What does the end of Felicity mean for the end of ARROW?

Felicity Smoak (The CW)

What does the end of Felicity mean for the end of ARROW?

Last night actress Emily Bett Rickards announced that she will be leaving Arrow at the end of season 7. After seven long years Felicity will be exiting our screens only momentarily before Arrow itself leaves the airwaves.

But what could this mean for the final 10-episode season? What does this mean for the character given her current status in the present and future timelines?

Divisive Character

There are very few out there who would argue that Felicity hasn’t been a divisive character even recent years.

The character was first introduced back in the pilot of Arrow where she existed as little more than a techie ally for Oliver as he tried to find his way as a vigilante.

Though it was easy to spot the romantic connection between the two early on many fans wrote off the romance given Oliver’s endgame romance with Dinah (Laurel) Lance in the comics.

Of course we’ve all come to make peace with the fact Oliver and Laurel are never going to get together on the show. Aside from the fact that our Earth’s Laurel is dead the show as utterly ignored the romance for a number of years now.

Instead the writers chose to focus on Oliver and Felicity. Over the years we’ve seen her grow to lead the show almost as much as Oliver. In those years she’s headed up the company once known as Queen Industries, she’s also flirted with a darker side on a number of occasions.

Many fans have struggled with the less comic book influenced side of the show. A side which has become increasingly soapy over the years, with many blaming the “Olicity” romance for the drop in the series overall quality.

If the character is chosen to be killed off by the end of the season could that lead the Green Arrow back down a darker path for his final season?

But Felicity Is Still Alive In The Future… Right?

Well technically yes, despite rumours of her demise it seems the illustrious Miss Smoak/Mrs Queen is still alive in the future timeline which is currently playing out in the shows flash forwards.

But if we have learnt anything through Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash the future is entirely malleable.

Given the bleak outlook of those future flashbacks its entirely plausible that the actions of our heroes in the present day may seek to avert that dark future timeline.

Working against them is the fact we don’t have any time travellers on the show so they don’t technically know what future they are trying to avoid.

Where we last left the future timeline in “Star City 2040” Felicity announced to Mia that it was she who created Archer. We could see the character killed off in the future whilst in the present day the younger Felicity goes in to hiding with daughter Mia to keep her safe.

She Could Come Back Through Right?

Of course she could. If the character dies in the future and only goes into hiding in the present day then there’s plenty of opportunity for the character to appear for the series last ever episode.

The announcement by Rickards that she is exiting the show could simply be to write the character out for the time being. It does seem interestingly timed that Rickards would choose to leave the series now will only the final 10-episodes left to produce.

Many fans believe the only way for Arrow to come to a genuine end would be to kill off Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen. Given the deal he made with The Monitor during the “Elseworlds” crossover this year the show does seem to be heading towards that point.

But once again, those time travel meddling Legends or Barry Allen and his pesky speed force could still interrupt the current flow of events.

A Dark(er) Archer?

It’s fair to say that if Felicity dies we’re likely to see a much darker Oliver in the series final season. At this stage there’s no arguing that she is anything other than Oliver’s one great love.

If the timeline is changed and she is somehow killed off in the present day we can definitely expect to see a much darker Oliver in season 8. This could easily push him towards the kind of reckless action which could see him killed off at the series’ end.

It’s not hard to imagine a weary Oliver giving up his life to avert the upcoming “Crisis On Infinite Earths” and to reunite him with his wife.

Even if she is just out of the way to keep Mia safe its still plausible for Oliver to give his life to keep his wife and daughter, not forgetting William, safe.

The Future Of The Arrow(less)verse

Crisis on Earth-X

It’s also worth remembering that Felicity has a strong connection with Barry Allen and the rest of Team Flash.

Though Barry is happily married to Iris his past with Felicity can’t be undone. Likewise her help has proven invaluable to Team Flash on a number of occasions in the past.

With both her and Oliver soon to exit this could cast a huge shadow over the immediate future of the Arrowverse.

The Flash will undoubtedly react to the loss of these two. It would insensitive not to react to such a loss. Likewise Legends of Tomorrow could gain a new cast member or two (Katie Cassidy anyone?) in the wake of Arrow’s demise.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the back half of next season, following the “Crisis On Infinite Earths” crossover, has a huge Stephen Amell shaped shadow hanging over it.

Whatever the outcome the Arrowverse will never be the same again…

Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, David Ramsey as John Diggle and Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance/Black Siren. Season 7 will see the return of Colton Haynes as Roy Harper/Arsenal.

Arrow airs on The CW Mondays at 8/7c. In the UK the show airs on Sky One on Thursdays at 9pm.


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Captain Marvel (Disney/Marvel)

CAPTAIN MARVEL hits $990M worldwide

Captain Marvel continues to perform admirably at the worldwide box office. Now a month into its run the movie is edging ever closer to $1bn having hit $990M according to estimates.

Over the weekend the movie grossed $20.5M in North America, falling in to third place behind Dumbo ($45M) and Us ($33.6M). Internationally the Marvel Studios release took in an estimated $26.4M.

Next week Captain Marvel faces stiff competition from the other Captain Marvel as Shazam! hits cinemas worldwide from April 5.

You can read our review of Captain Marvel here.

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.

Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force pilot whose an Air Force whose DNA fuses with that of an alien, and she’s thrust into the middle of an intergalactic conflict. The cast also includes Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, and Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Algenis Perez Soto and McKenna Grace in as-yet-undisclosed roles.

Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel is in cinemas now.


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Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW S04E10 “The Getaway” preview gallery

Legends of Tomorrow returns… tomorrow… with its first new episode since December 2018. We’ve now got our first look at the next all-new episode, “The Getaway”.

The episode is described by The CW as:

WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH? — When Hank (guest star Tom Wilson) commandeers the Waverider in 1973, the Legends find themselves on the run in an RV after kidnapping the President who is only able to tell the truth. With the help of Constantine (Matt Ryan), they discover the reason that none of them can lie making for an uncomfortable family road trip. Meanwhile, Nate (Nick Zano) and Zari (Tala Ashe), with the help of Nora (Courtney Ford) and Gary (guest star Adam Tsekhman), work together to find out what Hank is really up to.

Take a look at the full preview gallery for the episode below!

Legends of Tomorrow stars Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Amy Pemberton, Arthur Darville, Wentworth Miller, Nick Zano, and Dominic Purcell. The series airs Tuesday nights on the CW in North America and on Sky One in the UK.


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The Adams Family (Annapurna Pictures)

First poster released for animated THE ADDAMS FAMILY, trailer coming soon

This halloween season The Addams Family are returning to the big screen. United Artists Releasing alongside Annapurna Pictures are resurrecting America’s creepiest family for a new animated adventure.

Over the the weekend the studio has released this first poster for the movie and confirmed that the first trailer will drop on April 10th.

There’s a very Tim Burton look to this poster so we’re excited to see how the titular family look in action!

Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family are back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the creepy and kooky clan. You may think your family is weird, but the outlandish, bizarre, and completely iconic Addams Family, will have you thinking again.

The movie stars Oscar Isaac as Game Addams, Charlize Theron as Mortitia Addams, Chloë Grace Moretz as Wednesday Addams, Finn Wolfhard as Puglsey Addams and Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester. The movie also stars Bette Midler and Allison Janney.


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Felicity Smoak (The CW)

Emily Bett Rickards announces her exit from ARROW ahead of final season

Sad news for Olicity fans and fans of the original Team Arrow. Today actress Emily Bett Rickards has announced that she will be leaving Arrow at the end of season 7.

The actress released a statement via her official Instagram account saying:

The time has come to talk of many memes. Of bows and arrows and superheroes and Olicity and Queens
And why TGA is so damn hot
And yes, canaries need more scenes… But wait just one minute 
before we go and do all that
For this makes me out of breath 
To have this not small chat

Felicity and I 
are a very tight two
But after one through seven
we will be saying goodbye to you

I thank you all for the time we’ve shared
The elevators we have climbed
The monsters we have faced and scared 
And The burgers we have dined 
I will keep her in my heart for always
And I hope that you can too
Because she would not be alive if it weren’t for all of you 💕

Love,

Felicity and Me

At this stage it would appear that Felicity will be skipping out on the series short, 10-episode, final season which will air in the Autumn. The CW has yet to release an official statement but her post has been liked by Stephen Amell which adds some legitimacy to her words.

Will you miss Felicity as the show heads towards the finish line?

Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, David Ramsey as John Diggle and Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance/Black Siren. Season 7 will see the return of Colton Haynes as Roy Harper/Arsenal.

Arrow airs on The CW Mondays at 8/7c. In the UK the show airs on Sky One on Thursdays at 9pm.


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Ghostbusters 3 (Sony Pictures)

GHOSBUSTERS adds three leads to the cast

A little whilst break we brought you casting breakdown for the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel. The movie, to be directed by Jason Reitman, has now announced casting for three of its leads.

Initially reported by The Hollywood Reporter the news was later confirmed by Reitman himself on his social media channels.

First up, 12-year-old up-and-comer Mckenna Grace who fans will recognise for her appearance as a young Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel. Grace will be joined by Carrie Coon (Avengers: Infinity War), who will play her mother, and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), who will play her older brother.

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Meet the family. #GB20

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Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.)

Jai Courtney confirms return for THE SUICIDE SQUAD

Though Suicide Squad was not the biggest critical success the movie arguably featured some great characters. Whilst we don’t have a confirmed cast list for 2020’s The Suicide Squad one actor from the original movie has confirmed his involvement.

Speaking with Business Insider Jai Courtney said “We’re getting ready to shoot in a few months’ time.”“There’s not much else I can reveal about it but yes, you’ll be seeing Boomerang back for sure. I’m happy, it’s going to be fun. It will be different, for sure, but it’s going to be great.” 

Courtney portrayed the morally questionable Captain Boomerang in the first movie. The idea of his return seems to clash with previous rumours this movie would be a “total reboot”.

The Suicide Squad (aka Suicide Squad 2)is aiming for an August 6, 2020 release date.


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Harley Quinn

Latest BIRDS OF PREY set photos confirm appearance by [spoiler]

Though Jared Leto is busy filming Morbius: The Living Vampire it doesn’t seem that will be stopping Joker from appearing in Birds of Prey.

In JustJared’s latest batch of set photos we see Margot Robbie filming what is likely going to be her breakup scene with her Puddin’. Joker’s face is clearly masked by the window from this angle but we presume the movie may also stray away from showing his face too.

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. The movie will be directed by Cathy Yan and arrives in cinemas on February 7, 2020.


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Pennyworth (Epix)

EPIX has released the first teaser for PENNYWORTH

It’s been a busy 24 hours in the DC Universe and we don’t just mean the streaming service. Alongside the first image of Stargirl and the confirmation of a whole load of premiere dates, we’ve also now got the first teaser for EPIX upcoming Pennyworth series.

The short teasers features a whole load of different images from the show. We get a good sense of the style of action the series will be showing off when it arrives in summer.

Of course there’s only one short scene and that scene see’s Alfred introducing himself to one of his peers. Check out the teaser in the player below.

“Pennyworth is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. It follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s billionaire father, in 1960’s London. Production will begin later this year, with a series premiere slated for 2019.”

Pennyworth stars Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth with Ben Aldridge as Thomas Wayne, Paloma Faith as Bet Sykes, Ryan Fletcher as Dave Boy, and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett as Bazza.


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DC Universe

DC UNIVERSE confirms start dates for SWAMP THING and YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS

During last night’s DC Universe panel the streaming platform confirmed a whole lot of upcoming show news.

First up: Swamp Thing. The highly anticipated series is set to drop earlier than we expected. The series will premiere new episodes beginning May 31, 2019.

Then the critically acclaimed Young Justice: Outisders will return for its second back of episodes from July 2, 2019.

It’s also been confirmed that Harley Quinn will debut “late” in 2019 and perhaps even more exciting is the news that Titans will return for its second season before the end of the year!

Krypton also brings its first season to the service beginning on April 5, while Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, the latest animated movie in the DC line, will debut on April 16.

Swamp Thing  is set to star Virginia Madsenas Maria Sunderland, Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu, Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane and Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne.

Young Justice stars Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Stephanie Lemelin, Khary Payton, Zehra Fazal, Troy Baker and Jason Spisak. The series is directed by Christopher Berkeley and Mel Zwyer and producers by Sam Register, Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti.


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