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Marvel Comics has been aiming to diversify its characters more by making many of them minorities or changing their gender. The mantle of Iron Man was temporarily assumed by his Black friend James Rhodes, Sam Jones (Falcon) took over as Captain America, Asian teen Amadeus Cho became The Hulk, and Thor’s mantle was taken over by his ex-girlfriend! Now it seems Marvel Studios may be following suit racially as it is rumored they are looking to cast a Latina in the role of X-Men’s Rogue, and a biracial actor in the role of Gambit for upcoming Marvel films.

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Traditionally both Rogue and Gambit have been Deep Southern, Caucasian people. Rogue hails from Caldecott County, Mississippi and Gambit being from New Orleans. Both have noted accents as well and pride themselves on their heritage. In fact Rogue is nicknamed as the X-Men’s Southern Belle and Wolverine hilariously nicknamed Gambit, “Gumbo.”

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Many people might see this as erasure, and we as comic fans want the characters to be as true to comic book origins as possible when it comes to the films. However, we can see how their rumored new origins would work. A source close to Marvel Studios, allegedly, stated Rogue’s origins are tweaked to be the daughter of Mexican migrant workers who disappear and are assumed deported. She is then raised by her two “aunties” (later to be revealed as Mystique and Destiny). Her powers are activated this time when ICE comes for her and she absorbs the fighting prowess and military training of her assailants and escapes. Gambit’s origins will remain largely in tact only his ethnicity will change, revealing his mother will be a Black Creole woman and his father a White Cajun man embroiled in the criminal activity and mysticism, forced to leave him behind because of their tumultuous lives. He is found and raised by a local gang, “The Thieves Guild.”

Rogue and Gambit rival Cyclops and Jean Grey as X-Men’s most prominent power couple. Their on and off again status has been quite the roller coaster and soap opera, and that won’t change in the films either. We are looking forward to seeing how all this will play out. In the meantime let’s just hope they get an amazing X-Men film out pronto!

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Oscar Nominations Are In! “The Joker” & “The Irishman” Lead the Biggest Night in Hollywood!

The Oscars are undoubtedly the biggest night in Hollywood. All of Hollywood’s A-List celebrities are in the building, the Red Carpet is always stunning, and some of our favorite films from the past year get the glory–or snub–they deserved!

This year’s nominations for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards are comprised of a number nods for films like “The Joker,” “The Irishman,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood!” 

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The Oscars are undoubtedly the biggest night in Hollywood. All of Hollywood’s A-List celebrities are in the building, the Red Carpet is always stunning, and some of our favorite films from the past year get the glory–or snub–they deserved!

This year’s nominations for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards are comprised of a number nods for films like “The Joker,” “The Irishman,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood!”

via Entertainment Weekly

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The 2020 Oscar nominations were announced live on Monday morning, a mere week after Ricky Gervais trashed talked Hollywood on the Golden Globes stage. Joker, helmed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of DC Comics, received the highest number of nominations (11 in total), including for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Lead Actor. Avengers: Endgame was the only other comic book-based blockbuster to receive a nomination (Best Visual Effects).

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, and Sam Mendes’ 1917 tied for the second most nominations with 10 each. Parasite, with a total of six each, received a number of the higher profile nominations: the film earned on for Best Picture and International Feature Film, while Bong Joon-ho received one for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Every year always brings a number of snubs, and Greta Gerwig was a big one. The Little Women director did not get a nod for directing, though she did enter the Best Picture and Screenplay fields. A number of Oscar voters also outed themselves as members of the #PughHive, nominating Florence Pugh for Best Supporting Actress. Jennifer Lopez, one many hoped would enter that playing field for Hustlers, was not nominated.

John Cho of Star Trek Beyond and Issa Rae of Insecure revealed contenders for the 24 categories in an event streamed live on various internet platforms.

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The landscape of the nominees this year is really amazing! Comic book inspired films are more and more becoming contenders for big awards and we feel it is well deserved. Characters like The Joker, have always been played with depth and layers, and then when it comes to the Avengers nomination, that movie had all the feels of raw emotion as all the superheroes struggled to deal with loss and sacrifice to restore the universe. Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlet Johansson, and Chris Evans all deserve some kind of recognition for their performances in the films. We are not surprised Jennifer Lopez was snubbed as we do not feel Hustlers warrants an Oscar. It is a great film, just not in the same vein as works from Quentin Tarentino, Martin Scorcese, or other big wigs in Hollywood.

You all just be sure to catch the Oscars on February 8th, 8 PM EST on ABC!

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[PHOTOS] GI Joe’s “Snake Eyes” Movie Kicks Off Production In Japan!

The GI Joe movie franchise is about to get a little larger thanks to the upcoming “Snake Eyes” movie which has kicked off production in Japan! The film will center on Snake Eyes, the GI Joe’s resident ninja/soldier sworn to his duty and oath of silence. The film is rumored to be his origin story, and set to be a part of a string of standalone films that will string together a larger GI Joe Cinematic Universe!

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The GI Joe movie franchise is about to get a little larger thanks to the upcoming “Snake Eyes” movie which has kicked off production in Japan! The film will center on Snake Eyes, the GI Joe’s resident ninja/soldier sworn to his duty and oath of silence. The film is rumored to be his origin story, and set to be a part of a string of standalone films that will string together a larger GI Joe Cinematic Universe!

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Snake Eyes

From the photos from production we see the star of the film, Malaysian actor, Henry Golding, along with the rest of the crew posing for pictures and seemingly receiving a blessing from a priest. Check out a few of the photos below:

 

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Storm Shadow

“Snake Eyes” is highly anticipated is expected to be action packed and riveting. We are most interested in seeing Storm Shadow as well; his duplicitous, lifelong rival who works closely with the global terrorist group, “Cobra!” We will keep you posted as more “Snake Eyes” news develops!

SNAKE EYES IS IN THEATRES OCTOBER 23, 2020!

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Hawkman & Hawkgirl Rumored to Appear in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Black Adam” Movie!

Dear Warner Bros. Studios, the DC Cinematic Universe is shaping up nicely–FINALLY! Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam are brokering the way to a whole slew of films we cannot wait for. From those anticipated films “Black Adam,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is at the top of the list, telling the tale of how Shazam’s most powerful enemy rose to power. In the film, however, two superheroes are expected to begin their stories, Hawkman and Hawkgirl!

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Dear Warner Bros. Studios, the DC Cinematic Universe is shaping up nicely–FINALLY! Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam are brokering the way to a whole slew of films we cannot wait for. From those anticipated films “Black Adam,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is at the top of the list, telling the tale of how Shazam’s most powerful enemy rose to power. In the film, however, two superheroes are expected to begin their stories, Hawkman and Hawkgirl!

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Hawkman vs. Black Adam

As you may not know Hawkman and Hawkgirl are one of comics’ most iconic couples and its symbol of star-crossed love. The heroes are blessed and cursed with resurrection and reincarnation where each life they fall for each other, die, and retain their memories from all of their previous lives. In their current lives they are superheroes powered by “Nth metal,” an alien element that grants its users to enhanced strength, fly at supersonic speeds (when grafted to artificial wings) protecting them from cold and heat, and it disrupts magic. Hawkman and Hawkgirl are highly adept with a number of weapons but prefer to use archaic weapons like swords, spears, and maces.

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The Hawks cross paths with Black Adam originally in Ancient Egypt in the first lives where they are its rulers and are exposed to Nth Metal granting their souls reincarnation. Black Adam, known as Teth-Adam then, is the protector of the country, and is the champion of the original Shazam. He becomes corrupt and seeks to have the very people protect worship him as a god and is exiled deep into space where it takes him thousands of years to fly back to Earth–present day. Now, Black Adam has to deal with not only The Hawks, but (wizard) Shazam’s new champion, the current superhero, Shazam.

We really hope this is true. Warner Bros. has stated another Justice League movie will happen in the future and it would be nice to have Hawkman and Hawkgirl on the team. They add some needed skill to the team. What do you all think of them appearing in the “Black Adam” movie? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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