Oh Good, Thor and Deadpool Now Have a Love Child

Thor in Thor: Ragnarok

In true Marvel fashion, Chris Hemsworth welcomed Ryan Reynolds to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a very Deadpool-esque fashion: With a picture of Thor and Wade Wilson’s love child. The Fox-Disney merger was finally completed in the last few days and, with it, came the rights to the X-Men, including Deadpool, to the MCU.

For quite some time, we’ve been missing some of our favorite heroes in Marvel’s movie universe—not because Disney didn’t want to include them, but because of how different movie studies all owned the rights to different franchises from Marvel. Sony had Spider-Man, Fox had the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, and so we had an incomplete roster of characters.

Now, with the merger complete and Sony letting Peter Parker exist in the MCU, we have a somewhat complete character list to work from. That doesn’t mean we’re going to get all our favorite character thrown in at once, but it does mean that we’re going to see the Disney version of Wade Wilson. (That’s certainly going to be interesting.)

To help welcome their newest hero into their ranks, Chris Hemsworth shared a beautiful image of the love child between Thor and Deadpool, showing us all that Disney is going to have their hands full with this crew.

 

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What we have yet to see is when and how Wade Wilson, the rest of the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four will join Marvel’s movie heroes. Now that the Infinity Saga is coming to an end, it would be a perfect time to start adding in new characters from the canon to fill out where others are leaving.

Maybe we’ll get a glimpse of Wade Wilson after the credits of Endgame, or maybe he’ll just continue to have his own movies. Who knows, but now that Disney has control of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, there are endless possibilities!

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Avengers: Endgame and the Magical Time-Traveling Wigs

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff

Natasha Romanoff doesn’t exactly have the most consistent hair in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Movie to movie, her hair seems to change to fit whoever is directing, sometimes even in the same film, because that’s just how it has been. For years, the MCU maybe hasn’t been the kindest to Natasha as a character, but as CBR points out, maybe her hair in Avengers: Endgame is a way to track the timeline.

From looking at each look from the trailer, it is clear that Natasha, like Steve Rogers without his beard, goes through some changes throughout the years following the events of Infinity War.

First, we have the short blonde bob.

In Infinity War, Natasha debuted the blonde look. While a fun change from the redhead we’ve come to know, it more than likely became a thing because Steve, Natasha, and Sam were all on the run from the government, so changing from her well-known red locks probably helped them. (The best part of this is that Sam Wilson didn’t change a single thing about himself, so everyone would have figured out who he was and who everyone in his party was.)

But the blonde hair continued throughout the movie, meaning that she still has the bob throughout the beginning of Endgame, and if rumors about time travel are true, it might help us understand where in the timeline we are.

After the bob, we have the blonde-ish ponytail.

We see a glimpse of Natasha’s hair in this training scene, practicing to take on Thanos with a gun, which … lol Natasha. It seems as if her hair is still a little bit blonde at this point, growing out, and maybe there are just her red roots growing in. Whatever this hairstyle is, it is clearly after she had her blonde bob and is later in the film, whether months or years after the snap.

But then there’s the red ponytail.

With a few blonde streaks, Natasha is basically back to her roots, the fiery red hair back in full force. This hairdo is clearly after (at least) a few years have passed, her hair longer and completely changed.

So, what does this all mean? It just means that you can probably track the timeline of all the events through the movie by her hairstyles, and that, with the trailers supposedly only showing the first 20 minutes of the movie, a lot of time passes during that portion.

Maybe that’s why her hair has been all over the place throughout all these years. If they’re going back movie to movie, taking on all their past foes to defeat Thanos, they have to differentiate between each movie, and … weirdly enough, you can do that through Natasha’s hair.

Personally, the blonde bob is my favorite, because it actually made it look like Natasha was in hiding. Can’t say the same for Sam, but at least Natasha Romanoff put in the effort.

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Paramount Apparently Can’t Handle 40 Seconds of Two Men Cuddling Nude in Rocketman

Taron Egerton plays Elton John in 'Rocketman'

I’ll admit, the upcoming Taron Egerton-led Elton John biopic, Rocketman, has not drawn my interest. However, the it’s now apparently facing off against studio notes that are worried about a 40-second scene in which John and his male lover at the time are cuddling in the nude.

If film execs are worried that the movie’s audience might object to same-sex love, we might have some surprising news for them about the person they chose as the movie’s subject!

It’s not even a sex scene, either! The Guardian covered the story, writing, “The offending scene features stars Taron Egerton as John and Richard Madden as his lover and manager John Reid naked in bed together, but although their bare bottoms are on display, intercourse is not depicted.” So … sex isn’t the problem here.

Similarly, if they’re going to complain about the nudity, I know plenty of PG-13 films in which bare asses are shown. In Titanic, we see Kate Winslet’s entire bare upper half and have a brief glimpse of full frontal nudity. So, the nudity really does not seem to be a problem as well, given the history of the MPAA.

Paramount apparently feels the scene, which lasts all of 40 seconds, is too racy to earn the film a PG-13 rating in the U.S., but based on what we’ve just covered, it’s not a sex scene, and bare behinds are not an automatic R rating. So, it seems as though the problem is that it’s two men who are in bed together, naked, showing affection.

I don’t know where Paramount thought a film about famously gay Elton John was going to go, but John is a gay man. He is married to David Furnish. He previously told the filmmakers that nothing was off limits, and they could go up to an R rating if they wanted. It’s clear that Paramount wants a more audience-friendly rating of PG-13, to match the success of the also rated PG-13 Bohemian Rhapsody, however their choice to call this a racy scene shows some serious problems.

There is nothing inherently sexual about nudity or two men cuddling. We see plenty of heterosexual couples in film and television, post-coitus and cuddling, with varying degrees of nudity. So why is the problem that two men are doing it? It’s not like they’re pulling an Outlaw King and we’ll see full frontal nudity. Again, I ask, what’s the problem?

I don’t want to cry homophobia, but that’s what this feels like. It feels as though studios want the idea of LGBTQ+ representation without actually showing it onscreen or giving queer characters the same treatment they do heterosexual ones. Many queer critics previously criticized Bohemian Rhapsody for how it depicted Freddie Mercury’s sexuality, and now it seems as though we’re getting a repeat with John’s story being sanitized down for a heterosexual audience.

This scene should not be at at controversial, and it shows how out of touch studios are with their audiences. Hollywood, do better.

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Us Proves Horror Doesn’t Need “Prestige” to Be Great

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Since I saw Us a few days ago, I’ve been struggling about exactly what to say about it that wouldn’t be too spoilery for incoming audiences, or just a regurgitation of Valerie Complex ‘s excellent review, because there is a lot to digest about Jordan Peele’s Us, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also just be a good horror movie.

There’s a lot of talk of “prestige” horror movies these days, with people putting a lot of unfounded emphasis on what newer movies are doing as though horror doesn’t have a rich history of the same, the very foundation on which Peele made Us. Much like the zombies of Romero, Ghostface in Scream, or any of the surreal stories of The Twilight Zone, Peele has crafted a monster for our time, which reflects a very “chickens have come home to roost” situation that is both larger than the scope of the movie, but centered in the right place with its Wilson family.

Despite Peele saying repeatedly that this movie is not about race, people are bringing up racial elements in the discourse around it, and while I think it’s valid to look at a movie through an inquisitive racial lens when it stars a Black woman and a Black family in an almost unprecedented way, the Blackness of the film comes from just the fact that a Black person is writing it. The jokes are simply a reflection of Peele’s own sensibilities and just the fact of who he is existing in that space.

We’re still getting used to the idea that Blackness can simply exist in this space, and I’m not surprised that all these questions are coming up, but I think, fundamentally, what you get from Us is a really solid, bloody Twilight Zone episode. It chills you with the imagery and the psychological torment of everything the characters are experiencing, but it does not, for me, live for the spectacle of gore, so if that is what you associate with horror, while there are moments, this isn’t that.

Its horror is psychological and cruel, with plenty of blood, but even the onscreen death count isn’t that high in comparison.

Still, this movie shows how much Peele loves horror, from the homages to the title credit scene, which got me so pumped simply because of all the films before it that did something similar. Watching Lupita act her ass off, and the entire cast, was a joy, especially Shahadi Wright Joseph as Zora Wilson, the elder daughter.

To say that Us is more than a horror movie does a disservice to the genre that Peele loves. Us is a horror movie in all the glory that encompasses, and if you appreciate movies like the original Night of the Living Dead and  The Wicker Man, The Shining, Children of the Corn, or The Twilight Zone television show, you will absolutely love Us.

I make that clear because, at the screening I went to, what I heard a bit was “it wasn’t what I expected” or “it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.” Everyone has their own barometer of what scares them. For me, Us was not a scary movie, but horror films are allowed to horrify you in more ways than just jump scares. I would also say that people who are looking for this to be Get Out 2, this time with even more Black Panther stars, you’d be mistaken, because this is very much a traditional horror movie, and I for one am glad of it.

Also, Winston Duke is at his most adorable hot dad-ness, so that’s already worth the price of admission.

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Robert Mueller Is Done With His Investigation! So What Happens Now?

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IT FINALLY HAPPENED.

Just about 22 months after Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel into the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, he has reportedly presented his findings to the Attorney General, William Barr.

We’ve been waiting for this for so long, and the news is no doubt exciting. In just a matter of hours, we went from this beautiful thread:

–to this:

But the news is also anticlimactic. Because Mueller’s completion of his report does not mean we immediately–or even, possibly, ever–get to see that report. That’s up to Barr. He gets to decide what to report to Congress, and whether it’s in the public interest for the rest of us to see some or all of it.

For many of us, Kenneth Starr’s investigation into Bill Clinton is our reference point for this sort of thing. That 453-page report was released in full and anyone old enough to remember that event (or who has listened to a podcast about it) might have an image of us all getting to tear into Mueller’s findings and peruse them at our leisure. That’s not necessarily the case, and it’s hard to know even how likely that will be. Watergate, for example, only resulted in Congress receiving a “road map” into the investigation at the time. (Nixon resigned before a report was released, and it wasn’t made public until last year.)

We don’t yet know what we or Congress will see, but we do know that Barr was appointed by Trump, who is known to value “loyalty” when vetting his nominees.

So Mueller may be done, but we still have a ways to go. No matter what is released, it’s then up to Congress to decide if any offenses are impeachable, and if they want to act on that.

For the rest of us, we may be eager for Mueller’s details, but’s not like they’re going to paint a different picture of Trump than we already have.

In the meantime, have a great weekend and enjoy those “It’s Mueller Time” jokes flooding your timelines!

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Things We Saw Today: Me Too Founder Tarana Burke Launches Historic Black Colleges and University Tour

Founder, ‘me too’ Movement Tarana Burke speaks onstage during The 2019 MAKERS Conference at Monarch Beach Resort on February 8, 2019 in Dana Point, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS)
Tarana Burke is an activist and the founder of the Me Too movement. She’s taking another step of bringing the language around preventing and dealing with sexual assault to communities who need it the most.

According to HuffPost, Burke is spearheading a “five-stop tour visiting historically black colleges and universities to discuss sexual violence on college campuses.” It is being called the “Me Too HBCU tour” and it will be co-hosted by Burke and cultural scholar Yaba Blay throughout the month of April, which is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

 

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I’m SO EXCITED to finally announce this!! This has been a vision of mine for many, many years. Every year during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) college campuses around the country turn their focus towards dealing with sexual violence but very little activity happens on HBCU campuses during SAAM even though we know it’s happening! I spoke at more than 70 schools in 2018 (I know, right! 😳) and only two HBCUs 😐 and I wanted to change that. This year I teamed up with my girl @fiyawata (the original @professionalblackgirl) to bring this right to the yard and provide a space for HBCU students to talk, vent, strategize and heal. 💕 Sponsored in part by @lifetimetv and @the.root #Repost @metoomvmt ・・・ We are so excited to announce that in exactly two weeks, we’ll be kicking off the ‘me too.’ HBCU Tour featuring ‘me too.’ founder Tarana Burke (@taranajaneen), scholar Dr. Yaba Blay (@fiyawata) and special guests! This multi-city initiative is centered around creating safety and accountability for students, faculty and administrators. We have partnered with some of the country’s finest institutions – Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), to have real conversations about sexual assault and consent on campus. Each tour stop includes a strategic convening, a workshop for male-identifying individuals, and a fireside chat featuring a special guest. To get updates about specific stops, register using the link in our bio. #metooHBCU #metoo #metoomvmt #believesurvivors

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“Young black people across the diaspora ― along spectrums of class, gender, sexuality, and ability ― rely on and invest in HBCUs not to just facilitate an education, but to keep them safe while doing so,” Burke told The Root. “We’re holding academic institutions accountable and harnessing our collective power to create strategies for sustained systemic change.”

Truly a trailblazer. Admission to each stop is free, but registration is encouraged.

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  • Trope Talk has another awesome video about Goku-style protagonists who waffle between being dolts and being awesome.

We made it to Friday at freakin’ last.

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Happy Birthday to My Favorite Sad Composer, Stephen Sondheim!

Stephen Sondheim being Stephen Sondheim

As someone who grew up loving musical theater, Stephen Sondheim has always been a god to me. Whether through Company or watching as a Georges Seurat painting comes to life on stage in Sunday in the Park With George, there is just something about Sondheim’s work that reaches into you and refuses to let go.

I have often found myself crying to his shows, sitting in silence and thinking of the brilliant artistry that goes into each and every song Sondheim creates. Maybe it’s because of his sad nature when he was younger, or maybe it’s just his ability as a creator, but Stephen Sondheim knows how to reach his audience.

When I saw the closing performance of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim was there. When he came out the stage door, I was one of the few people who instantly recognized him. All I could do was start clapping, and when he got close enough, I just blabbered about how much his work meant to me. Then, a college student leaned over and asked me who that was, and I about died on the spot, but still, I looked at the man who gave me so much and just sobbed at him.

All that being said, I’m not the only one to have this reaction to Stephen Sondheim. In fact, there are many around the world who hold Sondheim’s work as their bible, and today, on the 89th birthday of the musical genius, many around the globe have taken to sharing their love of Sondheim.

(This tweet says 88th, but it is, in fact, Stephen Sondheim’s 89th birthday)

Throughout the day, we’ve all taken to Twitter to share our favorite stories, shows, and more from the famed composer.

Happy birthday to the man, the legend, Stephen Sondheim. We love you.

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Now You Can Buy a Cool Minifig of Your Favorite 2020 Presidential Candidate! (As Long as Your Favorite Isn’t a Woman)

Minifigs of 2020 presidential candidates, sans any women

Minifig company OYO has announced that they are releasing a line of 2020 presidential candidate figures, which might sound pretty exciting to the political geeks out there.

Less exciting is the fact that if you’re on this site to begin with, there’s a good chance you’re hyped to see so many exceptionally qualified and badass female candidates in this race. And if that’s the case, than OYO’s existing lineup is going to be a bit of a bummer for you.

ABC News reported Thursday that figures of Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke were currently available. “But customers will have to wait for female candidates such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand or other candidates,” they wrote.

Are you having #WheresRey flashbacks? Me too.

In case you’ve forgotten, that was the campaign that called out Star Wars merchandisers for leaving their main new protagonist off the shelves, despite how excited young (and not as young) fans were to buy it up. As with these OYO toys, the immense excitement for female candidates wasn’t enough to keep the company from releasing all the men first.

OYO has since responded to the negative attention on their men-only lineup, releasing a pre-order option for the Kamala Harris figure and saying the others are coming soon. The reason for the delay, they say, is the hair mold.

That makes a lot of sense, seeing as OYO’s main focus is sports figures, though as far as I can tell they don’t feature a single female athlete, team, or league. They have a tiny handful of female figures in their non-sports fringe categories, like “#1 Mom,” “Female Graduate,” and, in this same new American Pride category, they also have Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In fact, those are the only three female figures I can find. (There are a number of variations on the graduate toy’s robe colors but essentially, it’s one figure.) By contrast, they have hundreds of male minifigs in their NFL, MLB, and other sports categories. So it makes sense that they had Beto and Buttigieg’s seemingly identical hairstyles ready to go, as well as Bernie’s cap.

That is an excuse for not having female candidates ready to go as quickly, but it is not a great reason. All it does is shine a light on the lack of female representation in the company’s toys up to this point.

This is a private company and obviously, they can sell whatever they choose to, including this tiny nightmare:

But it’s depressing that in this day and age, a company wouldn’t include a single female athlete in their collection. Based on that lack of inclusion, though, it’s not even surprising that they didn’t have the forethought to wait until all their 2020 candidate figures were ready before releasing them.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Spills a Delightful Amount of Tea on Her Republican Colleagues

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on Seth Meyer’s Late Night on Thursday, and, as is so often the case, she was a total delight. She clarified some misunderstandings of the Green New Deal, commented on Fox News’ obsession with her, and spilled a surprising amount of tea regarding some of her colleagues. She didn’t name them, but she sure didn’t paint the most flattering picture.

Meyers asked her about her skill for questioning on congressional panels and where that comes from, given that she doesn’t come from politics. She repeated what she’s said before: that her background in bartending and waitressing means that she has loads of experience in listening to people, as well as a highly developed ability to shut down bullshit.

That’s not true for all of her colleagues, who, as anyone who’s ever watched a congressional hearing knows, can be prone to grandstanding and wandering wildly off-topic.

She told the story of one unnamed Republican lawmaker who she says is famous for always asking the same strange question. “Every single Financial Services Committee hearing, he says, ‘I ask everyone this are you a capitalist or a socialist?’ she imitates in a nasally voice that is hilarious but sounds nothing like the person she’s talking about. (Because while she won’t name Texas’ Roger Williams in her story, I will!)

“And the best thing, too, is last week, he actually said, ‘Are you a capitalist or socialist, yes or no?’ And the woman said, ‘yes or no?’ And he says, ‘yeah!’ And she goes, ‘yes.’ And it was the whole panel,” AOC says, “he made everyone go down and everyone said, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.”

You can watch that moment here and it truly is as funny and as detached from any meaningful subject at hand as she describes.

Meyers also brought up Fox News’ obsession with her, and asked whether her Fox-watching Republican colleagues ever believe the misinformation the network loves to spread about her. She said that that does happen–one walked up to her recently on the House floor and asked if it was true that she’d gotten $10 million from Netflix. That’s not true, by the way. Netflix reportedly paid $10 million for a documentary out of Sundance about the political campaign of four progressive women, including AOC. But she was a subject of the film, not an owner or creator, so none of that $10 million went to her.

I’m not sure if Fox News ever discussed the Netflix deal, but the lie that AOC got a giant payout was spread by conservative Facebook groups and public figures like Diamond & Silk. And as Ocasio-Cortez says, if her fellow congresspeople believe that, “What else do you not know? This is concerning!”

Agreed, it is concerning!

The second half of Ocasio-Cortez’s interview is equally delightful, as she rebuts criticism of the Green New Deal, shares insight into how lobbyists pay to be heard by our elected officials, and calls Donald Trump a nematode.

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Holly Willoughby STUNS fans with ‘natural selfie’ as she gives glimpse of latest beauty treatment

The telly presenter looks amazing!

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Despite being on our telly screens for 20 years, This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby still looks as great as she did back in 1999.

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And the 38-year-old has seemingly given fans a glimpse of how she manages to stay so youthful, as she shared a video while getting a facial today.

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Taking to her Instagram Stories, mum-of-three Holly can be seen lying on celebrity facialist Claire Marie Peters’ beauty table while covered in just a white towel.

With her adorable cat lying on her feet as she relaxed at home, the star captioned the video: ‘feline fine facial time.’

Expert Claire worked her magic on Holly, using photon light therapy to achieve picture-perfect results.

And the pamper sessions are definitely working, as the ITV star wowed her fans by sharing a stunning selfie at the opera last night.

In the snap Holly is posing for the camera at the London Coliseum with only a touch of eyeliner and a pink lip.

Alongside the photo, she wrote: ‘A night at the opera… The Magic Flute… oh joyful bliss #wisdom#love… congratulations @englishnationalopera on another superb performance ♥

And fans couldn’t wait to comment on the post, with one gushing: ‘Looking gorgeous as always!’

‘So pretty ❤,’ said another, while a third added: ‘You’re so beautiful Holly.’

Meanwhile, Holly returned to the Celeb Juice panel last night alongside new co-star Paddy McGuinness who has recently replaced Fearne Cotton.

Obviously, things kicked off with the usual outrageous antics and disgusting games, with Holly having to transfer jelly directly from her mouth into I’m A Celebrity star John Barrowman’s.

And it’s fair to say things soon turned VERY messy, with John looking like he was about to throw up at one point.

Good to have you back, guys!

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