Avengers: Infinity War Composer Teases ‘Quick Shifts in Tone’

Veteran composer Alan Silvestri offers insight into his work on Avengers: Infinity War. In less than four weeks, Marvel Studios’ most ambitious project yet will grace the big screen with a promise of continuing narrative threads from all films before it, as well as set the stage for next year’s Avengers 4. For the film, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige tapped the best creative minds to work with the directors Joe and Anthony Russo, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and composer Silvestri.
Silvestri is no stranger in the MCU. He scored Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers. He was replaced in Avengers: Age of Ultron by Danny Elfman and Brian Tyler – a decision many didn’t like because of how the film barely used the music that Silvestri established in its predecessor, which worked against the effectivity of the MCU’s serialized storytelling. Being the man behind the now prominently played Avengers theme, it’s only fitting that he’s back to score not just Infinity War but also its still-untitled sequel.
Speaking with
THR in light of his latest project, Steven Spielberg’s
Ready Player One, the 68-year-old was asked about his time scoring
Infinity War. Silvestri shared that he just finished the music for the epic blockbuster (though it should be noted the interview was done last week), and while he can’t speak about specifics, he revealed that working on the movie was a very different experience for him.
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With a cast of several dozen actors and more than a few running subplots on top of Infinity War‘s main narrative, Silvestri (and basically everyone who’s involved in tying the film together) has had the very tricky responsibility of making sure the movie is cohesive. Its massive nature is a double-edged sword that could present problems regarding proper storytelling. If not handled carefully and thoughtfully, Avengers 3 could easily become a disjointed mess – especially considering this is arguably the MCU’s darkest and most serious film to date.
The MCU has had many successes in its last 10 years, but it’s not without its fair share of mistakes, one of which is its inconsistent use of themes due to its constant change in composers. This stems from when Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter was still controlling the cash flow Feige used for his films. Fortunately, things have changed now, with Feige directly reporting to Disney execs Bob Iger and Alan F. Horn, who are more willing to fund Marvel Studios.
Using Silvestri’s iconic Avengers theme, and actually leaning on it with several versions playing in the Avengers: Infinity War trailers (depending on the scene), is a great way to evoke emotion. At this point, people are more invested in the fates of their favorite characters than anything about the film. And we can only expect the music will be heavily played in the movie, especially during emotional moments (multiple deaths) to give the scenes the boost needed for maximum heart-wrenching effect.
MORE: Infinity War Stars Hilariously Respond to Directors’ Plea For No Spoilers
Source: THR
Win a Pink Deadpool Suit By Donating to Help Fight Cancer

Fans can own a piece of Deadpool by helping to fund cancer research. Previously teased as a “big, pink surprise,” Ryan Reynolds interrupted the FX premiere of Deadpool, in character, with a special message. Even though the speculation was that the message would have something to do with Deadpool 2, the reality was very different. The video message retains Reynolds’ pitch perfect tone and delivery as the Merc with a Mouth but reveals nothing about Deadpool 2.
The pink surprise in question, was in fact, a new Deadpool suit. The new, very pink suit is being entered into a lottery that any fan can enter. They just have to donate to the charity of F-ck Cancer. Although there are other definite prizes up for grabs, depending on the size of the donation.
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The campaign to donate off this new pink suit is a part of a partnership between Deadpool 2, 20th Century Fox and Omaze, the fundraising platform. The official statement for the campaign reads:
Over at Omaze’s official page for the campaign, fans can enter the sweepstakes, with its multi-tiered donations. It’s possible to participate in the fundraiser for just $10. This entry level donation, earns the fan 100 entries to win the custom pink Deadpool suit. The donation sizes increase from there. Obviously more money donated results in more entries in the sweepstakes. At the highest level of donations there are extra rewards. If Deadpoolfans donate $1,000 they will receive a signed poster for Deadpool 2, in addition to entries for the sweepstakes. At $1,500, they will receive a signed DVD of Deadpool. Lastly with a $5,000 donation, fans can get a personalized outgoing voice message with Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool.
Deadpool Pink Suit Omaze Contest Win a Pink Deadpool Suit By Donating to Help Fight Cancer
Though there is no real tie to the plot of Deadpool 2, there is a bit of a promotional tie-in. The campaign will last until May 21, 2018, three days after Deadpool 2 is set to release in theaters. While serving as a very good cause, the fundraiser is a nice bit of promotion for Deadpool 2. Although, in all honestly, Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds don’t need much help in hyping up the film.
While Deadpool is far from a family-friendly character, this type of altruism is becoming pattern for the franchise. The popularity of Deadpool has earned him fans across the world. Reynolds and crew have only been too happy to oblige their most dedicated and down-on-their luck enthusiasts. Reynolds was one several actors who rallied behind terminally ill superhero fan, Emilio Pachon, shortly before the 11-year-old’s death.
The obvious reason for the pink suit is because it has become the official color of breast cancer research. Interestingly, there are some comic connections to a pink Deadpool suit. The biggest one is the alternate universe version of Deadpool and Gwen Stacy, Gwenpool. Yet in Gerry Duggan’s run of Deadpool, Wade Wilson formed an organization called the Mercs for Money. The Mercs for Money were a riff on Deadpool‘s own real-world success. Wade turned Deadpool into a crime-fighting franchise and hired a bunch of obscure comic book characters to be new Deadpools. The catch was they all had different colored costumes.
None of the costumes of the Mercs for Money were the exact same shade as the pink Deadpool suit that is up for grabs. Their colors were determined by the shades of the rainbow and there is no pink in the rainbow. Still, it’s close enough to be worth mentioning. Even if it’s nothing more than a quasi-Easter egg and suggests nothing about the future of Deadpool, it’s still an interesting tidbit.
More: Deadpool 2 Trailer: Every Secret & Reveal You Missed
Source: 20th Century Fox
Legion Season 2 Premiere Reveals Who Kidnapped David
Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Legion‘s season 2 premiere
The season 1 finale of Legion ended with a post-credits cliffhanger in which David is kidnapped from Summerland by a mysterious orb. When David returns almost a year later, he claims that he has no memory of who took him or where they took him. However, in the final scene of the season two premiere, it’s revealed that David was taken by Syd… from the future.
If Legion wasn’t complicated enough already, season 2 introduces time travel as an additional dimension of mind-bending mystery. David, trapped in the orb, walks through darkness to find his girlfriend, Syd, whom he just left on the balcony at Summerland. But this Syd’s clothes and hairstyle are unfamiliar. She wears the compass that David will give her after he returns from the orb, signaling that Future Syd comes from a later time than any events in Legion so far. She appears to have dirt on her face, and she is on the verge of tears.
Related: Legion Season 2: First Look At The New Shadow King
Syd signs to David that she can’t speak to him, although she appears to be able to hear him. Taking out a wand with a light at the end, she proceeds to draw a series of images in the air in front of her. David interprets these drawings with her help: an hourglass meaning that time is running out, a present with a bow on top to signify that David is in the present, an arrow and clock to signify that she is in the future, a crown to mean the Shadow King, a stick figure to mean the Shadow King’s body. The wand drawings create a stark visual contrast against the darkness that surrounds David and Syd, but there is no explanation given for why Syd is unable to speak or simply write words out with the wand.
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The Shadow King possesses Syd in Legion season 1
Finally, Syd does write out words: HELP HIM. David is horrified: why would Syd want him to help the Shadow King? Syd, crying, signals that there is no time to explain. She draws a heart, staring at David longingly before disappearing into the darkness.
While working through Syd’s visual clues, David doesn’t question whether or not this is really Syd, if she is really from the future, or if she is being coerced or forced. This wouldn’t be the first time that the Shadow King has possessed Syd, but David does not entertain the possibility that Future Syd may not be telling the truth or even that he has misinterpreted her message. It’s possible that David is able to psychically verify that Future Syd is who she says she is, but even then, he does not take into account how distressed she is or what might be causing that distress. It’s more likely that David is easily duped when faced with the woman he loves. Syd has always been David’s blindspot, making her the perfect messenger for this unwelcome command.
However, the story would be more compelling if Future Syd did have an unknown reason for David to help the Shadow King. As season 2 unfolds, David will have to decide whether or not he will listen to Syd and help the Shadow King. Undoubtedly, the future is more complicated than David realizes — after all, nothing on Legion is ever simple.
More: Who is the Guy With the Basket on His Head?

Legion airs Tuesdays at 10pm on FX.
Legion: Who is the Guy with a Basket on His Head?
Legion season 2 may be even weirder than the first season — an impressive feat best illustrated in the premiere by Admiral Fukuyama, the basket-wearing leader of Division 3. It’s difficult to imagine any other show on television featuring such a bizarre character, but the unsettling faceless, voiceless commander surrounded by androgynous androids fits perfectly on Legion.
David returns after almost a year away to he discover that his friends now work for Division 3. He asks Ptolemy uncertainly, “Is there a guy with, like, a basket on his head?” Ptolemy explains that Admiral Fukuyama is the head of Division III and, therefore, their new boss. The Admiral wears the traditional garments of a Komusō, a Japanese monk known for covering their face with a basket helmet. For the Komusō, wearing this woven helmet that obscures their face was meant to symbolize the erasure of ego, but it simply makes the Admiral unsettling and inscrutable.
Related: How Legion Season 1’s Finale Ended
The Admiral does not speak for themselves, instead using three robot translators, whom David describes as “women with mustaches.” These robots take turns speaking for Fukuyama, who seems to instruct them telepathically. It is unclear if the Admiral needs the androids to speak, or even where the androids stop and the Admiral begins; Clark refers to the Admiral as a “they,” and it is possible that all four figures make up the singular Admiral. When David thinks about reading the Admiral’s mind, one of the androids responds that it isn’t possible to read Fukuyama’s mind, which strongly suggests that the Admiral has some sort of telepathic powers of their own.
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Even if they are a telepath, however, Admiral Fukuyama is not necessarily a mutant. Fukuyama reveals in painful detail that they were hooked up to “the machine” when they were only a boy. As a result, the Admiral is a cyborg: “the machine that bleeds, the organizing principle.” It’s possible that the Admiral’s basket helmet covers a grotesque combination of man and machine, making the faceless body all the more intimidating.
Division 3 is the “tip of the spear” against the mutant threat and one of the major antagonists from season one; as such, the alliance between Fukuyama and the mutants of Summerland is already fraught. The two groups have found a common enemy in the Shadow King, Amahl Farouk, but the Admiral’s ruthless and deadly methods will inevitably cause a schism. When David is found unresponsive, Fukuyama orders him to be killed; if Cary and Kerry had not intervened, David would have died shortly after arriving at Division 3.  Fukuyama also makes it clear that they intend to destroy Farouk by any means necessary – even if it means killing Oliver in the process. Over the course of the second season, it seems likely that Fukuyama act as both an ally and adversary.
More: Legion Season 2 Has David Dealing With a ‘Whole New Bend On Reality’
Legion airs Tuesdays at 10pm on FX.
Infinity War Stars Hilariously Respond to Directors’ Plea For No Spoilers

Some cast members of Avengers: Infinity War respond to the #ThanosDemandsYourSilence campaign that directors Joe and Anthony Russo launched to combat any spoilers hitting the web before the film is officially out in theaters. Dubbed the culmination of everything that has transpired in the MCU for the last 10 years, Avengers 3 and its untitled sequel are ensemble spectacles for the franchise. Featuring several dozen characters all coming together to fight galactic super villain Thanos, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will be up for their most dangerous mission yet – to make sure the Mad Titan, or his minions, don’t get their hands on the six Infinity Stones.
As the filmmakers and stars of the much-anticipated blockbuster are all geared up to start their global, multi-city press tour, the prospect of spoilers surfacing online is feared by many. That’s why, earlier today, the Russo Brothers personally sent out a message to fans and press who will cover Infinity War in the next several weeks to maintain the film’s secrecy until it’s ready to publicly roll out. While the film will not be screened in its entirety before its Los Angeles premiere on April 23 to prevent leaks, the duo still asked for the cooperation of those who will be attending. Fans have been understanding, but some of the movie’s cast members have responded interestingly to the plea.
RELATED: James Gunn Wrote Infinity War Dialogue For The Guardians
Mainly taking to Twitter, the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, and Jeremy Renner responded to the #ThanosDemandsYourSilence campaign. Surprisingly, RDJ, who has been mostly playful with his social media posts (remember the back-and-forth that announced Infinity War‘s new April release?) was pretty straightforward, saying he trusts everyone can keep a secret. Things turn quite interesting however when it comes to Holland’s and Renner’s. The former hilariously said that the letter was initially addressed to him, considering how he easily slips up with giving out spoilers during press tours. The latter, meanwhile, basically just shrugged off the letter because he “know[s] nothing” – an obvious jab at the lack of Hawkeye in any of the marketing for the film. Check out their tweets below:
Other actors who have responded via Instagram are Elizabeth Olsen, who reposted the now viral photo, and Sebastian Stan, who teased “exciting things to come” in an Instagram Story along with the photo. Fans, on the other hand, back up the campaign – especially those who may not have the chance to attend any of the early screenings. Ironically, while everyone was pretty motivated to track down the secrets of Infinity War – dissecting trailers and relentlessly theorizing where the Soul Stone is – now that the film is just weeks away from debut, people are making the effort to know as little as possible going into their respective showings.
Avengers: Infinity War is an anomalous movie in a sense that while people are clamoring to know what happens in it, they’re also terrified of how it’ll shake-up the MCU. Deaths are imminent, and they can be permanent this time, especially for Phase 1 actors’ characters such as RDJ’s Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor. The film sets up what will be the bookend to the 22-film arc that the franchise has been following since 2008 with the promise that things will be very different once the mysterious Phase 4 rolls around.
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Honest Trailer – Rocky Player One
Dwayne Johnson’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the latest blockbuster to get the Honest Trailer treatment. Of all 2017’s hit films, perhaps none was more unlikely than Sony’s Jumanji. A reboot of a semi-beloved 1990s Robin Williams film, the movie exceeded all expectations by soaring to $945 million at the global box office.
The new Jumanji centers around a quartet of kids who get zapped into a video game where they take on adult avatars. Once inside the game, the kids must overcome their flaws and come together as a team. With its silly action, family-friendly story and charismatic performances, the film proved a perfect bit of holiday entertainment as it shot to #1 at the box office, bumping off Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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Now Screen Junkies have set their sights on the unlikely smash hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with their Honest Trailers take. Like almost everyone else, the Honest Trailers crew are impressed with how well Jumanji turned out in spite of everything. Nevertheless, they have some issues with the movie. See the video above.
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The trailer begins with a totally predictable shot at Sony, the studio that “just can’t seem to launch a franchise.” But now it seems Sony’s run of bad luck has ended. And somehow, Jumanji was the movie that finally got them over the hump. As the trailer then points out, the new Jumanji reboots the story by basically throwing everything out from the first film and starting over from scratch. Maybe that’s the true secret to a good reboot?
The trailer then delves into the movie’s plot, which doesn’t require a whole lot of breaking down. Basically, it’s The Wizard of Oz. All the kids, who start out in a remake of The Breakfast Club, have flaws they must overcome once they’re in their avatar bodies. The only thing missing is a field of poppies. We’re also delicately reminded of the movie’s slightly uncomfortable joke that has a female character turning into Jack Black. Perhaps the most amazing moment in the whole clip? A flashback to Black’s Atari Pitfall commercial from the ’80s. That’s a true nostalgia deep dive.
Ultimately, says Honest Trailers, the magic of Jumanji is that we get to watch Dwayne Johnson realize he’s Dwayne Johnson. As we keep learning over and over, there may be no more charismatic, watchable actor in movies than Johnson. Finally though, is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle really that good, or does it just seem good compared to other video game movies? At the end of the day, it was good enough to make a ton of money and yes, it will launch that elusive franchise for Sony. And Black has already batted around some ideas for the next Jumanji movie.
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Source: Screen Junkies
It’s Impossible To Fix Marvel’s Broken Timeline
It’s well known that the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline doesn’t make sense, but here’s the proof that it’s not just broken: the Marvel continuity is unfixable without a major retcon. And, while that may seem like a problem for a franchise sold on its careful connections, it’s not actually a damaging aspect.
The entire premise of the MCU from the moment Nick Fury walked out of the shadows at the end of Iron Man has been that we’re in a cohesive shared universe. Each movie and “sub-franchise” forms a small part of a bigger world, eventually stacking to tell a story hitherto seen in the history of film. That has worked wonders in a broad sense: audiences and critics have raved about nearly all Marvel entries, and together they make the highest grossing franchise of all time. But if you dig deeper, things don’t quite line up.
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The commonly-cited rift point is Spider-Man: Homecoming, which said it was set eight years after the Avengers despite that contradicting the accepted situation, but contradictions had existed for the preceding few movies (and that’s discounting the TV series, which intermittently react to events in the movies but are developed too much in isolation to properly line up). You can list an easy-enough flow of events that’s at least chronological but the dates and specifics don’t line up.
That hasn’t stopped fans from trying. Every week it seems there’s an MCU die-hard presenting their solution on Reddit that allegedly fixes all the problems. Except they don’t: dig deeper and to account for the most recent turn, they’ve usually created two more plot holes earlier in the continuity. This invariably happens because the task they’ve taken on is unworkable. No matter what’s promised by those involved – Kevin Feige says an official timeline will be released – here’s the proof it’s impossible to fix the Marvel timeline.
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Marvel Timeline Its Impossible To Fix Marvels Broken Timeline
It used to be that every Marvel film was, unless explicitly stated otherwise, set in its month of release. However, with certain movies like Captain America: Civil War becoming nexus points from which movies year later directly follow on from and the entirety of Phase 3 out of order, that can’t be assumed. As such, we’re going to put that aside and craft the timeline just from what’s in the movies.
Working forward from Iron Man, Fury’s Big Week (Iron Man 2The Incredible Hulk and Thorall happen at the same time) is the summer after (Iron Man 2 is set in May, evidenced by Tony’s birthday, and is six months minimum on from the “I am Iron Man” reveal). The Avengers likewise says Fury’s Big Week took place a year before, and as that appears to be Summer, that puts it two years on from Iron Man (Captain America: The First Avenger‘s modern sequences are in between). With Iron Man 3 we get the first explicit dating in the movies: it’s set at Christmas 2012 (thirteen years after New Year’s Eve 1999). As it’s also set months after The Avengers, we can place the prior movies in 2010 and 2011. In conclusion, Phase 1 all makes sense.
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To place the other films requires some backward logic. Captain America: Civil War is set four years after The Avengers (per General Ross), placing it in 2016, and from the hunt for Bucky (Cap and Falcon had been looking for a year in Age of Ultron and two by Civil War) that puts The Winter Soldier in 2014 and Avengers 2 in 2015. Thor: The Dark Worlddoesn’t have any specified link but can be any time between 2012 and 2014 (presumably Fall 2013, again its release period). From Civil War, we can place Black Panther in Summer 2016 and Spider-Man: Homecoming in Fall 2016 (both follow on directly from Captain America 3). Thor: Ragnarok is two years after Age of Ultron per Hulk’s time on Sakaar, placing it in 2017.
Rounding things off, Doctor Strange spans an unclear amount of time before RagnarokGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2 are both in 2014, and four years before Avengers: Infinity War in 2018. Rounding off what’s known of movies yet to release, Ant-Man & the Wasp is between Civil War and Infinity WarCaptain Marvel‘s in the 1990s (presuming it isn’t in an alternate MCU timeline altogether), and Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 picks up after Avengers 4 (which as a time travel movie could be anywhere). That is the MCU, plainly built from in-universe references. Simple.
Except within the movies, there are also references that contradict. Namely, in Civil War, Vision says it’s been “eight years since Mr. Stark announced himself as Iron Man“, then in Homecoming a title card states it’s “Eight Years Later” from The Avengers aftermath; it should be six and four years respectively. Even if we go to the maximum deviation possible (that in both cases the movies are rounding to 8 years and thus could take place between 7.5 and 8.5 years from the cited events), it can’t fit: there’s simply too much space between film. Solutions tend to try and push back Phase 1 and shift Phase 3 up, in the process stretching the placement of Phase 2, which even if it can be contrived to not break everything already discussed, can’t actually resolve both “eight-year” problems. There’s no way to make Iron Man and Avengers within one year of each other (the maximum deviation say Homecoming can at least be 7.5 years after The Avengers and Civil War at most 8.5 years after Iron Man), and so it cannot be consolidated.
The MCU timeline mostly works, but not completely. It is broken, no two ways about it.
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Thanos Demands You Don’t Spoil Avengers: Infinity War

In an effort to preserve the plot and secrets of Avengers: Infinity War, directors Joe and Anthony Russo are utilizing Thanos to demand silence. Marvel Studios has been building towards Infinity War for a decade, and its hard to believe the movie is this close. Production kicked off early last year, and even though some set photos surfaced, there is still plenty of Infinity War that remains hidden. This has remained true through the film’s marketing, which is now in its final push, by delivering only two trailers.
The secrecy surrounding the blockbuster is unlike anything we’ve seen before for a MCU movie. But, with plenty of heroes potentially dying, its understandable why the studio is going to great lengths to keep the secrets as long as they can. Maintaining the surprises is one of the biggest reasons why Marvel moved its release date up so it debuts worldwide on the same day. Now, the directors are enlisting their villain to help keep the mystery.
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The Russo brothers shared a letter today on social media, asking fans around the world to be mindful of their reactions to Avengers: Infinity War. After all of this build up, the Russos want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to see the movie without being spoiled – because Thanos demands your silence.
This message comes as the press tour for Infinity War begins, and as special fan screenings are imminent. Those showings are only going to reveal part of the movie, but even then, there’s potential for spoilers to surface as Thanos may not wait very long to make his presence felt. This note in no way guarantees that the secrecy will be kept for another few weeks, but it will hopefully be a reminder to everyone to watch what they say and when they say it.
As the Russos ask to stay silent on Infinity War, they did however further tease just how surprising it will be. There letter says that, “Only a handful of people know the film’s true plot,” which is sure to only raise more questions. The plot appeared to be rather straightforward in regards to Thanos hunting down Infinity Stones. But, if the “true” plot is something more mysterious beyond that, then there could be aspects to Infinity War that nobody is even thinking about. Whatever it winds up being and however Thanos shakes up the MCU, the wait is almost over for everyone to see how it plays out. So, just keep this message in mind and allow everyone to experience Avengers: Infinity War without being spoiled beforehand.
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Source: Russo Brothers
Supernatural Scooby-Doo Crossover Ties Season Ratings Record
The recent crossover between Supernatural and Scooby-Doo was a ratings success, tying with the season premiere for the highest viewership figures of the current run. The appropriately titled “ScoobyNatural” saw the Winchester brothers and their loyal pet angel Castiel transported into the cartoon universe of Scooby-Doo. When the Hunters and the Scooby Gang meet, Dean recognizes the episode they’re trapped in and decided to let things play out (and relentlessly hit on Daphne). However, it quickly becomes apparent the the Winchester’s world of real-life monsters is bleeding over into the Scooby-verse and the brothers must solve the mystery – alongside their new friends – if they ever want to escape.
Although the episode was distinctly separate from the main arc of Supernatural season 13 and featured little about the ongoing issues of  Lucifer’s son Jack, oncoming archangel Michael or King of Hell Asmodeus, reviews for “ScoobyNatural” have been largely positive. Critics have praised the unashamedly fun nature of the crossover, as well as the way the very different Scooby-Doo and Supernatural TV properties were merged together.
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However, it has now been confirmed that “ScoobyNatural” was not only a critical success, but was a hit in terms of viewing figures also. According to Nielsen (via Variety), the episode matched the ratings scored by the season 13 premiere episode, scoring a 30% increase in its target 18-49 demographic and a 20% increase in viewers overall. In terms of hard numbers, the episode drew in 2 million viewers.
Shaggy Scooby and Jensen Ackles in Supernatural Supernatural Scooby Doo Crossover Ties Season Ratings Record
Given how highly anticipated the crossover between Supernatural and Scooby-Doo was, the bump in viewing figures perhaps doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. However, the statistics do reinforce the positive fan reaction to the episode, as large numbers of viewers switching off mid-way through would’ve been reflected in the numbers. Supernatural‘s producers and network, The CW, took a sizeable risk with this crossover and the idea could’ve easily been a disaster but with both the reviews and the numbers looking positive, it can now be concluded that the risk paid off.
It’s possible that the success of “ScoobyNatural” could lead to more potential crossovers between the Winchester brothers and other classic mystery-based franchises. For instance, it would be fascinating to see a meeting between Supernatural and Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine or Sam and Dean attempting to take down Casper the Not-So-Friendly Ghost. For less childish ideas, a team up between Supernatural and the world of Stephen King seems almost inevitable at some point, and a crossover with The CW’s Arrow has previously been mooted.
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Supernatural continues Thursday, April 5th with “The Thing” on The CW.
Source: Variety
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