Sony’s PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale already looks impressive, but they only showed six characters and four stages during the reveal of the mashup brawler. Here’s my list of characters, stages and features I’m expecting and hoping Sony announces for the game.


Sony first party characters will make up the bulk of the game’s roster if I had to bet. Luckily the publisher has a long history of great characters to work with.

Wander/Ico – While Team Ico’s latest game may never actually come out, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are two the of most beloved titles from the PlayStation 2 era. It would also be nice to get a little ‘art game’ in this brawler.

Sackboy – We already know a LittleBigPlanet stage is included in the game and Sackboy is all but a sure thing to be included in the character roster, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting it any less. Who doesn’t want to see a knitted puppet take on Parappa?

Ratchet – The Ratchet and Clank series is one of the best Sony has to offer. I think the Lombax could hold his own against any other fighter from the PlayStation universe, and that wrench could be a powerful weapon.

Cole McGrath – This inFamous hero would be a great addition to the character roster. He  has great projectile weapons with his red and blue lightning and can also get up close for some melee. It helps that Sucker Punch’s other famous franchise, Sly Cooper has already been announced for PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale. This one’s all but guaranteed.

Nathan Drake – Another pick that is sure to come to fruition as Drake heads one of Sony’s  most popular franchises. I would even bet his old pal Sully or Elena will join him by the time the final roster is announced, or at the very least as DLC.

Knight – If the Knight can conquer the world of Demon’s Souls, there’s little doubt he could take down any of the previous characters mentioned, especially if the world tendency is in his favor.

Third-Party Characters

Developer SuperBot said they were open to including third-party characters which presents a wide range of possibilities.

Cyborg Raiden – While Snake is the namesake of the Metal Gear Solid series, he has already appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Sony will probably want to differentiate themselves from the already similar title and go with Raiden as the representative for the series that helped make the PlayStation brand famous.

Leon – Similar to Chris Redfield in Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Leon S. Kennedy could easily be a fighter in PlayStation All-Stars. Resident Evil was one of the biggest series on PlayStation and fan-favorite Leon makes the most sense to include from the franchise.

Big Daddy – Staring down a Big Daddy was one of the most terrifying experiences in the original Bioshock and including one in the roster would make for one of the most powerful fighters in the game.

Cloud – Final Fantasy VII is another franchise that helped define PlayStation in its early days and Cloud remains one of the most loved characters in the series. Not to mention that sword of his could do some serious damage.


Sony has already revealed stages based off LittleBigPlanet, God of War and Buzz! but I believe they are missing a few that have a lot of potential.

Journey – A level based off thatgamecompany’s latest title Journey would work really well and look stunning if they manage to pull it off right.

Twisted Metal – Sweet Tooth is already in PlayStation All-Stars but a stage with destructive car combat possibly influencing the level could be cool.

One last request of Sony is cross-compatibility between the PlayStation 3 and Vita. Street Fighter X Tekken and Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom already have this capability and I would love to play this game if I don’t have access to my console and TV.

What do you think I missed? What characters are you hoping Sony includes in PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale?

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!

Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?