Co-creator Mike DiMartino discusses the past, present and future of the Avatar in a recently-posted interview from SDCC.

Comic Book Resources has posted an interview from San Diego Comic-Con where Mike DiMartino (co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend Of Korra) discusses the comic continuation of the series and hints at what season 2 of the new show might bring for Korra.

DiMartino was not shy about adressing fan concerns from the first season of The Legend of Korra. When asked about the seemingly final conclusion to the season – a hot topic of debate among fans – DiMartino admits that the show was designed “to have a really clear end to it… a satisfying end to the story.” But season 1 is not as free of loose ends as it might seem. Korra herself, DiMartino says, still has “a ways to go.”

Korra’s particular challenge, as indicated in the initial twelve episodes, lies in the spiritual elements of her nature as the Avatar – elements which came relatively easily to Aang. “She’s not done… growing and learning about the spirit world and her spirituality,” DiMartino says. “What we’re going to be following throughout all these books is her spiritual growth and how she becomes the Avatar – and what kind of Avatar she wants to be.”

DiMartino also discusses the comic continuations of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and how they connect that series with The Legend of Korra. “There’s definitely a bit of crossover,” he says. “When we started on the comics we had laid some of the groundwork for Korra as far as Republic City.” He and co-creator Bryan Konietzko had laid out details like “Beifong’s metalbending, and that kind of stuff,” but they were eager to see it fleshed out in story form.

Toph’s metalbending school has been especially rewarding for DiMartino to discover, he says. That subplot, as developed by graphic novelist Gene Yang, is one of his favorites in “The Promise.” “The characters that he brought to that school… were really fun,” DiMartino adds. “Not characters I would have come up with, but I love them.”

DiMartino is also glad that more contentious political issues receive attention in the comics. The Republic City of The Legend of Korra is a novelty in Aang’s time. “Benders from all over the world were welcomed and kind of living together in harmony,” he says, adding that he and Bryan Konietzko had wanted to portray Aang and Zuko’s development of this radical idea. “It’s nice to be able to do that story,” he says, “and kind of show the origins of what you end up seeing in Korra.”

The comics will also provide resolution for an unresolved mystery from Avatar: The Last Airbender – the whereabout of Zuko’s mother, Ursa. “I honestly didn’t think it was going to get that big a reaction,” DiMartino marvels. “To this day, it’s like the number one question people continue to ask us.” And like nearly every fan of the series, DiMartino says that he is “excited that we’re getting to delve into” the long-pondered mystery, which is set to be resolved in next year’s comic series, “The Search.”

DiMartino is quick to add his appreciation for Gene Yang’s work in scripting “The Promise” and “The Search.” Yang was brought on to script the comics while DiMartino and Konietzko started work on The Legend of Korra, and the collaboration, though a shift in method for the Avatar team, has been very succesful. “[Yang] came to it as a fan of the show,” DiMartino says. “He loves the world, he’s very faithful to [it], but he’s also able to bring his own take.”

Interviewer Jonah Weiland, who recently worked with Yang, joked that the graphic novelist was startled at the reaction to his Avatar-related work. Though many fans were positive, Yang expressed bemusement at “hatemail” he has recieved from Avatar fans. “They do the same thing to us,” laughed DiMartino. “It’s all right.”

In a new trailer for The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, we see what the creature can do while still inside her sarcophagus. Imagine what’ll happen once she gets out.

When the previous teaser trailer dropped, we remarked on how Universal’s first outing in its shared monster universe is shaping up to be a good old-fashioned scary movie.

This second trailer definitely puts an emphasis on the action, as we see Cruise’s character enduring all kinds of destruction even before the princess mummy is raised from her tomb.

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In a new trailer for The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, we see what the creature can do while still inside her sarcophagus. Imagine what’ll happen once she gets out.

When the previous teaser trailer dropped, we remarked on how Universal’s first outing in its shared monster universe is shaping up to be a good old-fashioned scary movie.

This second trailer definitely puts an emphasis on the action, as we see Cruise’s character enduring all kinds of destruction even before the princess mummy is raised from her tomb.

Watch the full-length trailer for The Mummy below:

The description for the video reads:

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years — with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on. Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.

Despite initial criticism over rebooting The Mummy franchise, this film certainly looks to be a different beast than the one starring Brendan Fraser. Better yet, it also looks to be a movie worthy of Cruise’s action hero status.

New ‘The Mummy’ images

The new trailer also came with several new images starring the main players of the film, and some great shots of Sofia Boutella as the mummy herself.

The Mummy Annabelle Wallis sarcophagus

The Mummy Annabelle Wallis

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The Mummy Sofia Boutella eyes

The Mummy Sofia Boutella

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The Mummy Tom Cruise Annabelle Wallis

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The Mummy Tom Cruise

What do you think of the new ‘The Mummy’ trailer?

This week Emma Stone hosted SNL with musical guest Shawn Mendes. Check out some of the highlights from the episode!

‘SNL’ Cold Open

The show poked fun at Donald Trump’s social media activity including his retweeting of teenagers. Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon played Kellyanne Conway. Interestingly, Donald Trump tweeted about SNL while this sketch was airing.

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This week Emma Stone hosted SNL with musical guest Shawn Mendes. Check out some of the highlights from the episode!

‘SNL’ Cold Open

The show poked fun at Donald Trump’s social media activity including his retweeting of teenagers. Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon played Kellyanne Conway. Interestingly, Donald Trump tweeted about SNL while this sketch was airing.

Opening Monologue

In the opening monologue, Emma Stone reminisced about her previous appearances as host. It all led up to an awkward rendezvous with Bobby Moynihan.

The Hunt For Hil

In a digital sketch, the show spoofed the Hillary Clinton sightings happening in her hometown in upstate New York. Check out The Hunt for Hil.

Jennifer Aniston meets Vanessa Bayer’s Rachel from ‘Friends’

Jennifer Aniston stopped by Weekend Update during Vanessa Bayer’s incredible Rachel impression. Aniston and Bayer star in the new movie “Office Christmas Party.” Check out the cameo below!

Debette Goldry

Kate McKinnon reprised her character Debette Goldry — a golden age actress who had to do crazy things to get the roles she wanted.

Shawn Mendes performs on ‘SNL’

Shawn Mendes performed two songs on the show as well. Check out his performances of “Treat You Better” and “Mercy.”

Coming Up on ‘SNL’

Next week John Cena will host SNL with musical guest Maren Morris. On December 17 Casey Affleck will host along with musical guest Chance the Rapper.

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The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally here! If this trailer is anything to go by, the movie will be just as good as the first!

Guardians of the Galaxy was a major hit because of its offbeat characters, and own brand of humor not yet seen in Marvel movies. Fans have anxiously been waiting to see if the sequel would live up to the hype of the first film. The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gives us a glimpse at what’s to come, and we’re loving it!

Take a look at the first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below:

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The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally here! If this trailer is anything to go by, the movie will be just as good as the first!

Guardians of the Galaxy was a major hit because of its offbeat characters, and own brand of humor not yet seen in Marvel movies. Fans have anxiously been waiting to see if the sequel would live up to the hype of the first film. The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gives us a glimpse at what’s to come, and we’re loving it!

Take a look at the first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below:

Most notable in the trailer is baby Groot! He was well-loved in the first film and many wondered how involved he would become in the second film, given that he had been reborn after saving his friends. It appears that baby Groot will be just as involved in the action as before, and is causing trouble of his own! It should be fun seeing if Rocket can keep up with his friend as he grows.

Also touched upon in the trailer is Star-Lord’s feelings for Gamora. Somehow his friends are surprised by this news, and Drax even thinks it’s hilarious when the secret is made public. This whole scene makes us even more anxious to see this group together again. Only a couple more months to go! May 2017, can you please hurry up?

The official synopsis for the film teases:

“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.”

What do you think of the first teaser trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’?