Doctor Strange Title-Dropped Avengers: Endgame in Infinity War on Purpose

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

Following the release of Avengers: Infinity War in April 2018, fans spent months speculating about what the title for the fourth and final installment in the superhero franchise might be. But it turned out that directors Anthony and Joe Russo had told us the name of the upcoming film in the final moments of Avengers: Infinity War.

“We’re in the end game now,” Doctor Strange said before the battle on Titan during Infinity War.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently revealed Avengers producers included the title in Infinity War on purpose. “It was in place before we started developing the movie. Or just as we were developing it,” Feige said. “So Doctor Strange says that line because we knew it was the title.”

While the name was a surprise to many fans when it was announced in December, some dedicated MCU viewers had predicted the title of the fourth movie as soon as the words “end game” left Doctor Strange’s mouth. In fact, Avengers: Endgame was one of the most popular predicted titles ahead of the official announcement in December.

In addition to the instance in which Doctor Strange utters “end game,” there are actually a few other examples of MCU characters using the phrase throughout the last 10 years of Marvel movies, according to CinemaBlend.

It’s fitting, however, that Doctor Strange would ultimately be the character to foreshadow the name of the next movie, as he is the only Avenger to use the Time Stone in order to preview the millions of ways in which the conflict with Thanos could end. Later in the scene, Doctor Strange ends up handing over the Time Stone to Thanos after The Mad Titan stabs Iron Man in the chest—a choice we hope is explained further once Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, 2019.

Virginia’s University of Lynchburg is Adding a Harry Potter Class to Its Fall Curriculum

Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R.
Warner Bros. Ent. Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R.

While it’s not exactly an invitation to Hogwarts, students at Virginia’s University of Lynchburg are getting just about the next best thing. This fall, the campus is adding a Harry Potter-themed class to its curriculum as a general education course.

The university is in the process of changing some of its course offerings and streamlining classes in recognition of its modern students. According to WSET ABC 13, Dr. Sharon Foreman, director of general education, said of the new curriculum: "It is very targeted towards 21st century students who are going out into a global society and so we want faculty, staff, and administrators to know what that means, what it looks like, and [to] experience it first hand.”

Faculty have decided providing an education for a global society includes offering courses like the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Good Life," which will ask students to read J.K. Rowling’s books alongside the works of philosophers to create connections between the past and present.

University of Lynchburg coordinator of integrated seminars Amy Merrill Willis told WSLS 10 News that the course's instructor, Devin Brickhouse Bryson, is "going to be introducing philosophical concepts from [Plato], Socrates, and Aristotle, and asking students to think about the Harry Potter series in depth.”

Although there may not be a sorting hat or Butterbeer involved, the class sounds like a creative way to engage students in philosophy and critical issues, all while focused on the beloved Harry Potter series.

[h/t WSET ABC 13]

Wizarding World Orlando’s New Roller Coaster Is Full of Harry Potter Easter Eggs

Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando

While Universal Studios Orlando is already home to some incredible attractions in its Wizarding World of Harry Potter, such as its very own Hogsmeade, the Hogwarts Express, and even a Hogwarts Castle, the newest roller coaster seems to be bringing out the most dedicated of Potterheads. The ride, called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, saw whopping 10-hour waits in its opening days, and for those lucky enough to have experienced the brand-new attraction already, it looks like many have deemed it worth the line.

GameSpot got to take a ride on the Motorbike Adventure, and writer Meg Downey noted all the great details riders will encounter as they soar through the Forbidden Forest—which included a load of Easter eggs.

In particular, Downey calls out the many Harry Potter nods on the walls of the castle ruins. The graffiti, which resembles cave drawings, includes a joke about a Hippogriff attempting to catch Draco Malfoy (likely in reference to the Prisoner of Azkaban scene where the cocky wizard encounters Buckbeak), a drawing of a Phoenix that looks just like Fawkes, and even some sweet writings from Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter.

A Blast-Ended Skrewt within Universal Orlando's Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
A Blast-Ended Skrewt within Universal Orlando's Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, a reference to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Universal Orlando

Additionally, the ride includes a reference to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, according to Downey, who reports that Hagrid has a poster of Nifflers in his main workshop.

The new ride seems to be a must-do experience for diehard Harry Potter fans, exploring some of the most mysterious parts of Hogwarts and the fun style of Hagrid and his creatures.

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