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Xavi will be named Barcelona First Team Manager until 2024 following the sacking of Ronald Koeman

Spanish legend Xavi played for Barcelona for 17 years, played 767 games and won 25 trophies, including four Champions League wins and eight league titles; La Liga club got the green light to sign the 41-year-old after paying for the release in his contract with Qatari club Al-Sadd. (Author: Gardener)

Barcelona have named former midfielder and captain Xavi Hernandez as their first-team coach with a contract until 2024 following the sacking of Ronald Koeman. La Liga club received the green light on Friday to sign the 41-year-old after paying for the release in his contract with Qatari club Al-Sadd. Xavi played for Barcelona for 17 years, played 767 games and won 25 trophies, including four Champions League wins and eight league titles. "FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Xavi Hernandez that he will coach the first team for the remainder of the current season and two more seasons," said a statement from the club, welcoming the legend back to the club. Dutch coach Koeman was sacked after losing 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano last month, placing Barca ninth in LaLiga. The club are still in ninth place following the appointment of Sergi Barjuan as caretaker coach, nine points behind leaders Real Sociedad with one game in hand. Barjuan will remain in charge of the league game at Celta Vigo on Saturday, with Xavi arriving in Barcelona this weekend before his presentation on Monday. Camp Nou has always been my home, "Xavi said in a video to fans. As a former Spain international, Xavi joined Al-Sadd as a player in 2015 and became head coach after hanging up his boots in 2019. He led his Side with the undefeated side to the league title in Qatar, turned down the chance to coach Barca in January 2020 after Ernesto Valverde was fired, but remained tied to the job even after Koeman's successor to Quique Setien in August last year, the return of Hernandez to Barcelona is a moment full of meaning: for a club that seems to have lost its identity, the return of the man who shaped the style of play for one of the greatest teams in the world is undeniably symbolic Messi may have been a god at the Nou Camp, but Xavi was the defender of the faith, always the loudest advocate of the Barcelona style. Even as a player he represented the virtues of passing game, the under Pep. Sharpened possession football Guardiola e in Barcelona knows how Xavi sees the game. Fewer fans know what a Xavi team actually looks like - but he has been running Al Sadd in Qatar for two years. Talk to those who have studied his teams more closely than anyone and it seems the 41-year-old Catalan spent his time practicing exactly what he has long preached. He leads the scouting and match analysis of Al Arabi in the Qatar Stars League. In December, Xavi's side narrowly defeated Al Arabi in the final of the Emir of Qatar Cup. Olafsson did the analysis. “I've spent many hours watching his teams and his style of play.” Just following his approach from the beginning to where he is now has been really interesting because people don't really see what work he's done. "Al Sadd, "I think it's a huge oversimplification just to talk about Barcelona and this tiki-taka football because what he's doing is quite innovative and really exciting in terms of his style of play." Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that his former Barcelona team-mate is ready to become head coach at Nou Camp. Guardiola expressed his condolences to Koeman after his release but said he has no doubts about Xavi's ability to run the Catalan club. "Ronald and I know full well that we are dependent and live and there for the results, "said former Barcelona coach Guardiola." Nobody can survive without good results, neither Koeman n oh pep. All I can say is he's a friend of mine, I wish him all the best, we can talk soon ... "Xavi - I don't know what's going to happen." He knows the game, he has passion and I am myself pretty sure he has more experience now than I did when I took office. "

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Don't blame Benítez for Everton's discomfort - the answer is above

The manager spent £ 1.7million in the summer and is doing his best but structural flaws overseen by Farhad Moshiri and Marcel Brands are at the root of the club's problems (Author: Gardener)

he reaction to Everton's 13-minute collapse versus Watford was instructive. After a 2-1 lead in the 78th minute, a 5-2 loss against the 91st minute rained down on players and managers, but a sizable number of fans in the main stand at Goodison Park went to the directors' box the major shareholder Farhad Moshiri and football director Marcel Brands of deeply rooted mismanagement. After three straight Premier League defeats, a seven-game win and a sad reaction to the Wolves' Watford debacle on Monday, it is Rafael Benítez's turn to be in the limelight who has played Manchester United for the past fortnight moved to Everton via Tottenham. So far, it's just his luck at Goodison to come across a Spurs team with extra motivation to impress Antonio Conte rather than the sterile version it did for Nuno Espírito Santo. It also spectacularly misses the point and does nothing to attribute Everton's recurring malaise to the fifth permanent manager Moshiri appointed in five years. In the event of a fourth straight league defeat on Sunday, the dissent will inevitably increase, and not only among those who stood off-screen against Benítez because of his Liverpool connection. A brilliant start to the reign of the Everton coach with newcomers Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend in the foreground has given way to alarming performances that invite criticism - broadcast by several of his predecessors - of the character within the roster. Inherited weaknesses and a long list of injuries that affect the team's entire spine do not give Benítez a free pass. Everton was depressed in the first half at Molineux and needed the introduction of Fabian Delph at half time, who was out of shape with a shoulder injury after a nearly three month hiatus, in order to avoid another heavy defeat. However, these are teething troubles compared to the structural flaws that led fans to seek out Moshiri and Brands after the last game at Goodison. The team against Wolves provided a perfect example of the problems faced by the club under an owner who seems to be easily swayed by the advice of a select agent or Alisher Usmanov, undermining the football director's role in the process. The starting XI was signed under six different Everton managers - David Moyes (Séamus Coleman), Roberto Martínez (Mason Holgate), Ronald Koeman (Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane), Marco Silva (Richarlison, Iwobi and Jean-Philippe Gbamin), Carlo Ancelotti (Allan and Ben Godfrey) plus Benítez (Townsend and Gray). Lucas Digne was injured and Godfrey, a right-footed central defender who missed the start of the season with Covid and has been struggling since his return, was represented as a left-back with damaging consequences. There are no other left-backs at the club who could offer Digne real competition and his form has also deteriorated significantly. Niels Nkounkou was loaned to Standard Liège in the summer for more first-team experience, while Thierry Small, who holds the record as the youngest Everton first-team player, signed for Southampton after turning down a first professional contract with Goodison. Another blow for an academy that has delivered little to the professional team in recent years and also falls within the remit of Brands. In place of Abdoulaye Doucouré, who had dynamic influence right up to the fatigue fracture of the foot, Gbamin made his first Premier League start in more than two years after suffering serious injuries since his £ 25m transfer from Mainz. The midfielder was unceremoniously removed from the field after a 45-minute performance that reflected his condition and the dilemma of how to rebuild the games necessary to rebuild a stalled career. Despite Ancelotti prioritizing a new right-back and Benítez agreeing before the summer, none came and so Coleman continues to plow the cross at the age of 33. He was one of the few in the royal blue who showed every fight or accountability for the full 90 minutes on Monday. They are hallmarks of a Moyes signature and qualities that have been lacking in too many of those who have followed under Moshiri. More than £ 500 million has been spent on new players since the billionaire's arrival in February 2016. Benítez, who worked within the constraints of the Premier League's profit and sustainability rules this summer, had £ 1.7 million off it. "I am convinced that the players who were on the field the other day are just like Coleman," said the Everton manager, who recently called for improvements in all departments of the club. “We know how important it is to give everything because we are professionals, but also because the fans demand that at this club. “I can talk about Spain or other countries where they just want to see the team play well, nice football, passing and they are happy with it, but it's not like that here. The fans want to see the players give it their all and I think this group of players give it their all. “There are two ways to improve players: firstly, you train them and, secondly, you go to the transfer window and take players with you. In this case we coach them and we are very happy with the way they train and work. I wasn't happy in the first half the other day because we weren't competing the way we needed to, but it can happen. “With a group of players like this, important players can be missing.

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GLAAD commends Eternals for "Changing the Game" by bringing LGBTQ representation to the MCU

Eternals features the first LGBTQ superhero in the MCU, who, according to GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, “will set a new standard for LGBTQ inclusion across the genre”. (Author: Gardener)

After Marvel teased the launch of their first LGBTQ superhero for a couple of years, Marvel rolled out their latest blockbuster Eternals. The film was recognized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for the inclusion of the gay character Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and his husband Ben (Haaz Sleiman) and their son Jack (Esai Daniel Cross). "With the introduction of the first LGBTQ superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Eternals is changing the game of what it means to be a superhero on screen in a way that audiences around the world will applaud," said GLAAD - President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement. "GLAAD's Studio Responsibility Index reports showed a trend of few LGBTQ characters in large studio releases, most of whom got less than three minutes of screen time, but the characters of Phastos, his husband and their son play a vital role in Eternals." , which set a new standard for LGBTQ inclusion across the genre, "Ellis continued. RELATED: Kumail Nanjiani Responds to Critic of LGBTQ Eternals Character:" We Annoy the Right People, "according to the Studio Responsibility Index only showed in 2020 ten feature films from eight major studios LGBTQ characters. In 2019, not last year. COVID affected only 22 of the 118 major studio films with LGBTQ characters, with more than half of those characters receiving less than three minutes of screen time. Sleiman, 45 , an openly gay actor, recently spoke to Variety about the importance of such characters on the g large canvas open. “I wish I had had this as a kid to see this. Can you imagine how many lives this will save - children, young queer people being bullied, committing suicide and not being represented? Eternals has been praised by some for its LGBTQ inclusion, the film has been banned in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar, likely for the same reason. Angelina Jolie, who is making her MCU debut in Eternals as Thena, has her disappointment with the film ban in these countries. And I'm proud that Marvel refused to cut those scenes, "Jolie, 46, told Australia's News.com." I still don't understand how we live today in a world where there are still [people that] the Phastos family and the beauty of that relationship and love, "she added. Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Kingo, also defended the film in a now-deleted tweet." Looks like we do upset the right people. Eternals opens November 5th, "wrote Nanjiani, 43, last week. Watch Marvel's Eternals, now in theaters.

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"Eternals" rises to $ 69.5 million opening weekend

Marvel's "Eternals" is set to top the weekend's domestic box office with a forecast of $ 69.5 million, a number slightly below the original forecasts. (Author: Gardener)

Marvel's “Eternals” will easily top the box office at home this weekend. The film was previewed on Thursday night and Friday on 4,090 screens, grossing $ 30.7 million. Should this estimate hold, "Eternals" will achieve the fifth best opening weekend during the pandemic era, behind Universal's "F9: The Fast Saga" (70 million US dollars), Marvel's own "Black Widow" (80.3 million US dollars) Dollars) and "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" ($ 75.3 million) and the reigning champion "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" ($ 90 million). However, "Eternals" is somewhat cautious about previous industry predictions that the MCU's youngest should be closer to $ 75 million. "Eternals" is the only Marvel movie that gets a "lazy" rating of just 49% on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. The audience followed with only a slightly warmer response, with the film receiving a "B" cinema score. A “B” is the lowest grade a film in the franchise received from a research company that surveyed the audience; the first "Thor" entry received a "B +" in 2011, while all other Marvel films landed in the "A" range. Simply put, “Eternals” is recorded like no other MCU movie before. While the number of opening days is certainly sizeable, the film's performance over the remaining three days of the opening and its subsequent stops over the coming weeks will reflect how less than outstanding word of mouth can affect the ultimate in a Marvel Studios production's box office performance. With no other potential blockbusters released this weekend, second place at the domestic box office will be won by "Dune" on the third weekend. Warner Bros. and Legendary production took in $ 2.25 million on Friday and plans to increase domestic sales to $ 83.4 million this weekend. Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Frank Herbert's groundbreaking science fiction novel passed the $ 300 million global box office earlier this week, an impressive number for a film that was simultaneously released on HBO Max. A sequel was officially given the go-ahead after the movie's opening weekend, with many members of the original's cast including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson expected for the sequel. Daniel Craig's final appearance as James Bond has continued to be impressive since it opened in early October. The film is expected to move in at $ 5.78 million this weekend, a decrease of only 25% from the previous weekend. Columbia Pictures' film is slated to raise $ 4.1 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic sales to $ 196.6 million by Sunday. The symbiote sequel was to be the second release of the pandemic era, which hit the $ 200 million mark in the coming week after Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" ($ 223 million in total) domestic box office. Although the family film faltered and fetched $ 7.3 million when it opened two weeks ago, viewers warmly welcomed the film and gave the film an "A" CinemaScore rating. The film is said to have grossed $ 2.86 million over three days, just a 24% decrease from its second weekend. Also this weekend opens “Spencer”, Pablo Larraín's biographical drama about Princess Diana. The Neon release is expected to pull in $ 1.95 million from 996 theaters. Many predict the film will play a major role in the upcoming awards season, with Kristen Stewart's leading characters finding strong support in the race for best actresses. In addition to “Specner”, the arthouse box office continues to show signs of life with the third weekend of Wes Anderson's “The French Dispatch”. Searchlight Pictures' release is projected to drop a meager 2% with a three-day gross of $ 2.49 million from 1,205 screens. The film made a robust debut with its limited opening two weeks ago and averaged the best average per theater of any domestic opening during the pandemic.

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Will Eternals 2 happen?

Marvel’s Eternals has arrived, leaving questions about the movie's sequel prospects in the ongoing MCU. (Author: Gardener)

In fact, the immense ensemble was significantly reduced after the climatic events (which we will control carefully and SPOILER-FREE), but more solidified than ever, when the aspiring leader Sersi (Gemma Chan) and his companions came to the realization that the earth is worth it to save oneself, even against plans on a heavenly plane. The film also establishes its place in the MCU by addressing the continuity issues that came with its premise that powerful immortal cosmic beings live incognito on earth - namely, why they did so even during events like Thanos' genocidal, population-bisecting Snap of Avengers: Infinity war remained passive. "I think the Infinity Stones fell into our laps and really helped connect things in unexpected and deserved ways," adds Moore of his established connections with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. What's more, the film even continues the MCU tradition with intriguing seed-planting mid-credits scenes that hint at the comical fate of Sersi's mortal love interest Dane Whitman (Kit Harington), and even features a Thanos-related comic book to character Jim Starlin's Infinity Saga, which was mostly missing from the MCU film version. It's a notion that seems to weaken any imagination - implicit or not - of Eternals specially conceived as a stand-alone cinematic offering. It is a notion Moore maintains, however. "We felt there was enough history to be a closed universe," continues Moore, commenting on the possibility of Eternals being left as a stand-alone unit. But that 10-character film with Dane Whitman and the Celestials and the Deviants was enough for us to play with. ”Of course, Eternals comes as part of the MCU's multi-media phase four slate, which started last January with the Disney + TV series WandaVision started in an unconventional way; a line-up that was unfortunate to land in the middle of the pandemic. Therefore, Moore Marvels could hedge bets with his own claim. It's understandable as the movie is facing a performance limit opposite the $ 2.8 billion worldwide peak of Avengers: Infinity War in 2019, where any entry making less than $ 1 billion worldwide is considered a disappointment was viewed, was significantly lowered. By comparison, the $ 427 million Shang-Chi recently grossed - a record that would be anemic in normal times - is now considered a groundbreaking success in the pandemic era. Shang-Chi, however, arrived under equally unfavorable circumstances, but still managed to resonate with the audience in a personal way. Nonetheless, Eternals has already won an award, with its reported domestic gross of 9.5 million, while that number Eternals is still behind the $ 13.2 million nightly preview numbers from July Black Widow and the $ 11.6 million from July Black Widow Sony Marvel sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage placed in October, this could still be a sign that Eternals is on the right foot on its opening weekend, particularly with its international two-day tally boost of $ 19.8 million Dollar.

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‘Eternals’ mid-credit scene and the cosmic heroes behind it

The Eternals post-credit scene introduces Harry Styles as Eros and Patton Oswalt as Pip the Troll into the MCU. (Author: Gardener)

Marvel Studios once fondly reminded audiences that "everything is connected". This motto has rarely come across as true as it does in the Eternals mid-credit sequence. The element of surprise introduces two fan-favorite characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and teases an unexpected future for these heroes. The appearance of Starfox and Pip the Troll - Harry Styles and Patton Oswalt, respectively - at the end of Chloé Zhao's first Marvel film may seem surprising to the majority of viewers, most of whom have no idea who these particular characters are. or why they would appear in an Eternals story. For long-time Marvel fans, however, it may be the first taste of a bigger story that ties multiple franchises together within the larger MCU cosmos. The appearance of Starfox - or, as it is also known, Eros - makes more sense than it may initially appear. In Marvel's comic book mythology, Eros is an Eternal himself, albeit one from a renegade faction that was relocated to space after an ideological break with the majority of the group. This schism revolved around the desire to create new Eternals by euphemistic means as "technological and biological means". One of the new Eternals made by the Titan Colony was Thanos, who destroyed the Colony, killing his parents in the process. One of the Titan Eternals who did not die, however, was Eros ... who, it turned out, is Thanos' brother. After the Titan colony was destroyed, Eros devoted his life to dealing with Thanos. It was only after Thanos was apparently defeated - returning like all good villains - he decided to move to Earth, where he took the name Starfox and joined the Avengers for a while before finally returning to Titan. Pip the Troll, meanwhile, has a far stranger genesis: As the prince of an alien planet, he was turned into a troll after a night of partying - no, really - and decides to devote his life to debauchery. Like Thanos, he later returned completely healthy through the magic of cosmic story logic and comics. Thanos may be the primary connective tissue between Eros and Pip, but it's not the only one. Both characters not only share a creator in Jim Starlin - who also created Thanos, Drax, and Gamora, making him one of the best-represented Marvel creators on the big screen outside of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby - but also a relationship too another Marvel hero who will make their MCU debut in an upcoming movie: Adam Warlock. Director James Gunn has confirmed that Warlock will appear in the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, played by Will Poulter. He was teased at the end of the second Guardian and has been expected by MCU fans for nearly a decade thanks to his traditional role as Thanos’s heroic archenemy. (This begs the question of what Adam Warlock is going to do in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 without his constant drag? Again, the idea that Thanos will somehow be revived raises his unlikely head.) Whether introducing Starfox and Pip in Eternals suggest a potential Adam Warlock / Guardians of the Galaxy / Eternals story is in the making that will likely remain under wraps for some time to come. Finally, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is not due until 2023, although additional post-credit sequences could provide further clues until then. What the post-credit sequence confirms, however, is that even if Guardians wraps up Gunn's third and adopted final installment in a couple of years, Marvel still sees plenty of potential in dismantling the so-called "cosmic" comic series of the 1970s for Ideas - which means that the possibility of a Seeker 3000 movie isn't quite dead yet.

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How 'Eternals' pulled off those wild post-credits scenes

"Eternals" director Chloé Zhao and a lead actor from the Marvel Studios film talk about how they did the two post-credits scenes. (Author: Gardener)

SPOILER WARNING: Do not read this story until you've seen Marvel Studios' "Eternals," which is currently in theaters around the world. The day after the Marvel Studios' Eternals red carpet premiere, director Chloé Zhao looked relaxed, almost serene, as she waited in a hotel suite for her next interview. Her face lit up when asked how her movie depicts the first real sex scene in a Marvel Studios movie, and she happily talked at length about how she mentioned DC Comics icons Superman and Batman. But when questions arose about the two post-credits scenes in the film, Zhao's eyes flicked nervously to her publicist, who was sitting nearby. "I'll do my best - I was advised ..." she said before breaking off. The news that Harry Styles appeared as Thanos' brother Eros aka Starfox in one of the post-credits scenes - interrupted by, yes, Variety on the night of the premiere on Twitter - had already caused the internet to collapse in shock was and excitement. When asked about styles for the first time, Zhao just smiled and replied, "Harry Styles is in the movie ?! After reassuring Zhao that any story about the post-credit scenes would be released after "Eternals" made its theatrical debut, Zhao relaxed. "I still can't believe it happened," she said. The first scene after the credits follows the cliffhanger ending of the film. After Sersi (Gemma Chan) successfully got the Eternals to stop the creation of a Celestial from within the Earth - which would have wiped out the planet - the Leading Celestial, Arishem (David Kaye), arrives on Earth and attracts Sersi, Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) into space. As he towers over the earth, Arishem announces that he is bringing her to justice for the death of a Heavenly One, and her experiences with humanity will determine whether the planet will ultimately survive. End of the movie! The mid-credits scene begins on the Eternals starship, where Thena (Angelina Jolie), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) and Druig (Barry Keoghan) travel to find other Eternals to tell them about the Celestial's deception. Suddenly a small, swirling vortex appears in their ship, and Pip the Troll (voiced by Patton Oswalt) appears, who announces the imminent appearance of Eternal - and brother of Thanos - Eros, alias Starfox, with a rhetorical flourish. He wears a uniform similar to his Eternals colleagues and steps in front of Eros, played by music superstar and budding actor Styles, who warns Thena, Makkari and Druig that their friends are in danger - and he knows how to help them. According to Zhao, she already knew she wanted Styles to play the role when she introduced Pip and Eros as the mid-credits scene to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige. "The idea of ​​Eros and Harry came to me at the same time," she said. "It wasn't like creating this character and thinking about different people [to cast]." Zhao says she has followed Styles' burgeoning acting career since making his feature film debut in Christopher Nolan's World War II epic "Dunkirk." 2017, in which he plays a morally questionable British soldier who is desperate to escape the invading Nazi army. Given Styles' willingness to explore less honorable behavior on screen - and his gendered musical personality as an omnisexual object of desire - Zhao thought the 27-year-old was a perfect fit for Eros, whose ability to stimulate and control the emotions of others make him to the ultimate galactic Lothario. "When you see his career, where he's going, what he represents, him as an individual - he's very interesting, unique," Zhao said of Styles. “And I thought that was Eros. That's that character. According to the filmmaker, it didn't take a lot of persuasiveness to get Styles to take on the role. "I think everyone loves working with Marvel," she said. Zhao filmed the scene in one day, with Styles hiding his face in a hoodie as he walked to and from the set. "And then seeing him on set and bringing Eros to life was great," she said. Eros wasn't the only big new character Zhao introduces through a post-credits scene in Eternals, either. In search of a contemporary love interest for Sersi in the film, Zhao says she became attracted to one of the character's historical friends in the comics: Dane Whitman, aka The Black Knight. Oh there is an actor who would be great to play that! '”She said. The actor was Kit Harington, who just finished his eight-year run as the sword-wielding warrior Jon Snow on HBO giant "Game of Thrones". Similarly, Dane Whitman has a rich and intricate history in Marvel Comics, with ancestry that goes back to the medieval legend of King Arthur and a legacy as a superhuman warrior, the Black Knight - whose skills come from a cursed sword called Ebony Blade stem. However, none of that is in "Eternals" until the closing credits scene. When Harington was asked to play the role by producer Nate Moore, he was told in advance that Dane would not play a significant role in "Eternals" other than as a substitute for Sersi's connection to humanity. "I was a huge fan of this character," said Zhao. “I thought it would be very interesting to have a human character, even with its own complicated [story]. You can sense he doesn't know what's going on [with the Eternals], but he has something special. It is only at the end of the film that Dane begins to point out this "something special" to Sersi - but he is interrupted when Arishem appears and rips Sersi from the face of the earth. Cut to the credits scene from "Eternals" in which Dane is suspicious of an ancient looking box that contains an ancient looking sword with metal that curls and whispers as if it were alive: the ebony blade. Dane paces up and down trying to pull himself up to pick up the sword - what Marvel Comics fans know it will give him great power and long life, but at the expense of Dane's eroding sanity and innate goodness. (Hence the ominous carving on the inside of the box, which Dane reads out as "Death is my reward.") Just as Dane is about to touch the ebony blade, Dane hears someone in the room say, but we never hear him say : "Are you ready for this, Mr. Whitman?" As some fans have suspected, that voice belongs to Mahershala Ali, who announced Feige in 2019 that she would play Marvel's favorite half-vampire Blade in a reboot of the franchise that was originally headlined by Wesley Snipes. "I knew the line that was said because it was said out loud and it was in the script that I got," Harington Variety said the day after the Eternals premiere. “I only knew about three weeks ago that it was Mahershala's voice. He's one of my favorite actors out there right now. ”Harington said that he hoped to allude to Dane's fate as the Black Knight on the scene with his take on the Ebony Blade. "Up until that point we've only seen one really good guy that we hopefully will like," he said. “I like the idea that this thing isn't good for him. With that sword and what I've read about it, I wanted to capture that idea of ​​addiction right now. ”But the actor doesn't want to say anything about the character's future. Dane and Blade have a story in the Marvel Comics, something Harington said was brought up when he first spoke to Marvel about the role. "I had a hunch there was going to be some kind of crossover there from early conversations," he said. But if it looks like this scene means that Harington will star in a "Blade" movie, or that Ali will appear in a "Black Knight" movie, it goes much further than Harington is trying to say out loud . "I don't know what the future is and I have no idea," he said. You say these things and people say, 'You do! You know! ’And I have no idea. For her part, Zhao is also silent about her knowledge of where the end of the cliffhanger and the post-credits scenes in "Eternals" lead. "All I can say is that it has a huge impact on the future of the MCU," she said. And what about her future at Marvel Studios? "I would work for Marvel again anytime they wanted me."

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Eternals is a win for all minorities who could never see themselves as heroes

Making Eternals is a big step towards representation and that idea that a child can see themselves in mainstream culture really holds up. (Author: Gardener)

Though I loved it, I remember asking my parents why there wasn't anyone who looked like me. I also spoke English, like in the movie - but everyone on the screen was white. Even the movies and TV shows that I saw religiously every Saturday night, like The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider, and The A-Team, also had mostly white casts - with one or the other black character, but almost never with Asians. Asian characters have appeared in shows like Mind Your Language, but they weren't like me - and were always shown in dim light. And even after moving to London at the age of 12, popular TV shows like The Bill, Neighbors or Eastenders had few colored background characters - let alone leading actors. Because of this, I saw my future linearly - I never saw the option of doing what I really loved, which was working in television, cinema, and music. Had I seen myself on screen or even in the credits (which I scoured for ethnic names) I would have jumped into pursuit of my passions and fought for them much sooner. I waited longingly for the day when I would find stories and actors who were more like me. So I can safely say that I jumped for joy when Oscar winner Chloé Zhao, who was born in China, grew up in the UK and the US, was commissioned to direct Eternals - making her Marvel's first female color director. He took me to Marvel's Iron Man in 2008, and I loved the storylines so much that the lack of diversity didn't really affect me at the time. But I was frustrated when Deadpool came out and saw the South Asian character play a taxi driver. When I found out that Zhao was going to star in the new movie Eternals, the feeling was similar when Kamala Harris, who is like me and half Black Tamil, assumed the position of America's first female vice president. Eternals is about 10 god-like beings with superpowers who were sent by their creators, the Celestials, to protect the world from monsters called Deviants. Usually, most superhero films have a similar end goal: good versus evil and saving the world, but this time with a strong, welcome burst of diversity. The characters reflect the world we live in in a way that no other Marvel offering has given us. The multiracial marriage between Sersi, played by the British-East Asian Gemma Chan, and Ikaris, played by the Scottish actor Richard Madden, was as pleasant to me as my own mixed marriage. Normalizing these types of relationships means a lot to me as many couples struggle against family and society to be accepted because they simply fall in love and build a future. In 2014, James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise brought us some outbreaks of ethnic mixes, but Eternals gives these colored characters some equality and screen time. The character of Thena (written to perfection by Angelina Jolie) is like the Hindu goddess Durga, who uses her feminine energy, her "Shakthi", to summon weapons of the gods to fight evil. Seeing this come to life in ways I've never seen the goddesses portrayed in the movies was a big deal for me as I've always longed to see empowered women and Hindu goddesses on screen to me they were just that - women who fought for justice and did it in style, just like the women in Eternals. Eternals also wields the first South Asian superhero in a Hollywood movie, giving us Pakistani-American actor Kumail Nanjiani to play Kingo. My heart swelled with pride to see Nanjiani in Pakistani costume at the world premiere of Eternals and to eat biryani on the Darjeeling Express when he was in London for the UK premiere. However, it isn't the first time a superhero franchise has switched to a more diverse cast. Black Panther (2018) was a rousing hit, showing that audiences were interested in stories like this and played along at the box office. I've seen Black Panther in cinemas five times and it was a welcome change to see a technologically advanced piece of Africa rather than the poverty porn that is normally forced on viewers. The making of Eternals is a big step up for representation, and like when my British Nigerian niece wanted to become a scientist after seeing Shuri in Black Panther, that idea that a child can see themselves in mainstream culture is really valid - it influences your future decisions. and also builds their self-esteem to see that they too can achieve great things. With Eternals, Marvel has filled a lot of the loopholes from the past as they took the chance to change characters from comics to fit a wider model of the world. My desire is to see a conscious cast and also exercise care in character writing by investing in different writing rooms and casting fantastic, multi-colored talents. The doors are open now and it is up to the film and television producers to take this to the next level and show that a superhero can look like you or finally me. Do you have a story you'd like to share? MORE: Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani spent four months taking dance lessons for a scene

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How 'Eternals' pulled off those wild post-credits scenes

SPOILER WARNING: Do not read this story until you've seen Marvel Studios' "Eternals," which is currently in theaters around the world. Big spoilers are imminent. The day after the Marvel Studios' Eternals red carpet premiere, director Chloé Zhao looked relaxed, almost serene, as she waited in a hotel suite for her next interview. (Author: Gardener)

SPOILER WARNING: Do not read this story until you've seen Marvel Studios' "Eternals," which is currently in theaters around the world. The day after the Marvel Studios' Eternals red carpet premiere, director Chloé Zhao looked relaxed, almost serene, as she waited in a hotel suite for her next interview. Her face lit up when asked how her movie depicts the first real sex scene in a Marvel Studios movie, and she happily talked at length about how she mentioned DC Comics icons Superman and Batman. But when questions arose about the two post-credits scenes in the film, Zhao's eyes flicked nervously to her publicist, who was sitting nearby. "I'll do my best - I was advised ..." she said before breaking off. The news that Harry Styles appeared in one of the post-credits scenes as Thanos' brother Eros aka Starfox - interrupted by, yes, Variety on the night of the premiere on Twitter - had already left the internet in shock collapsed and excitement. When asked about styles for the first time, Zhao just smiled and replied, "Harry Styles is in the movie ?! After reassuring Zhao that any story about the post-credit scenes would be released after "Eternals" made its theatrical debut, Zhao relaxed. "I still can't believe it happened," she said. The first scene after the credits follows the cliffhanger ending of the film. After Sersi (Gemma Chan) successfully got the Eternals to stop the emergence of a celestial from within the earth - which would have wiped out the planet - the leading Celestial, Arishem (David Kaye), comes to earth and draws Sersi, Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) and Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) into space. As he towers over the earth, Arishem announces that he is bringing her to justice for the death of a Heavenly One, and her experiences with humanity will determine whether the planet will ultimately survive. End of the movie! The mid-credits scene begins on the Eternals starship, where Thena (Angelina Jolie), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) and Druig (Barry Keoghan) travel to find other Eternals to tell them about the Celestial's deception. Unaware of Arishem's anger, they fear that they have not heard from their fellow countrymen on earth for weeks. Suddenly a small, swirling vortex appears in their ship, and Pip the Troll (voiced by Patton Oswalt) appears, who announces the imminent appearance of Eternal - and brother of Thanos - Eros, alias Starfox, with a rhetorical flourish. In a uniform similar to his Eternals colleagues, Eros steps behind him, played by music superstar and aspiring actor Styles, who warns Thena, Makkari and Druig that their friends are in danger - and he knows how to help them. According to Zhao, she already knew she wanted Styles to play the role when she introduced Pip and Eros as the mid-credits scene to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige. "The idea of ​​Eros and Harry came to me at the same time," she said. "It wasn't like creating this character and thinking about different people [to cast]." Zhao says she has followed Styles' burgeoning acting career since making his feature film debut in Christopher Nolan's World War II epic "Dunkirk." 2017, in which he plays a morally questionable British soldier who is desperate to escape the invading Nazi army. Given Styles' willingness to explore less honorable behavior on screen - and his gendered musical personality as an omnisexual object of desire - Zhao thought the 27-year-old was a perfect fit for Eros, whose ability to stimulate and control the emotions of others make him to the ultimate galactic Lothario. "When you see his career, where he's going, what he represents, him as an individual - he's very interesting, unique," Zhao said of Styles. “And I thought that was Eros. That's that character. According to the filmmaker, it didn't take a lot of persuasiveness to get Styles to take on the role. "I think everyone loves working with Marvel," she said. Zhao filmed the scene in one day, with Styles hiding his face in a hoodie as he walked to and from the set. "And then seeing him on set and bringing Eros to life was great," she said. Eros wasn't the only big new character Zhao introduces through a post-credits scene in Eternals, either. In search of a contemporary love interest for Sersi in the film, Zhao says she became attracted to one of the character's historical friends in the comics: Dane Whitman, aka The Black Knight. Oh there is an actor who would be great to play that! '”She said. The actor was Kit Harington, who just finished his eight-year run as the sword-wielding warrior Jon Snow on HBO giant "Game of Thrones". Similarly, Dane Whitman has a rich and intricate history in Marvel Comics, with ancestry that goes back to the medieval legend of King Arthur and a legacy as a superhuman warrior, the Black Knight - whose skills come from a cursed sword called Ebony Blade stem. However, none of that is in "Eternals" until the closing credits scene. When Harington was asked to play the role by producer Nate Moore, he was told in advance that Dane would not play a significant role in "Eternals" other than as a substitute for Sersi's connection to humanity. "I was a huge fan of this character," said Zhao. “I thought it would be very interesting to have a human character, even with its own complicated [story]. You can sense he doesn't know what's going on [with the Eternals], but he has something special. It is only at the end of the film that Dane begins to point out this "something special" to Sersi - but he is interrupted when Arishem appears and rips Sersi from the face of the earth. Cut to the credits scene from "Eternals" in which Dane is suspicious of an ancient looking box that contains an ancient looking sword with metal that curls and whispers as if it were alive: the ebony blade. Dane paces up and down trying to pull himself up to pick up the sword - what Marvel Comics fans know it will give him great power and long life, but at the expense of Dane's eroding sanity and innate goodness. (Hence the ominous carving on the inside of the box, which Dane reads out as "Death is my reward.") Just as Dane is about to touch the ebony blade, Dane hears someone in the room say, but we never hear him say : "Are you ready for this, Mr. Whitman?" As some fans have suspected, that voice belongs to Mahershala Ali, who announced Feige in 2019 that she would play Marvel's favorite half-vampire Blade in a reboot of the franchise that was originally headlined by Wesley Snipes. "I knew the line that was said because it was said out loud and it was in the script that I got," Harington Variety said the day after the Eternals premiere. “I only knew about three weeks ago that it was Mahershala's voice. He's one of my favorite actors out there right now. ”Harington said that he hoped to allude to Dane's fate as the Black Knight on the scene with his take on the Ebony Blade. "Up until that point we've only seen one really good guy that we hopefully will like," he said. “I like the idea that this thing isn't good for him. With that sword and what I've read about it, I wanted to capture that idea of ​​addiction right now. ”But the actor doesn't want to say anything about the character's future. Dane and Blade have a story in the Marvel Comics, something Harington said was brought up when he first spoke to Marvel about the role. "I had a hunch there was going to be some kind of crossover there from early conversations," he said. But if it looks like this scene means that Harington will star in a "Blade" movie, or that Ali will appear in a "Black Knight" movie, it goes much further than Harington is trying to say out loud . "I don't know what the future is and I have no idea," he said. You say these things and people say, 'You do! You know! ’And I have no idea. But who knows? "For her part, Zhao is also silent about her knowledge of where the end of the cliffhanger and the post-credits scenes in“ Eternals ”lead." All I can say is that it will have a huge impact on the future of the MCU has, "she said. What about her future at Marvel Studios?" I would work for Marvel again anytime if they wanted me. "

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Probable lineups, prediction ...

Juventus remain desperate for positive results to improve their Serie A standing as they face Fiorentina in a bang game. (Author: Gardener)

Juventus may have left their week domestic troubles behind and claim an all-out Champions League win over Zenit St. Petersburg. After qualifying for the next round in continental competition, Massimiliano Allegri must now focus on improving his side's form in Serie A, where they lag behind in 9th place. Napoli and Milan have set the tone this season as they have already gained an incredible 16 points gap with Juventus. Juventus have not won the league since beating Roma 1-0 at Allianz Stadium on October 18. Now they host the Fiorentina, who are three points ahead of them, and Juventus have to beat them by more than three goals to be ahead of them in the rankings. The Fiorentina have got off to a good start despite losing some of their games to the top teams in the league. Spezia was dismantled 3-0 in their last game last weekend thanks to a hat-trick from Dusan Vlahovic who kept them three points ahead of Juventus. Last season, Fiorentina won 3-0 in this game and will dream of replicating such a result again. Compared to a few weeks ago, Allegri will be relieved that his injury list will be narrowed to just two specific absentees. Otherwise, the coach has an almost full squad to choose from for the game against Fiorentina. Federico Chiesa has returned from a muscle problem that has preoccupied him all season. Matthijs de Ligt is also fully fit again after some tricky problems lately and the Dutchman is expected to start. Aaron Ramsey is also back in the race after returning to full training after muscle problems. The Welshman is unlikely to start yet, with Allegri most likely to stick with midfield pair Weston McKennie and Manuel Locatelli who were stellar mid-week. Allegri is expected to maintain its effective 4-4-2 system, with Chiesa and Federico Bernardeschi providing breadth in attack. Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala's first two seem to have been a good match over the past few weeks and the pair will keep going. Goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski is out with a thigh injury, which will allow Pietro Terracciano to start and replace Juventus. His absence will allow Italiano to play against Jose Callejon to add breadth from the right. The Fiorentina will hold their form in 4-3-3, with Nikola Milenkovic and Matija Nastasic holding the position in central defense. Arsenal loanee Lucas Torreira will take his place in holding midfield to keep his Juventus colleagues at bay. Giacomo Bonaventura and Gaetano Castrovilli will support the Uruguayan in the central midfield. * Juventus have never lost two home games in a row to Fiorentina in their last 82 games in Turin. * This season, Fiorentina have lost six and won five in their eleven top division games, making them one of the most unpredictable teams in the league. * 2.5 goals have been scored in Fiorentina's last three away games. * Juventus have been without a win in their last three Serie A games and have lost the last two. * Juventus have scored over 2.5 goals in seven of their last eight home games against Fiorentina in all competitions. With Vlahovic, who conquers the field in purple after impressive weeks, the Fiorentina killer will have many eyes. The Argentine finally looks satisfied after a difficult time at Juventus. Ten goals in as many games this season in all competitions reflect his rising form. Dybala's midweek brace against Zenit will have boosted his confidence and spruced up his scorer boots for the weekend's competition against Fiorentina. He has certainly put himself in the spotlight and the pressure will be on the Argentine to make a positive and decisive performance for Juventus in this game. Even if the old lady is desperate to climb the Serie A ladder, the Fiorentina will likely stand erect, defending her advantage over her bitter rivals. That doesn't mean Viola will just wait for a draw; In fact, like last season in Turin, they will do their best to score three points. It's difficult to predict an outcome between Juventus, who are desperately waiting to win, and Fiorentina, who have someone like Vlahovic to get into a goal rhythm. We expect a lot of goals from this game, 2-2 is the likely outcome.

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