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Marvel Is Bringing More LGBTQ Characters To The Universe

When you’ve taken up the task of representing an entire universe, there’s quite a bit of responsibility to depict diversity on your shoulders. While the Disney-owned division of Marvel Studios has recently, ahem and also very slowly, ramped up its efforts to portray the diversities that exist in our immediate world through projects and characters like “Black Panther”  their spotlight has all but completely passed over LGBTQ+ heroes and heroines. Sure, sure, the studio has trifled with and indulged our imaginations hinting at a few flirty exchanges and off-screen relationships (no, but really you think they’re just chilling at Themyscira? Nothing else? Come now.) but the representation of LTBQ characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been pretty less than super. It’s why this latest bit of news straight from the studio’s president has fans reeling.

According to a recent interview with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, the franchise’s upcoming films are about to get a lot more LGBTQ+ love.

Feige might have confirmed suspicions that Valkyrie was the first out character in MCU last year.

Of course, Tessa Thompson who portrayed the difficult to injure character already asserted that Valkyrie was bisexual last year after she made her MCU debut. Feige, on the other hand, seemed to be pretty tight-lipped about new developments in the series but he did confirm that at least two LGBTQ characters will appear in future Marvel films he also said that ‘yes’ we’ve already met one of the characters before.

Now, there’s no guarantee that Valkyrie is the character that Feige was talking about. After all, whether or not she’ll actually even be in the MCU pics to come is still up in the air and LBR it would be pretty awesome if Loki got a chance to soak in the rainbow light too. Still, fans are keeping their fingers crossed that Marvel will give us LGBTQ women of color, a true rarity in both superhero and non-sci-fi fantasy worlds if we’re being real.

Whichever LGBTQ+ character MCU chooses to celebrate, fans who’ve added over 6.6 billion U.S. dollars in the franchise deserve this.

Here’s hoping Feige stays true to his words and ensures that we get characters that add diversity and depth to the series rather than just tokenism. Also, just two out LGBTQ characters is not enough. So here’s hoping Marvel works their power and brings more representation all around.


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Cameron Diaz Talks About That Traumatic Scene From ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ That Gave Us All Our First Taste Of Second Hand Embarrassment

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Cameron Diaz Talks About That Traumatic Scene From ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ That Gave Us All Our First Taste Of Second Hand Embarrassment

Everybody’s favorite 90s romantic comedy, “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” is packed with various moments of hilarious victories that make the movie so lovable. The 1997 film stars Julia Roberts as a 27-year-old Julianne Potter who flies to Chicago to break up her best friend (Dermot Mulroney’s) marriage to 20-year-old Kimmy (played by Cameron Diaz). It’s filled with meddling moments and mini-disasters including one iconic scene made of a particular sort of awkwardness.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Diaz spoke about the one scene that prompted everyone to steer clear of karaoke bars.

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In one of the film’s most beloved scenes, Cameron Diaz’s Kimmy stands before a packed karaoke bar at the urging of Julianne and sputters and cries her way through Dionne Warwick’s “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.” The scene is awkwardly heavy, with Diaz’s blotchy, clammy, pink face tearing apart every note and Julia Robert’s conniving character’s satisfied smirk. The patrons in the bar sit awkwardly still in their seats as they watch the trainwreck and experience the ultimate form of secondhand embarrassment. Then suddenly, through Kimmy’s show of good sportsmanship, the scene turns around.

The patrons join in on the song, singing, and clapping. Julianne is noticeably dumbfounded by her failed scheme. No doubt, the entire experience was humiliating for everyone watching (audience included) but there’s also no denying that the proper people have been charmed, even us the viewers who were supposed to be rooting for Julianne, can’t help but have a change of heart over the girl who has a father worth billions.

That’s just good acting. Or, so we thought.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly for its latest reunion special, Diaz explained that the film was far more real than we might have guessed.

During the interview that commemorated the film which is now over twenty years old, Diaz admitted that the idea of standing up in front of the bar and singing actually, truly made her miserable.

“I was terrified to do that scene, for real,” Diaz, who is of Cuban descent admitted. “I allowed the true terror of singing in front of people to be alive in me. I wanted to run and hide, and Dermot kept me there. He said, “You can do it, you can do it.” In the scene I’m just staring at him the whole time because he’s looking at me like, “You’re okay. You’re not gonna die.” And I was like, “But I’m dying.”


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20 Crazy Facts About “Spy Kids” You Didn’t Notice In The Movie

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20 Crazy Facts About “Spy Kids” You Didn’t Notice In The Movie

In 2001, Latino kids across the globe were met with a rare treasure never to be seen. A Latino spy family featuring two kids with top-secret espionage badges on the big screen. The heroic movie “Spy Kids” launched a mega movie franchise as well as the imaginations of Latino kids.

Written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, “Spy Kids” was an epic espionage movie packed full of wonderment, surprise, gadgets oh yeah and Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino and new faces Alexa PenaVega and Daryl Sabara.

Check out these 20 things you never knew about your favorite movie from 2001!

1. Robert Rodriguez, the director, used ideas from his childhood for his characters.

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Rodriguez had drawn a picture of men with thumbs for heads, arms, and legs as a child. The thumb people made an appearance as the clumsy robots known as the Thums Thumbs.

2. Rodriguez’s family made appearances in special ways.

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As an homage to his family members, Rodriguez named the characters of Gregorio, Carmen, and Juni after them.

3. George Clooney wore pajama pants during his appearance

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Robert Rodriguez was the director behind the movie and had worked with Clooney before. He showed up as a one-man crew and shot the Clooney scene himself. The scene was shot from the waist up since Clooney was still wearing his pijama.

4. Selena Gomez made her debut in the franchise.

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The “Wolves” singer made her film debut as “Waterpark Girl” In the 3rd movie.

5. Gregorio Cortez was named after a thief.

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In real life, Gregorio Cortez is the name of a famous Texan thief from the early 90s.

6. IRL, Carla Gugino was too young to be an adult mom to her kids in the movie.

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In reality, Gugino is only  17 years older than Alexa PenaVega, who plays her oldest child Carmen.

7. Carla almost didn’t accept the role because of her age.

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At 29 years old during the time of filming, Carla felt she was too young to have kids that were 10 and 12 years old. But Rodriguez convinced her by sharing that his own mother had had him and all of his siblings by the time she was thirty. 

8. Production was super speedy.

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The movie was shot over a period of 10 weeks.

9. It held box office for almost as long.

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The movie stayed at number 1 for three straight whole weeks in the United States bod office charts.

10. Carla Gugino wasn’t even supposed to be here.

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Kelly Preston had been offered the role of Ingrid Cortez, but when she gave birth, Carla was offered the role. 

11. Which means the movie didn’t dodge blackface.

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Kelly Preston is white and Carla Gugino is Italian AKA not Latina.

12. Angie Harmon almost got the role of Ingrid.

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Harmon is also not Latina. She’s Greek and German/Irish. Makes you think someone was determined to cast a white mother eh? Like where was Salma Hayek?? OR, a Brown casting director?

13. The kids helped pick Gugino as Ingrid.

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Rodriguez wanted to make sure the mother looked like the kids and Gugino’s dye job.

14. That’s not San Diablo.

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In the notorious arriel shot that’s not San Diablo it’s a view of Santiago de Chile! 

15. Rodriguez edited the movie in a “garage.”

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Rodriguez’s garage is really an elaborate editing studio in his home.

16. Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega own this film

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They’re the only actors to appear in all four films of the franchise.

17. Carmen has such a Latina tame.

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According to the credits and a scene where she uses it as a password Carmen Elizabeth Juanita Costa-Brava Cortez.

18. The location has a fun oxymoron.

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San Diablo is a Spanish oxymoron meaning Holy Devil or Sainted Devil.

19. The initials of the Organization of Super Spies is copy pasted.

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The Organization of Super Spies or O.S.S. has the exact same initials as the Office of Strategic Services,. That’s the version of the WWII-era C.I.A.

20. Rodriguez has a trademark and a thing for knives.

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Rodriguez’s film’s featuring Danny Trejo usually have his characters named after a knife. In Spy Kids he plays Isador “Machete” Cortez.


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