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Marvel Phase 4  has been announced at San Diego Comic Con and we are ecstatic! The next phase of the latest set of Marvel films introduces us to five new series on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, a new Blade, as Mahershalah Ali has been cast in the role of the half-vampire superhero, sequels to Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Stranger, Guardians of The Galaxy, and Thor, movies based on The Eternals, Black Widow, Shang-Chi, and the Fantastic Four, and mutants finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

The blerd in us is screaming at the above mentioned news as even more superheroes are coming to the screen. The Disney+ shows will feature shows based on Hawkeye, Captain America & Falcon, Loki, The Scarlet Witch & Vision (WandaVision), and What If? The latter will be animated and is based off the line of Marvel Comics of the same name showing what would happen if certain heroes or villains made other decisions in events, instead of what we originally saw play out.

The news of Mahershalah’s casting as Blade is genius. He has the look, build, and acting chops to be the vampire bad ass we grew to know and love in the late nineties and early 2000s. His inclusion with Doctor Strange shows Marvel is definitely including the supernatural and more magic in their roster. This is not Mahershalah’s first bout in the MCU, however, as he portrayed the crime lord, Cottonmouth in Netflix’s Luke Cage during its first season. In other casting news for Marvel, Natalie Portman has been cast as the female Thor! As you may recall, a couple of years ago in the comics Thor became unworthy to wield Mjolnir and Jane Foster (Natalie’s character, and Thor’s original love interest) was worthy and became the new Thor! This should all play out in Thor: Love & Thunder! Perhaps there will be a love triangle between he, Valkyrie, and Jane–if the former is not cast completely as a lesbian, but bisexual instead.

We are not surprised to hear that Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Stranger, Guardians of The Galaxy, and Thor are getting sequels. Each of these characters are now headliners in the MCU, especially with the retirement of Captain America (Steve Rogers) and the demise of Iron Man and Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame. Black Widow’s standalone film will be a prequel and The Eternals is a new film altogether that may explain Thanos’ origins and introduce us to characters like Mentor (Thanos’ father), Eros (Thanos’ brother), and Sersi. The latter two are know Avengers in the comics.

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Perhaps the most anticipated news of the new phase is the mention of the Fantastic Four being introduced, along with the introduction of mutants. Retconning the Fantastic Four’s origins and adding them to the MCU should be easy. The mutants, however, are a different thing. Even if mutants are just now being discovered, how do we explain older mutants like Wolverine, Magneto, and Professor X sitting out the cataclysms the Avengers have protected the world from? All in all, we are so excited about the future of the MCU! What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments section below.

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She’s DONE! Nene Leakes Leaves “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

Rumors of Nene Leakes’ departure from Bravo’s “The Real House of Atlanta” have been swirling for months, but now it has been confirmed she is indeed departing the long running reality series, and will not be featured in its upcoming thirteenth season!

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Rumors of Nene Leakes’ departure from Bravo’s “The Real House of Atlanta” have been swirling for months, but now it has been confirmed she is indeed departing the long running reality series, and will not be featured in its upcoming thirteenth season!

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The reality star, 52, will not be returning to the hit Bravo series for its upcoming 13th season, she announced Thursday on her YouTube channel.

“Thank you to all of you guys that have been showing me a lot of love and support as of late. I feel you, I hear you. I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation. There has been a lot of emotion flying on both sides,” she said in the video. “It has been hard, and I have made the very hard and difficult decision to not be a part of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13.”

“It wasn’t an easy decision for me,” she continued. “It was hard. I started on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008. We took off like a rocket. I mean, we took off. You could have never told me that I would start on this little show and it still be going strong 13, 14 years later. And it is. I’m just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much, reality TV.”

Leakes thanked fans, Bravo, the cast and her team for supporting her over the years. She also addressed a false report of someone on her team releasing a statement on her behalf last week. “I had no knowledge of it and I did not approve it,” she said.

She ended her message by promising, “I will see you again. Real soon.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, a Bravo rep said, “We wish Nene all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for sharing her journey for over a decade with the fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She’s been instrumental since the start and will truly be missed, and maybe one day she’ll hold the peach again.”

As aforementinoned, rumors of her departure had been flying all summer. However, her manager, Steven Grossman, insisted in a statement to PEOPLE on June 18 that she was still in talks to return for season 13.

It is absolutely not true that Nene has been fired from RHOA,” Grossman said then. “Furthermore, it was made abundantly clear prior that she will always be welcome on the series as long as she wants to be.”

Gossman said at the time that they were “having on-going bigger picture conversations with NBC Universal and have not made any decisions regarding next season specifically. Any speculation or sources trying to create controversy by stating otherwise are incredibly inaccurate. Bloop.”

We are not sure what RHOA will be like without Nene, but her now former cast mate, Kenya Moore, has definitely filled her shoes as the show’s villain. Nene will always be the Queen of RHOA, and we are sure after so much earned and needed time off, she may as aforementioned, once again hold a peach. Good luck with everything Nene.

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[PHOTOS] Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, & More Gather for Chadwick Boseman’s Oceanside Memorial Service

Chadwick Boseman has finally been laid to rest with an oceanside memorial service to commemorate his life. In attendance were his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, family, and his Black Panther costars, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke among others.

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Chadwick Boseman has finally been laid to rest with an oceanside memorial service to commemorate his life. In attendance were his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, family, and his Black Panther costars, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke among others.

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Private photographs from the service, obtained by The Sun, show the service took place in Malibu, CA.

You can see a few of the photos below:

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A Memorial held for the #king Chadwick Boseman in Malibu. CHADWICK Boseman’s friends, family and co-stars gathered in Malibu to remember the brave actor’s life and say their final goodbyes. Mourners including Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and other Black Panther stars took a moment to console each other and the star’s grieving wife, Taylor Simone Ledward. The memorial was overlooking the ocean and included music from a hang drum.  There was a beautiful table display with Boseman’s photo and flowers.  The actor passed away aged just 43 at home in Los Angeles on August 28 after a private four-year battle with colon cancer. His beloved wife Taylor, whom he secretly married shortly before his death, was at his bedside alongside close family. Since the actor’s death was announced tributes have since flooded in, with praise for Boseman's legacy and significance to millions of fans around the world following his starring role in the groundbreaking Black Panther. The film was a landmark moment for representation in Hollywood. 📸:@thesun

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We are going to miss Chadwick Boseman so much. He did not only bring Black Panther to life, he embodied so much dignity and honor, and moved with respect. He is one of the ancestors now, and we just know Heaven welcomed him with open arms. Rest well King, you have earned it.

 

 

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In Crazy News! Fans Circulate Petition to Have Ryan Gosling Become The New Black Panther

The world continues to mourn the loss of Chadwick Boseman, after he succumbed to colon cancer on Friday. The outpour of love and admiration from the world at large is nothing short of legendary. 

Some “fans,” however, have jumped the gun and are now circulating a petition to have Black Panther recast with a White lead, namely Ryan Gosling.

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The world continues to mourn the loss of Chadwick Boseman, after he succumbed to colon cancer on Friday. The outpour of love and admiration from the world at large is nothing short of legendary.

Some “fans,” however, have jumped the gun and are now circulating a petition to have Black Panther recast with a White lead, namely Ryan Gosling.

These fans argue that in the comics and other movies White characters have been recast as other ethnicities. For example the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has cast Black actors, Zoe Kravitz and Jeffrey Wright as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Commissioner Gordon, respectively, and in the comics and on television characters like Iris West, Iron Man, The Hulk, Green Lantern, Batwoman, Kid Flash, and more have also at times been replaced by characters of other races.

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Ryan Gosling is an amazing actor, but the role of Black Panther is NOT for him and has always been helmed by a Black character. Ryan would be good, however, to join the Black Panther cinematic mythos as “Hunter/White Wolf,” the villainous adoptive brother of T’Challa and Shuri.

Beyond the absurdness of this petition, Chadwick has only been dead for a couple of days. Recast discussions of any kind at this time are disrespectful and dishonorable. The “on to the next” mentality of today’s culture is sickening.

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The role of “Black Panther” is most assuredly the most coveted and high profile Black role in Hollywood at the moment, and we are sure they will make a decision in the coming months. Rhe most likely decision will come from the comics themselves, with Shuri stepping up to become the Queen of Wakanda and the new Black Panther.

What do you all think of this petition and our suggestion that Ryan Gosling be the White Wolf instead? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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