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Why did Steve Rogers choose this character in Endgame?

Although they are Russo's words, I don't agree to their reasoning. I do, however, agree with their decision to pass on the symbol of Captain America to Sam. Bucky is fighting for the right side ...
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Why do movie teams shoot alternate endings?

There is a wide variety of reasons as to why a movie might have alternate endings. The original ending tested poorly during screen tests: In this case the director had a specific ending that made it ...
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Is Deadpool 2's after-credits scene canon or just a joke?

That post-credit scene is CANON as the writers said during their reddit AMA: Q: IS THE AFTER CREDIT SCENE CANON??? Please tell me I’m dying to know! A: Yes, the after credit scene is CANON! Don't ...
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Meaning of the final room in 2001: A Space Odyssey

The ending is largely symbolic, and reading the book helps with its interpretation. Here are some different opinions. The one based on the book goes like this: The black monolith you saw in the ...
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How do I get a happy ending in Bandersnatch?

Lifehacker.com has provided a "road map" of sort which, if I read it correctly, does have some "non-bad" options but that's a subjective issue.
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Is Clue the only film that aired true, multiple endings in theaters?

There is an Indian movie in Malayalam called Harikrishnans with There were two endings released in theaters, with the endings supposedly chosen based on the "popularity" of the actor in ...
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Are (literal) cliff hangers still used as cliffhangers?

One of the closest recent examples to a literal cliffhanger on TV might be the Green Wing finales of season 1 and season 2 from 2004 and 2006, respectively. From a TV Tropes page on the subject: ...
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Are (literal) cliff hangers still used as cliffhangers?

I can recall a few instances of using cliffs/cliffhangers within an episode of a tv show or film, but I'm struggling to think of an episode or a film that ends in a cliffhanger, except Big Little Lies,...
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Who fired the shot and what is the symbolism in firing shot right next to Lucas at the end of the movie?

There are no right answers to this question. The director has refused to comment on the issue, simply saying it is open to interpretation. Therefore, in this very long answer I've tried to address a ...
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Why did American History X end so unexpectedly?

The message of American History X is quite simple: violence begets violence. The whole film is a series of escalations based on revenge; Derek and Danny lose their father and hate consumes them. They ...
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What is the significance of the Vichy Water scene at the end of Casablanca?

In the script, the scene plays out as follows: Renault walks inside the hangar, picks up a bottle of Vichy water, and opens it. Renault: Well, Rick, you're not only a sentimentalist, but you'...
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Ending of babadook

The Babadook is really a metaphor for the mother's grief. Once summoned, it initially possesses the mother leading to her becoming a monster of sorts, treating her son badly and hurting the family ...
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How do I get a happy ending in Bandersnatch?

Encouraged by a comment, I thought I'd try to turn my comment into an answer. The answer to the question is: Black Mirror doesn't make happy endings. I'd argue that is one of their calling cards, ...
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Why did Steve Rogers choose this character in Endgame?

Copying from my answer to the same question on SFF: Because Sam was the logical choice over Bucky Joe Russo explains it in the following interview. "It made sense that it was Sam," Joe ...
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Was the ending to "How I Met Your Mother" planned from the start?

As this interview (from 2008) with co-creator Craig Thomas reveals: We've had a plan since the pilot and we actually shot a little piece of it at the beginning of season two, using the kids, ...
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Are (literal) cliff hangers still used as cliffhangers?

Just about every episode of Between the Lions The children's television show Between the Lions (2000-2010), which was all about teaching kids how to read, had a recurring sketch called "The ...
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Why do movie teams shoot alternate endings?

There can be many reasons for shooting alternate endings; a few of them are: To pass censorship: In 1975's Bollywood film Sholay the director had a different vision for the ending from the one we ...
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Why do movie teams shoot alternate endings?

To avoid leaks - Game of Thrones springs to mind During a recent talk at his alma mater, HBO programming president Casey Bloys said the show is taking measures avoid revealing its ending. "I know ...
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Is Clue the only film that aired true, multiple endings in theaters?

Run Lola Run (1998) had three endings, but they were released as part of one movie (unlike Clue which sounds like they released multiple versions of the movie at the same time). In it, Lola must ...
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The very ending of Ex-Machina

On a concrete level, Ava simply went to the place she said earlier she wanted to visit - a busy intersection - to go people watching. On a deeper level, I believe the shot of the shadows relates to ...
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Ending of babadook

Here's a non metaphorical explanation, just an idea I had: Remember when she went down to the basement and saw her husband The first time? He then asked for "the boy" so that they could be together ...
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What does the ending of The National Anthem mean?

At the end of the episode, they were trying to depict how the media exploiting us with sensationalist news means we miss what is in front of us. In S01E01 The National Anthem, we find out in the end ...
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What does the ending scene in the movie Basic Instinct actually mean?

The answer is much more complex. There are two fully developed storylines throughout the whole film. In one storyline, Catherine is the killer. In the second storyline, Beth is the killer. If you ...
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Was the boy guilty in 1957's 12 Angry Men?

UNDETERMINED We're never told either way. The movie is more focused on prejudice than anything else, and how some jurors wanted him to be guilty based on his background. In the end, reasonable doubt ...
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Why did Fury (2014) end this way?

Director David Ayer explained the ending in an interview: Interviewer: One thing I know has been an early kind of discussion point is at the very end of the movie in the moment, of course, when Logan ...
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What happens if someone becomes Excommunicado?

Excommunicado basically means that Wick becomes persona non grata and loses all access and privileges to underworld resources. What I did not understand is, why John is running for his life? Clearly,...
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How could the children know about the events at the end of The Last Jedi?

This was explained in the official tie-in book "Star Wars The Last Jedi The Visual Dictionary" The boy who uses the Force to control the broom is Temiri Blagg. The girl is Arashell Sar and the other ...
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Ending of babadook

If we want a non-metaphorical (aka literal) interpretation of the Babadook, then we start with the assumption that the monster is real. If the monster is real, it stands to reason that the poem in ...
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Meaning of the final room in 2001: A Space Odyssey

In the book, Clarke expertly shows that the Power behind the monolith does not want to hurt Dave in anyway. The monolith creates an environment for Dave to exist in that would not harm him in any way, ...
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The ending of The Wailing (2016)

Here is my interpretation. 1) It's a battle between the girl in white (good) and the old Japanese guy (evil) for the soul of the villagers. 2) The shaman is actually working for the Japanese guy (...
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