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Question: When did Gwen find out that Peter is Spider-Man?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: She found out in the scene where they are talking on the balcony when Peter is visiting her at her apartment. Peter shoots a web at her to pull her back towards him as she walks away and realises that he is Spider-Man.

Casual Person

Question: When Uncle Ben said that Peter's father believed if you could do good things for other people you would have a moral obligation to do those things, what did that mean? I know that it's a reference to "with great power comes great responsibility" but what did the words themselves mean?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: It means exactly what it sounds like: that if you can do good things, you should do them. And you should feel obligated to do them because it's for the greater good. It's not exactly the same message as "with great power comes great responsibility", but it's in the same sort-of ethical ballpark.

Question: When Peter saves the city from changing into Lizards, Connors saved him, but was he trying to save Peter or finish him off for himself given how aggressive he sounded?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: He was trying to save Peter. He's realised his plans are finished, and he's also been "cured", so he's starting to realise how big of a mistake he's made, and he feels bad about it. Hence, he saves Peter.

Question: Can anyone explain the idea of "vulnerability" in the conference when they mentioned fruits, vegetables, and kids?

Answer: A tomato is easily squashed just like children are easily overlooked put down or made to feel like they don't matter it's like a tomato being squashed.

Chosen answer: They're discussing the best approach for the story. They think children will identify with vegetable characters, but Miles Finch disagrees, saying vegetable characters are "too vulnerable" meaning children will identify with them, but will be sad reading the story.

Jason Hoffman

Question: I have a few questions actually: 1) Who was Miranda Tate's father? They said Ra's al Ghul, which I thought to mean Liam Neeson. Which made sense as they showed Liam at some point as well in a vision to Bruce. But I just watched Batman Begins and Liam doesn't play Ra's al Ghul he plays some dude named Bucard. Ra's al Ghul is actually played by the guy who played Sato in Inception. Also, when you look at Liam's imdb page, it shows he did indeed play Ra's in The Dark Knight Rises, even though it shows him playing a different character in Batman Begins. Huh? 2) Smaller question but just before the plane crashes in the beginning Bane takes blood from Dr Pavel. There's no explanation of what that was about? 3) How does going on the ice kill you? Do we take this to mean at some point the ice cracks? 4) There was a suggestion at the end that there'll be another movie, not sure if with just Robin, or both Batman and Robin. Is that actually happening?

Chosen answer: 1) Liam Neeson's casting as Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins was kept secret, including crediting him as playing Henri Ducard, the name he gives Bruce when they first meet. He isn't revealed as the actual Ra's Al Ghul until later in the film as a surprise to both Bruce and the audience. 2) Bane draws some of Dr. Pavel's blood and injects it into an already dead body in order to help fake Dr. Pavel's death. The plan was to make it look like he died in the plane crash. 3) The ice cracks under the weight and you sink into the freezing cold water and drown. This is specifically shown happening in the film. 4) The ending implies not that there will be a new film (Christopher Nolan planned the trilogy to have a definite end with this particular film), but that Gotham would always need a Batman. It implies that Blake will be the new hero Gotham needs as Bruce is retired.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Who is the voice of Mr. Shadow?

Chosen answer: Nobody is credited with the voice of Mr. Shadow, nor with the voice of Korben Dallas' mother. There's only speculation.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: I've seen this movie and there's still one thing I can't figure out. Why did Steven want to kill his wife?

Chosen answer: Steven needed money and his wife was worth a lot of money. She was already having an affair and was planning on leaving him. If she left, Steven could be left with nothing and still in financial troubles. By killing her before she divorces him, he'd be entitled to her wealth, plus the money from her life insurance policy.

Bishop73

A Shot in the Dark - S14-E9

Question: At one point when Brian says something, Stewie tells him to look into his pocket where he finds a paper reading what Brian just said. Then Brian says something about it and Stewie tells him to look into his other pocket, where he finds another paper reading what he just said. Then Stewie tells Brian to look into Chris' pocket, which has bottom cut off. Later in the episode Chris tells Brian to look into Meg's pocket, but Brian refuses. What was all this about?

Chosen answer: So it started out with the fact that Stewie knew what Brian was going to say in this situation because Stewie sees Brian as predictable and pretentious while Brian thinks he's being deep and poignant. The Chris part was since the bottom of his pocket was cut out, Brian touched Chris' genitals. Later when they tell Brian to reach into Meg's pocket, he's didn't want to fall for the same gag and end up touching Meg's genitals.

Bishop73

Back to the Woods - S6-E10

Question: Joe says that James Woods that Peter has all of the proof that he is Peter Griffin. But wouldn't Joe see Peter's face from his passport and driver's license to show that Woods obviously stole it?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: The whole point was James was in possession of Peter's identity and it didn't matter how he has it. Joe also ignored the fact he's personally known Peter since moving in next door, so the picture didn't really matter. To Joe, James is Peter now, no matter what.

Bishop73

Question: When Martel plays with the replacement players, he keeps throwing passes to the opposing team and keeps making his team either miss the ball entirely or gives the ball to another player causing them to be tackled. He then tells O'Neil that he can't play with a team like them. Is he deliberately doing all of this because he wants the replacements to lose? I find it hard to believe that he can't work with the team when it looked very obvious to me that what he was doing was intentional.

Chosen answer: He is deliberately making them look bad. Purposely throwing interceptions, running plays that will not gain any yardage. He tells O'Neil he can't play with them because he is lying.

Question: So, did The Red Queen kill her parents on Horunvendush Day?

Question: Maybe I missed it but, why couldn't Ana go to New York with Jack? I thought her and Christian decided that she could go just as long as Christian would take her instead.

Chosen answer: It wasn't specified, but it seemed to be Ana's decision alone. Jack had pressured her to go to New York when she did not want to. She probably realised later that Jack only wanted her to go so he could seduce her. She felt empowered enough to stand up to him and say, "no," she wasn't going to New York (with or without Christian).

raywest Premium member

Question: Maybe I missed it but is there a particular reason why Christian won't let Ana touch him?

Chosen answer: Because he's extremely neurotic and is unable to have intimate relationships with women other than purely sexual ones. He also did not want to be touched in the area where he'd been physically scarred by his birth mother's abusive boyfriend.

raywest Premium member

Question: 2 questions 1. Anyone know what style or even specific pair of shoes John wore? When he stepped out of the car right at the start of the movie 2. Why were the audience members at the coronation calmer with all the shooting as compared to the nightclub people from the first movie?

Answer: 1. Florsheim cap-toe bluchers per Google search. Bluchers are less formal than Balmorals. Get a pair of cap-toe Balmorals with no broguing. 2. Random strangers vs criminals.

Question: How exactly could players of the game have their identities erased? They were watched by billions of people all over the world including their families and friends so if they were to return home, the people who they grew up with should still recognize them.

Chosen answer: It would be impossible to do this in real life. This is a fictional movie.

raywest Premium member

Question: I have 2 questions. The first one: why did Lex end up in prison? yes he created doomsday, but with his team of lawyers he could have easily said "I was just conducting experiments like I was allowed to do and suddenly this giant thing was released." There is no way to prove he made Doomsday since the government can't just check the alien ship memory card. Also him kidnapping Martha, he never kidnapped her, his goons did and I'm pretty sure he could have or already did cover that up. The only person who knew were Batman and Superman. Superman was dead and Batman couldn't just show up to the police station as a witness. 2nd question I have is about what happened in Africa. We all know Lois and Jimmy showed up there to interview the African drug lord. Then the goons kill everyone and Superman comes in to save Lois. Next thing we see is a congressional hearing where they're interviewing some random African woman and she's making up all this BS that Superman killed them all. First, how did they explain everyone dead from gun shots? 2nd, where was Lois? She tells Clark to go tell his side of the story yet she was actually there. Wasn't her testimony a lot more important?

Chosen answer: Lex also went in to the ship where he wasn't supposed to be. No he didn't take Martha himself but he hired people to do so which is still a crime. He also threw Lois off a building, even though Superman saved her that is still attempted murder. Plus Batman could have found enough evidence to connect Lex to the senate bombing.

Answer: Luthor went to prison because Lois was able to prove his connection to the Capitol bombing, as the newspaper article before the funeral scene states. As for the testimony Kahina Ziri gives, no-one explains anything about gunshots because no-one knows. The whole point of the situation is that the CIA is covering up the incident. The Committee on Superman Affairs doesn't know what happened and Lois can't testify because she doesn't know what happened; she didn't see it. The CIA wasn't supposed to be there and the US government has no authority to conduct an investigation on foreign soil for an incident they have no official part in.

Question: As I always understood Ant-Man, he always retained the same mass, regardless of his physical size. When he reduces his size, he still retains about 160 lbs of mass, which makes him more formidable, like a 160 lb grain of sand. When he enlarges, even to gigantic size, he is still only 160 lbs. So, how can he kick vehicles around in the airport scene?

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: We never get a specific explanation to what happens to him when he enlarges. Hank Pym explains to him that when he shrinks, it's the result of reducing the distance between atoms which is why he retains his original mass. However, being a giant with a mass and strength of only 160lbs would not be very advantageous in a fight, so they must have found a way for him to grow in size and strength in this situation. Ultimately, we just don't know - the movies and comics differ in a great many respects, so there's just not enough information to work with. Might technically qualify as a mistake, but it's something which could easy be solved with an in-universe answer, however scientifically dubious.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: Why couldn't Po open the gates to the ceremony but his father could when Oogway declares Po the Dragon Warrior?

Roman Curiel

Chosen answer: They were locked.

MasterOfAll

Question: How come Bilbo never told the dwarves that Gandalf had lied about him being a burglar? When Bilbo found out he was shocked so why didn't he say something like, "I'm afraid Gandalf lied to you. I'm not nor have I ever been a burglar"?

Chosen answer: Gandalf has already convinced the dwarves Bilbo is a burglar and Bilbo realised he needs a lot to convince them otherwise. Bilbo is also intimidated by Gandlaf and confused about his claims so he is not sure how to handle the situation.

lionhead

The Eye of the Beholder - S2-E6

Question: Why were two different actress used for the character of Janet Tyler?

Chosen answer: Apparently, the producers wanted a specific look for the face that would be unveiled by the removal of the surgical bandages. Actress Donna Douglas was that face chosen to portray the "ugly" woman, outcast from a State Dictatorship of pig-faced humanoids which values conformity over all else. The voice of actress Maxine Stuart was chosen to portray the desperation and urgency of a patient whose only goal is to fit the "norm." It may seem unusual that they couldn't find one actress with both the looks and the voice required by the role. In this case, it added a certain level of surprise at the reveal, as the face we see isn't the one most of us imagined by the voice alone. But it isn't the only time in Hollywood history when voice and actor haven't matched. Singing voices in musicals were often dubbed over by an alternative performer, rather than finding one actor/actress who could both act and sing the role. And dubbing of a different voice actor has also been used for dramatic effect in other instances, as well. Chalk it up to a dramatic decision.

Michael Albert

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