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This week in movies…

This week, the entertainment world mourned one of its most creative sons. Stan Lee, the brains behind Spider-Man, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk and many more, died aged 95. It’s difficult to overstate the impact Lee had on popular culture and, more recently, the fabric of cinema. As a writer, editor, publisher and face of Marvel Comics, he became synonymous with all things superhero. He will be missed.

An avalanche of tributes began to roll in as soon as the news broke. Tom Holland dubbed him “the father of Marvel”, while Robert Downey Jr. pledged his entire career to the nonagenarian: “I owe it all to you,,, Rest In Peace Stan”, he wrote. “There will never be another Stan Lee,” added Chris Evans, before Letitia Wright said simply, “Rest in peace, Stan Lee.”

However, just as one iconic story closed its final chapter, another turned over a fresh page. Yup, you guessed it, Toy Story 4. Pixar dropped not one trailer, but two brand new teasers on the world this week (plus several minimalist posters).

First, we were introduced to Forky, a homemade spork plaything with identity issues – voiced by Arrested Development funnyman Tony Hale. Then Disney let us meet Bunny and Ducky – two fairground toys with serious attitude. Comic duo Jordan Peele & Keegan-Michael Key have provided the fluffy pair’s voices respectively.

Elsewhere, Ryan Reynolds gave Pokémon a new lease of life with a sarky turn in Detective Pikachu‘s debut trailer. Just as he did for Deadpool, the charismatic leading man appears to have put a sassy spin on the sparky mouse. It remains to be seen if the movie can live up to its star’s obvious charisma, but we’re keeping an open mind. As for the premise? It all feels a bit GameBoy Colour for our modern PS4 sensibilities, to be honest…

Another new trailer setting the Internet alight came from the minds of Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror) and James Cameron. Alita: Battle Angel is adapted from the famous ’90s Japanese manga of the same name. It tells the story of one young woman’s journey to discover the truth of who she is and her fight to change the world. Also, she’s a robot and there’s Avatar-levels of CGI involved. Jimmy C is at it again…

Finally, in a week where we said goodbye to a cultural phenomenon, another fan favourite prepared to check the gate on its final scene. As expected, there was no new footage, but Game of Thrones gave us a rousing montage to accompany season eight’s release date.

The HBO epic will air in April 2019, it was revealed and, as the highlights played, the trailer announced: ‘Every battle. Every betrayal. Every alliance. Every risk. Every fight. Every sacrifice. Every oath. Every death is all #ForTheThrone.’ Now would winter bloody hurry up, please?

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