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LeBron James' injury update, praise for Russell Westbrook and more

It's been an odd start to the 2021-22 NBA season for the Los Angeles Lakers. There were a few muscle movements along the way that goes to show why so many liked this club to get away from the Western Conference ... (Author: Gardener)

Lakers News: LeBron James' Injury Update, Praise for Russell Westbrook, and More It's been an odd start to the 2021-22 NBA season for the Los Angeles Lakers. There were more injury issues, which was likely to be expected given the overall age of this squad. However, the injury virus has hit their young players the hardest. There have been more wins than losses, so things could get worse. But there were also two losses to the humble Oklahoma City Thunder, so it could be a lot better. Let's dive into the latest news item from Laker Land for much of his 19-year career, but it's showing up to bother the 36-year-old more and more. The 2021/22 season is barely two weeks old, but it is already on the injury report for the second time. This time an abdominal strain could put him out of action for longer. ESPN's Dave McMenamin reported that James is expected to miss "at least a week" with the injury as medical staff "want to take their time" with the recovery process. Lakers manager Frank Vogel would not confirm James' return plan, but was optimistic that the four-time MVP would not be out long. He missed 22 games in his first season as Laker and they missed the playoffs. He lost 27 games to injury last season and L.A. lost in the opening round. In between was the 2019-20 season, when he played all but four games and the Lakers won their 17th world title 16: 5 in the playoffs. James liked what he saw of Russell Westbrook - and not just this season. While James credits Westbrook with "being himself for the past few weeks," James nonchalantly referred to Westbrook as "the most explosive point guard in NBA history" before saying his teammate and Derrick Rose share the label. The most important thing here for the Lakers is Westbrooks present, and James is right. Despite changing conferences and changing All-Star running mates this season (he played with Bradley Beal in Washington in 2020-21), Westbrook's numbers haven't changed much. He averaged 22.2 points last season at 43.9 percent shooting with 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds. Well, those numbers are 20.2, 44.4, 8.1 and 8.4, respectively. The most interesting angle is James' assessment of Westbrook and Rose - who likely both played by his side. Still, a rose bursting in Prime Westbrook and from injury had popped and bounced like this game had never seen from any position. After the Portland Trail Blazers were knocked out of the first round for the fourth time in five years, Damian Lillard was restless this summer. He wasn't sure if the only NBA franchise he knew still suited him. He met James at a WNBA game and was later invited to James' house. The next day Lillard arrived and had lunch with both James and Anthony Davis and discussed, among other things, how the three of them could work together in LA, "Lillard told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. I told him, 'I know if I played with all of you I know it would work out based on my abilities' and who I am and who they are Meeting as a recruiting presentation, but the 90 minute chat it was almost certainly the place for him. Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest sports news straight to your inbox!

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Can LeBron James and "really flawed" Lakers shake off concerns? NBA insiders comment on the disappointing start

"That old LeBron is either gone or almost gone in terms of durability and reliability," said a manager (Author: Gardener)

What exactly should we think of the Los Angeles Lakers? LeBron James is already injured, with an abdominal strain for at least a week. Carmelo Anthony looked sharp and reinforcements will arrive as other Lakers recover from various injuries. But Russell Westbrook's addition looks ill-conceived, multiple NBA league sources have raised concerns about the team's overall performance, and there's a level of mediocrity that characterizes their play. After Los Angeles lost a 19-point lead and lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the second time, Los Angeles was 5-4 on a pedestrian. In the NBA, the opinions of executives, scouts, former players, and those who have worked and moved in LeBron's orbit are divided. "I still trust LeBron to find out." They'll be fine. "It's worth remembering the number of times it seemed like heaven was falling on a LeBron James team at the time - this one too - thought things were bad. That team was playing In 2014, LeBron's first year in Cleveland, the Cavs started with 6-7 and were under .500 team in mid-January. They also reached the NBA final that season, with one won by LeBron and Anthony just a calendar year ago -Davis led Lakers team an NBA championship. So this is happening again - a mass overreaction to the inevitability of LeBron James fixing everything in the playoffs? Or has he and the Lakers reached a turning point that is the end of the King's time Signaled at the top of the NBA's pecking order, “To get a feel for what the larger NBA” community thinks, CBS Sports has worked with more than a dozen executives, scouts, former players, and those who've worked with LeBron ben, spoken of eBron-and-the-Lakers standards. They are badly put together as a team. As he always did, LeBron brought a few guys he wanted to play with instead of the ones he should play with. Rob (Pelinka) didn't put this team together, LeBron did. And I'm not sure if he can make up for that. Estimated end of the Western Conference: "Middle of the field. You will disappoint." Estimated postseason run: "They are really flawed, but the west may not be as tough as last year." They are not as good as we thought they would be. Maybe he'll be like Tom Brady, but I don't think so. I think we’ll see it now. LeBron has gotten old. LeBron has gotten old. That old LeBron in terms of durability and reliability is either gone or almost gone. That old LeBron in terms of durability and reliability is either gone or almost gone. There's no way he'll be able to wear this team in the regular season, and they need that. And I don't know if he can wear them in the playoffs. These comments, which preceded Thursday's news that LeBron was going to miss time with an abdominal injury, echoed what others said: That LeBron's breathtaking run of durability might, just maybe, finally give way to his age when he turns 37 Birthday is approaching. Another former manager who has worked for a LeBron James team in the past said, “I can see this man. Injuries - you're no longer immune from guys, the formula of putting a bunch of shooters around him no longer works. If I don't have to go to guard LeBron to help because he's guardable, then that approach of shooters around him won't work anymore. "Both sources doubted the Lakers would finish at the top of the Western Conference or make it to the NBA Finals." What do I think of them? Less than I thought when I went in. My mind has changed a bit, but in the long run I still trust LeBron to find out - if he's fully invested. But I think their cap is a lot lower than me. "Thought it could be. That is backed up by the fact that no one in the west has looked this good in the long run. Yes, Utah looked really good, but we did I've seen it at Utah and I'd do it anyway. Take the Lakers on a series about Utah. What will Jamal (Murray) look like in the playoffs? The Russ-Fit early results and returns aren't great and those concerns have turned out to be Well-founded. But LeBron is the best problem solver ... in the history of the league. " Probable post-season run: "I would be surprised if they made it to the final of the Western Conference. But here, too, it's LeBron." But it's LeBron again. "But it's LeBron again." "It's a tough job because in my heart, only from experience, when you put LeBron with a bunch of great players, even if it doesn't look great, it works. I'm a huge Russ fan too. I think that what he does can be incorporated into a formula for success. You don't play the way you have to play to have a player like Russ on the team and to have him effectively. Twenty games is the right barometer (for judging a team) but I see offensive, and especially defensive, signs of why there are reasons for real concern. They don't look like anyone is scared of them, and that's a problem for LeBron, because he's still great, but he can not be the LeBron for 98 games. Not anymore. And I love Russ - I love him - but it doesn't work. Estimated postseason run: "Second round. I think, however, that they are built to somehow find a way to get there to get in, and then it's a recalibration in a seven game series, and things slow down and all the BS that happens in the playoffs - the calls, the benefit of the doubts LeBron is going to get from the officials, the pressure, that he's shown to be able to handle - and it's hard to bet against them. "

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The absence of LeBron James shouldn't bother Lakers that much

If the Lakers can't beat the Thunder without LeBron James, how are they going to thrive in the long run without him? (Author: Gardener)

LOS ANGELES - In a dismissive tone, Russell Westbrook declined to call a pricey take, and missed 3-pointers which played a key factor in the Lakers' 107-104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Center on Thursday. "Don't ask me a question that you know the answers to," Westbrook said. . @ russwest44 (27 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST) on his game and some of the adjustments made so far this season. pic.twitter.com/J8WRHHFaOC In a calm tone, Anthony Davis expressed confidence in his sprained right thumb, even though it remained taped. For the second time last week, the Lakers (5-4) lost a double-digit lead over a newly formed Thunder team (2-6), which only conceded victories this season because of the encounter with the Lakers. Perhaps the Lakers wouldn't have gambled away a 19-point lead over the Thunder on Thursday if LeBron James hadn't suffered an abdominal strain towards the end of the Houston win on Tuesday. Perhaps the Lakers wouldn't have wasted a 26-point cushion last week in Oklahoma if James hadn't missed a second straight game with a sprained right ankle. However, that completely misses the point. The Lakers shouldn't need James to babysit a veteran-laden team of All-Stars to make sure they don't waste a double-digit lead on a team destined for the NBA draft lottery. "He's a big key to our team, but we still have to play," said Davis. “We still have to find ways to win basketball games. We cannot control whether he plays or not. But what we can control is go out there and win basketball games with the guys we have. We have enough stones to still win basketball games, although with what we're doing he brings in a huge chunk on both ends of the floor. ”Yes, the Lakers should have enough stones to win games. Westbrook (27 points, six rebounds, five assists) can still score triple doubles. Davis (29 points, 18 rebounds, two blocks) can still dominate inside. Carmelo Anthony (21) can still score almost anytime, even on the bench. Nonetheless, the Lakers also have some serious flaws. You have 12 new players who have not yet got used to playing with and without James. You've nursed major wing injuries (Trevor Ariza, Talen-Horton Tucker) all season and just rolled one against Oklahoma City (Wayne Ellington). The Lakers have a learning curve regarding the defensive systems coached by Frank Vogel, a cornerstone that only ensured an NBA title run two years ago. Without James (San Antonio), the Lakers barely scored a win against another rebuilding team. Even when James was healthy, the Lakers barely got two wins against another rebuilding team (Houston). We're fine, ”said Anthony. “It hurts to lose the same way to the same team twice in a week. But games we're supposed to win this way, we should win. ”If the Lakers can't beat a recovery team a second time without James, how can they ever make up for his season-long absence? With James expected to miss at least another week with his recent injury, how can the Lakers expect to win in Portland on Saturday, followed by a homestand with playoff teams in Charlotte, Miami and Chicago? In theory, as the season progresses, the Lakers' chemistry will improve as they play more games, lose their learning curve, and remove injured players from the coaching room. Just like winning an NBA title (2020) and bursting into flames in the first round (2021), the Lakers' championship fortunes will largely depend on James ‘health. Fortunately for the Lakers, they don't expect James' injury to be serious. "Every time LeBron goes down and is going to miss some time, there are obviously concerns," said Vogel. But even if the Lakers claim that James 'latest injury has no correlation to his injured left groin in 2017-18 and his high right ankle sprain (2020-21), the Lakers plan to be careful with James' 36-year-old body to stay. Hence, it seems inevitable that the Lakers will have to learn to handle parts of the regular season without James. We let this go. "@Carmeloanthony spoke after the game after taking 21 points in today's defeat. A dependable shooter and defender (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) and a number 22 on the Washington Wizards for having moments like the Lakers believed in Westbrook's worth where we don't have LeBron or AD better than last year, "Vogel said. However, one of the reasons the Lakers lost to Oklahoma City twice hints at Westbrook's inability to avoid himself. Last week, Westbrook made 10 turnovers and became an emotional wreck both as the Lakers lost a double-digit lead and as Thunder striker Darius Bazley tossed a dunk over the past few seasons. Westbrook had shown some incremental progress in reducing his turnover while maintaining his aggressiveness. With 21 seconds remaining, Westbrook sprinted after a fast break, only to lose control of the ball as it drove to the basket. On the next move, Westbrook helped out too far and left Lu there open for an undisputed dunk. And then, on the final possession, Westbrook drove to a contested 3-pointer, which led Vogel to admit that "we wanted a better shot." If the distance from Westbrook had been better, Anthony might have been open to a 3 as Vogel had hoped. “We were defensive everywhere.” @ AntDavis23 about the defensive coverages of the #Lakers, playing without LeBron and an update on his thumb. pic.twitter.com/eVahoUSd6h It's that simple, ”said Westbrook. "There's really not much you can do about it other than figuring out how best to play for the team and how to be most effective." Granted, the Lakers' woes don't fall entirely on Westbrook. The Lakers missed nine shots in a row, including four from Reserve Rondo Rajon, during a five-minute stretch with no Davis and Westbrook on the ground. Despite Davis's insistence on feeling good about himself, one can't help but wonder if his injured thumb had a negative impact on both his second-half game and his availability for Saturday's game in Portland. But Anthony and Davis seem to thrive on offense mostly because of their talent, unlike any playmaker Westbrook has offered. Despite all of the understandable learning curves Westbrook had to play with James, Westbrook had the opportunity to revert to a more comfortable role without him. "We have to continue to learn what we ask of it in our system," said Vogel. If only Westbrook could have done that twice more precisely against Oklahoma City last week. Instead, they are left with questions about when and if Westbrook will be the player they envisioned and will help them especially when James has to sit on the bench. Mark Medina is a senior writer / analyst at NBA.com. You can email him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter.

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Is "Eternals" really the worst Marvel movie ever?

Marvel is finally doing everything right - cool director, including cast, new vibe - and is showered with bad reviews. Maybe "Eternals" isn't that bad after all. (Author: Gardener)

This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter, The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by Senior Entertainment Reporter Kevin Fallon. To get the full newsletter in your inbox every week, sign up here. Here in Pete Davidson's New York, another celebrity woman is photographed on dates with the comedy world's most coveted tattooed noodle. And if it's a Friday, a new Marvel movie premieres. That is hardly an exaggeration. Marvel's Eternals is out this weekend. That comes just two months after the premiere of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Not to mention the four TV series this year that produced weekly episodes - WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and What If ...? - and the upcoming Hawkeye, due out later this month. But for that oh-so-short window, the spotlight is on Eternals, the $ 200 million, 156-minute (Lololol) entry into the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's a special case in the studio's canon. We've gotten used to talking about these films in a way that has become almost as straight forward as the aesthetic that the universe carefully clings to. Still, we don't seem to know what to make of it. Aside from the Avengers-related films that turned its actors into global superstars, it features one of the studio's most prominent casts of Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Game of Thrones alums Richard Madden and Kit Harrington, and Kumail Nanjiani's discourse-sparking jacked up Body leading the credits. It is looming to have a stellar movie debut, at least in relation to the pandemic era. But is it apparently terrible too? According to Rotten Tomatoes Scores, so take this metric with caution, it's officially the worst movie Marvel has ever released. It is the first Marvel film to be rated "lazy". The Daily Beast's Tirhakah Love called it "one of Marvel's emptiest films to date" and ruled "all boring fight sequences, cold flashbacks and blank faces with breathtaking views". Look, the Eternals lost me on the phrase "156 minutes". But listen to me: is it really the worst Marvel movie yet? Eternals seem to exist on the bizarre borderline between expectation and indifference. First, let's talk about this indifference. I'm so old I can remember when they called all-your-friends 26 before Marvel movies to buy-your-tickets in advance, let's-do-and-go-a-Red-Bull - Events at midnight once a year. Not only are these films now being released in a saturated pop culture market, rivaling the 300 or so TV shows released on streaming services each week, they are also battling their own excitement. Or maybe Marvel doesn't care about that buzz anymore; A half-life of two months is now enough time to cycle through people interested in a new Marvel movie and then forget about it. But I say people don't necessarily forget; they are overwhelmed by it. Marvel fatigue is real. He doesn't care about the new Marvel movie. It seems anecdotal how many people were taking medication before Eternals was released. But then there's the whole expectation thing. Every now and then, Marvel does something really cool. The studio will actually recognize his position of power and, let's face it, monopoly in the film industry and its influence, and take that responsibility seriously. With Eternals, Marvel seems to be listening to the conversations we've had culturally ... or at least giving in to them. A colored woman was hired for the director's chair and was allowed to let her aesthetic spoil the sometimes ridiculed pictorial formula that is prescribed for Marvel films. It features an inclusive cast including Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, Brian Tyree Henry, and Lauren Ridloff, who is deaf. Not only is there a gay superhero, but he also has children and a husband and is even allowed to kiss him! Then, after checking all the boxes for what critics and commentators said they wanted - even asked - is the movie panned to the point of the "worst ever" labels? If you listen carefully you can almost hear a Marvel manager yelling in his office, "WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME ??!" When you make "premieres" at the level of a Marvel movie, of course you will be met by people who don't are satisfied, get in the way. Yes, Zhao's sunbursts and landscape shots are stunning, but are they compatible with a superhero movie? At the same time, congratulations to all women who look like Salma Hayek and who can finally feel confirmed. Marvel made Kumail Nanjiani extremely hot. It's time there was sex in a Marvel movie. More - and would you believe it - the people, whose lives live on levels of adrenaline that normal people might never know, would actually use these body parts after a busy day of saving the world. Still, according to my colleague Laura Bradley, the sex scene is not worth it: “Have you ever seen a 6-year-old put a Ken doll on top of a Barbie doll and then just stare at it because they don't? don't really know what's going to happen next? That's basically what we work with here. ”And I think we're all fed up with movie studios pretending to throw the first stone at Stonewall for daring to do something as brave as admitting that there are gays in the world gives. Hurray, the MCU's first gay superhero! And he knows how to kiss! The film also apparently blames him for the bombing of Hiroshima. So let's all take a minute to unpack this. The annoying thing about the Marvel rush and the resulting exhaustion is that things that should be important get so messy and, as the reviews show, so easy to criticize. There's the classic Hollywood warning that if you try to be progressive and it doesn't get well received, no one will try again. That's an obvious concern here, given the lukewarm critical reception. Some tried, out of homophobic indignation that there was a gay character, to "rate" IMDb with one-star reviews. Others have accused critics of being racist or homophobic by failing to support an inclusive film. Those two things would normally be written off as a sideshow in the midst of a flurry for a Tentpole Marvel movie, unless in this case the bump doesn't exist. So please, Marvel Supreme Beings, give us a break.

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How Eternals' two post-credits scenes could shape the future of the MCU

A mid-credits and post-credits scene from the new Marvel movie offers plenty of potential for where the MCU - both the Eternals and the franchise as a whole - can go from here (Author: Gardener)

Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Ajak (Salma Hayek), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Phastos ( Brian Tyree Henry) and Druig (Barry Keoghan) In many ways, Eternals is different from the 25 films previously released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's still part of the MCU, however, so there are of course post-credit scenes - two to be precise. Both of the Eternals post-credits scenes are a big deal for fans of the MCU, and both of them have a huge impact on where the Eternals and the franchise as a whole go from here. Warning: this article is obviously going to spoil the events of Eternals as well as the details of what happens in both post-credits scenes. Read more: How the Eternals fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe After the first credits we have reduced ourselves to a spaceship in which Druig (Barry Keoghan), Thena (Angelina Jolie) and Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) are on their way to find more Eternals and reveal the truth of their mission. They are concerned that they haven't heard from Sersi (Gemma Chan) or the others lately, but suddenly there is a much more urgent problem. What follows is a goblin / satyr-looking creature (animated with a strangely sub-par CGI) named Pip the Troll (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Eros (Harry Styles, in a cameo that brought down the house) emerges from the shadows, telling the Eternals they'll need his help. In the comics, Thanos and Eros (also known by the superhero name Starfox) are both canonically the children of Eternals sent to a non-Earth world, although none of the characters in the MCU appear to be associated with them in that way - at least for now. These comics explain that Thanos looks the way he does because he has deviant genes in him, while Eros, who lacks those genes, looks normal. Eros made his debut in The Invincible Iron Man # 55 in 1973, and in his early appearance he fought alongside other survivors of his brother's initial reign of terror alongside the original Captain Marvel comics. He eventually made his way to Earth, where he often fought alongside the Avengers, making use of his ability to fly, superpower and the ability to manipulate people's emotions. This last power sometimes played itself out in an unsavory way, as the flirtatious Eros was once credibly accused of sexual assault in the comics for allegedly manipulating the emotions of his partners. Pip the Troll, for those who could focus on something other than Harry Styles' charm, first appeared in a 1975 issue of Strange Tales. The final scene after the credits takes us back to Earth, where Dane Whitman (Kit Harington) looks scared in his classroom. At the beginning of the film, he tried to tell Sersi about his family history and his own secret before Arishem (voiced by David Kaye) called Sersi away. Dane gathers courage and decides to touch the blade, but is stopped by an off-screen voice asking, "Are you sure you are ready for this, Mr. Whitman?" It's unconfirmed, but the voice sure sounds like Samuel L. Jackson's, which suggests Nick Fury is once again stepping out of the shadows and reaching out for would-be superheroes, just like in the MCU's very first post-credits sequence in Iron Man 2008. Comic Book Readers probably won't be surprised by Dane's reveal in the sequence. Ever since news broke that Harington would play a character named Dane Whitman, savvy fans have assumed he would play The Black Knight, a superhero whose real name is Dane Whitman. In the comics, he's actually the third person to wear the Black Knight's cloak. The first was a riff about the actual lore of the Black Knight of Arthurian. Created by Stan Lee and Joe Maneely in the 1950s, he was a knight named Sir Percy who fell victim to a cursed, enchanted sword forged from a meteorite called the Ebony Blade. The blade was passed down through his family line and eventually ended up in the hands of Nathan Garrett. Nathan operated as a supervillain under the name Black Knight, but he gave the sword to Dane, his nephew, for redemption. This version of Black Knight first appeared in a 1967 issue of The Avengers. As the Black Knight, Dane has immense power in wielding the Ebony Blade, but the weapon carries a terrible curse and takes its toll on his sanity. Over the decades, Dane was struck down by this curse and occasionally wielded other weapons, although the ebony blade remains the most iconic. He was a member of the Avengers, but has a connection to the Eternals as well, most notably in a 1992 plot in which Sersi linked her consciousness to Dane's own to ward off the madness known as Mahd Wy'ry that the Eternals came to May fall victim to. Both post-credits scenes offer so much potential for where the MCU - both the Eternals and the franchise as a whole - can go from here. The story of the Eternals ended with a cliffhanger when our protagonist Sersi and her friends were kidnapped through the vastness of the cosmos with the promise of judgment. Eros has ties to the Eternals in the comics, so it's possible he could help Thena, Druig, and Makkari and reunite the gang in their battle against the Celestials, be it in a direct Eternals sequel or in another Marvel movie . We don't know for sure, but since Eternals ends with a promise that "The Eternals will return," it seems safe to assume that Thena, Druig and Makkari will be back and that Eros and Pip will be with them. Black Knight, meanwhile, has comical connections with the Avengers and the Eternals. (Or, maybe it's both since we last saw Nick Fury, he built something in space in Spider-Man: Far From Homes post-credits sequence.) In interviews, Harington said he didn't know what was next for the characters, but it seems that Black Knight will return to the MCU in a big way - be it as part of a next generation of Avengers (perhaps alongside Shang-Chi, another newcomer) or in the battle for Sersi in the far reaches of the Space.

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Kit Harington on "Eternals" and the "Addictive Pull" on his character

Eternals star Kit Harington reflects on this post-credit scene and where Dane Whitman could go in future Marvel films. (Author: Gardener)

[This story contains spoilers for Eternals.] Kit Harington still feels a little insecure about joining another franchise so soon after graduating from Game of Thrones, but the chance to play a compelling character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was too enticing to miss it. In Chloé Zhao's ambitious blockbuster Eternals, Harington plays Dane Whitman, a caring museum employee and today's love interest from Gemma Chan's Sersi. The latter once had to do with Ikaris, played by Richard Madden, one of Harington's closest friends since her days as half-brothers on Game of Thrones. While Harington understands the attention for their on-screen reunion, he and Madden remain relatively unaffected. 'Eternals' from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait in Apparent Ban Chloé Zhao about 'Eternals' and support from Denis Villeneuve together on the set of Game of Thrones. So it's strange, ”Harington told The Hollywood Reporter. “Our closeness does not arise in front of the camera; It's built behind the camera. For Game of Thrones fans, seeing two big roles from this world in another is a bigger deal than it is for me and Richard. ”While Harington doesn't know the details of Whitman's future, he can't help it as to analyze the Eternals' post-credit scene, which shows his character and a family heirloom. “At the moment I am not aware of any timetable. If they have ideas about where my character is going, I'm not privy to it, ”shares Harington. "All I know is that when I got on board they said, 'This character has a really interesting future and if you do your research there are a lot of different ways we can go with him.' And that fascinates me. I'm intrigued by the idea that every character in every story is driven by an addiction to something. In a recent conversation with THR, Harington also talks about Zhao's affinity for natural light and how it affects his performance. He then brings up the possibility of reuniting with another Thrones co-star and dear friend, Emilia Clarke, at the MCU. Well, Kit, you did your job just fine because you made me want more from Dane Whitman. I have to admit that I was pretty surprised to see you join another big franchise so soon after Game of Thrones ended, but if you do decide to move on to a different franchise, Marvel is certainly the place to be. It's a good question because I think the call for it came about a year and a half after Thrones ended on the air. There has been - and there is - a hesitation [and you are asked] to do so again after having worked on something that is a franchise or a recurring story for so long. But I've been a Marvel fan for a long time, and when that call comes your ears will be pricked up. Then it really depends on who the character is and if you are interested in that character. I've turned down a big role in a superhero franchise before because the character wasn't right. But this one felt right personally for a number of reasons, and it just piqued my interest as an actor. [Author's Note: The Game of Thrones series finale aired on May 19, 2019; Harington's Eternals casting was confirmed at D23 on August 24, 2019.] So, did you and Richard Madden recognized each other without 33 pounds of leather and fur? I've said this a couple of times, but it's true: we really didn't have much time on the set of Game of Thrones. So it's strange. Our closeness does not arise in front of the camera; It's built behind the camera. We've been very good friends for a long time, so it was nice to spend some time - albeit limited - with a friend on set. So it wasn't bizarre seeing yourself on a more modern set? (Laughs) Yeah, for fans of Game of Thrones or fans of this universe, seeing two main characters from one world in another feels like a bigger thing than me and Richard. I can even draw some parallels between the two works, as Richard's characters have both lost something that your characters ultimately had, namely the role of "King of the North" and Sersi (Gemma Chan). In a way, it's not a mistake how Marvel placed me and Richard in it. It's interesting to see how two actors you've seen in another world get into a new world, and then how do you play with that in the world? And I find that very clever and quite fascinating. But I definitely think - and I know Richard would agree - that our characters don't necessarily feel very connected in this movie. Since Chloé tends to use natural light to shoot, how does that affect your work in terms of your positions or movements? There were many single camera roving shots. If I compare it with some of my previous work: "Here is the expanse, here is the medium, here is the end, everything is on a track or here is your mark." With Thrones, for example, you are wrapped in a large cloak, so everything becomes very restrictive and you have to work within these parameters and these restrictions. With Eternals I just felt a lot freer. The camera moved very freely and Chloé shot with a lot of natural light so there weren't any extremely long setups to do with lighting. It made it feel like a whole different thing I was working on and I enjoyed it. You have to have these things when working this way or you will lose moments. I think the industry is moving in that direction to be honest; I really. I fear the time we are being filmed by drones hovering in our heads. And it's great for actors, I have to say. Did the beautiful settings of Thrones and Eternals ruin the soundstage for you? I would much rather work on site than anything else. But I think it wakes you up physically as an actor. You need to be really vigilant on a clay stage when you are there for 14 hour days. I love location work; provided that this is the case. I didn't do anything at Eternals that was on a stage. Chloé insisted. We wanted to do as much as possible on site, and that's how we worked at Thrones. [Harington's next answer contains a spoiler for the Eternals post-credit scene.] Dane Whitman has quite a rich history in the comics, and I imagine this was taken into account in your decision to join the MCU. Have you received a roadmap of where you want to go? At the moment I am not aware of any roadmap. If they have ideas about where my character is going, I'm not privy to it. All I know is that when I got on board they said, "This character has a really interesting future and if you research him there are a lot of different ways we can go with him." And that fascinates me. When I look at the comics and what I read about him on the internet, I am fascinated by the idea that every character in every story is driven by an addiction to something. And with [Dane Whitman] it's very tangible that this sword, this blade, has an addicting pull on him, and I find that really interesting. And with [Dane Whitman] it's very tangible that this sword, this blade, has an addicting pull on him, and I find that really interesting. Have you and Emilia [Clarke] prepared that one day your paths might cross again in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? That would blow me a little, I think, because Emilia and I had a lot together. So if we were to crossbreed in any other franchise, I'd chuckle at it in my opinion. When we talk about security like in spoilers, I'm scared of Marvel. Emilia said the same! Eternals is now running in cinemas across the country.

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How Eternals' two post-credits scenes could shape the future of the MCU

A mid-credits and post-credits scene from the new Marvel movie offers plenty of potential for where the MCU - both the Eternals and the franchise as a whole - can go from here (Author: Gardener)

Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Gilgamesh (Don Lee), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Ajak (Salma Hayek), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Sprite (Lia McHugh), Phastos ( Brian Tyree Henry) and Druig (Barry Keoghan) Credit - Courtesy of Marvel Studios - © Marvel Studios 2021. In many ways, Eternals is different from the 25 films previously released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's still part of the MCU, however, so there are of course post-credit scenes - two to be precise. Both of the Eternals post-credits scenes are a big deal for fans of the MCU, and both of them have a huge impact on where the Eternals and the franchise as a whole go from here. Warning: this article is obviously going to spoil the events of Eternals as well as the details of what happens in both post-credits scenes. Read more: How the Eternals fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe After the first credits we have reduced ourselves to a spaceship in which Druig (Barry Keoghan), Thena (Angelina Jolie) and Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) are on their way to find more Eternals and reveal the truth of their mission. They are concerned that they haven't heard from Sersi (Gemma Chan) or the others lately, but suddenly there is a much more urgent problem. What follows is a goblin / satyr-looking creature (animated with a strangely sub-par CGI) named Pip the Troll (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Eros (Harry Styles, in a cameo that brought down the house) emerges from the shadows, telling the Eternals they'll need his help. In the comics, Thanos and Eros (also known by the superhero name Starfox) are both canonically the children of Eternals sent to a non-Earth world, although none of the characters in the MCU appear to be associated with them in that way - at least for now. These comics explain that Thanos looks the way he does because he has deviant genes in him, while Eros, who lacks those genes, looks normal. Eros made his debut in The Invincible Iron Man # 55 in 1973, and in his early appearance he fought alongside other survivors of his brother's initial reign of terror alongside the original Captain Marvel comics. He eventually made his way to Earth, where he often fought alongside the Avengers, making use of his ability to fly, superpower and the ability to manipulate people's emotions. This last power sometimes played itself out in an unsavory way, as the flirtatious Eros was once credibly accused of sexual assault in the comics for allegedly manipulating the emotions of his partners. Pip the Troll, for those who could focus on something other than Harry Styles' charm, first appeared in a 1975 issue of Strange Tales. The final scene after the credits takes us back to Earth, where Dane Whitman (Kit Harington) looks scared in his classroom. At the beginning of the film, he tried to tell Sersi about his family history and his own secret before Arishem (voiced by David Kaye) called Sersi away. Dane gathers courage and decides to touch the blade, but is stopped by an off-screen voice asking, "Are you sure you are ready for this, Mr. Whitman?" It's unconfirmed, but the voice sure sounds like Samuel L. Jackson's, which suggests Nick Fury is once again stepping out of the shadows and reaching out for would-be superheroes, just like in the MCU's very first post-credits sequence in Iron Man 2008. Comic Book Readers probably won't be surprised by Dane's reveal in the sequence. Ever since news broke that Harington would play a character named Dane Whitman, savvy fans have assumed he would play The Black Knight, a superhero whose real name is Dane Whitman. In the comics, he's actually the third person to wear the Black Knight's cloak. The first was a riff about the actual lore of the Black Knight of Arthurian. Created by Stan Lee and Joe Maneely in the 1950s, he was a knight named Sir Percy who fell victim to a cursed, enchanted sword forged from a meteorite called the Ebony Blade. The blade was passed down through his family line and eventually ended up in the hands of Nathan Garrett. Nathan operated as a supervillain under the name Black Knight, but he gave the sword to Dane, his nephew, for redemption. This version of Black Knight first appeared in a 1967 issue of The Avengers. As the Black Knight, Dane has immense power in wielding the Ebony Blade, but the weapon carries a terrible curse and takes its toll on his sanity. Over the decades, Dane was struck down by this curse and occasionally wielded other weapons, although the ebony blade remains the most iconic. He was a member of the Avengers, but has a connection to the Eternals as well, most notably in a 1992 plot in which Sersi linked her consciousness to Dane's own to ward off the madness known as Mahd Wy'ry that the Eternals came to May fall victim to. Both post-credits scenes offer so much potential for where the MCU - both the Eternals and the franchise as a whole - can go from here. The story of the Eternals ended with a cliffhanger when our protagonist Sersi and her friends were kidnapped through the vastness of the cosmos with the promise of judgment. Eros has ties to the Eternals in the comics, so it's possible he could help Thena, Druig, and Makkari and reunite the gang in their battle against the Celestials, be it in a direct Eternals sequel or in another Marvel movie . We don't know for sure, but since Eternals ends with a promise that "The Eternals will return," it seems safe to assume that Thena, Druig and Makkari will be back and that Eros and Pip will be with them. Black Knight, meanwhile, has comical connections with the Avengers and the Eternals. (Or, maybe it's both since we last saw Nick Fury, he built something in space in Spider-Man: Far From Homes post-credits sequence.) In interviews, Harington said he didn't know what was next for the characters, but it seems that Black Knight will return to the MCU in a big way - be it as part of a next generation of Avengers (perhaps alongside Shang-Chi, another newcomer) or in the battle for Sersi in the far reaches of the Space.

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The "Eternals" credits tease a lot of new things

Like big, big things. (Author: Gardener)

The credits of 'Eternals' introduce Harry Styles as Eros, Thanos' brother, and expand Kit Harington as Dane Whitman's character and role. The following story obviously contains spoilers for the ending and post-credits scenes in Eternals. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know the deal: even if the credits are up, it is certainly not time to leave. Granted, fans of all movies should stick around for the credits and see the names and roles that went into the artwork / work they just saw (movies are a miracle! Seriously!) But MCU fans in particular should know that it's always about being an extra treat for their time. Sometimes these credit sequences can be future revelations and teasing, as they have been for both Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings this year. However, the credits scenes for Eternals blow up the whole universe wide. Eternals is different from many of these other MCU films. Instead of introducing a new hero or catching up with one we already know, it takes the film, its entire running time of 2 hours 37 minutes, to introduce us to 10 new characters - these titles Eternals - and to explain all of their powers, history and modern context to us . So that's why the credits scenes here do a great job of creating a kind of tease and cliffhanger of what's next, be it in a sequel to Eternals or elsewhere in the MCU. And since these main characters from the Eternals are largely separated by the end of the film, it allows for two separate credits scenes that take them in completely different directions. At the end of the film, Arishem the Judge, the Heavenly One who created the Eternals, finds the bill due (as Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo of Doctor Strange would say) and takes Sersei, Kingo, and others into space. But the credits scenes take some of the movie's characters and take them to places where we're especially excited to see what happens next. The first credits scene introduces a giant superstar into the MCU: Harry Styles. Three of our Eternals, Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Druig (Barry Keoghan) and Thena (Angelina Jolie) spend time on board their spaceship and are concerned about what could happen on Earth as they have not heard from their other Eternals. Friends in a while. Still, they have the price in mind: they seek Eternals on other planets in the hope of telling them the truth about their origins and the true intentions of Arishem the Judge. A creature called Pip the Troll (voiced by Patton Oswalt and presumably trapped in motion a la Rocket Raccoon) appears on the ship and introduces a hero of the realm who can likely be of use: Eros of Titan (Harry Styles), too known as Star Fox and the older brother of a guy named Thanos whom you may have heard of. "Your friends are in big trouble and we know where to find them," Eros tells the Eternals before the scene ends. In its Marvel Comics origins, Eros is an Eternal itself (Thanos has a different gene which explains why he looks like a big purple monster) and seems well positioned to aid our heroes in their quest and next step. Given that these people are all in space, it wouldn't be surprising next time we see them all cross paths with some of our other Cosmic Heroes, including Captain Marvel, Thor, and the Guardians of the Galaxy ( The Marvels will appear in 2023, and the latter two will both appear in Thor: Love and Thunder next year). In next year's She Hulk series on Disney +, in which Tatiana Maslany will play the title character / lawyer. In a 2005 She-Hulk comic book run, Jennifer Walters (a cousin of Bruce Banner and She-Hulk's true identity) defended Eros on Earth against sexual assault charges for using his charming powers (oh yes, he can others psychologically control people's emotions) to seduce a married woman. Kit Harington doesn't play a huge role in Eternals, but it seems to prepare him for much, much more. As Dane Whitman, Harington only appears in two scenes plus a bit on FaceTime, but then at the end of the film - just before Arishem knocks Sersei off the ground - he walks in and tells her he's got a tricky family story of his own. In the second credits scene we find Dane hyping himself when he opens a large box and is about to grab a large sword. Fans can assume this is the Ebony Blade, as Dane Whitman becomes Black Knight in the comic book when he and members of his family wield the blade. While Dane does become a hero and even a future Avenger in the comics, his family doesn't quite have a pretty story. In the credits scene, just as Dane is about to pick up the Ebony Blade, an off-screen voice sounds: “Are you ready for this?” If so, it would mean that Eternals are once again looking at the multiversal future of the MCU indicates and also implies that The Watcher will play a role in more than just Marvel Studios' first animated series. Others have suggested that it could be Nick Fury recruiting Dane for some sort of team or mission, and others have suggested that it could even be Blade's first introduction to be played by Mahershala Ali. But right now our money is on The Watcher.

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Is "Eternals" really the worst Marvel movie ever or are we just tired?

This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter, The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by Senior Entertainment Reporter Kevin Fallon. To get the full newsletter in your inbox every week, sign up here. In our new reality there are the simple truths of life. (Author: Gardener)

This is a preview of our pop culture newsletter, The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by Senior Entertainment Reporter Kevin Fallon. To get the full newsletter in your inbox every week, sign up here. Here in Pete Davidson's New York, another celebrity woman is photographed on dates with the comedy world's most coveted tattooed noodle. And if it's a Friday, a new Marvel movie premieres. That is hardly an exaggeration. Marvel's Eternals is out this weekend. That comes just two months after the premiere of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Not to mention the four TV series this year that produced weekly episodes - WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and What If ...? - and the upcoming Hawkeye, due out later this month. But for that oh-so-short window, the spotlight is on Eternals, the $ 200 million, 156-minute (Lololol) entry into the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's a special case in the studio's canon. We've gotten used to talking about these films in a way that has become almost as straight forward as the aesthetic that the universe carefully clings to. Still, we don't seem to know what to make of it. Aside from the Avengers-related films that turned its actors into global superstars, it features one of the studio's most prominent casts of Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Game of Thrones alums Richard Madden and Kit Harrington, and Kumail Nanjiani's discourse-sparking jacked up Body leading the credits. It is looming to have a stellar movie debut, at least in relation to the pandemic era. But is it apparently terrible too? According to Rotten Tomatoes Scores, so take this metric with caution, it's officially the worst movie Marvel has ever released. It is the first Marvel film to be rated "lazy". The Daily Beast's Tirhakah Love called it "one of Marvel's emptiest films to date" and ruled "all boring fight sequences, cold flashbacks and blank faces with breathtaking views". Look, the Eternals lost me on the phrase "156 minutes". But listen to me: is it really the worst Marvel movie yet? Eternals seem to exist on the bizarre borderline between expectation and indifference. First, let's talk about this indifference. I'm so old I can remember when they called all-your-friends 26 before Marvel movies to buy-your-tickets in advance, let's-do-and-go-a-Red-Bull - Events at midnight once a year. Not only are these films now being released in a saturated pop culture market, rivaling the 300 or so TV shows released on streaming services each week, they are also battling their own excitement. Or maybe Marvel doesn't care about that buzz anymore; A half-life of two months is now enough time to cycle through people interested in a new Marvel movie and then forget about it. But I say people don't necessarily forget; they are overwhelmed by it. Marvel fatigue is real. He doesn't care about the new Marvel movie. It seems anecdotal how many people were taking medication before Eternals was released. But then there's the whole expectation thing. Every now and then, Marvel does something really cool. The studio will actually recognize his position of power and, let's face it, monopoly in the film industry and its influence, and take that responsibility seriously. With Eternals, Marvel seems to be listening to the conversations we've had culturally ... or at least giving in to them. A colored woman was hired for the director's chair and was allowed to let her aesthetic spoil the sometimes ridiculed pictorial formula that is prescribed for Marvel films. It features an inclusive cast including Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, Brian Tyree Henry, and Lauren Ridloff, who is deaf. Not only is there a gay superhero, but he also has children and a husband and is even allowed to kiss him! Then, after checking all the boxes for what critics and commentators said they wanted - even asked - is the movie panned to the point of the "worst ever" labels? If you listen carefully you can almost hear a Marvel manager yelling in his office, "WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME ??!" When you make "premieres" at the level of a Marvel movie, of course you will be met by people who don't are satisfied, get in the way. Yes, Zhao's sunbursts and landscape shots are stunning, but are they compatible with a superhero movie? At the same time, congratulations to all women who look like Salma Hayek and who can finally feel confirmed. Marvel made Kumail Nanjiani extremely hot. It's time there was sex in a Marvel movie. More - and would you believe it - the people, whose lives live on levels of adrenaline that normal people might never know, would actually use these body parts after a busy day of saving the world. Still, according to my colleague Laura Bradley, the sex scene is not worth it: “Have you ever seen a 6-year-old put a Ken doll on top of a Barbie doll and then just stare at it because they don't? don't really know what's going to happen next? That's basically what we work with here. ”And I think we're all fed up with movie studios pretending to throw the first stone at Stonewall for daring to do something as brave as admitting that there are gays in the world gives. Hurray, the MCU's first gay superhero! And he knows how to kiss! The film also apparently blames him for the bombing of Hiroshima. So let's all take a minute to unpack this. Brian Tyree Henry's gay superhero Phastos in Marvel's Eternals Marvel The annoying thing about the Marvel rush and the resulting exhaustion is that things that should be important are so messy and, as reviews show, so easy to criticize. There's the classic Hollywood warning that if you try to be progressive and it doesn't get well received, no one will try again. That's an obvious concern here, given the lukewarm critical reception. Some tried, out of homophobic indignation that there was a gay character, to "rate" IMDb with one-star reviews. Others have accused critics of being racist or homophobic by failing to support an inclusive film. Those two things would normally be written off as a sideshow in the midst of a flurry for a Tentpole Marvel movie, unless in this case the bump doesn't exist. So please, Marvel Supreme Beings, give us a break.

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'Eternals' has many premieres, but far too many more

You can say that "Eternals" will get epic right at the opening crawl: "In ... (Author: Gardener)

This picture, published by Marvel Studios, shows from left Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie and Don Lee in a scene from "Eternals". (Marvel Studios-Disney via AP) This picture, published by Marvel Studios, shows Brian Tyree Henry in a scene from "Eternals". (Marvel Studios via AP) This picture, published by Marvel Studios, shows Salma Hayek in a scene from "Eternals". (Marvel Studios via AP) This picture, published by Marvel Studios, shows Kumail Nanjiani in a scene from "Eternals". (Marvel Studios via AP) You can say that "Eternals" will be epic right at the beginning of the crawl line: "In the beginning ..." That's right, the film actually wipes the language out of the book of Genesis. The Marvel Cinematic Universe just got biblical. The range fits in a certain way: "Eternals" is not just another origin story for a number of new superheroes, but the creation myth for the entire Marvel universe itself. The film ranges from 5,000 BC. BC to today and describes god-like, giant beings that shape the galaxies. You almost long for the good old days when the greatest drama in a Marvel movie hoped Spider-Man could stop Doctor Octopus from destroying New York. Directed by Oscar winner Chloé Zhao, "Eternals" introduces 10 members of a race of immortal beings who spent 7,000 years on Earth defending them against rivals called Deviants, very similar to the beasts of "Aliens" on steroids see. The film jumps back and forth in time to key moments in human history - Mesopotamia in 5000 BC. and Aliens "Feels Like the First Time". Marvel dug deep into its archives for this film - after all, the 26th film in the universe - but it has to be applauded for its inclusion. Four of the Eternals are white, three are Asians - one is the first Asian-American protagonist - two are black and one is Latina. Even more: "Eternals" contains the first gay kiss in the Marvel film universe, a kiss between superheroes and - remarkably quickly afterwards - the first superhero sex. They are: Sersi (Gemma Chan) who can transform matter; Ikaris (Richard Madden), with the gift of flying and laser eyes; Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) who shoots bursts of energy from his hands; and Sprite (Lia McHugh), who can create illusions but is trapped in a tween's body. There is also Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), a superhuman inventor; Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), who is super fast; Druig (Barry Keoghan), with mind controls; Gilgamesh (Don Lee) with super punch and Thena (Angelina Jolie), who can conjure up weapons out of nowhere. At the top is Ajak (Salma Hayek), a kind of cave mother for the others, who has healing powers. Their names - especially Gilgamesh, Thena and Ikaris - are similar to names from ancient myths and the film suggests in an exciting way that they could be the real characters of our ancient legends. After all, every Eternal goes his own way. One goes to a run-down farmhouse in South Dakota, one couple ends up in a dusty spot in Australia, another teaches history in London. Nanjiani's Kingo becomes a vain Bollywood star who explains his lack of aging by hiding in false ancestry of actors. (Even eternal aliens have to talk things out.) In a running gag, every time one eternal reunites with another, they declare the people in their lives to be "college friends." The last third of the film - and with a running time of 157 minutes, "Eternals" sometimes feels eternal - lifts all that earth-based stuff into another dimension with the reintroduction of the Celestials, which first appeared in "Guardians of the." Galaxy. " These are massive cosmic beings that look like giant toy robots, who regard humans and the eternal as only toys and have a hidden agenda. Zhao, whose film "Nomadland" was everything that is not - barren, naturalistic, moody - struggles with that The battle scenes are repetitive and the dialogues are often stilted ("If you love something, you have to protect it," says an Eternal). The use of tendrils connecting the superheroes is impressive and the special effects at the end are real stunning but the movie is mostly saved by Nanjiani, whose humor and performance make it seem like any other movie, without him a lot of superheroes are in cool n suits around and blink a lot. He chose to defend the Sun's owner, Robert Sarver. Warriors' Draymond Green responds to allegations of racism against Suns owner Robert Sarver "I should really, really be dead": Bay Area woman torn apart by bears in Tahoe fighting cancer Atmospheric flow is likely to come, but the San Francisco Bay Area may bypass The movie never really ends, just builds up the next part, as Marvel fans are now used to. "Eternals" are like the vegetables we have to eat before we can get to dessert. "Eternals," a Walt Disney Co. release that hits theaters Friday, is rated PG-13 for "Fantasy Violence and Action, Some Language, and Brief Sexuality." Running time: 157 minutes.

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