The Great Wall has garnered controversy for its white savior narrative that finds Matt Damon, a white dude, saving an ancient Chinese dynasty from mythical monsters. But the most offensive thing about The Great Wall isn’t even the racial dynamic, or Damon’s painfully bad Irish/Scottish accent; it’s that Zhang Yimou, the acclaimed Chinese filmmaker behind Hero and House of Flying Daggers, has managed to make a movie this ugly.
Netflix’s Narcos made clear shortly after Season 2 that the story would continue for at least two more years, but less certain was the historical tenure of its leading roles. We know Pedro Pascal will return, but for the moment Season 3 has confirmed a Cloverfield star and more in its new cast.
We knew that Netflix’s Narcos would eventually say goodbye to Pablo Escobar, we just didn’t know it would be so soon! The drug-trafficking drama has already moved on, starting production on Season 3 with the first official photo.
When the first teaser trailer for The Great Wall debuted this summer, much of the internet responded in a collective thinking face emoji, wondering, why is a white dude the hero of an action movie set in China?
If the first teaser for The Great Wall piqued your interest, you’re in luck: Universal Pictures just released the first full-length theatrical trailer for The Great Wall as part of their New York Comic-Con panel on the film. Unlike the first trailer, here we actually get a good look at the monsters and an explanation for why Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal are fighting in China in the first place.
Netflix Narcos fans had good reason to wonder if, and how the series might continue without its central focus on Pablo Escobar, though the release of Season 2 gave a pretty definitive answer on that front. Now, the renewed focus is assured with a two-season order, along with confirmation of the new Narcos villain.
Netflix Narcos viewers run a divide between those who know Pablo Escobar’s historical fate, and those spoiled by cavalier Season 2 promotion. Now, Season 2 bosses explain the Titanic influence on Season 2's surprising end, and how some lingering mystery might inform Season 3.
It’s a fine line to draw, between actual history and dramatized spoilers, but Netflix’s Narcos seems to have abandoned any and all pretense of a major date with destiny going down in Season 2. That said, the new trailer and poster pivot into a very different kind of mystery instead – who pulled the trigger?
Do you enjoy Pacific Rim but find yourself thinking, “Hmm, this would be better if it were set in ancient China and they didn’t have any robots”? Then Matt Damon has the film for you. Over four years after it was initially announced, The Great Wall finally has a trailer, offering our first real look at the epic monster film from House of Flying Daggers director Zhang Yimou.
Whether or not Pablo Escobar has a certain date with destiny lined up in the second season of Netflix’s Narcos, he sure isn’t getting there without a fight. Chaos descends into Colombia with Pablo on the run in the first full trailer for Narcos Season 2, ahead of its September premiere.