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IMAX Is Opening World’s Biggest Screen In 2020, And It’s Wider Than A Boeing 737

In the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema was king and one of the major ways that people spent their entertainment dollar. While movies have always remained important, the theater has seen increased pressure from sources like television, video games, and streaming services. To combat the competition, theaters have tried everything from adding color, to 3D, to increasing the size of the screen. This last item has never stopped being a point of differentiation, as companies like IMAX use their massive size as a major way to compete not only with other forms of media, but with other theaters. Now, the company is getting ready to unveil its biggest screen ever, at a massive 38 meters wide and 22 meters tall.

The screen is being installed at the Traumpalast Leonberg multiplex located in Leonberg, Germany and is expected to open sometime in 2020. Needless to say this is a huge benefit to the independent theater in a city which has a population of less than 50,000 people. It’s a bit surprising to see a world record screen going into a theater in a relatively small part of Germany, but IMAX is a fairly new addition to the nation as a whole, with only 10 theaters currently open or contracted to open, so putting IMAX’s biggest screen ever in the country can only help those efforts.

In imperial measurements, the screen is just short of 125 feet long and just over 72 feet tall. A standard IMAX screen, for comparison, comes in at 72 feet wide and 53 feet tall. The previous record holder for IMAX was a screen in Sydney Australia which measures 117 feet long.

It should be pointed out that when Deadline and IMAX refer to it as the world’s largest IMAX screen, that appears to be in length only. The screen in Australia is apparently significantly taller than the one being installed in Germany, at 97 feet, and therefore is also larger from a square footage perspective.

While a bigger screen is certainly attractive, I can’t help but wonder if there’s a point of diminishing returns here. With the screen being so large the seating location to be able to take it all in is going to be that much further back as compared to standard IMAX. If you end up too far back, you’re going to lose the benefits of the massive screen. Maybe some people won’t mind watching movies like they’re watching a live tennis match, but I’m not one of those people.

Which is not to say that if I found myself in Leonberg, Germany, I wouldn’t buy a ticket to whatever was showing on the world’s largest IMAX screen. Whatever Marvel or Lucasfilm has planned for 2020 will probably look absolutely amazing on a screen that size.

Jennifer Lopez Just Addressed Rumors That Alex Rodriguez Cheated on Her

In early March, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez confirmed they were engaged after roughly two years of dating. Their celebration, though, was slightly clouded by former New York Yankee Jose Canseco, who alleged Rodriguez cheated on Lopez. “Watching World of Dance watching J.Lo text Alex Rodriguez little does she know that he is cheating on her with my ex-wife Jessica poor girl she has no idea who he really is,” Canseco tweeted on March 10.

Canseco’s ex-wife, Jessica, denied this accusation last month in a statement, saying, “I have known Alex for many years and haven’t even seen him for over 5. I certainly did not sleep with him.” But Lopez has kept mum on the subject—until now.

During a radio interview with The Breakfast Club on Wednesday, April 10, Lopez was straight-up asked about Canseco’s allegations. “It doesn’t matter,” Lopez told host Charlamagne tha God. “I know what the truth is. I know who he is. He knows who I am. We’re just happy. We’re not gonna let other people come out and tell us what our relationship is. I know what our relationship is.”

See Lopez’s response for yourself, starting around the 29:18 mark.

It was confirmed in March 2017 that Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were seeing each other. Their relationship since then has been seemingly picture-perfect. I mean, just look at this engagement announcement:

Plus, there’s also the fact Rodriguez is the ideal Instagram husband. Lopez confirmed this in an interview with People, saying, “He loves taking pictures and documenting the moment.”

Rodriguez echoed this sentiment, adding, “I don’t have to play 162 games anymore, so I have a lot time on my hands. I like to have fun.”

The couple hasn’t confirmed a wedding date yet, but hopefully Rodriguez’s penchant for pictures means he’ll keep fans in the loop.

Apparently Christopher Nolan’s Next Film Is The Length Of Three Movies

You never know what you’re going to get next with Christopher Nolan. One moment, he’s helming one of the biggest pre-Avengers comic book series with his Dark Knight Trilogy, and the next he’s experimenting in the realms of sci-fi and historical narrative. Back to his old tricks again, Nolan is currently working on a rather enigmatic film that, per his usual process, is being kept tightly under wraps. Details are scarce, but according to one of the film’s actors, Twilight veteran Robert Pattinson, it’s going to be a pretty long sit. And when he says long, it’s about three movies’ worth of length.

This detail casually came out during a recent interview, as he spoke about working on Christopher Nolan’s latest mystery film, and what it means to him as an actor. Robert Pattinson’s remarks were as follows:

The length of three movies sounds pretty intimidating, no matter how you slice it. On the more conservative side of things, per guidelines over what qualifies as a feature length film, you’re looking at three 80-minute Christopher Nolan films strung together, which roughly adds up to a four hour film. While that sort of undertaking has been done before, it’s not exactly a common occurrence in the modern world of filmmaking.

However, if you were to take the Nolan standard of film length, with his shortest film being his directorial debut Following, the result would still be in the same ballpark. Clocking in at 69 minutes, Christopher Nolan might have a roughly three and a half hour film lined up for confirmed stars Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, and Elizabeth Debicki to work their way through. Though, for the sake of audience’s physical comfort, let’s hope that the length is closer to Nolan’s shortest film and not his longest, as 2014’s Interstellar holds that particular record at two hours and 49 minutes. Three movies of that run time wouldn’t feel like a movie anymore, it’d feel closer to a David Lynch TV series, and theater seats just aren’t comfortable enough to sit that long.

Other than this particular claim from Robert Pattinson’s interview with AZ Central, as well as some interesting stories — like how he had to read the script in a locked room in the name of privacy — we don’t know all that much about this untitled Christopher Nolan film. Some reports, such as a recent THR article, have pegged this new film as dealing with the time continuum; while other debunked reports had the film likened to “North By Northwest meets Inception.”

Maybe somewhere in-between lies the truth, both in the realm of the film’s story and its running time, but we probably won’t know until whatever point Christopher Nolan decides to share more details with the world. Let’s hope that if it does run as long as this outrageous claim suggests, it’ll at least come with an intermission to let folks stretch and tend to their bodily needs.

The as of yet untitled Christopher Nolan movie is set to blow minds when it opens on July 17th, 2020. In the meantime, Robert Pattinson can currently be seen in High Life, which is in limited release at this very moment.

The Blackpink Revolution, As Explained By 6 Superfans

By Emlyn Travis

To a casual New Yorker passing by the Ed Sullivan Theater on February 11, the crowd of people huddled across the street from the stage door of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was a not-so-subtle hint that someone popular was visiting the late-night talk show. But the celebrities creating such furor weren’t household names for most Americans — at least not yet. It was Blackpink, Korean company YG Entertainment’s latest girl group who, that night, made their U.S. television debut with their punchy single “DDU-DU DDU-DU.”

To say that Blackpink is popular is to put it lightly; the group have a massive, dedicated fanbase that has grown exponentially since their debut in 2016. On April 4, the group’s music video for their latest single “Kill This Love” became the most-watched music video in a 24 hour period in YouTube history, clocking in with 56.7 million views and seizing the title that was previously held by Ariana Grande’s “Thank U Next.” Just three days later, the video smashed another record when it became the fastest music video to hit 100 million views on the platform.

And that’s just one single; in a short amount of time, Blackpink has made a name for themselves in the States as one of K-pop’s brightest stars, and they’ve done it all without even releasing a full-length album. The group’s popularity stateside has been building since debut, but it reached a fever pitch in January when they were announced as part of this year’s Coachella lineup. As the first female K-pop act to play the festival, Blackpink began to pique the interest of listeners both in and outside of the K-pop sphere, and since then the hysteria surrounding them has increased tenfold. After a short stint in America in February, the group was nominated for a Kids Choice Award, posed on the cover of Billboard Magazine, and announced and subsequently sold-out their North American tour.

So what is it about Blackpink that’s captivating men and women around the world? With only 14 tracks to their name, it’s obvious that fans (called “Blinks”) are connecting with the group on much more than just their title tracks. To discover what about Blackpink draws in prospective fans, MTV News caught up with six Blinks to discuss what the group means to them.

Their Debut:

On August 8, 2016, Blackpink made their official debut with two title tracks — the fist-bumping, EDM-heavy “Boombayah” and sweet, hip hop-infused “Whistle.” Both songs shot straight to the top of the Korean music charts and caught the attention of global K-pop fans with their addictive choruses, charismatic rapping, and “girl crush” concepts. Put all together, it was a recipe for success and Blackpink became the fastest rookie K-pop girl group to secure their first win on weekly music program Inkigayo just 13 days after debuting with “Whistle.”

Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

From left to right: Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa, and Rosé

“Blackpink breaking records and setting standards despite lack of promotions can only be explained by what differs them from other girl groups,” says Ilke Esmeroğlu, 19, who became interested in Blackpink after she saw their pre-debut teasers. “People are looking for something new, and Blackpink always keeps it fresh with the diversity of their music and concept.”

The group’s “girl crush” concept seen in their music videos was another interesting aspect. Where other girl groups might opt for a cute concept for their first release, Blackpink projected what would later be defined as “pretty and savage” energy into the world as they spat fiery raps, did donuts in an empty parking lot, and daintily sat on the Earth like they owned it. That confidence and effortless style was well received by fans, who quickly became obsessed with K-pop’s new girl gang.

“Before Blackpink, I wasn’t really into K-pop that much, but something about their music and concept was different from the other girl groups I’ve seen,” says Alyanna Cabalbal, 18. “They showed a fiercer side to the normal bubblegum pop that most girl groups showed. Not that cute concepts aren’t good, it’s just that Blackpink’s vibe just pulls you in.”

“Even though they sing in a language I may not understand they are interesting enough to make one look past that. They are a refreshing talent,” adds Klaudia Stefańska, 18, who’s been in love with Blackpink since she heard their summer single, “As If It’s Your Last.” “Their image and how they carry themselves is what drew me in.”

Their Sound:

With new mini-album Kill This Love released nearly 10 months after their last comeback (or, new release), Blackpink has solidified themselves as something separate from the typical K-pop paradigm that drives groups to push out releases every few months. Though the group’s sound generally stays within the realms of hip-hop, R&B, or EDM bangers (and sometimes a mixture of the three all at once), Blackpink takes their time to release music that is wholly their own.

“Back then, and even now I think, K-pop’s defining characteristics are usually its loud, psychedelic beats à la 2NE1’s ‘I Am The Best’ or Big Bang’s ‘Fantastic Baby,’ catchy bubblegum pop melodies like SNSD’s ‘Gee,’ Wonder Girls’ ‘Nobody,’ and Twice’s ‘TT,’ and explosive choreography like BTS and EXO — all very in your face,” says Toni Kho, 24. For the last three years, Kho spent her weekends tirelessly translating Blackpink content from Korean into English to help further the group’s global popularity.

She continues: “K-pop isn’t usually associated with groovy, suave, soulful beats. But Jennie’s rap in ‘Whistle,’ and Blackpink’s rendition of ‘Sure Thing’ showed me that this was a soulful K-pop group, and I was just floored.”

It’s also the stylistic elements that Blackpink’s members bring to the table that intrigue fans too. Each member has a unique vocal tone; Rosé is known for her raspy vocal quality, while Jennie bounces back and forth between rapping and singing. As a rapper, Lisa’s deep voice complements Jisoo’s sweet tone perfectly, especially on the group’s more bombastic tracks like “See U Later.”

“I loved [‘Boombayah’]. I also loved the diversity of the song. With Blackpink, it’s always like five genres in one song, but it’s not messy,” answers Esmeroğlu. “The members each have very individual, distinctive voices and styles that don’t sound weird when you combine them all. It’s harmonious in a way I can’t explain.”

The Members:

Aside from their music, Blackpink’s biggest charm and incentive to stan is the personalities of its members. Jennie, Rosé, Lisa, and Jisoo have appeared on multiple Korean variety programs, including their own reality show Blackpink House, and hold frequent livestreams on V Live and their personal Instagrams. By sharing their world and connecting with fans online, the members have become a huge source of inspiration for Blinks.

For some, Blackpink have inspired them to be courageous. “I relate most to Rosé and Lisa, since I also left home to study and work. I find their courage and perseverance in pursuing their dreams in the face of hardships and loneliness very admirable and inspiring,” says Kho. “Last, apparently [Jennie’s] mom wanted her to be a lawyer at first, but she told her mom that she wanted to pursue her dreams to be a singer. That is courage that I don’t think I have, and courage that I would like to have when facing uncertainty in the future.”

For others, the members’ lifestyles and activities have inspired them to make a change in their own lives. “Lisa does kickboxing which inspired me to sign up for classes, and I love the activity now,” Sova Adams, 21, reveals. Rosé has also become her style inspiration, because she has a similar body type and can influence outfits for Adams to rock next.

The biggest reason fans connect with Blackpink is because of their authenticity; their candidness about everyday life makes them feel more like longtime friends than untouchable pop stars.

“A lot of the people in this fandom can relate to these girls because of their backgrounds and the kind of personalities they have,” says Jawwad Kiani, 24, who was recommended Blackpink’s pre-debut dance practice videos on YouTube and has been a fan ever since. “For instance, Rosé is super talented and has leadership qualities. She is super shy, but when she’s needed she steps up and delivers. Jisoo is like a big sister everyone wants who takes care of her loved ones more than anything. Jennie is the girl every girl wants to be like in Korea and Lisa, she’s the ‘it’ girl, and so many people relate to her story of leaving home and family to follow [her] dreams.”

Inclusivity: 

With members raised in New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, and Korea respectively, Blackpink is the definition of a multicultural girl group. Three of its members — Jennie, Lisa, and Rosé — speak English fluently, which has helped fans who would normally have to deal with a language barrier feel closer to the group than they would with other K-pop acts.

“Being able to understand and communicate properly with your celebrities plays a major role, too, because all of them can pretty much understand English. Three of them can communicate, too, so it makes it easier to understand and build a connection with them,” adds Kiani. “For instance, I’ve seen every video there is of Blackpink and most of it is in Korean with hardly any translation, but because the girls speak English [to each other] I was able to grasp as to what was happening in videos.”

Blackpink use English not only to chat with their foreign fans, but also to introduce them to bits of Korean culture, too. “At the same time, [Blackpink are] very respectful and aware of all the different cultures they straddle, and they encourage fans to understand the salient differences between each culture,” adds Kho. “For example, during one holiday in Korea they took the time to explain in English what the holiday was about even for just a short while.”

That level of inclusivity stretches into their concerts too; the group have shown their support for their LGBTQ+ fanbase by holding rainbow flags whilst on tour in the Philippines. Aside from openly gay idol Holland, K-pop and LGBTQ+ representation aren’t exactly synonymous (same-sex marriage is currently prohibited in South Korea), so these small moments make fans feel accepted, proud, and loved.

“Their music is based around female representation and confidence boost, ‘girls wanna have some fun,’ you know, and there’s a certain stereotype around female singers that are impactful in the pop culture to be known as ‘gay icons.’ I am bisexual myself and I think their feminine and sassy energy draws us in,” says Esmeroğlu. “They also held up the pride flag in one of their concerts which made me so proud. We definitely love calling them feminist queens!”

What Does “Blackpink” Mean to You?

When Blackpink debuted, YG Entertainment explained their name came from the idea of contradicting the perception that the color pink represented “prettiness.” Thus, Blackpink became the group that defined itself on the principle that prettiness wasn’t everything, but hard work, talent, and perseverance was. As the group’s popularity continues to grow, what it means to be Blackpink has evolved as fans attach their own personal perception of what the group means to them to it.

“To me, they mean the entire world. These girls have helped me through a lot, I’ve spent countless of hours keeping up with everything that’s been going on with them. I don’t only love them as artists but as people too. I feel like I know them on a personal level even if we actually haven’t talked face to face you know?” says Cabalbal. “Their presence and their cute little gestures of going on V Live just to talk to Blinks. It’s those actions that make me feel that I’m a part of something and feel less alone.”

“Although they’re around my age, they’re all still older than me and that allows me to look up to them as role models. Blackpink are a group of interesting, talented girls with good music, who promote individualism,” says Adams. “They’re all very different from each other and have different [strength and weaknesses], and I think that shows fans that it’s OK to be different because you can still be successful.”

“For me, they feel like someone I can trust,” says Kho. “If you strip away the fact that they’re famous artists and watch their videos and follow their posts, especially Rosé’s, they feel like real 20 to 23-year-old girls who love Disney, cry over Korean dramas, love shopping and eating good food, like sleeping in, lazing around and playing games, and who go crazy over cute and fluffy things like their pets.”

As what it means to be Blackpink continues to change, one thing does not: the level of love and dedication that Blinks have for Blackpink. It’s perfectly summarized by Kiani: “I want nothing but the best for all of them, and I will continue to support them through thick and thin. They deserve all the happiness and success in this world.”

Avengers: Endgame Sold Five Times As Many Advance Tickets As Infinity War In First Week

Long story short, Avengers: Endgame is already breaking all kinds of records. It sold a stupid number of tickets in the first week of presales. That’s not surprising — even if it’s good to hear people managed to actually buy tickets after all of the site crashes. No one should be surprised to hear Endgame is setting new ticket sale records. It already did so within 24 hours of ticket availability.

What’s surprising, to me, is the sheer volume we’re talking about.

For Fandango, Avengers: Endgame sold five times as many tickets in its first week as Avengers: Infinity War sold in its first seven days of presales.

For Atom Tickets, per CNBC, Avengers: Endgame sold nearly twice as many tickets in its first week as Aquaman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Avengers: Infinity War, and Captain Marvel combined. Nearly twice as many — combined! All of those other films made at least $1 billion at the box office, with Infinity War doubling that.

Fandango reports that thousands of showtimes are already sold out across the country. You probably knew that at some point when you tried to get tickets yourself.

What’s cool is the note that theaters have been adding new showtimes — some as early as 4:00 am and 6:30 am Friday, April 26 — to meet the fan demand to see the three-hour movie ASAP on opening day.

As you might expect, Endgame now holds Fandango’s records for both the best first day and best first week of presales, knocking out Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In terms of what this could mean for Avengers: Endgame‘s opening weekend, and ultimate box office total? Well, I’ve already put it on the record that I think this movie could rival Avatar. I know. That might be pushing it, even if we don’t adjust for inflation. But look at these pre-sales — and fans are probably going to watch the 3-hour movie multiple times, especially if Avengers 4 does say goodbye to some or all of The Original 6 Avengers.

For comparison, since Endgame just broke Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ record for Fandango, The Force Awakens made $2,068,223,624 worldwide. Avengers: Infinity War made $2,048,359,754 worldwide. And Endgame just sold five times as many presale tickets in the same period of time as Infinity War.

We’re definitely look at at a film in the 2 Billion Club. But how long will the movie leg out? Opening weekend anticipation for Endgame is so high because fans don’t want to be spoiled on what happens. How do the Avengers beat Thanos and reverse or at least change Infinity War’s Decimation? So it’s not shocking that fans are rushing to see this movie opening night, even before opening night, or at least opening weekend.

Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis even added this note about the April 26 demand:

Productivity is going to take a dive that day, with the exception of movie theater employees, who should be paid extra. So, on that note, please respond in the poll below if you plan to take work or school off in order to see Endgame. Don’t worry, it’s an anonymous poll…

Will You Be Taking Time Off Work Or School To See Avengers: Endgame?

15 Black One-piece Swimsuits That’ll Make You Want to Embrace the Art of the LBS

Swimsuit trends come and go, but the L.B.S. is a timeless summertime essential.

I’m talking, of course, about the little black swimsuit—L.B.S. for short. It’s integral to every poolside wardrobe, a classic and minimal one-piece that evokes the old-school glamour of Jane Russell and Elizabeth Taylor on holiday in the ’50s but still feels modern and impossibly elegant in 2019. Basically, it’s the L.B.D. of summer. And recently, it’s become my shopping obsession.

L.B.S.’ have been around for decades. But I really became infatuated with the style—specifically, one by Hunza G—in the past few years. I wore it throughout my second pregnancy, because the crinkle fabric grew with my belly (the nylon/elastane mix allowed just the right amount of stretch) but made me feel comfortable wearing a swimsuit as my body was drastically changing. Actually, the textured material is my favorite part of my L.B.S.: It sets it apart from the more basic black one-pieces on the market, giving it a contemporary feel. Plus, it doubles as a bodysuit that I wear with skirts or underneath a sheer dress.

Whether you prefer a classic, scoop-black style or one that’s more stylized—with one shoulder, a stomach cutout, a high neck, a plunging neckline—there’s a L.B.S. for you. Check out some of our favorite black one-piece swimsuits for 2019, ahead.

15 Black One-Piece Swimsuits That’ll Make You Want to Embrace the Art of the L.B.S.

Swimsuit trends come and go, but the L.B.S. is a timeless summertime essential.

I’m talking, of course, about the little black swimsuit—L.B.S. for short. It’s integral to every poolside wardrobe, a classic and minimal one-piece that evokes the old-school glamour of Jane Russell and Elizabeth Taylor on holiday in the ’50s but still feels modern and impossibly elegant in 2019. Basically, it’s the L.B.D. of summer. And recently, it’s become my shopping obsession.

L.B.S.’ have been around for decades. But I really became infatuated with the style—specifically, one by Hunza G—in the past few years. I wore it throughout my second pregnancy, because the crinkle fabric grew with my belly (the nylon/elastane mix allowed just the right amount of stretch) but made me feel comfortable wearing a swimsuit as my body was drastically changing. Actually, the textured material is my favorite part of my L.B.S.: It sets it apart from the more basic black one-pieces on the market, giving it a contemporary feel. Plus, it doubles as a bodysuit that I wear with skirts or underneath a sheer dress.

Whether you prefer a classic, scoop-black style or one that’s more stylized—with one shoulder, a stomach cutout, a high neck, a plunging neckline—there’s a L.B.S. for you. Check out some of our favorite black one-piece swimsuits for 2019, ahead.

Chris Hemsworth Put Snickers Bars In His Daughter’s Shoes To Sneak Her Onto Disneyland’s Tower Of Terror

If you’ve ever been a small child, emphasis on the “small,” at a theme park, or brought one with you, then you likely know the pain that comes with height requirements on attractions. It sucks when you can’t go on a ride you want to, and it sucks for the parents of that child too, who want their kids to have a great time. Chris Hemsworth recently revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live that when his daughter was too short to go on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disneyland a couple years ago, he took matters into his own hands, by stuffing her shoes. According to Hemsworth…

Basically, Chris Hemsworth created make shift high heels for his daughter that pushed up the back of her feet enough to raise his daughter’s height to the necessary limit. Clearly, she was really close to the limit, which is 40″ if you’re keeping score. I’m not sure what to think about those cast members if they had only measured her moments before and found her too short, maybe they decided they didn’t want to make Thor mad twice.

Hemsworth appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live along side his Avengers: Endgame co-stars Paul Rudd, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey Jr. They were less than impressed with the actor’s tale, pointing out that these height requirements exist for a reason and he shouldn’t be commended for subverting the system.

To his credit, Chris Hemsworth understood the reason for the requirements as soon as his daughter actually got on the ride, as it seems the restraint system was not sufficient to hold her in place.

The restraints on the Tower of Terror (now Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout) are nothing more than a simple seat belt, but since the ride only moves up and down, little more is needed. I’m not sure why Chris Hemsworth’s daughter found herself sliding out of the seat. Perhaps because she was smaller, there was actually space between her lap and the belt, leading to her moving upwards when the ride was pulled down.

As somebody who took longer than normal to reach all of the Disneyland height requirements, I can appreciate the desire to circumvent the rules. Still, one should not condone such things and it’s good that Chris Hemsworth now understands the importance of these rules. Of course, when the new Marvel themed land opens up next to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout, one certainly wonders if Thor might go looking for Snickers bars once again.

You can check out the Avengers full appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the video below.

Wait, Why Did Avengers: Infinity War Let Shuri Die Off Camera?

Black Panther Shuri standing with her gauntlets ready to fire

Every Marvel fan has that one victim of Thanos’s Decimation that they wish had survived. Watching our favorite MCU characters fading away into a cloud of ash was a pretty devastating event, and every time it’s brought up, it feels like a freshly opened wound in our hearts. And just when you thought it was all said and done with the greatest Marvel happening since the collapse of S.H.I.E.L.D., there was a new wrinkle added to the already high toll of emotional damages. As it turns out, Shuri — sister of King T’Challa and tech guru extraordinaire of Wakanda — was apparently part of the casualties of that fateful day.

While presumed to be alive at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, the trailers for Avengers: Endgame hit with the implication that one of our favorite Marvel geniuses was dusted off camera. At first, this was dismissed as one of those shots that the folks in charge love to include, so as to throw off fans trying to guess what’s going to happen in the actual film. But by time the posters for Avengers: Endgame hit, Shuri was a confirmed kill with her visage shown in the same black and white quality all the other fallen heroes took in their posters. Which not only has us mad, it has us questioning why in the hell Avengers: Infinity War would let such a huge death happen off screen.

The princess of Wakanda’s actual fate has always been considered up in the air — even Angela Bassett herself seemed to think that Shuri, as well as her character Ramonda, had survived the ending of Avengers: Infinity War. It’s a conclusion we previously jumped to as well, as the film wasn’t shy about killing off a mass of characters that occupied both the front and center as well as the supporting rung of the series. Seeing everyone from Bucky Barnes to Groot biting the dust, it didn’t feel like they’d leave that important of a character off of the chopping block in the first half of this two part story. If she had done less to effect the outcome of the story, then maybe not including Shuri would have made sense. But, as we saw in her final recorded moments of activity in Avengers: Infinity War, her importance to the overall plot can’t be overstated.

Shuri’s big move in Avengers: Infinity War was all about the potential solution to save Vision from being dependent on the Soul Stone to live. Her last known location was in her lab in Wakanda, as Shuri was scrambling to finish her work, and it was even theorized that she possibly found a way to save Vision in order to resurrect him, sans the Infinity Stone that gave him life. Of course, Corvus Glaive burst into her lab during what looked like some very crucial stages of that process, and the question of whether or not she succeeded was left as open ended as whether she’d survived or not.

And yet, as we saw T’Challa disappear in front of Okoye during Avengers: Infinity War, we didn’t get such a scene with Shuri. Which is rather interesting, considering that not only is Danai Gurira’s character a crucial survivor in Avengers: Endgame’s story, she was also the last person we saw with Shuri as they fought off Corvus Glaive in the Wakandan labs. You’d think those two would want to stick together, not only to up the odds of survival, but also to get Shuri over to her brother, so that the three could mount a mutual defense against Thanos and his goons. Even if she still died, it would have been on camera, she would have gone out fighting, and Okoye would be even more galvanized to carry on the good fight in Avengers: Endgame.

So why didn’t they show both children of Wakanda’s royal bloodline dusting away in Avengers: Infinity War? Well, whether they knew it was happening or not, this could have been Marvel’s own way of building in a trap door in case one particular party couldn’t be involved. Just as surprising as Shuri’s death was the announcement that Avengers: Endgame would include Valkyrie in the roster of heroes that survived The Decimation. So if Tessa Thompson’s schedule wouldn’t allow her to participate, then Letitia Wright might have been asked to come back as Shuri to balance the playing field. But as Valkyrie is now officially spared, someone had to take her place on the other side of the MCU wind, and that unlucky soul was Shuri. It may not be the best reason for omitting the character, but it plays by the rules of The Decimation, and feels like a natural fit.

Even with The Decimation requiring half of the Marvel Cinematic Universe be wiped out, wasn’t there another character that could have disappeared, allowing Shuri to remain? It’s useless at this point, as not only is her character expected to make a return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Avengers: Endgame, she’ll probably be back for further adventures in the Black Panther franchise, which seems like a shoo-in for a Phase 4 release date.

Obviously, the decision was part of a meticulous plan to end The Infinity Saga, and we’re not arguing with that fact. But even with the comfort that comes when thinking of the obvious return of the fallen from Avengers: Infinity War, it still doesn’t sit well that the proper time and space to grieve that character’s death wasn’t given to the audience members who latched onto and/or identified with Shuri at this stage of the game.

Here’s hoping we get some sort of real answers as to why this decision was made when Avengers: Endgame potentially provides closure on these queries and more on April 26th. If you’re looking to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can take a look at what we have so far in our guide for upcoming Marvel release dates, which will be updated as soon as any new information about Phase 4 comes through.

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Nipsey Hussle’s Childhood Intersection In L.A. Will Be Named In His Honor

Nipsey Hussle‘s spiritual and mental estate, following his shooting death at the end of March, is vast. His physical being’s gone from the world, but as tweets, stories, and interview clips pour in about his generosity, authenticity, and charisma, it’s clear that the essence of what kind of person he was will endure eternally in addition to his gritty brand of Los Angeles hip-hop. To commemorate the late rapper’s legacy, the city of Los Angeles is doing something spectacular – renaming the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue – nearby where he grew up at – to Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square.

Following Nipsey’s tragic shooting death last month, a petition for Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson to rename the intersection was created and it has received almost 500,000 global signatures to date. Harris-Dawson recently announced the change and gave a statement to the LA Sentinel“Ermias Asghedom known as ‘Nipsey Hussle’ was an icon and West Coast hero,” he said. “Nipsey’s genuine nature allowed him to be a light to everyone he interacted with from family, friends, fans, and his larger community.  As a father, brother, and son, Nipsey was a rock helping to build an empire that will continue through generations. Nipsey will always be remembered for delivering a pure, authentic Los Angeles sound, his numerous philanthropic efforts, his innovative, community-focused business mindset, and his humble heart.”

It’s a beautiful tribute for the rapper who had a massive public presence and philanthropic spirit. On Thursday (April 11), Nipsey’s family will be having a memorial service for him at the Staples Center.