A series of new Google Assistant ads aired during the 91st annual Oscars Sunday night, reimagining how some classic and recent films would change with Google's AI helper. Movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ladybird, Psycho, and Scream all appeared in short ads that played throughout the award show. The ads reconsidered how crucial scenes from each movie would work with Google Assistant saving time or assisting the characters. This isn't the first time Google Assistant has appeared in classic movies; a previous commercial also reimagined Home Alone with an AI-friendly scenario back in December. A collection of the commercials that aired tonight can be seen below.
The first thing Kevin Feige will tell you if you ask him about the Marvel Cinematic Universe's formula for success is that there isn't one. "I don't really know," he told me at a recent Spider-Man: Homecoming junket. "If we had it on a piece of paper like the Soup Nazi [from Seinfeld] had his soup recipes on a piece of paper, it would sort of make it easier." SEE ALSO: That crazy'Iron Man 2' Spider-Man fan theory is actually true, confirms Tom Holland Which is fair, I guess, but also deeply unsatisfying. Because over the past decade, the MCU hasn't just done well -- it's done so well that it's shifted the entire industry's approach to franchises.
Long before he did one of his now-famous cameos in a Marvel movie, Stan Lee appeared as himself in a film about a bunch of slackers killing time in suburbia. Mallrats was Kevin Smith's second movie after the breakout success of Clerks, and for his follow-up Smith swapped out deep nerdery about Star Wars for deeper nerdery about comics. In 1995, the year of Mallrats' release, seeing Lee show up in a Smith film was the perfect Venn diagram overlap of grunge proto-hipsterdom and comics fan culture. Whoever dreamt up Lee's cameo in Captain Marvel, one of dozens he's made over the years, knows this. The way he appears onscreen in his spotlight moment was clearly designed as an Easter egg for both Marvel and Mallrats fans alike.
Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as droid L3-37. Meet the Millennium Falcon: The ship that made the Kessel Run to Wakanda and... wait, what? Presale tickets for Solo: A Star Wars Story went on sale on Fandango at midnight Eastern Time and have already doubled presales for Marvel's blockbuster hit Black Panther in less than 24 hours. Among 2018 films, Solo's presale numbers are second only to Avengers: Infinity War. Ticket-buyers receive a free Solo poster but must pay shipping and handling charges.
Marvel might have gotten a head start on building their cinematic universe but DC is planning to catch up faster than a speeding bullet. At Warner Bros. Pictures' Comic-Con panel on Saturday, the studio debuted a sizzle reel teasing nine upcoming DC films: Most films had been previously announced, or known to exist but not yet made fully official (Wonder Woman II). Perhaps the biggest news here was one glaring omission: Gotham City Sirens, the Suicide Squad spinoff that is centered around Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and Batman's other female villains, Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Comic-Con would've presented a good opportunity to hype up the femme fatale team-up, so its absence could signal that the project has been backburnered. SEE ALSO: 'Justice League' trailer: Wonder Woman is back, and she's brought some new friends Another Gotham-set spinoff that's rumored to be in the works is Nightwing, centered around Batman's protege, Dick Grayson -- aka the first Robin.