So for those that did not get to watch the upcoming movie hype, I would say it is well worth it to watch the ending theme/movie hype from the recent Episode of Skypiea special (people posted links to watch in the anime thread). The most important thing is that Oda is a stickler for chronological events in the timeline, which is why the movies and TV specials have been chronological as well. So why do we suddenly skip way ahead to Ace vs. Blackbeard? The most likely reason is that there is a need for this scene. Obviously it will not be used in the weekly anime airings. Since a jump to an "Episode of Ace" special is unlikely, the most likely explanation is the upcoming movie for the summer of 2019. The above text is: A continuation of "SW" "Z" "Gold" (films Strong World, Z, and Gold). The movie quality animation and artwork of the fight, despite being only a few seconds, was absolutely breathtaking. But, if we get an entire movie, that would truly top all other movies Oda has worked on. I'm thinking that the manga (especially now that Oda is condensing it by 1-2 years) no longer has the chapters to have adequate character development of the 9 Blackbeard executives (the original members and the Level 6 additions). This upcoming movie will be designed to provide the backstories and necessary character development for the eventual war against Blackbeard. The big thing is that the wars against Big Mom and Shanks should both be relatively short arcs since Oda already established the foundation for both already (so he can jump straight to the main action vs. having to build up the plot). So even though Wano Kuni will only take about a year at this pace, it would be too late to have the Blackbeard movie in 2020. A perfect opening is to give the history of Ace's search, the above fight, and probably a bit of Marineford (probably Ace's death and Blackbeard's moment of glory). Oda probably has great ideas on how each of the Blackbeard executives rose to power (even the original members were among high level powerhouses at Jaya; the sniper guy taking out a seagull from miles). There naturally will be action, but Oda always creates legit drama and stories. Considering all 9 members have to be covered, the movie would be non-stop goodness. A perfect ending would be a teaser of Blackbeard saying his preparations are finally finished and he is targeting Luffy. It is Oda's style to keep things completely ambiguous, so we will likely see nothing of the ability hunt's results, but that won't matter at all.