Pete Hernandez


Favorite MCU movie: Avengers: Infinity War

It was just remarkable to finally see the culmination of ten plus years of storytelling and witnessing characters like Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy finally interact with one another. Avengers: Infinity War felt like the exclamation point on the first-ever connected universe we've seen on film. 

Favorite MCU character: Spider-Man

Spider-Man is my favorite superhero overall (shoutout to the 90s animated show), and it carries over into the MCU. I love Tom Holland’s portrayal and I feel he depicts the web-slinger and most importantly the Peter Parker I grew up to admire (a hero with vulnerabilities and faults which make him arguably the most relatable and revolutionary).

Favorite Star Wars movie: The Empire Strikes Back

Let's see, you have the Battle of Hoth, the iconic "Imperial March", Yoda and “Do...or do not. There is no try”, "No...I am your father," Boba Fett, themes of deceit and betrayal, need I say more? So many of the franchise's iconic Star Wars moments can be traced back to this single film, and it's why The Empire Strikes Back is still the best in my opinion.

Favorite Star Wars character: The Mandalorian aka Din Djarin

I realize that I've connected more to the films themselves as opposed to specific characters. Why not The Mandalorian? I always wanted a Boba Fett film/series, and The Mandalorian's first season delivered that for me and more. Excited for the future!

Why I joined The Direct

After writing/covering the NBA and NFL, I had the drive to do the same for Marvel and Star Wars. I wanted a platform and a community that was dedicated at heart with a passion for these topics, and I’m fortunate to help cultivate that here at The Direct. The future of Marvel and Star Wars is bright, and in the words of the great Stan Lee: “Excelsior!”

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Pete Hernandez's Latest Stories

5 Biggest Reasons Why Spider-Man 3: No Way Home Could Be Marvel's Best Spider-Man Movie

The level of anticipation for Spider-Man: No Way Home has reached exponential heights. From confirmed reports to rumored cameos, these are the reasons why No Way Home could be the best Spidey film.

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Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman 1984: New Action Footage Unveiled in International Trailer

A newly released Japanese trailer for Wonder Woman: 1984 has unveiled new action footage featuring Diana Prince and villains Cheetah and Maxwell Lord.

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Justice League: Jason Momoa Calls Out Warner Bros. 'Fake Announcement' Amid Ray Fisher Controversy

In a new Instagram post, Aquaman actor Jason Momoa called out Warner Bros. and the studio's behavior amid the ongoing investigation into Ray Fisher's allegations of abuse on the set of Justice League.

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Thor Writer Reveals MCU's Hela Appeared In Original Script of 2011 Chris Hemsworth Film

Screenwriter Zack Stentz, whose writing credits include X-Men: First Class and Marvel Studios' Thor, revealed that an early version of his script included the appearance of Thor's sister, Hela.

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Ant-Man 3 Director Peyton Reed Teases a Bigger, More Sprawling Film Than Previous Movies

In an interview with SiriusXm Radio, Ant-Man 3 director Peyton Reed elaborated, as best he could, on what fans should expect from the third film in the franchise, teasing a much bigger film overall.

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What Made Chadwick Boseman A Hero Beyond the Marvel Cinematic Universe

As we mourn the passing of Chadwick Boseman, MCU Direct looks at the impact he made on those around him: from T'Challa to iconic historical figures to the impact he made as an icon himself.

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Taron Egerton Responds to MCU Wolverine Rumors & Fan Castings

The MCU is set to welcome the arrival of the X-Men at some point in the future, and all eyes are on the actor who may don the claws of Wolverine. Taron Edgerton acknowledges he's seen the fan support.

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The Snyder Cut of Justice League: All the Reveals & Details from DC FanDome

DC FanDome: everything revealed about the Zack Snyder Cut of 2017's Justice League

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The Suicide Squad: Official Team & Roles Revealed in First Teaser

The Suicide Squad panel at DC FanDome is underway, and fans were treated to the first official film footage that revealed the team roster and the cast portrayals.

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DC & Warner Bros. Have a Controversy Problem

DC and Warner Bros. have had a history of contradicting themselves in regards to their response to troubling allegations, and these examples highlight what must be done to correct that behavior.

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Black Panther 2: Cinematographer Rachel Morrison's Return Uncertain

Indefinite film delays as a result of the pandemic has had long-term implications, and the new normal could force Rachel Morrison from returning to work on the sequel to Marvel's Black Panther.

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5 MCU Characters With High Breakout Potential In Marvel's Phase 4 & Beyond

Just like athletes can have a “breakout” season, the MCU has seen no shortage of breakout characters. In this feature from The Direct, we’re predicting the next group of breakout characters of the MCU

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Anthony Mackie Explains Why He Criticized Marvel Studios About Diversity

In an interview with MCU star Anthony Mackie discussed in further detail his comments regarding Marvel's lack of diversity as well as his thoughts on taking the mantle of Captain America.

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Captain Marvel 2 Will Feature Ms. Marvel and Other Avengers (Exclusive)

With her own Disney+ series on the way, Ms. Marvel's introduction to the MCU is shaping up to be significant. In an exclusive from The Direct, Ms. Marvel will also appear in a future MCU film.

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Marvel Studios' Hawkeye Show Adds Troop Zero and John Mulaney Directors

Marvel Studios' Hawkeye Disney+ series is reported to have multiple directors for different episodes, marking the first instance of such in a MCU show.

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Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn & Deadshot's Romance Clarified By Director

As fans wait for the so-called "Ayer Cut" of 2016's Suicide Squad, David Ayer has taken to Twitter to answer questions regarding his original script. Recently, he clarified a Deadshot-Harley detail.

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Marvel Studios and DC Films Ditching Comic-Con Virtual Event

As fans prepare for the unique experience of Comic-Con@Home, they'll be in for a show absent two comic brands. A new report details that both Marvel and DC will pass on the virtual event.

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Avengers: Endgame Directors React to Anthony Mackie's Criticism Against Marvel Studios' Diversity

Anthony Mackie's comments regarding the need for more Marvel diversity behind the camera made headlines, and two of studio's biggest directors stand by the actor's comments.

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Exclusive: Constantine Movie in Development at Warner Bros.

The future of DC cinema is beginning to take shape with more news making the headlines. Now in an exclusive report, the DC cinematic roster will have to make room for one more addition on screen.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: James Gunn Confirms New Baby Groot Easter Egg

After a film is released, new easter eggs are unearthed or perhaps even constructed? In a Twitter thread, James Gunn has confirmed a new Baby Groot easter egg from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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Marvel Studios & Ghostbusters Star Ernie Hudson Have Discussed Possible MCU Role for Actor

Ernie Hudson is no stranger to blockbuster franchises, but the Ghostbusters star could have his eyes on joining a new one. In an interview, the actor recently said talks are ongoing for an MCU role.

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Black Widow: Movie Could be Released to Athletes in NBA's Return at Disney World

As the NBA to return to action, the Walt Disney World location has its perks. According to sources, players could have access to unreleased films, including Marvel's Black Widow.

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Star Wars Live-Action Connected Universe Rumored for Disney+

After a resounding success with their first live-action show, Lucasfilm is investing heavily in its future on Disney+. In a new report, the studio is creating a shared universe of its Disney+ shows.

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Suicide Squad: David Ayer Clarifies Joker-Harley Quinn Theory

As support for the "Ayer Cut" of Suicide Squad continues to grow, David Ayer took time via Twitter to answer a rumored theory regarding the Joker and Harley Quinn.

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'Wonder Woman 1984' Delayed to October 2020

The highly awaited sequel Wonder Woman 1984 officially has a new release date.

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Exclusive: New Joker to be Introduced in Matt Reeves' The Batman Trilogy

The development of Matt Reeves' The Batman has fan interest peaking regarding the future for the world's greatest detective. In an exclusive report, a classic villain is due for his future arrival.

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Everything We Know So Far Regarding the Snyder Cut and Rumored Ayer Cut

The DC Universe has had plenty of new details revealed as of late, and here is everything we know so far regarding the Snyder Cut and rumored Ayer Cut.

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New Ezra Bridger Live-Action Casting Search Details Revealed

The jump from animation to live-action continues as a new report reveals new details regarding the ongoing casting search for the live-action version of Star Wars: Rebels lead Ezra Bridger.

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Top 10 MCU Scenes Straight From the Marvel Comics

Throughout the MCU, there have been moments literally taken from the comics themselves and placed on the silver screen, and these are The Direct's top ten scenes taken straight from the comics.

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The Mandalorian Season Two: Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren Could Set Up a Rebels Sequel

In a Mandalorian Season Two update from Kessel Run Transmissions, early indications are that Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren will appear in just one episode, presumably to set up a Rebels sequel.

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The Mandalorian Season 2 Could Add Captain Rex, Also Portrayed by Temuera Morrison

Following the report that Boba Fett could return in The Mandalorian season two, there is a possibility that Captain Rex could also be portrayed by Temuera Morrison.

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Captain America Film Involving the Infinity Stones Envisioned by Red Skull Actor

During a virtual appearance at Awesome-Con Online 2020, Red Skull actor Ross Marquand shared his pitch for a Captain America film surrounding Steve Rogers' return of the Infinity Stones.

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Exclusive: Ghost Rider Project In Development by Marvel Studios

According to contributing insider Daniel Richtman, a Ghost Rider project is being developed by Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios.

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek: No Estimated Return to Film, Big-Budget Productions

During the Walt Disney Company's second-quarter earnings call, CEO Bob Chapek iterated that there is no estimated return to film production for the company, including Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm.

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Black Widow's Role In Ant-Man Movie Revealed By Director

In a Q&A thread on Twitter, director Peyton Reed revealed further details behind a subtle reference in 2015's Ant-Man.

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Ryan Reynolds on Deadpool in the MCU: "A Win for Everyone"

Speaking on the rights to Deadpool now being owned by Disney, Ryan Reynolds noted that the Merc with a Mouth now being affiliated with Disney is a "win for everyone involved."

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Dark Rey's Lightsaber Revealed In New The Rise of Skywalker Concept Art

Concept artist Matthew Savage shared some close-up shots of Dark Rey's lightsaber in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And upon a further look, it revealed some interesting elements of inspiration.

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Spider-Man 3 Delayed to November 2021

Tom Holland's Spider-Man 3 has been delayed from July 2021 to November 2021.

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The Rise of Skywalker Ranks As The Lowest Profiting Movie Of Star Wars' Sequel Trilogy

The numbers are in, and they are not promising. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ranked as the ninth-most profitable film of 2019, good for the lowest of the sequel trilogy.

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Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Biehn For The Mandalorian Season 2: One's In, One's Out

As we near the arrival of The Mandalorian season two, we're getting clarity on the new season. Recently, there are new developments regarding the rumored roles of Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Biehn.

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