E3 2019: Nintendo Direct Press Conference Liveblog

Nintendo’s E3 2019 press conference takes the form of a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct. It’s set to be livestreamed on Tuesday, June 11, and you can watch it on GameSpot. In addition to the video feed, we’ll be liveblogging the whole thing right here, so you can read our own commentary and get up-to-date updates as they happen. Pardon our excitement if Mother 3 finally happens.

The fun begins at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST (2 AM AET on June 12), so be sure to come back to this page to see what Nintendo has in store for Switch owners. We’ll have a complete roundup of the hottest news once the event ends, so you’ll be fully informed of all the latest reveals.

As per usual with Nintendo during E3, not much is known about what will be shown. We are expecting to see more from the new Animal Crossing title, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Pokemon Sword / Shield, and the Super Mario Maker 2. Bayonetta 3 has been MIA for a while now, so it’s possible PlatinumGames could reveal more information about the upcoming action-adventure game. Animal Crossing has not been explicitly confirmed for the show, and it’s not among the confirmed playable games Nintendo has, but our fingers are crossed that it does show up during the Direct.

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E3 2019: Gears 5 Confirmed For Fall 2019 Release Date

After being rumored to release late this year, the launch window for Gears 5 has been officially confirmed. As spotted by GameSpot, one of the massive posters that traditionally surround the LA Convention Center during E3 features Gears 5, and the picture reveals the game’s release date will be this fall. We snapped a picture of the poster, which can be viewed below.

Gears 5’s release date was first hinted at via leaked box art in May 2019 (first noticed by Generation Xbox), which also listed that the game would come out this year on September 10. The box art was eventually confirmed to be real in June 2019 (via a tweet from the Gears of War account), leading to speculation that the accompanying release date leak is also real. September 10 is in the fall, so the leak is looking more and more likely to be true. We’ll have to wait and see whether Microsoft confirms that specific date during its E3 2019 press conference, though, or simply reiterates the general Fall 2019 window.

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Getting a release date for Gears 5 is one of the announcements we wanted to see at E3 this year, largely because we’ve heard very little about the game since its E3 2018 reveal. We’re also hoping Xbox plans on revealing that Gears 5 has a fairly large campaign that increases the scales set by Gears of War 4. Getting a confirmation that Horde mode is returning would be nice too, as would be clarification for Gears 5 role in the growing esports scene.

Gears 5 has been confirmed to show up at E3 and is one of the 14 first-party Xbox One titles that Microsoft plans on showcasing during its press conference. Microsoft plans on going big at E3 this year, with rumors that the company press conference will showcase the next-gen Xbox console, a new From Software game featuring a story that George RR Martin consulted on, a fourth Fable game, and a whole lot more.

Gears 5 is coming to Xbox One and PC. As is the norm for Xbox One’s first-party console exclusives, the game will launch on Game Pass day one. Gears 5 stars Kate Diaz, who goes on a journey of self-discovery after the events of the previous Gears of War game.

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E3 2019: Ubisoft Press Conference Liveblog

Ubisoft’s E3 2019 press conference will be livestreamed for all to see, but if for whatever reason you can’t watch the video feed, or want a little bit of GameSpot-flavored color commentary alongside the announcement, we’ll be liveblogging the whole thing right here.

Proceedings begin on June 10 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST (6 AM AET on June 11), so be sure to come back to this page to see it all unfold. Following the event’s conclusion, we’ll have a full breakdown of the hottest news.

Unfortunately, Ubisoft’s ambitious pirate-action game, Skull & Bones, is skipping E3 this year as it has been delayed to April 2020. Beyond Good and Evil 2 is also a no-show this year, sadly.

However, there are plenty of other titles to look forward to from the prolific game developer and publisher. We should see a more in-depth look at Ghost Recon Breakpoint, scheduled to launch on October 4. Both Roller Champions and Watch Dogs Legion leaked prior to the conference, and it’s possible these are two of three unannounced triple-A games launching early next year. Another leak, something called Ubisoft Pass, could be detailed during the conference as well.

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E3 2019: Bethesda Press Conference Liveblog

Bethesda’s E3 2019 press conference is almost here. We’ll have a livestream of the entire event, so you can watch along here on GameSpot. However, If you’d rather get the news fast or can’t watch the full show, we’re liveblogging the whole thing for your convenience.

Bethesda’s event begins on June 9 at 5:30 PM PT / 8:30 PM ET (1:30 AM BST / 10 AM AET on June 11), so make sure to bookmark this page and come back when it starts to see our live reactions to the announcements. We’ll also be bringing you the breaking news as it happens and will have a full roundup of the most important information after it’s done.

While Bethesda won’t be talking about The Elder Scrolls 6 or Starfield, the company has its hands full with other ongoing projects out in the wild right now. We’ll probably see something new for the recently-released Rage 2, but there’s also Doom Eternal and Wolfenstein: Youngblood to be shown. There may be more announcements for Fallout 76 as well.

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E3 2019: See The Giant Posters Outside The Convention Center

E3 2019 is about to begin. The annual gaming expo officially kicks off in only a few days, and just as every year, publishers are hanging massive posters around the Los Angeles Convention Center and other buildings throughout downtown LA to hype up the event.

GameSpot is now on the ground in LA, and we’ve taken some pictures of the giant video game posters we’ve seen decorating the city. Many of this year’s biggest releases are featured prominently around town; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the upcoming reboot of the massive shooter franchise, has the honor of adorning the entrance of the LACC’s Wes Hall this year, greeting attendees as they make their way into the show, but it certainly isn’t the only game represented; Bethesda’s Doom Eternal is gracing the Hotel Figueroa, and we’ve also spotted a poster of CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077.

You can take a look at some of the E3 posters we’ve seen in the gallery below. We’ll continue to add more photos as the week progresses. We’ll also have photos of the show floor once it opens, so be sure to check back on GameSpot for our full coverage of E3 2019.

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E3 officially begins on Tuesday, June 11, when the show floor opens to the press and public. However, many of the industry’s biggest publishers will be holding press conferences and other events in the days leading up to then, including Microsoft, Bethesda, Square Enix, and Nintendo. The one notable exception is Sony; for the first time since it entered the industry, the PS4 maker has decided not to attend E3.

We’ve already gotten a wealth of news before E3 has even begun. On June 5, Nintendo aired a special Pokemon Direct, which revealed a ton of new details about Pokemon Sword and Shield. The next day, Google streamed its first Stadia Connect presentation, sharing new information about its upcoming game streaming platform. And that’s nothing to say of the numerous leaks and rumors to crop up before the show. You can find all the biggest news and announcements on our E3 hub.

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E3 2019: All The Best Game Deals Available Now (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

E3 2019 is a hectic and exciting time of year for gamers, who are basically bombarded with news and trailers for upcoming games for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Basically, it’s a big hype fest about all the games and consoles you’ll want to spend money on in the future, so why not save yourself some cash where you can now?

Fortunately, there are plenty of sales running around E3 this year, which is a nice perk for those of us not actually attending the event in LA. We’ll keep this story updated as more deals become available, but here are all the best console and game deals we know about now.

PS4 Days of Play sale

PS4 limited-edition console - available for $300
PS4 limited-edition console – available for $300

One of the biggest sales going on during E3 is Sony’s annual Days of Play sale, which is running now through June 17. The sale includes the launch of a limited-edition, steel black PS4 slim console for $300, a PS4 Pro that’s marked down to $350, and PSVR bundles that start at $250 (a full $100 cheaper). Plus, you can grab a year of PS Plus for only $37.59 at Green Man Gaming and $40 elsewhere (instead of $60), and a huge batch of PS4 games are considerably cheaper as well. Some of the best deals include:

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Xbox One E3 2019 sale

Xbox One S Fortnite Battle Royale Special Edition Bundle - will be available for $250
Xbox One S Fortnite Battle Royale Special Edition Bundle – will be available for $250

Naturally, Microsoft kicked off a big Xbox sale on the same day as Sony’s Days of Play event, and the company is also debuting a new special-edition Xbox console. A gradient-purple, Fortnite-themed Xbox One S is available now, and while it will generally sell for $300, it’s $50 off for a short time. The console bundle includes a matching controller, Fortnite: Battle Royale, 2,000 V-Bucks, a Dark Vertex Fortnite cosmetic set download, and a free month of both Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass.

The Xbox One S Fortnite Battle Royale Special Edition Bundle is available at multiple retailers, with the discount reflected in the price.

You can also save $100 on a new Xbox One X and get $50 off other Xbox One S bundles. The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is $50 off as well. Black, white, special-edition, and limited-edition Xbox wireless controllers are $10 off. And of course, there’s a big batch of Xbox One games marked down for the occasion.

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To save even more money, you can take advantage of a gift card deal at Newegg, which is offering a $100 Xbox gift card for only $88.88 for a short time. Once you receive the email with the digital code, you can redeem the gift card on any of the above deals at the online Microsoft Store. It’s only an extra $11, but when it’s that easy, who’s complaining?

Green Man Gaming E3 sale

Wolfenstein Youngblood - pre-order for $22.49
Wolfenstein Youngblood – pre-order for $22.49

Digital game retailer Green Man Gaming is offering gamers 25% off PC games across the site. Even better: The 25% off voucher will also apply to any new games announced during E3 that become available at GMG. You can keep track of all the newly announced PC games on GMG’s E3 2019 page. To claim the 25% off, enter code “E3” at checkout.

See some of the current PC game deals at GMG below (prices reflect full coupon discount).

A few other sales are going on at GMG right now that are worth checking out, including a Bethesda sale on games like Doom, Fallout 4, and The Evil Within 2; a VR PC sale; and a Borderlands franchise sale. Plus, don’t forget you can get a 12-month PS Plus subscription for $37.59.

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GOG summer sale

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The summer sale at GOG.com overlaps conveniently with E3, and it includes over 2,000 DRM-free PC games up to 90% off. Running now through June 17 at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET, you can grab games like Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition for only $27, No Man’s Sky for $30, and Pathfinder: Kingmaker Explorer Edition for $26.79. You can check out some of the game deals below, but there are thousands of games marked down, including daily flash deals, so you’re better off heading to GOG to see everything available.

  • Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition — $5
  • Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition — $5
  • Bioshock Infinite – Complete Edition — $13.79
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition — $27
  • Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition — $18
  • Hollow Knight — $9
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden — $21
  • Neverwinter Nights – Enhanced Digital Deluxe Edition — $15.62
  • No Man’s Sky — $30
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker – Explorer Edition — $26.79
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Obsidian Edition — $30
  • Planescape: Torment – Enhanced Edition — $5
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II — $3.49
  • Surviving Mars – First Colony Edition — $22.09
  • Thronebreaker: The WitcherTales — $15
  • What Remains of Edith Finch — $8

Ubisoft E3 sale

Watch Dogs 2 - available for $6
Watch Dogs 2 – available for $6

Ubisoft has its E3 press conference on Monday, June 10, at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET, but the French game publisher is also throwing a sale on games, DLC, and merchandise. Notable deals include Watch Dogs 2 for $12, The Crew 2 for $18, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for $34.79, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands for $16. Note that all of these will be available to redeem on Uplay.

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins — $18
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate — $12
  • The Crew 2 — $18
  • Far Cry 4 — $12
  • Far Cry 5 — $19.80
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle — $34.79
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole — $6
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands — $26
  • Trials Rising — $12.49
  • Watch Dogs — $6
  • Watch Dogs 2 — $12

Plus, if you’ve saved up at least 100 Ubisoft Club units, you can get an additional 20% off any purchase from the Ubisoft Store.

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Epic Mega Sale

This sale is actually coming to an end, but the final week of Epic’s first storewide sale overlaps with E3, and if you haven’t take a time to check out all the deals that are currently available, you definitely should. PC games are marked down up to 75% across the store, and all games over $15 are discounted by $10. That $10 off deal includes pre-orders on upcoming games like Control and new releases like Outer Wilds. The store is also giving away Kingdom: New Lands for free right now; all you need is a free Epic account to claim it.

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E3 2019: Xbox Press Conference Liveblog

Xbox’s E3 2019 press conference takes place Sunday, June 9. We’ll have a livestream of the entire event, so you can watch it alongside us. If you happen to miss it, or want some additional commentary alongside the stream, we’ll be liveblogging the whole thing right here. Expect plenty of news for Xbox One, along with new games for PC.

Microsoft’s event kicks off at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST (6 AM AET on June 10), so be sure to come back to this page to see our reactions in real-time as we cover the conference. A full roundup of the hottest news will follow once the event ends.

Xbox has big plans, as it has announced that 14 first-party games will headline the presentation. Xbox is expected to potentially unveil a new Xbox console, as well as share more information about Halo Infinite. We’ll also see more from Gears 5 and perhaps that leaked Ninja Theory game.

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Who is Swamp Thing? The Origins Of DC’s Greenest Character, Explained

Though at first glance Swamp Thing’s origin is about as straightforward as it gets, the reality of a man who ends up becoming a green monster is a little more complicated than you’d think.. From a simple talking tree who occasionally fights villains, to becoming a defender for all plant life to becoming a human again, Swamp Thing is as versatile as the plants that inhabit the swamp he lives in.

With a new take on Swamp Thing arriving on DC Universe, though it was already canceled, it gives the perfect opportunity to explore the character’s origin. What better time to revisit the complex and bonkers backstory of Swamp Thing?

The Origin

Originally intended as a stand-alone horror story, writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson introduced the Swamp Thing in an eight-page story in House of Secrets #92 in 1971 as a character named Alex Olsen, an early 20th century scientist in Louisiana married to a woman named Linda. Alex’s assistant Damian Ridge was jealous of Alex and in love with Linda, so he caused one of Alex’s chemical experiments to explode–seemingly killing his boss–and buried the body in a nearby swamp. Using Linda’s grief to his advantage, Damian swooped in and married her. But of course, Alex didn’t really die. His body mixed with the chemicals and transformed into a humanoid vegetable monster. The titular Swamp Thing then kills Ridge, but the sight of him scared Linda away, leaving Olsen to wander the swamps all alone and green.

Though short, the look and concept were popular enough for DC to give Wein and Wrightson a solo series for Swamp Thing. Here they swapped Alex Olsen for Alec Holland and introduce the idea of a “bio-restorative” formula that accelerates plant growth. The origin was basically the same, but involved criminals attacking Holland rather than a jealous coworker.

These early stories mostly dealt with Alec/Swamp Thing seeking the men who caused his transformation (and murdered his wife), as well as searching for a cure to his monstrous look. These comics also introduced Abigail Arcane (a character played by Crystal Reed on the DC Universe show), as well as her husband Matt Cable, who befriends the Swamp Thing.

The Anatomy Lesson

In 1982, Horror director Wes Craven made a live-action Swamp Thing film, the success of which prompted DC to hire young up-and-comer Alan Moore for a new ongoing title. Moore decided to throw everything the readers knew about the Swamp Thing out the window, with the first issue of The Saga of the Swamp Thing literally showing the autopsy of a supposedly deceased Alec Holland. As they cut open the vegetable-human monster, we learn that this is not a human that looks like a plant, but rather “a plant that thought it was Alec Holland. A plant that was trying its level best to be Alec Holland.”

This, of course, led to a very existential and cosmic comic book that is still regarded as a cult classic today. Moore also went deeper into the horror roots of the character and had Swamp Thing encountering several archetypal horror monsters including vampires, werewolves, and zombies.

If this wasn’t enough, Moore then added a ton of mythology to the character, starting with making Swamp Thing an avatar of an elemental energy field called “The Green” which connects all plant life on Earth. In order to incorporate Alex Olsen’s version of the character into his new continuity, Moore introduced the Parliament of Trees, a council of elders made out of thousands of Swamp Things who in their time all died in a fire and were reborn as plant elementals. This connection to “The Green” added a whole lot of new powers for dear old Swampy, including being able to destroy and build bodies at will and teleport anywhere in the planet instantly. He also could increase his own size to be bigger than Godzilla, and even control the tiniest amount of microscopic algae inside people’s bodies to kill them from the inside.

Oh, and he made Swamp Thing fall in love with Abby Arcane, and even had them conceive a child (yeah, don’t ask.)

Everything Old Is New (52) Again

When Scott Snyder took the reins of Swamp Thing following the New 52 reboot, he decided to bring Alec Holland back to life, separating him from the vegetable that called himself Alec. Even if he ends up becoming the green monster eventually, he now has Alec’s real consciousness instead of just a copy or replica of it.

Snyder introduced the idea of “The Red” which was an energy field for animal life that served as an explanation for Animal Man’s powers. He then went further and added “The Black” to give an elemental to death and decay. Most of Snyder’s run then dealt with the war between elementals, as we got cool action scenes with characters as powerful as Swamp Thing and an exploration of what balance means when one elemental clearly wants to destroy everything but the other wants to fill the world with life.

After Snyder left the series, Charles Soule took over and went even deeper into the mythology. In his run, Soule focused the politics of the Parliament of Trees and the flaws and humanity of Alec Holland as he grows disillusioned with their demands and going to war with them. This run also introduced other elementals, including one for fungal life and an energy field for all machinery.

Because of the untimely cancellation of the show, it remains to be seen how much of this mythology Swamp Thing will explore. The showrunners have said they were mostly inspired by Moore’s run, so here’s hoping the 10 episodes explore at least some of the many, many themes and ideas introduced in the pages of the Swamp Thing, as that’s the only space it will get to do so as it will not be renewed for a second season.

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Ahead Of E3 2019, PUBG Launches Erangel Map Remake On PC Test Servers

A development video for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has teased some of the new content scheduled to come to the battle royale game. In the video (which is embedded below), PUBG executive producer and head of development TS Jang said that the game will continue to evolve going forward, including a remake of the original map, Erangel. New movement mechanics are also being added and future seasons will each follow a predetermined theme.

Looking towards the future, Jang said PUBG would use themed seasons going forward. “Under the banner of one overall theme,” he continued, “fans can expect each season to debut new content, features, and a Survivor Pass.” The upcoming Season 4 will focus on updating Erangel, remaking PUBG’s original map with enhanced graphics and assets. The new map is releasing on PUBG’s PC Test Server this weekend continuing into E3 week. The test is already live and will continue through June 11 at 8 PM PT / 11 PM ET (June 12 at 4 AM BT / 1 PM AET).

“We’ll continue to develop this balance between survival and combat strategies so that players will be able to experience more varied gameplay,” Jang said. “Examples of this are the upcoming ledge grab that helps expand movement, the BRDM, which is a new armored vehicle, and lastly, continued weapon balancing.”

In the accompanying gameplay footage, the ledge grab seems to expand a player’s ability to move about the map both vertically and horizontally, allowing them to jump up and climb atop structures or grab rooftops after leaping from a nearby building. The video goes on to show the ledge grab makes previously unreachable areas accessible. The BRDM, meanwhile, is an amphibious vehicle. A first for PUBG, the armored tank-like truck protects its inhabitants whether driving down the road or across a river.

“While Weapon Mastery focuses on combat, we plan to expand progression elements further and focus on survival elements,” Jang continued. “PUBG strikes a harmonious balance between combat and survival. As such, in addition to emphasizing gunplay, we want to focus on survival elements, so our players can keep track of stats and receive rewards for those accomplishments as well.”

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and mobile devices. For what it did for the battle royale subgenre, PUBG is one of our most influential games of the 21st century.

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix’sMost Surprising Cameo Explained

X-Men: Dark Phoenix may be pretty far from the best mutant-centric movie the franchise has to offer–but that doesn’t mean it didn’t sneak a small handful of extremely worthwhile moments into the mix before fizzling out like a bird-shaped firework in the stratosphere. One of the movie’s most non-sequitur scenes just so happened to feature the live-action debut of a mutant that fans have been waiting for for years. If you haven’t seen Dark Phoenix yet and want to remain completely unspoiled, stop now. We’re going to dig into some minor spoilers.

Shortly after the team’s return from their ill-fated mission to rescue the Space Shuttle Endeavor and Jean’s miraculous (but also ill-fated) recovery from the brink of death, the students and X-Men of Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters throw a bonfire party in the woods featuring some pretty high profile entertainment. Or, well, high profile entertainment if you’re up on your X-Men mythology. The live performer for the party is none other than Alison Blaire, aka Dazzler herself. She’s never named in the scene, but her iconic light-and-music based powers, as well as her classic costume, are instantly recognizable. Thankfully, she is named in the credits, which reveal the character is played by The Orville’s Halston Sage.

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X-fans have been clamoring for a live-action Dazzler for what feels like decades for obvious reasons. Not only are her powers, the ability to transform soundwaves into light waves, just flat out charming, but her public persona also puts her in an interesting position for mutant-kind. She’s a pop star, and a pretty famous one at that–though her status tends to fluctuate from incarnation to incarnation. Introduced in 1980, Dazzler got her start as a disco phenom–and not by accident. She was commissioned by an actual record company as a cross-platform promotional tool in the late 70s, meaning the intent was to actually make a comic book character that would have a real-world analog who could go on to star in movies and TV shows. Bo Derek served as the inspiration for the design and was originally the actor pegged to take on the role.

Obviously, that didn’t exactly pan out as planned, but the comic book version of Dazzler was introduced nonetheless, complete with her disco-fabulous white, bell-bottomed jumpsuit and roller skates.

Despite never actually becoming the multimedia icon she had been designed to be, Dazzler went on to almost immediately become a fan favorite X-Man and cult classic Marvel character even outside of the X-umbrella. As time went on, she transformed from a disco star to a techno/trance star, to a pop star, and virtually everything in between–all while occasionally hitting pause on her musical career to help save the world and get caught up in all the soap opera flavored day-to-day of mutant life.

While “turning sound into a light show” may not sound like the coolest or more useful mutant ability, Dazzler is actually surprisingly powerful. With effort and focus, she can craft human-like holograms, focus energy into deadly lasers, even fly by refracting “light energy” in the correct way. Her eyes are also inherently polarized, meaning she never has to use sunglasses which might actually be the most utilitarian mutation ever.

Dazzler’s cameo is, ultimately, a bittersweet moment for fans who have waited so long to see her in live action. While it’s certainly a welcome development for her to appear in full-on Dazzler regalia, disco-inspired suit and all, given Dark Phoenix’s status as the final chapter of Fox’s X-franchise, it’s extremely unlikely that it will have any impact on future X-films under the MCU umbrella. However, all is not lost: The Hulu animated project, Tigra and Dazzler Show, is still set for release as well as the animated team-up show, The Offenders, which includes Dazzler on its roster. Sure, these projects may not be live-action–but hey, they’re a start, right?

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