedy; half of those polled coming out of it said they wanted to see it again. It became the first Eddie Murphy film to do gangbusters not just in cities, but in America’s heartland and across the globe. Having cost just $15 million, its receipts soared up and up and up, eventually surpassing $316 million worldwide, about $20 million more than *Ghostbusters* had made.","Unlike that film, it had zero in the way of visual effects. Unless you counted Eddie Murphy’s grin, a huge, infectious thing the Washington Post described as a “Studebaker-grille smile.” It helped make *Beverly Hills Cop* that rarest of things: a fun movie about a cop. “In most films the cop wakes up alone in a shitty apartment, has a cup of horrible coffee, then gets served divorce papers by his wife,” says Petrie. “But in this one you can see the enjoyment pouring out of Eddie all the time. Even though he’s at odds with all the people around him, he charms them all.”","That charm wafted off the screen like a love spell, intoxicating all who took a sniff. “Everybody seems to love it. Old folks, young folks, men, women. I imagine that even cops in Beverly Hills love it,” wrote newspaper columnist DL Stewart. “When it first came out, friends used to call me in the middle of the night to urge me to go and see it. Strangers stopped me on the street to tell me how great it is.”","Fans kept going back and back and back. “Me and my friend Fred Barton, we saw *Beverly Hills Cop* three times the first day it came out,” says Chris Rock, who would make his movie debut in the sequel. “We just wouldn’t leave. Doing a movie twice was normal. We did 48 Hrs. twice, we did *Trading Places* twice, but this one we did three times. It was like, ‘Whoa!’”","Faltermeyer’s theme became a number-three hit on the Billboard chart. Even Axel Foley’s shabby sweatshirt became must-buy merchandise. Samuel C. Mumford High School, picked as the source of Foley’s signature garment because producer Bruckheimer was a graduate, got a flood of phone calls, asking where the sweatshirt could be bought. The school eventually commissioned Kansas company Artex Manufacturing to make up 24,000, sold for $10 a pop.","The promotional tour was intense; for the first time Murphy was the sole front man, deployed not just to *Saturday Night Live* but all over the country. The day after the movie opened, he drove alone to the shopping mall in his hometown of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, utterly exhausted. Instead of exiting the car, an unremarkable older model instead of the Porsche or the Jaguar, he turned around so his face was pressed against the seat, and took a nap. He was woken by the sound of a group of people walking past the vehicle, yelling, “Bum!” and “Get a job!” He stayed there facedown, just listening.","Two days later, he returned to the same mall. 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Can’t afford to be afraid of our own people anymore, man.* I was 19 years old when I watched [John Singleton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/john-singleton/)’s *[Boyz N The Hood](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/boyz-n-hood/review/)*. [Laurence Fishburne](https://www.empireonline.com/people/laurence-fishburne/) played one of the most iconic characters in black cinema, Furious Styles. A father in South Central Los Angeles who was all too familiar with the destructive effect of crime on young boys’ lives, Styles instilled values of compassion and respect in his son in order to raise a responsible young man. For those (like me) who had grown up without a father for most of their childhood, John Singleton raised an entire generation.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"John Singleton was only four years older than me, but had already become the first African-American filmmaker (and the youngest person ever) to be nominated for Best Director at the Oscars. At that time, [Spike Lee](https://www.empireonline.com/people/spike-lee/) was producing sensational, political, unapologetic arthouse films, unashamedly directed at an African-American audience.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c29a91b155aa79c04b2","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdeb667133d503e3a49e6be","fileName":"boyz-n-1.jpg","name":"boyz-n-1.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Boyz N The Hood"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*Boyz N The Hood* was accessible in a way that other films about the black experience weren’t. Usually, films of this nature were acclaimed for going against the grain, as a refreshing alternative to the mainstream. Singleton managed to offer a hugely popular piece that broke into the mainstream without conforming to its predictably suffocating demands. As [Ice Cube](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ice-cube/)’s ‘How To Survive In South Central’ played over the closing credits, it was obvious that Singleton knew how to reach a mass audience.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Singleton was creating a seminal Black Lives Matter moment.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"pullQuotes"},{"content":"The film was ground-breaking. Singleton was able to disseminate an unpopular but incredibly important message — that black communities were imprisoned by subtle yet pervasively oppressive networks. I can still feel my eyes widening as Tre (played by [Cuba Gooding Jr](https://www.empireonline.com/people/cuba-gooding-jr/)) gets ambushed and slammed up against a wall by a black policeman. Tears rolled down my cheek as I swallowed the reality of a society in which black people cannot trust themselves. *Why is it that there is a gun shop on almost every corner in this community? I’ll tell you why. For the same reason that there is a liquor store on almost every corner in the black community. Why? They want us to kill ourselves.* Although Furious Styles was talking, it was Singleton who was speaking. He was creating a seminal Black Lives Matter moment. I gave up trying to hide my anguish as I realised that everyone else was just as affected as me. Testament to the emancipatory potential of Singleton’s movies was the offended outcry. Some cinema chains removed the film from their schedules due to claims that it had sparked violence across the US. Yet this simply strengthened the message he was trying to spread: black communities are blamed for the very problems they are trying to expose.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c29a91b155aa79c04b3","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdeb667133d503e3a49e6be","fileName":"boyz-n-2.jpg","name":"boyz-n-2.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Boyz N The Hood"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Singleton challenged this distorted narrative. When he revived Shaft in 2000, he coloured a classic blaxploitation picture with hues of emancipation. [Samuel L. Jackson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/samuel-l-jackson/) played a cool, badass, 1970s icon, robustly resisting the dominant imagery of black people getting shot or stabbed. By the time Singleton directed *[2 Fast 2 Furious](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/2-fast-2-furious/review/)*, he had safely earned himself a place at the forefront, not just of black culture, but of popular culture. In fact, he had taken his seat well before the 2000s, directing Michael Jackson’s ‘Remember The Time’ in 1991. A different Jackson, Janet, starred alongside Tupac in 1993’s *[Poetic Justice](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/poetic-justice/review/)*. Tupac gave a staggeringly bittersweet performance that only Singleton could have extracted.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Then with *[Baby Boy](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/baby-boy/review/)* in 2001, Singleton came full circle to the same powerful motif that had kick-started his career, providing an exhibition into masculinity and social exclusion. There were films about race, fatherhood and crime before Singleton and there will be films after him. But Singleton told them through the eyes of those to whom the narrative belonged. He let us tell our own story. In doing so, John Singleton touched a nerve that still trembles inside me today. I only wish he was still around to listen to the reverberation.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c29a91b155aa79c04b4","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdeb667133d503e3a49e6be","fileName":"empire-summer-2019-newsstand-cover.jpg","name":"empire-summer-2019-newsstand-cover.jpg","width":"1080","height":"1080","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Empire - Summer 2019 spider-man far from home newsstand cover"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*Empire's summer 2019 issue is on sale now. [Order a copy online here](https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/empire-summer-2019?utm_source=dynamic&utm_medium=bws&utm_content=summer19&utm_campaign=empire_singles){:rel=nofollow}.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118c29a91b155aa79c04b1","altText":"John Singleton","caption":"","credits":"Getty","image":{"fileName":"john-singleton-getty.jpg","name":"john-singleton-getty.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdeb667133d503e3a49e6be","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["**In Empire's summer 2019 issue, David Lammy, Member of Parliament for Tottenham, shares a personal remembrance of director John Singleton, who died in April.**","*Rick, it’s the ’90s. Can’t afford to be afraid of our own people anymore, man.* I was 19 years old when I watched [John Singleton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/john-singleton/)’s *[Boyz N The Hood](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/boyz-n-hood/review/)*. [Laurence Fishburne](https://www.empireonline.com/people/laurence-fishburne/) played one of the most iconic characters in black cinema, Furious Styles. A father in South Central Los Angeles who was all too familiar with the destructive effect of crime on young boys’ lives, Styles instilled values of compassion and respect in his son in order to raise a responsible young man. For those (like me) who had grown up without a father for most of their childhood, John Singleton raised an entire generation.","John Singleton was only four years older than me, but had already become the first African-American filmmaker (and the youngest person ever) to be nominated for Best Director at the Oscars. At that time, [Spike Lee](https://www.empireonline.com/people/spike-lee/) was producing sensational, political, unapologetic arthouse films, unashamedly directed at an African-American audience.","*Boyz N The Hood* was accessible in a way that other films about the black experience weren’t. Usually, films of this nature were acclaimed for going against the grain, as a refreshing alternative to the mainstream. Singleton managed to offer a hugely popular piece that broke into the mainstream without conforming to its predictably suffocating demands. As [Ice Cube](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ice-cube/)’s ‘How To Survive In South Central’ played over the closing credits, it was obvious that Singleton knew how to reach a mass audience.","The film was ground-breaking. Singleton was able to disseminate an unpopular but incredibly important message — that black communities were imprisoned by subtle yet pervasively oppressive networks. I can still feel my eyes widening as Tre (played by [Cuba Gooding Jr](https://www.empireonline.com/people/cuba-gooding-jr/)) gets ambushed and slammed up against a wall by a black policeman. Tears rolled down my cheek as I swallowed the reality of a society in which black people cannot trust themselves. *Why is it that there is a gun shop on almost every corner in this community? I’ll tell you why. For the same reason that there is a liquor store on almost every corner in the black community. Why? They want us to kill ourselves.* Although Furious Styles was talking, it was Singleton who was speaking. He was creating a seminal Black Lives Matter moment. I gave up trying to hide my anguish as I realised that everyone else was just as affected as me. Testament to the emancipatory potential of Singleton’s movies was the offended outcry. Some cinema chains removed the film from their schedules due to claims that it had sparked violence across the US. Yet this simply strengthened the message he was trying to spread: black communities are blamed for the very problems they are trying to expose.","Singleton challenged this distorted narrative. When he revived Shaft in 2000, he coloured a classic blaxploitation picture with hues of emancipation. [Samuel L. Jackson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/samuel-l-jackson/) played a cool, badass, 1970s icon, robustly resisting the dominant imagery of black people getting shot or stabbed. By the time Singleton directed *[2 Fast 2 Furious](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/2-fast-2-furious/review/)*, he had safely earned himself a place at the forefront, not just of black culture, but of popular culture. In fact, he had taken his seat well before the 2000s, directing Michael Jackson’s ‘Remember The Time’ in 1991. A different Jackson, Janet, starred alongside Tupac in 1993’s *[Poetic Justice](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/poetic-justice/review/)*. Tupac gave a staggeringly bittersweet performance that only Singleton could have extracted.","Then with *[Baby Boy](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/baby-boy/review/)* in 2001, Singleton came full circle to the same powerful motif that had kick-started his career, providing an exhibition into masculinity and social exclusion. There were films about race, fatherhood and crime before Singleton and there will be films after him. But Singleton told them through the eyes of those to whom the narrative belonged. He let us tell our own story. In doing so, John Singleton touched a nerve that still trembles inside me today. I only wish he was still around to listen to the reverberation.","*Empire's summer 2019 issue is on sale now. [Order a copy online here](https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/empire-summer-2019?utm_source=dynamic&utm_medium=bws&utm_content=summer19&utm_campaign=empire_singles){:rel=nofollow}.*"],"embeds":[],"images":[{"id":"5d118c29a91b155aa79c04b2","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdeb667133d503e3a49e6be","fileName":"boyz-n-1.jpg","name":"boyz-n-1.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Boyz N The Hood"},{"id":"5d118c29a91b155aa79c04b3","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdeb667133d503e3a49e6be","fileName":"boyz-n-2.jpg","name":"boyz-n-2.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Boyz N The Hood"},{"id":"5d118c29a91b155aa79c04b4","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdeb667133d503e3a49e6be","fileName":"empire-summer-2019-newsstand-cover.jpg","name":"empire-summer-2019-newsstand-cover.jpg","width":"1080","height":"1080","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Empire - Summer 2019 spider-man far from home newsstand cover"}],"imageGalleries":[],"pullQuotes":["Singleton was creating a seminal Black Lives Matter moment."],"publicationDate":1558091100000,"author":{"id":"5a0ecfd9d7aa8e33ecab37c3","fullname":"Willow Green"},"author_custom":"David Lammy","people":[{"id":"5d1112e8a91b155aa7993538","furl":"john-singleton","name":"John Singleton","heroImage":[{"id":"5d1112e8a91b155aa7993535","altText":"John Singleton","caption":"John Singleton","credits":"TMDB","image":{"fileName":"xmVaXjAAywPh7HIrYjLVsjfKPrV.jpg","name":"xmVaXjAAywPh7HIrYjLVsjfKPrV.jpg","width":480,"height":720,"mimeType":"image/jpeg","path":"one/empire-tmdb/people/6482/profiles"}}],"composed":{"heroImage":["5d1112e8a91b155aa7993535"]}}],"film":[{"id":"5d1114f3a91b155aa79a3bf8","furl":"boyz-n-hood","title":"Boyz N The Hood","website":null,"heroImage":[{"id":"5d1114f3a91b155aa79a3bf7","altText":"Boyz N The Hood","caption":"Boyz N The Hood","credits":"TMDB","image":{"fileName":"oJ6l7ZIlN6NZKYkhNvKb5cF3onw.jpg","name":"oJ6l7ZIlN6NZKYkhNvKb5cF3onw.jpg","width":1280,"height":720,"mimeType":"image/jpeg","path":"one/empire-tmdb/films/650/images"}}],"composed":{"heroImage":["5d1114f3a91b155aa79a3bf7"]}}],"apiVersion":"1.0","createdAt":1558099559048,"createdBy":"testClient","v":1,"primaryPublication":{"id":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","preview":null,"name":"Empire","urlSlugHide":true,"furl":"empire","stationCode":"","language":"en","googleAnalyticsId":"","fbiaAudienceNetworkPlacement1":"","hostname":{"id":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5","primary":"https://www.empireonline.com"},"composed":{"hostname":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5"}},"urls":["empire/movies/features/john-singleton-remembered-david-lammy-mp-raised-entire-generation/"],"composed":{"author":"5a0ecfd9d7aa8e33ecab37c3","imageGalleries":[],"heroImage":["5d118c29a91b155aa79c04b1"],"categories":["5d111266a91b155aa798c909"],"images":["5d118c29a91b155aa79c04b2","5d118c29a91b155aa79c04b3","5d118c29a91b155aa79c04b4"],"people":["5d1112e8a91b155aa7993538"],"primaryPublication":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","film":["5d1114f3a91b155aa79a3bf8"],"publications":["5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74"]}},{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c048b","title":"Game Of Thrones: Looking Back At The Show","subtitle":"","furl":"game-thrones-looking-back-show","publications":[{"id":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","amp":null,"preview":null,"name":"Empire","urlSlugHide":true,"furl":"empire","stationCode":"","language":"en","hostname":{"id":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5","primary":"https://www.empireonline.com"},"composed":{"hostname":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5"}}],"primarySyndicatePosition":0,"urlOverride":"game-thrones-looking-back-show","categories":[{"id":"5d111266a91b155aa798c909","name":"Features","furl":"features","parent":{"id":"5d111266a91b155aa798c903","name":"Movies","furl":"movies"},"composed":{"parent":"5d111266a91b155aa798c903"}}],"pageTemplate":"feature","published":{"state":"published","scheduledEnd":null,"wasPublished":true},"target":"international","isLegacy":true,"legacy":{"id":"5cdda9ff133d503e3a49dd2d","collection":"features","publication":"empire","furl":"game-thrones-looking-back-show","url":"movies/features/game-thrones-looking-back-show/","cms":"http://bantam.empireonline.com/edit.php?c=features.content&_id=5cdda9ff133d503e3a49dd2d","urlHistory":[],"createdAt":1558030847261},"toplistFeature":false,"hiddenArticle":false,"excerpt":"It was a daunting task. Taking George RR Martin's fantasy books, which gave...","metaTitle":"","metaDescription":"Empire's retrospective look at the series. 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Taking George RR Martin's fantasy books, which gave new meaning to the word \"sprawling\" and translate that to the screen. And it was such a task that the first attempt – the initial pilot at least – was overhauled after a group of executive producers David Benioff and DB Weiss' friends and colleagues told them it was nearly unwatchable and needed major work to salvage it.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Yet salvage it they did – as one of the resulting series most popular lines runs, \"when you play the game of thrones, you either win or you die\" – and in the years to follow, created one of the most groundbreaking and popular shows on television, a sensation that launched a thousand memes, adapted endlessly quotable dialogue from the books (and came up with some of its own) and rounded up a talented international cast to bring the various characters to life. In an era when the sheer overwhelming choice of channels and shows means that there are so few pop cultural events these days, with episodes dissected and discussed the following day and endlessly online, that *Game Of Thrones* stood out, igniting more hot takes than soldiers have been run through with swords. Fantasy is a particularly tricky genre to bring to screens, and risks looking ridiculous if handled incorrectly, but with hefty budgets lavished by HBO and a skilled team of craftspeople behind the scenes, the show always looked glorious, shooting in locations around the world to bring the various kingdoms to life. As with Peter Jackson and his *Lord Of The Rings* adaptations, *Thrones* seems likely to stand as a standard by which other series that follow will be judged. It conjured dragons and castles, battles and sweeping vistas, deserts and forests. Fans have named pets and children after favourite characters, and the weight of merchandise could bow the back of a dragon.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Politicking and backstabbing, cunning vs courage, the medieval-style world of Westeros brought its own humanity to fantasy, exploring choices and consequences all with a liberal sprinkling of swordplay and sass, blood and breastplates and, yes, a lot of nudity. Early in the series it was deservedly accused of giving in to the worst impulses of the more relaxed restrictions granted to pay-cable TV, with scene after scene of naked people (more usually women) cavorting around while plot points were discussed. \"Sexposition\" may not have been the show's finest hours, and indeed there were various stumbles still to come as it grew and developed. There's also room for criticism in how it handled some characters, and that in an era in which diversity is more than an easy buzzword, it rarely called upon the talents of women behind the camera or in the writers' room. On screen, the players were largely white, almost everyone else savages, slaves, or hanging around shots as human decoration.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Still, when *Game Of Thrones* worked, it *really* worked. Indelible moments included the shocking death (to show watchers who had never cracked the books, at least) of Sean Bean's Ned Stark, introduced as a main character before being offed in episode nine of the first season in a twist that would make Hitchcock chuckle. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), seemingly destined to be yet another of the story's abused, overlooked women, was revealed to be a stealth MVP, walking into a funeral pyre and emerging unscathed from the flames with a group of baby dragons, creatures that would continue the story's legacy of incredible magical power being used for both good and evil. The Red Wedding dropped jaws with its brutal slaying of Robb (Richard Madden) and his mother Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley). We learned of the great supernatural threat lurking to the north (with the constant refrain that \"Winter is coming\"), as the undead, spectral White Walkers and wights, led by the Night King stomped towards the lands of the living, turning fallen foes into frosty soldiers.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c0489","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdda9ff133d503e3a49dd2d","fileName":"GOT-red-wedding.jpg","name":"GOT-red-wedding.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones retrospective"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Scheming families seized power and plotted to keep it, religious fanatics spread their beliefs and punished those who stood against them – even Lena Headey's calculating Cersei, who soon found a way to strike back. We followed charismatic heroes, villains and those in between, including Peter Dinklage's quick-witted Tyrion, a man who loved wine and women almost as much as he cherished being right. Everyone was flawed, including those who let their nobility and honour blind them to how the world really worked. Jon Snow (Kit Harington), burdened with a blend of both high and low status, and a destiny that promises death and doom, but ultimately... Well, as we write this, the finale hasn't aired, and that has yet to be seen.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"With so many stories to service, not everything worked. The time we spent in Dorne never quite coalesced into a useful plotline, and as the producers and writers saw their progress through the narrative overtake Martin's, the resulting departures led to cracks here and there, the final couple of seasons taking on the feel of a student, bored with writing a long essay, hurriedly dashing through the final paragraphs to wrap things up. For a series that prided itself on weaving a complicated tale and letting storytelling simmer, it began to sacrifice character development and subtlety on the altar of plot, the final season marked by big set-pieces with little time in between for either us or the people involved. Even in that fast-paced run-up to the finale there was a chance for greatness, for moments such as Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) becoming a knight. For Tyrion and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) getting to share one last moment together as brothers, to say their goodbyes. For Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), one of the show's best examples of character work finding her humanity again and then using everything she's learned to take out one of the most dangerous threats to humanity in the show.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c048a","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdda9ff133d503e3a49dd2d","fileName":"GOT-battle-bastards.jpg","name":"GOT-battle-bastards.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones retrospective"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*Game Of Thrones* was never going to be a perfect series; nothing is, especially in a time when everyone wants something different out of it and there are those who are appalled by how it has diverged from the source material. The show even (just about) pulled off its trickiest challenge: wrapping up an insanely popular, hugely complicated television saga ([read our finale review here](https://www.empireonline.com/tv/game-thrones-season-8-episode-6-iron-throne/)) that outpaced its source material, generated endless debate and made household names of several cast members. Now *that's* a daunting task.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"heroImage":[{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c0487","altText":"Game Of Thrones retrospective","caption":"","credits":"","image":{"fileName":"GOT-dany-dragon.jpg","name":"GOT-dany-dragon.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdda9ff133d503e3a49dd2d","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}}],"content":["It was a daunting task. Taking George RR Martin's fantasy books, which gave new meaning to the word \"sprawling\" and translate that to the screen. And it was such a task that the first attempt – the initial pilot at least – was overhauled after a group of executive producers David Benioff and DB Weiss' friends and colleagues told them it was nearly unwatchable and needed major work to salvage it.","Yet salvage it they did – as one of the resulting series most popular lines runs, \"when you play the game of thrones, you either win or you die\" – and in the years to follow, created one of the most groundbreaking and popular shows on television, a sensation that launched a thousand memes, adapted endlessly quotable dialogue from the books (and came up with some of its own) and rounded up a talented international cast to bring the various characters to life. In an era when the sheer overwhelming choice of channels and shows means that there are so few pop cultural events these days, with episodes dissected and discussed the following day and endlessly online, that *Game Of Thrones* stood out, igniting more hot takes than soldiers have been run through with swords. Fantasy is a particularly tricky genre to bring to screens, and risks looking ridiculous if handled incorrectly, but with hefty budgets lavished by HBO and a skilled team of craftspeople behind the scenes, the show always looked glorious, shooting in locations around the world to bring the various kingdoms to life. As with Peter Jackson and his *Lord Of The Rings* adaptations, *Thrones* seems likely to stand as a standard by which other series that follow will be judged. It conjured dragons and castles, battles and sweeping vistas, deserts and forests. Fans have named pets and children after favourite characters, and the weight of merchandise could bow the back of a dragon.","Politicking and backstabbing, cunning vs courage, the medieval-style world of Westeros brought its own humanity to fantasy, exploring choices and consequences all with a liberal sprinkling of swordplay and sass, blood and breastplates and, yes, a lot of nudity. Early in the series it was deservedly accused of giving in to the worst impulses of the more relaxed restrictions granted to pay-cable TV, with scene after scene of naked people (more usually women) cavorting around while plot points were discussed. \"Sexposition\" may not have been the show's finest hours, and indeed there were various stumbles still to come as it grew and developed. There's also room for criticism in how it handled some characters, and that in an era in which diversity is more than an easy buzzword, it rarely called upon the talents of women behind the camera or in the writers' room. On screen, the players were largely white, almost everyone else savages, slaves, or hanging around shots as human decoration.","Still, when *Game Of Thrones* worked, it *really* worked. Indelible moments included the shocking death (to show watchers who had never cracked the books, at least) of Sean Bean's Ned Stark, introduced as a main character before being offed in episode nine of the first season in a twist that would make Hitchcock chuckle. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), seemingly destined to be yet another of the story's abused, overlooked women, was revealed to be a stealth MVP, walking into a funeral pyre and emerging unscathed from the flames with a group of baby dragons, creatures that would continue the story's legacy of incredible magical power being used for both good and evil. The Red Wedding dropped jaws with its brutal slaying of Robb (Richard Madden) and his mother Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley). We learned of the great supernatural threat lurking to the north (with the constant refrain that \"Winter is coming\"), as the undead, spectral White Walkers and wights, led by the Night King stomped towards the lands of the living, turning fallen foes into frosty soldiers.","Scheming families seized power and plotted to keep it, religious fanatics spread their beliefs and punished those who stood against them – even Lena Headey's calculating Cersei, who soon found a way to strike back. We followed charismatic heroes, villains and those in between, including Peter Dinklage's quick-witted Tyrion, a man who loved wine and women almost as much as he cherished being right. Everyone was flawed, including those who let their nobility and honour blind them to how the world really worked. Jon Snow (Kit Harington), burdened with a blend of both high and low status, and a destiny that promises death and doom, but ultimately... Well, as we write this, the finale hasn't aired, and that has yet to be seen.","With so many stories to service, not everything worked. The time we spent in Dorne never quite coalesced into a useful plotline, and as the producers and writers saw their progress through the narrative overtake Martin's, the resulting departures led to cracks here and there, the final couple of seasons taking on the feel of a student, bored with writing a long essay, hurriedly dashing through the final paragraphs to wrap things up. For a series that prided itself on weaving a complicated tale and letting storytelling simmer, it began to sacrifice character development and subtlety on the altar of plot, the final season marked by big set-pieces with little time in between for either us or the people involved. Even in that fast-paced run-up to the finale there was a chance for greatness, for moments such as Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) becoming a knight. For Tyrion and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) getting to share one last moment together as brothers, to say their goodbyes. For Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), one of the show's best examples of character work finding her humanity again and then using everything she's learned to take out one of the most dangerous threats to humanity in the show.","*Game Of Thrones* was never going to be a perfect series; nothing is, especially in a time when everyone wants something different out of it and there are those who are appalled by how it has diverged from the source material. The show even (just about) pulled off its trickiest challenge: wrapping up an insanely popular, hugely complicated television saga ([read our finale review here](https://www.empireonline.com/tv/game-thrones-season-8-episode-6-iron-throne/)) that outpaced its source material, generated endless debate and made household names of several cast members. Now *that's* a daunting task."],"embeds":[],"images":[{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c0488","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdda9ff133d503e3a49dd2d","fileName":"GOT-ned-stark.jpg","name":"GOT-ned-stark.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones retrospective"},{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c0489","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdda9ff133d503e3a49dd2d","fileName":"GOT-red-wedding.jpg","name":"GOT-red-wedding.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones retrospective"},{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c048a","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdda9ff133d503e3a49dd2d","fileName":"GOT-battle-bastards.jpg","name":"GOT-battle-bastards.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","altText":"Game Of Thrones retrospective"}],"imageGalleries":[],"pullQuotes":[],"publicationDate":1558030560000,"author":{"id":"5d11126da91b155aa798d046","fullname":"James White","furl":"james-white"},"apiVersion":"1.0","createdAt":1558030847261,"createdBy":"testClient","v":1,"primaryPublication":{"id":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","preview":null,"name":"Empire","urlSlugHide":true,"furl":"empire","stationCode":"","language":"en","googleAnalyticsId":"","fbiaAudienceNetworkPlacement1":"","hostname":{"id":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5","primary":"https://www.empireonline.com"},"composed":{"hostname":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5"}},"urls":["empire/movies/features/game-thrones-looking-back-show/"],"composed":{"author":"5d11126da91b155aa798d046","imageGalleries":[],"heroImage":["5d118c28a91b155aa79c0487"],"categories":["5d111266a91b155aa798c909"],"images":["5d118c28a91b155aa79c0488","5d118c28a91b155aa79c0489","5d118c28a91b155aa79c048a"],"primaryPublication":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","publications":["5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74"]}},{"id":"5d118c28a91b155aa79c0486","title":"Peter Jackson: Inside His Personal Memorabilia Vault","subtitle":"","furl":"peter-jackson-inside-personal-memorabilia-vault","publications":[{"id":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","amp":null,"preview":null,"name":"Empire","urlSlugHide":true,"furl":"empire","stationCode":"","language":"en","hostname":{"id":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5","primary":"https://www.empireonline.com"},"composed":{"hostname":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5"}}],"primarySyndicatePosition":0,"urlOverride":"peter-jackson-inside-personal-memorabilia-vault","categories":[{"id":"5d111266a91b155aa798c909","name":"Features","furl":"features","parent":{"id":"5d111266a91b155aa798c903","name":"Movies","furl":"movies"},"composed":{"parent":"5d111266a91b155aa798c903"}}],"pageTemplate":"feature","published":{"state":"published","scheduledEnd":null,"wasPublished":true},"target":"international","isLegacy":true,"legacy":{"id":"5cdbff2b133d503e3a49cf96","collection":"features","publication":"empire","furl":"peter-jackson-inside-personal-memorabilia-vault","url":"movies/features/peter-jackson-inside-personal-memorabilia-vault/","cms":"http://bantam.empireonline.com/edit.php?c=features.content&_id=5cdbff2b133d503e3a49cf96","urlHistory":[],"createdAt":1557921579978},"toplistFeature":false,"hiddenArticle":false,"excerpt":"Like many directors, Peter Jackson isn’t just a movie-maker. The man behind...","metaTitle":"","metaDescription":"Empire explores the filmmaker's personal movie prop collection.","sourceText":null,"sourceUrl":null,"_layout":[{"content":"Peter Jackson: Inside His Personal Memorabilia Vault","type":"title"},{"content":"","type":"subtitle"},{"content":{"id":"5d118c27a91b155aa79c0472","altText":"Peter Jackson portrait","caption":"","credits":"Dean Mackenzie","image":{"fileName":"peter-jackson.jpg","name":"peter-jackson.jpg","path":"one/empire-images/features/5cdbff2b133d503e3a49cf96","width":640,"height":480,"mimeType":"image/jpeg"}},"displayName":"Article Hero","free":true,"name":"hero","type":"heroImage"},{"content":"Like many directors, [Peter Jackson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/peter-jackson/) isn’t just a movie-maker. The man behind *[The Lord Of The Rings](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/lord-rings-fellowship-ring/review/)*, *[King Kong](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/king-kong/review/)*, and a whole bunch of splatty Kiwi horrors is a movie mega-fan, someone who grew up in thrall to the big screen and the adventures, terrors, and brand new worlds it conjured. And like the dragon Smaug, Jackson has his own stash of gold – a collection of some of Hollywood’s most prized items and artefacts, a personal vault filled with models, monsters, memorabilia, and more spanning decades of cinema.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"When *Empire* went to Wellington, New Zealand to celebrate the filmmaker for [Empire 30](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-30-adventurous-filmmakers-revealed/), we were granted access to his collection, getting up close and personal with the props, models, manuscripts and more that the director counts among his prized possessions. In the summer 2019 issue of *Empire* – on shelves from Thursday 16 May and available to [order online here](https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/empire-summer-2019?utm_source=dynamic&utm_medium=bws&utm_content=summer19&utm_campaign=empire_singles){:rel=nofollow} – you’ll find a guided tour by Jackson of his personal favourites. 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