From friendships to romantic entanglements to inevitable family bonding, here are six relationships we hope get the chance to develop this upcoming Downton Abbey season.

Mary and Tom

Downton Abbey Mary and Tom
Mary and Tom’s friendship has been one of the most fully developed in the series because it seemed to happen so organically. While they started off as relative antagonists, each fighting for what they believed was best for their beloved Sybil, over time they found that their opinionated, outspoken personalities actually got along really well. Once married to Sybil, Mary was the biggest proponent of embracing Tom as a family member, and their practical but differing world views meant that they could each provide the advice that the other needed to hear.

Once their spouses died, they obviously became much closer due to their shared tragedy. Mary encouraged Tom to find his place at Downton after Sybil’s death, and when Matthew died, Tom became the catalyst for finally getting Mary out of her depression. Both underdogs of sorts when handling estate affairs, they respect each other’s mind and spirit and have proven what a great and innovative business match they can be.

When Mary’s suitors became the focus of the second half of the season 4, unfortunately her blossoming friendship with Tom got set aside, but here’s hoping that their playful chemistry (which out-sparks Gilly’s even on his best day) gets a chance to shine in season 5.

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From friendships to romantic entanglements to inevitable family bonding, here are six relationships we hope get the chance to develop this upcoming Downton Abbey season.

Mary and Tom

Downton Abbey Mary and Tom
Mary and Tom’s friendship has been one of the most fully developed in the series because it seemed to happen so organically. While they started off as relative antagonists, each fighting for what they believed was best for their beloved Sybil, over time they found that their opinionated, outspoken personalities actually got along really well. Once married to Sybil, Mary was the biggest proponent of embracing Tom as a family member, and their practical but differing world views meant that they could each provide the advice that the other needed to hear.

Once their spouses died, they obviously became much closer due to their shared tragedy. Mary encouraged Tom to find his place at Downton after Sybil’s death, and when Matthew died, Tom became the catalyst for finally getting Mary out of her depression. Both underdogs of sorts when handling estate affairs, they respect each other’s mind and spirit and have proven what a great and innovative business match they can be.

When Mary’s suitors became the focus of the second half of the season 4, unfortunately her blossoming friendship with Tom got set aside, but here’s hoping that their playful chemistry (which out-sparks Gilly’s even on his best day) gets a chance to shine in season 5.

Anna and Thomas

Anna and Thomas Downton Abbey
Thomas and Anna started off the series guns-a-blazin’ as Thomas had his eyes set on ruining Bates’ career at Downton. But Lady Sybil’s death showed Anna a softer, more genuine side to the presumed soulless Thomas, and in return Thomas found himself endeared to one of the few other people who could share in his loss.

In season 4, their bickering wore on, but Thomas finally seems to respect Anna, and although she still finds him petty, in many ways she now recognizes his behavior as that of an angry child acting out. After a spectacular third season, Thomas really got the short end of the stick in season 4, so we can only hope that as he continues his scheming, season 5 brings him some more of Anna’s good influence.

Jimmy and Rose

Jimmy and Rose Downton Abbey
The two self-absorbed darlings of Downton, Jimmy and Rose just want to have fun. It was a treat to see them wiggle their way out of the whole dancing hall mess of season 4, and with any luck season 5 will bring us more of their accidental shenanigans.

As the youngest member of the upstairs family, Rose rarely gets the chance to let her hair down and interact with some of the roaring ’20s kids her own age, and as a progressive-minded young woman, it would be a real treat to see her stick her nose in the downstairs social affairs. As for Jimmy, always the player, we rarely get to see him interact genuinely with the ladies, so it was a delight to see him drop his guard with Rose and stand in confusion over her behavior. A true Downton innovator, we think our Rose has it in her to pluck some sincerity out of this jealous, petty footman.

Thomas and Daisy.

Daisy and Thomas Downton
Once upon a time, Daisy was so naïve and in love… but four seasons later she’s got her groove back and she ain’t got time for Thomas’ nonsense. Once smitten with the former footman, she’s since learned not to trust a word he says. This has in turn made for some amusing moments, as Thomas’ endearment to Downton has grown, and Daisy has become one of only a handful of people he seems genuinely fond of.

He has a funny way of showing his fondness though, which is why we can’t really blame Daisy for dismissing him as toying with her when he tries to inquire after her well being. As friends, a person like Daisy could teach Thomas a thing or two about caring for others, and he would be an ideal candidate to bump up her ego and encourage her to chase after what she wants, so we hope we get to see more of this pair come next season.

Edith and Mary

Downton Abbey Mary Edith
Mary and Edith have never had it easy. From the start of the series, Mary teased Edith mercilessly, and mounting jealousies eventually led Edith to take it upon herself to destroy her sister’s moral reputation. After some time, the two have learned to make amends; Mary still teases Edith, but keeps the humiliation to a minimum, and Edith has learned to find her own way in the world, having confidence in herself as her own person outside of Mary’s shadow. After Sybil’s death, they learned to appreciate each other a little bit more, but they’ve still never been the best of friends, and though they love each other as family does, as far as companionship goes, they only tolerate each other at best.

Still, as this upcoming season unfolds, Edith will surely have mounting grief at the loss of her baby, and we can’t help but feel that as chastising as Mary can be, she might be one of the few people who could empathize with Edith. We hope that in a series that so wonderfully explores the complex relationships between women, this upcoming season finally brings us some closure between the two Crawley sisters.

Violet and Isobel

Dowager and Isobel Downton Abbey
The Dowager has never been one to contend with, but if there was ever anyone at Downton who could ruffle Violet’s feathers, it’s been Isobel with her confounding middle-class, social activist ways. When she initially arrived, Violet and Cora often teamed up to shut down Isobel’s newfangled ideas, but as the years have gone on and the children have died, the Dowager has finally seemed to accept Isobel as a member of the family.

This pair is always delightful to watch because they open each other up to new ideas and force each other out of their comfort zones. And though Violet has always found Isobel to be a little grating, her immense kindness in caring for Violet while she was sick really showed a new side to their inevitable friendship. With any luck, season 5 will continue to bring the two classiest ladies at Downton even closer.

What new relationships do you hope get developed in season 5 of ‘Downton Abbey’?

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017