TGIF. While you’re planning for the weekend ahead, we’ve rounded up the top movie and TV trailers that you might have missed during the week.
The X-Men universe teased an emotional trailer for Dark Phoenix, while Orion Pictures dropped an eerie new Child’s Play trailer. Plus, HBO debuted a sneak peek of what’s to come for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2. From DC Universe’s Swamp Thing to Netflix’s post-apocalyptic series The Rain, here are the top movies and TV shows to keep on your radar.
Chuckie, the famous killer doll, is back to terrorize everyone in Child’s Play. This film, which stars Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry, gives the creepy toy a horrifying Alexa-like upgrade. See it in theaters on June 21.
Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, and Marvel Entertainment teased another trailer for the upcoming superhero flick. This time, the clip showed all the important Marvel movie moments leading up to Avengers: Endgame, and how the group is going to seek the ultimate revenge against Thanos and get their friends back.
The Rain, a post-apocalyptic series about a deadly virus that spreads through rain, is coming back for a second season. Catch the second part of this sci-fi series on May 17.
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones gave fans an epic Season 8 premiere, and following the big day, HBO dropped a sneak peek trailer for Episode 2 of the show’s final season. Watch it on Sunday, April 21, at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.
Big Little Lies
The “Monterey Five” are back for Big Little Lies: Season 2. The suspenseful series, which stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley as moms who might be connected to a major crime, returns to HBO on June 9.
Jean Grey, one of X-Men’s most beloved characters, pursues her evil side in Dark Phoenix. The movie’s final trailer shows Grey, as she struggles with her own personal demons and an unstable amount of power. This film hits the big screen on June 7.
A24 explores a dangerous side of America in Skin, a movie about a man who decides to leave a white supremacist gang and change his life for the better. This gritty flick stars Jamie Bell as the leading character and will premiere in theaters on July 26.
DC Universe will release Swamp Thing, a fantasy series about a soggy superhero who’s a humanoid/plant elemental creature, on May 31. Details are “murky” on the show, however, DC Universe might give fans more hints about actors and the plot soon.
A basket-ball sized helmet snail shell four times the average size was found at Cape Lookout National Shore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Cape Lookout National Seashore / Facebook)
It’s a sheller’s dream come true: A basketball-sized helmet shell — four times bigger than average — was found recently at a national seashore in North Carolina, according to National Park Service (NPS) officials.
The giant shell was discovered at Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
“Jackpot! A sheller’s dream find on the North Core Banks,” the park said on Facebook. “Every once in a while we are in the right place at the right time to find a treasure such as this large helmet shell.”
In response to a Facebook commenter, Cape Lookout said these types of shells are known as helmet shells, but the specific species is hard to identify and many have different common names for the same animal/shell. “It could be called a Queen, an Emperor, or a Cameo helmet shell,” the park posted.
NPS officials told the Charlotte Observer the snail may be a subspecies of the carnivorous molluscs that live near the Gulf Stream, and have shells that grow over 14 inches. However, those shells have become a rarity on Outer Banks beaches, they said.
According to B.G. Horvat of Cape Lookout, the snail had died of old age and had reached its maximum size. A recently deceased helmet snail shell would have been more of a tan color (as opposed to the gray color seen in the photos), he said.
“Storm waves do help shells move from their resting place on the ocean floor to the beach,” Horvat told the Charlotte Observer. “It takes a powerful wave to pick up a heavy shell and carry it ashore… We do seem to be getting a lot of storms.”
In January, Cape Lookout reported an abundance of shells, which was credited to a combination of factors, including weather and lower park attendance due to the federal shutdown.
ASRock has introduced a new Mini-ITX motherboard based on Intel’s Whiskey Lake-U SoCs, which is aimed at embedded applications. The IMB-1216 mainboard is designed for applications like panel PCs, point-of-sales systems, kiosks, and digital signage, but can be used for regular low-power PCs in a Mini-ITX form-factor.
The ASRock IMB-1216 motherboard falls under quite a rare product category, as it brings together a mobile SoC and a desktop form-factor. Such a combination is not completely surprising though. Requirements of modern embedded applications are quite diverse and there are devices that can take advantage of Intel’s dual-core or quad-core Whiskey Lake processors with UHD Graphics 620 and a 15 W TDP as well as flexibility/expandability that Mini-ITX can provide. The motherboard can support up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 memory, an M.2-2280 SSD (PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA), and up to two SATA 2.5-inch storage devices. Furthermore, it carries an M.2-2230 slot for a CNVi-based 802.11 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module, and a slot for a 4G/LTE modem.
The IMB-1216 motherboard supports a full set of internal headers that one comes to expect from an embedded system, including eDP, LVDS, VGA, Serial ports, Parallel ports, GPIO, USB 2.0, and so on. It is also equipped with two GbE controllers (Intel I219LM, Realtek RTL8111G), five USB 3.0 ports (one internal), external display outputs (DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, can support up to three displays sumultaneously), two 3.5-mm audio jacks, etc.
When it comes to security and reliability, ASRock says that the motherboard has a header for a TPM module, supports a watchdog time, and can work within a temperature range between 0°C and 60°C. As for compatibility, the motherboard will be able to run various versions of Windows and Linux.
ASRock does not publish pricing of its IMB-1216 motherboard, presumably because pricing of Intel’s Whiskey Lake-U SoCs vary. Intel charges its customers from $107 to $409 per processor when it sells in quantities of 1000 units, so prices of the IMB-1216 will vary greatly depending on the processor it’s ordered with.
Brief Specifications of ASRock’s Mini-ITX Motherboard IMB-1216 CPU Intel’s 8th Gen Core (Whiskey Lake-U) SoC PCH integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620 Memory Two SO-DIMM slots, up to 32 GB of DDR4 StorageM.2 1 × M.2-2280 SSD with SATA or PCIe 3.0 x4 interface 2.5″ 2 × SATA HDDs or SSDs Wi-Fi 1 × M.2-2230 CNVi, or USB 2.0 Wi-Fi 802.11 + Bluetooth adapter WWAN 1 × M.2-3042 USB 2.0 slot for 4G modem/SIM Ethernet Two Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 connectors (Intel I219LM, Realtek RTL8111G) Display OutputsInternal 1 × eDP 1 × LVDS 1 × VGA External 1 × DisplayPort 1.2 1 × HDMI 2.0 Total 3 display outputs can work simultaneously Audio 3.5 mm audio in and audio out (Realtek ALC886?) USB Internal 1 × USB 3.0 Type-A 3 × USB 2.0 Type-A External 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A Additional I/O 1 × TPM header 2 × COM(RS232/422/485) 4 × COM(RS-232) 1 × LPT 8×GPI, 8×GPO connector (shared with LPT) controlled
Amazon on Thursday announced that everyone with an Alexa-enabled device can now listen to music for free. The free tier is ad-supported, as Billboard’s report suggested earlier this week, but it allows anyone with an Echo to play music without paying a subscription fee (though, as you would expect, there are some restrictions).
If you don’t have an Amazon Prime membership or a subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited, you can now listen to an ad-supported selection of playlists and stations on your Alexa device. If you’re looking to start a station, you can do so based on a song, artist, era, or genre, by saying “Alexa, play the [artist/song/etc.] station.” Or you can choose one of Amazon’s many preset playlists, including Country Heat, Fuego Latino, and a ton of others.
Amazon Music doesn’t have quite the reach of Spotify or Apple Music, but it is now one of the only other major music services with an ad-supported free tier, joining the likes of Spotify. That said, the selection available in this free tier is far more limited than what you can get from Spotify (which offers its massive library free on certain devices without a subscription), but if you own an Echo and don’t pay for a Spotify subscription, you can’t listen to Spotify on the Echo anyway. But now you can listen to ad-supported playlists and stations from Amazon Music.
As Amazon (and several of its competitors) attempt to take over your home with a variety of smart devices, this free tier makes the Echo just a little bit less expendable for all of the users who aren’t currently paying for an on-demand music service. And maybe it will convince them to sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited in the future.
Hulu has a lot to offer, however, deciding what to watch on the platform isn’t always easy. If you need help choosing a flick for your next movie night, you’ve come to the right place: We’ve picked the top documentaries, TV series, and movies to stream on Hulu from April 19 to April 26. Ancient secrets, demon lords, and mega earthquakes will probably sabotage your weekend plans, because you’ll want to stream Hulu all day and night.
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
Sakamoto Takuma (also known as the Demon Lord), has an incredible amount of power. In How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, a suspenseful anime series, he’ll have to combat dangers in an otherworldly universe and avoid deadly spells.
Dr. Sandra Lee, a well-known dermatological surgeon, takes on the most challenging cases in Dr. Pimple Popper. On the documentary/reality TV series, Dr. Lee removes life-altering growths from her patients’ skin and her hard work isn’t for the faint of heart: Some of the conditions she treats are much more serious than the average blackhead or blemish.
The secrets of ancient monuments and structures across our planet come to light in the documentary series Unearthed. By decoding mysteries with a combination of CGI animation and scientific investigations, people today can try to understand the cultural, political, and social motives of past civilizations.
Moving from New York City to Nebraska can make or break a newlywed couple in Bless This Mess. When they trade the urban lifestyle they know for a “simpler life” they’ll have to combat unresponsive cows, roofs collapsing, and make friends in their new habitat.
I Am The Night, which stars Chris Pine and India Eisley, is a thrilling flick that digs deep into the strange crimes of the ’60s. When Fauna Hodel decides to investigate her lost family, she discovers that she’s somehow connected to the legendary Black Dahlia murder.
Natural disasters are devastating, as shown in The Quake, a sci-fi film that follows the deadly aftermath of an earthquake that hits Oslo, Norway. Spoiler alert: The special effects are actually terrifying to watch in this eerie flick.
A first-generation Egyptian American tries to balance his spirituality in a politically-divided New Jersey neighborhood in Ramy. While juggling tradition and new opportunities, Ramy must find peace with his environment and not be afraid to spark relationships that might help him grow.
Finding the fountain of youth could be a deadly conquest, and in Beast of the Water, an Ancient Native American fable cautions that those who disrespect the environment will learn to fear the rain. Mother Nature has no mercy in this creepy horror movie.
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Goetia, Octahedron: Transfixed Edition, and Deadbeat Heroes will be yours to keep if you’re willing to spend just $1. Whether you’re looking for a moody vibe or some uplifting colorful adventures, these games have style to spare.
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Late last year I got to go hands-on with WeedCraft Inc. It was an interesting experience for me since I’m not exactly well-versed in the world of marijuana. Despite my relative ignorance, I came away impressed by the attention to detail in the game. WeedCraft Inc. treats the subject matter seriously, which is appropriate given America’s changing perception on marijuana. I finally played the finished title and I have to say it’s just as entertaining as the build from last year.
WeedCraft Inc. sets things up by having players take on the role of a failed MBA student whose father recently died from cancer. The student and his brother sold weed to make ends meet and gave it to their father to ease his pain. Though their father passed away, the brothers continue selling marijuana, not only profit, but to benefit those who desperately need the medicine. Weedcraft Inc. becomes fairly complex as it unfolds. Having this story as an emotional anchor serves to keep players emotionally invested during all of the micromanaging to come.
After the intro, you begin to grow weed in earnest. Growing weed is a straightforward process. You start with three pots, a heating bulb, seeds, and soil. You’ll receive prompts telling you when to water and prune the plants. After doing this enough times, the plants are ready for harvesting and selling. As the game progresses, you also need to take temperature, humidity, soil type, nutrition, and lighting into account — especially when growing higher-grade strains. This entire process is actually quite… addictive and relaxing. I forgot I had to actually sell the weed because the cultivation process is so Zen-like.
Once your business grows, you can hire others to grow the weed for you. Like the plants, you’ll need to invest time into employees in order to keep them happy. Workers can grow weed, sell weed, or run a front business on your behalf. When you go national, you can send employees to other cities to sell your product. Employees come to you when they want a raise or when they’re threatened by rival weed sellers or the authorities. Raising their pay is self-explanatory, but helping them when they’re threatened or arrested is more interesting. You can either use bribes to get them out of trouble or let them take the fall. However, if they go down there’s a chance they’ll destroy your entire operation. I found it best to keep employees happy, though their constant desire for a raise can become tiresome.
In the beginning you sell weed to the locals. These mostly consists of junkies, college students, and individuals suffering from illnesses (both mental and physical). Later on when you expand, you sell your goods to politicians, police officers, and celebrities. In order to sell to these folks, you’ll have to set up in reputable buildings instead of suspicious-looking shops. These clients pay more for weed and appear to be the most lucrative, but you don’t want to only focus on
“La Llorona” or “The Weeping Woman” is a popular Mexican folk legend about the ghost of a beautiful woman who drowned her children in a fit of jealous rage against and now haunts the earth seeking disobedient living children to take their place. Obviously, she’s an innately cinematic-sounding ghoul and a sensible addition to the vaguely-defined “Conjuring Cinematic Universe” of (sort-of) interrelated supernatural spin-off features; particularly as Hollywood horror producers are ever keen to find a through-line to tap more directly into the growing Latino-American audience that represents an exceedingly large share of theatrical ticket sales for the genre according to box office data.
So while it’s not surprising that The Curse of La Llorona sucks (because, apart from the main series and the second Annabelle movieall of these Conjuring “Universe” things have sucked for the most part); it is surprising that most of the reason it sucks is because the filmmakers, by some unknown logic, have seemingly attempted to – for lack of a better word — “De-Mexicanize” the entire concept as much as possible, stripping La Llorona of all but the most incidental trappings of her specific cultural origins and actively avoiding letting Mexican or Latin-American presence color the rest of the otherwise bland and lifeless proceedings in any way until the point where they can provide an unnecessarily villainous intrusion that feels preposterously hostile in context.
Set in mid-1970s San Francisco (for no reason other than to pointlessly align things with Conjuring and Annabelle continuity) the film stars Linda Cardellini as a police widow and child services agent who removes two seemingly-abused young boys from the home of their panicked Mexican-American mom despite her protestations that the kids are actually endangered by the malevolent ghost of the title. When the boys wind up dead anyway, a chance encounter leads to Cardellini’s own young children becoming La Llorona’s next targets, frustrating their own already difficult home situation, and forcing her to seek help from the Church and ultimately and independent Mexican spiritualist who battles evil with unorthodox old-world methods.
Incidentally, Cardellini’s late cop husband was also Latino and her two children are mixed-race, and if you think the film is going to miss the obvious opportunity to explore the interesting cultural intersection of her living as a single white mother to Latino children in a mixed neighborhood being menaced by a literal specter of Old Mexico… you’d be absolutely right, actually — they don’t even touch that. It’s sitting right there, but they don’t use it. And it’s not like it’s because they’re busy using other stuff — there’s nothing going on in this movie other than marking time between “Well, they left the kids alone again, time for the ghost to jump out and scare em a little until a grownup shows up.”
Instead, I wound up wishing they had kept the involvement of the still thoroughly minor Latino supporting characters out absent; since when one of them does suddenly become semi-prominent again in Act 3 it’s
They say it takes a village to raise a child — but in a nest along the Mississippi River, three bald eagles have decided that it takes a trio to raise newly hatched downy eaglets.
Not only did all three eagles — two “dads” and a “mom” — work together to build the nest and incubate the eggs, but they are also taking turns keeping the three eaglets warm, hunting for their food, and protecting them from any potential threats.
Cooperative nesting is a very rare sight, not just in this park, but anywhere. In fact, it has only been found in about 3 percent of any avian species, and this bald eagle trio, says Ed Hahn, marketing manager at the National Eagle Center, “is the best-documented occurrence of this that we are aware of among eagles.” While bald eagle trios have been spotted before in Alaska in 1977, in Minnesota in 1983, and in California in 1992, it was unclear if all three eagles were parents or if one was just a “nest helper.” Conversely, thanks to the webcam, both Valor I and Valor II were documented mating with Starr, meaning that it is quite likely that all three are biological parents to the eaglets — though it is difficult to know that for certain.
Either way, the fact that all three adults are working together is actually quite remarkable.
“It’s extremely rare … [because] eagles are extremely territorial and will vigorously defend their nests and territories from intruders,” explains Hahn. “In recent years, there have been documented cases where aggressive eagles will attack a nesting pair, even driving off or killing the male, crushing the eggs and attempting to steal the female for a mate.”
“So for this trio of eagles to be comfortable with the arrangement is astonishing,” he continues. “We really have no explanation for why these eagles are tolerant of each other in the same nest.”
Whatever the reason, the eagles have decided that the arrangement works just fine for them — and the eaglets are benefiting because there is always plenty of food to go around. But what makes this arrangement even more interesting is that it isn’t actually the first trio that Valor I and Valor II have been apart of.
Photo Credit: Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge
In 2012, Valor I was spotted in a nest with a different female bald eagle named Hope. However, he wasn’t the best partner
Inspectors are seen on the roof of the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, the day after a fire ripped through its main roof. (Photo Credit: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP / Getty Images)
The approximately 180,000 bees that live on the roof of Notre Dame survived the fire that ravaged the iconic cathedral’s ancient wooden roof, the beekeeper said.
Officials initially thought the bees, which have lived in three hives on Notre Dame’s roof since 2013 as part of a Paris-wide effort to help prevent bee die-off, perished, but they clung to life and protected their queen.
“It’s a big day. I am so relieved. I saw satellite photos that showed the three hives didn’t burn,” Notre Dame beekeeper Nicolas Geant told The Associated Press on Friday. “Instead of killing them, the CO2 (from smoke) makes them drunk, puts them to sleep.”
The three beehives were located on the first floor on a roof over the sacristy, just beneath the rose window. Each hive housed 60,000 bees.
Geant told CNN the hives were not touched by the blaze because they are located about 98 feet (30 meters) below the main roof where the fire spread. But while the hives are safe, Geant said he still needs to inspect the site.
Bees don’t have lungs and they can’t die from smoke inhalation — but they can die from excessive heat, Geant told the AP. European bees also don’t abandon their hives when facing danger — they “gorge themselves on honey” and “protect their queen,” he said.
If the wax protecting the hives melted, however, the bees would have perished
Geant told CNN he wouldn’t be able tell whether all of the bees are alive but he’s confident the hives were safe because bees have been spotted buzzing in and out.
“Thank goodness the flames didn’t touch them,” he said. “It’s a miracle!”
It’s finally the weekend, which means it’s time to binge-watch some documentaries, TV shows, and films on Netflix. With so many good options available, deciding what to stream can be tough. To help you get started, we’ve picked the top eight flicks to see on Netflix from April 19 to April 26. Messy adulthood, dominatrix complications, and weed’s cultural stance will keep you glued to your screen from today to Sunday.
Six eccentric individuals take on life’s craziness in Lunatics, a mockumentary series about a squad of “misfits” who beat to their own drum.
Rachel’s British parents are shocked when she starts dating an American free spirit in the comedy series Cuckoo. However, there are more surprises in store for the family, when Taylor Lautner, who plays the chill guy, becomes part of their lives.
Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), an aspiring music journalist, receives the ultimate job opportunity to move to San Francisco, however, her hubby is not on board. Someone Great, a comedy flick about leaving the twenty-something years, follows her journey into adulthood, as she embraces new experiences and heals from heartbreak.
Post-Civil War Wyoming is a hazardous place, and in The Hateful Eight: The Extended Version, a night of shelter from a blizzard turns into a deadly stopover for a group of bounty hunters, fugitives, and “sheriffs” that want to stay alive. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, this thriller film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Pinky Malinky, a charismatic hot dog, is the starlet of Pinky Malinky, a corny comedy that follows the little sausage’s bizarre adventures in the human world. Pinky Malinky: Part 2 hits Netflix on April 22.
Cricket is an intense sport, as shown in the drama series Selection Day: Part 2. Two teen athletes struggle to deal with their overbearing dad and an athletic system that’s discriminating in this show, which is co-produced by Bollywood icon Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire).
The U.S. has a complicated relationship with weed, and Grass Is Greener, a culture documentary directed and narrated by hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy, explores pot’s stance in America and features commentary from Snoop Dogg, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and more celebrities.
A grad school student taps her gay BFF to help her with a risky project in Bonding. When they’re both thrown into the dominatrix world to make some money, the pair must stay together to navigate their wildest (and horniest) clients in New York City.
Season Two ofStar Trek: Discovery was a definite improvement over the first. The storytelling was more cohesive, the characters were better fleshed out, and it more consistently nailed that quintessential Star Trek feel. With its finale, it even fixed one of its most nagging issues: If it’s a prequel, why haven’t any of these characters been mentioned before? Of course in doing so, the episode itself introduces a ton of little problems and logical inconsistencies. But hey, it gets where it’s going eventually and has a great time doing it.
The episodes starts with all the chaos and excitement we were hoping to get to last week. Section 31 ships, taken over by Control, have surrounded both the Discovery and the Enterprise. And yes, the moment we see Pike in the captain’s chair giving orders to his crew is what I was really hoping for last week. The first time we set foot on the Enterprise should be a big moment. This is the first time we’ve really felt it. We’re on the bridge of the Enterprise in the middle of a giant ship battle! Not often a season finale opens with something that cool.
Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham. Photo Cr: John Medland/CBS
Burnham, Spock, Stamets, Reno and Tilly are racing to finish the angel suit while Leland’s ships fire on them. They really did save all the excitement for the finale. The outer space shots of the ships firing on each other are truly spectacular. They also constantly remind you of what the stakes are. Better than any ticking time bomb, a raging battle that could rip the ship apart at any minute fills each scene with stress and tension. I barely took a breath for the entire hour. I get now why last week’s episode was all grand speeches and tearful goodbyes. There wasn’t any time for them this week. That doesn’t make last week’s episode any less groan-inducing, but we can at least see the logic behind it.
Every character gets a moment to shine in this episode. Anson Mount is a natural commander as Pike aboard the Enterprise, and I’m so sad this is his last episode. Queen Po steals a Federation transport and flies under the battle to give Pike some much-needed information about Control’s tactics. At one point, the Discovery’s shields go down, and Tilly needs to fix them by hand, a task she’s only done blindfolded as part of a drinking game. I’ve said it before and it bears repeating here: Tilly’s the best.
Burnham leaps out into space with Spock flying ahead of her to ensure she makes it away from the battle. Once they make it to a safe distance, she tries to open the wormhole, but can’t. She doesn’t have a destination in the future set yet. Here’s where the visions we we saw whenever someone touched a time crystal really pay off. While the events play out mostly like they did, suggesting the future is indeed set, there are small differences. A photon torpedo does get lodged
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The final installment in the Third Wave of the Marvel Cinematic Universe draws near, as a ragtag group of heroes (including all of the original Avengers) has to muster their forces and strike back against Thanos, the Mad Titan, after he effortlessly kicked their asses and exterminated half of the sentient life in the universe. The good guys got their asses royally handed to them the last time around, but they’ve had a year or so to brainstorm new tactics. We have no idea how it’s going to play out, but here are 11 strategies we think the Avengers could use to win the Endgame.
One of those fancy Infinity Stones is the Time Stone — introduced in Doctor Strange as the Eye of Agamotto — and it has the power to manipulate the flow of the timestream, causing it to speed up, stop, and even reverse. If the Avengers want to stop Thanos, they’re going to need to think outside the box, and going back in time to rectify their screw-ups in battling the big purple jerk and his henchmen might be the way to do it. How exactly they get their hands on the green gem is still up in the air, but there’s a popular fan theory that Strange cursed the stone before he handed it over in exchange for Thanos sparing Tony Stark. We’ll see if that turns out to be true.
One hero notably missing from the big battle with Thanos and his quartet of helpers was Scott Lang. As we saw in Ant-Man and the Wasp, he was busy dealing with other issues involving quantum displacement, but we already know he’ll figure into Endgame. Thor and the Hulk, the two big boys of the team, didn’t do all that well against Thanos, so why not go the other way and get small? It’s possible that Scott can get little enough to elude the Titan’s notice and either do some fiddling in the quantum realm or just ride an ant into his ear and punch him in the brain a lot.
Transcending Physical Existence
In the first Infinity Gauntlet series, Thanos is unsatisfied with conquering all of reality and sets his sights even higher. He picks a fight with Eternity, the physical manifestation of the totality of all reality. He’s one of Marvel’s most abstract cosmic concepts, and Thanos whips his ass with ease. Doing so brings him to a new level of existence, combining his self with every molecule and subatomic particle that exists. That results in his body being left an empty husk, and pissed-off daughter Nebula (who remains alive after the snap in the MCU) picks up the Gauntlet and reverses all of his moves.
In the comics, Thanos is often his own worst enemy. In his endless quest to impress Death, he has to face up to the fact that despite all of his power, he’s still just an insect compared