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It's been a long time coming, but Marvel have finally unleashed the second phase of the MCU and it's diverse AS F*CK. We're in heaven.

One of the best snippets of superhero news we've heard from Comic Con (apart from Natalie Portman as female Thor, that slayed us) is the first openly LGBTQ+ hero arriving to the party.

Fan-fave character Valkyrie, played by the incredible Tessa Thompson, will have an LGBTQ+ storyline in the fourth Thor movie, due out November 2021.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The character is bisexual in the comics, and was portrayed by the actress in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame.

Thor: Love and Thunder will feature Chris Hemsworth as the titular character, Natalie Portman slaying as his female equal and now Tessa as Valkyrie. Wow.

Appearing at Marvel Studios' Comic-Con panel in Hall H over the weekend, Thompson announced to the audience:

"As new king, she needs to find her queen. So that will be the first order of business. She has some ideas. I'll keep you posted."

When asked whether Valkyrie will have an LGBTQ+ storyline, MCU boss Kevin Feige told io9: "The answer is yes.

"How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4."

Feige added to Collider that Marvel fans will also be treated to an LGBTQ+ character in The Eternals as well: Long may it reign.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Marvel has come under fire for its lack of LGBTQ+ representation in recent years, with Feige promising work on developing this hole in the franchise: 

"We have both ones you've seen and ones you haven't seen," he said.

A deaf woman-of-colour, Lauren Ridloff, was also cast in The Eternals, alongside Richard Madden and Angelina Jolie.

The next Captain America (Falcon) is now a black man, a woman will play Thor, Mahershala Ali is starring in the Blade reboot and an Asian-Canadian newcomer Simu Liu snagged his role as Shang-Chi by literally annoying Marvel on Twitter.

Black Panther 2 is also in the works, and hilarious actress/comedian Awkwafina will join Simu Liu in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. 

Much diversity, many feels. Thank Goddess they came to their senses and decided to include people, now we need women and people of colour, as well as people with disabilities in the writing room and director's seats.

Many fans are pointing out that the billion-dollar company waited until it was convenient and profitable for them to bring diversity to the table, but we just have to be grateful they finally stepped up.

Avengers: Endgame has just become the best-selling movie of all time, beating out Avatar in the box office.

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Whether you were a fan of the movie or not, you can't deny that Disney's new Avatar world looks insane.

Walt Disney World in Florida is opening Pandora, The World of Avatar, later this year, and to be honest, it doesn't even look real – that's how good it is.

Pandora will open in Disney's Animal Kingdom this summer and has a whole range of activities to try.

It will feature various boat rides around a bioluminescent rainforest, a giant tree, and Avatar-themed restaurants.

The chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, Bob Chapek, said: "I think the thing I'm most excited about right now to experience would be everything in Pandora.

"From the place-making to the two extraordinary attractions that will be in the land – both the Na'vi River Journey as well as Avatar Flight of Passage – these promise to set new high-watermarks for our experiential magic we give our guests.

"The journey culminates in an encounter with a Na'vi shaman who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora and sends positive energy out into the forest through her music," Bob added.

This is the coolest thing ever.

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From supermodel dogs to pumpkin spiced nails, the Internet has gifted the world some glorious creations in recent months.

And it seems its ability to mesmerise is powerful beyond belief as today’s viral obsession is a trio of Avatar babies.

Earlier this week, a video appeared on Instagram which shows a human hand repositioning three sleeping blue infants.

 

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Because of their incredibly lifelike appearances and obvious link to a famous movie, the coloured triplets have since garnered huge attention online as social media users continue to question the possibility that they are in some way human.

 

 

 

 

Since making their way onto Twitter, the Avatars have been described as “nightmare fuel”, “sooo bloody cute” and pretty much everything in between.

 

 

 

 

 

As it turns out, the triplets are made out of silicon, can be bought online and retail for a massive €1,800.

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James Horner, the composer who wrote the Oscar-winning score for Titanic, has died in a plane crash.

The 61-year-old was a trained pilot and is thought to have been alone on a small plane when it crashed north of Santa Barbara on Monday morning.

One of Hollywood’s most legendary composers, Mr Horner worked on the films A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Troy, Apollo 13, as well as three James Cameron films.

He won two Oscars for Titanic which included the Best Original song award and the Best Dramatic Score award. He was nominated for another eight Oscars. The late composer boasts 158 credits for various TV and film projects.

In a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Mr Horner explained the importance of the nature of his work. “My job is to make sure at every turn of the film it’s something the audience can feel with their heart.”

“When we lose a character, when somebody wins, when somebody loses, when someone disappears – at all times I’m keeping track, constantly, of what the heart is supposed to be feeling. That is my primary role.”

Since the composer’s tragic death, tributes from Hollywood’s most revered have been pouring in.

Celine Dion, the singer of My Heart Will Go On has released a statement saying she is “deeply saddened” by the talented composer’s “tragic death.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Zoe Saldana’s pregnancy may have sparked some concern for Avatar fans as she is meant to be filming the sequel where she reprises her role as alien warrior Neytiri, and how is she meant to do that with a baby bump?!

However, director James Cameron said that it won’t affect the filming schedule at all:

“The beauty of doing the performance capture is that she can be as big as a house and it doesn't really matter.

“She might have some physical limitations running around through the jungle, but we can get around all that stuff, because we're not photographing her, we're 'capturing' her.”

Besides, Cameron says that Zoe may well have given birth before filming starts: “The way the writing and preproduction is working out, we probably won't start until the first quarter of next year anyway.”

 

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SHEmazing! TV is here to deliver your round-up of all the Showbiz News.

Today’s highlights include:

  • Why Scott Disick is in Kris Jenner’s bad books?
  • Dolly Parton thinks she is very similar to Miley Cyrus. But in what way?
  • Find out who took a gun to Miley’s house.
  • Kiefer Sutherland’s shocking confession about 24.
  • Avatar is getting three sequels. Find out which actress has just signed up.

Emma Power reports.

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Sigourney Weaver is returning for the next three Avatar sequels, despite having been killed off in the first film.

Weaver played Dr. Grace Augustine in the first film, but will be coming back in a completely different role for the sequel.

The actress has a close relationship with the director of the films James Cameron, who said in a statement:

“Sigourney and I have a long creative history, dating back to 1985 when we made Aliens. We’re good friends who’ve always worked well together, so it just feels right that she’s coming back for the Avatar sequels.

“Her character of Grace Augustine, as fans know, died in the first movie, so she’s playing a different and in many ways more challenging character in the upcoming films. We’re both looking forward to this new creative challenge, the latest chapter in our long and continuing collaboration.”

Avatar 2 is set for release in December 2016, followed by the third film a year later and the fourth film in 2018.

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Actor and Avatar star Sam Worthington was arrested on Sunday for punching a member of the paparazzi in the face.

It has been reported that the violence was in reaction to the photographer kicking his girlfriend Lara Bingle.

The incident occurred in New York City on Sunday evening. The actor was later released on bail with a court date.

Sam seems to make a habit of getting himself into trouble. The actor was involved in an incident in 2012 where he was arrested for getting into a fight in Atlanta, Georgia.

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