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Black Mirror season 5 first look hints a Marvel and DC-themed episode – CNET

Stars Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are looking suitably grim-faced for their Black Mirror episode.

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Black Mirror knows how to paint a portrait of society -- and in our case, it's one that's obsessed with Marvel and DC.

Charlie Brooker's dark anthology series is on its way back for a fifth season, we just don't know when that is yet. But distributor Netflix is stoking our excitement with more and more tidbits, from casting news to a first look at the episode starring Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, via Entertainment Weekly.

After the latest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame, Mackie is on his way to greater stardom having taken over Captain America's mantle. Capitalizing on that, Brooker said of his episode: "It's the Marvel-DC crossover no one saw coming."

For more on casting news and the release date, check out the explainer below.


Bandersnatch is a one-off interactive Black Mirror film on Netflix.


When will it come out?

There's nothing in cement yet, but Brooker confirmed that season 5 is "imminent-ish".

"It's all imminent-ish. It'll be out soon," Brooker said in a January interview with RadioTimes.com. "We'd already shot like, one of the episodes of season 5 before we did Bandersnatch.

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Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker.

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"At one point we weren't sure whether we were going to make Bandersnatch part of season 5."

Black Mirror season 3 arrived on Netflix in October 2016. Season 4 launched in December 2017. Season 5 has been pushed back to accommodate Bandersnatch as the sprawling choose-your-own-adventure epic took a lot of hard work to pull off.

"Doing Bandersnatch was like doing several episodes at once," Brooker told RadioTimes.com. "It was Netflix's suggestion as well -- 'Let's do it as its own thing'. As it expanded and got bigger and bigger and bigger it became apparent that the way to do this was to do it as a standalone thing."

If season 5 follows Netflix's pattern of unexpectedly dropping new shows, the first episode could come out of nowhere. We were given one day's notice to prepare ourselves for Bandersnatch.

But since Brooker's confirmed that at least one episode was shot last year, we at least know season 5 is looking likely for 2019.

Is there a trailer?

As soon as we get a trailer, it'll go right here. And be prepared: Like the Bandersnatch trailer, it could arrive shortly before the first episode premieres.

Who's starring?

Black Mirror alumni includes Jon Hamm, Bryce Dallas Howard, Hayley Atwell and Domhnall Gleeson.

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The latest news, according to Deadline Wednesday, is that Anthony Mackie, aka Falcon in Avengers: Endgame, has been cast for season 5, alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who recently played Black Manta in Aquaman.

Netflix has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Joining their ranks: one Miley Cyrus.

Technically this season 5 casting news comes under the "rumour" category after the singer hinted at her involvement while on The Howard Stern Show in December, 2018.

"If you guess it, then I will shake my head 'yes' or 'no'," she said according to The Hollywood Reporter. Stern reportedly then told listeners that she'd confirmed her casting.

There's more. "I'm really actually excited for everyone to watch the 'headshaking project' we said yes to," Cyrus later said.

San Junipero sequel

San Junipero 2… is not happening. Sorry, Kelly and Yorkie fans.

Despite the show's penchant for including Easter egg references to earlier episodes, many of which you can find in Bandersnatch, Brooker isn't delivering on his comments about doing a "Return to" episode that could expand season 3's much-loved romance.

"I've always wanted to do a 'Return to' story," Brooker said in his book Inside Black Mirror, published in November, 2018. "Return to San Junipero! Or do Crocodile again, but backwards, like Memento. Crocodile Two: Back in Business."

Even if Brooker does go back to the '80s utopia of San Junipero, Kelly and Yorkie's story will be left alone.


Beloved episode San Junipero won't have a sequel.

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"In terms of a sequel to San Junipero, no, certainly not in its current form -- I don't think we'd revisit those characters unless we had a really, really good reason," Brooker told NME.

"And I very much doubt that we would do that as an episode. Maybe as a graphic novel or some sort of commemorative biscuit. But we wouldn't want to pick that apart and tinker with it, as we'd like to leave Kelly and Yorkie where they are."

Guess we'll just have to make do with original, groundbreaking storytelling.

Note: This article was originally published March 13 and is updated as new information rolls in.

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