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Thor Love and Thunder Taika Waititi: ‘Maybe I won’t work again’ after latest Marvel movie

Thor Love and Thunder Taika Waititi: 'Maybe I won't work again' after latest Marvel movie

Next year the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be continuing the storyline of Asgard’s God of Thunder: Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) in Thor Love and Thunder. The muscle-bound hero was last seen in Avengers Endgame leaving Earth to start the Asgardians of the Galaxy alongside the current Guardians of the Galaxy. Since then, set photos and hints from Waititi have been revealed for Thor Love and Thunder – and now the director himself has opened up about the process of creating the next huge MCU hit.

Waititi recently revealed: “Well, just between (me and) you and the readers, I’ve done some crazy s**t in my life. I’ve lived, like, ten lifetimes. But it’s the craziest film I’ve ever done.” (Via Empire)

While the film’s plot has been kept under wraps over the past two years, he hinted it is more elaborate than fans know.

The New Zealander said: “If you wrote down all the elements of this film, it shouldn’t make sense. It’s almost like it shouldn’t be made.

“If you walked into a room and said: ‘I want this and this and this.’ Who’s in it? These people. What are you going to call it? Love And Thunder.”

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Waititi then joked about his job prospects after the film, saying: “I mean, you’d never work again. Maybe I won’t after this.”

Going on to compare the picture to his previous Thor movie, 2017 movie Thor Ragnarok, he revealed: “It’s very different from Ragnarok.

“It’s crazier. I’ll tell you what’s different. There’ll be far more emotion in this film.

“And a lot more love. And a lot more thunder. And a lot more Thor, if you’ve seen the photos.”

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Hemsworth went on: “Thor is far too young for that. He’s only 1,500 years old.

“It’s definitely not a film that I say goodbye to this brand. At least I hope so.”

To make matters even more exciting, Thor Love and Thunder has since been confirmed to include the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Groot actor Vin Diesel said earlier this year: “Thor[Love and Thunder] will incorporate some of the Guardians of the Galaxy.” (Via ComicBook)

Diesel went on: “That’ll be very interesting, nobody knows, maybe I shouldn’t have said anything.”

In the meantime, fans will have to wait and see how they are involved and what kind of threat they are facing.

Thor Love and Thunder is due to hit cinemas on May 6, 2022.


‘Maybe We Can Be Friends’: New Yorkers Re-emerge in a Changed City

Even as many left the city for the Fourth of July weekend, pockets of activity provided a glimpse of post-pandemic life.

This Fourth of July, Iyabo Boyd did two things that she said would have been unthinkable a year ago. She went to a barbecue in a stranger’s yard, and she met new people.

Reading on a blanket in Franz Sigel Park in the South Bronx on Monday, Ms. Boyd, 36, said she had kept mostly to her pod during the pandemic. Finally, over the weekend, that changed. “Getting to know people again was really lovely,” Ms. Boyd said. “It was like, ‘Hey, maybe we can be friends.’”

In Times Square, Ryan Bowen, 28, was making his second pandemic-era visit from Tampa. Last October, he said, he and his girlfriend found little to do because everything was shut down. Now there were restaurants, fireworks, the tram to Roosevelt Island — not exactly a return to old times, but a distinct step in that direction.

“It feels great to be out,” he said.

It was once possible to envisage the city coming back entirely. Now, whatever lies next for New York feels more like a giant collective improvisation, a city taking shape on the fly. The holiday weekend was a time to rediscover what New York was, and glimpse what it might become.

For many, the three-day weekend came as an occasion to do things they had not done for more than a year. Tourists arrived, while New Yorkers themselves crammed into airports, highways and sought-after getaway spots. Some parks were empty and street parking was plentiful. But for those who stayed and gathered, nothing beat the sheer cathartic joy of being able to hug friends or elders again.

People enjoyed the International African Arts Festival at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn on Sunday. 
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For some, the holiday was an opportunity to leave home. Close to 50 million Americans were expected to travel in the first five days of July, the second-highest Fourth of July volume on record, according to AAA Northeast. Air travel has climbed back to 90 percent of prepandemic levels.

The city, once the epicenter of the pandemic, with thousands of new cases daily, last week saw a daily average of 193 new cases and only three deaths per day. The Delta variant, which has spread through much of the country, accounted for 17 percent of the new cases.

But the city is not the same. The pandemic killed 33,000 New Yorkers, and some question whether the city could ever truly recover. In the South Bronx, Daniel Derico, 43, a photographer, said despite the “big change” of seeing fewer masks, he does not feel like New York will ever return to the way it was.

“For instance, getting into an elevator with 10 or 15 people, I don’t think people are ever going to do that again without thinking about it,” he said. “And I think the second we forget and get too comfortable with that pre-Covid normal, it’ll be a wake-up all over again.”

So much remained in flux: Those new dogs, new cars, new jury-rigged outdoor restaurants, new inches around the middle — how much is permanent, how much destined to go the way of double-masking and “unmute yourself”?

Offices are still deciding how and where people will work. The city’s fiscal hole — and what it means for your commute, your park, your child’s school — seems to change daily. The next mayor is still unnamed. Is it time to ride the subways — every day? Return to church, synagogue, mosque? Is crime heading back to the bad old days? A year after the confluence of Covid-19 and the protests following the murder of George Floyd, the city is a changed and changing place, with scars and fears and hopes all competing for primacy.

Crime has remained a concern — for New Yorkers, but especially for people looking at the city from afar, wondering whether it is safe to visit.

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Year to date, a wave of gun violence is still making the city uneasy. The number of shooting victims in the city has increased by more than 30 percent compared to the same time period last year, from 670 to 885 as of Sunday — the highest since 2002, though well below the highs of the 1990s. In Times Square, a recently-commissioned U.S. Marine was shot by a stray bullet last month.

But after last year’s Independence Day weekend, which started one of the bloodiest 12-month stretches in New York City in nearly a decade, this year’s holiday was somewhat more peaceful. In all, 26 people were shot this July 2 to 4, compared with 30 last year.

Signs of an awakening city were easy to find. In Carroll Gardens on Monday, the sidewalk outside Dolce Brooklyn, a tiny homemade-gelato shop, felt like a pop-up party.

“People in Brooklyn really want to get out,” Kristina Frantz, the shop’s owner, said, expressing relief that the business had survived and even thrived through the pandemic. “People are feeling like the pandemic is on the other side. We’ve watched this occur day by day.”

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Business is way up from a year ago, Ms. Frantz said — but it was also up last year, as people from the neighborhood, stuck close to home, flocked in. “Gelato is a comfort food,” Ms. Frantz said. “People want to treat themselves a little bit.”

In Branch Brook Park in Newark on Monday, Michael Casares and Gabriella DiGenova spoke wistfully about the feeling of community that had grown strained over the last year.

The couple, both 24, started dating during the pandemic, but they said that among the people they knew in their New Jersey towns, many were not comfortable socializing yet.

The previous night, setting off fireworks in front of Mr. Casares’s home in Belleville, they said people stayed on their own lawns, watching, keeping their distance instead of coming together.

“Nobody talked to each other,” he said. “People aren’t as social as they used to be.”

In an uncharacteristically empty Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, two friends from Houston, Claire de Blanc, 23, and Mary Brodeur, 22, were enjoying the open space and the catharsis of finally traveling again, after such a dark year.

Both had contracted the virus, they said, and both were now fully vaccinated. Still, when they went bar hopping with friends over the weekend in Manhattan, they were pleasantly surprised at the number of people still wearing masks.

“Houston is a lot different,” Ms. de Blanc said. Back home, they had to chase down customers who refused to wear masks in their restaurant, even at the height of the pandemic’s wave in Texas. People in New York seemed to be more conscientious.

“People are just less,” she said, continuing, “Texas.”

David Manzano, 36, in the South Bronx, celebrated the holiday with a friends and family, indoors and unmasked. At one point, he said, he wanted to reflect on what he had done the year before, only he couldn’t. The pandemic had been such a blur he could not even remember the Fourth of July.

Still, he was not ready to say that New York was back to normal. But it was a good start.

Anne Barnard, Nate Schweber, Tracey Tully and Ali Watkins contributed reporting.

Author: John Leland
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Definitely maybe: Zidane hints Real Madrid will try to lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to Bernabeu

Definitely maybe: Zidane hints Real Madrid will try to lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to Bernabeu

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has refused to rule out the possibility of the club making a move for Cristiano Ronaldo, amid persistent reports that the Portuguese superstar wants to leave Juventus.

Speaking ahead of Real’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Italian side Atalanta, Zidane replied “yes, it could be” when questioned if the rumors were true of a bid to bring Ronaldo back.

The 36-year-old star left Real for Turin in 2018, having become Los Blancos’ all-time top scorer with 450 goals in 438 appearances. 

Ronaldo helped the club to four Champions League titles – three of which came consecutively under Zidane’s guidance. The pair also won the 2016-17 La Liga title together. 
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Since Ronaldo left the famous royal white of the Spanish giants, neither party has enjoyed further success in Europe. 

While Real remain in this season’s Champions League, holding a slender 1-0 lead in their tie with Atalanta before Tuesday’s second leg in Spain, Ronaldo and Juventus are already out of the competition. 

The Serie A champions were sent packing on away goals by unfancied Porto last week, in a tie which finished 4-4 on aggregate but which Ronaldo failed to make his mark on. 

That disappointment, coupled with an uphill struggle to retain their Serie A title in a first season under Andrea Pirlo, has heightened speculation that Ronaldo will not see out the last year of his contract in Italy. 

According to some accounts, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has already been in contact with figures at Real over a potential return. 
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Speaking to Sky Sport Italia about his time spent working with Ronaldo, Zidane was effusive in his praise.  

“We know Cristiano, we know what he has done for Real Madrid, but now he is a Juve player, he is playing with another team. We’ll see what his future will be,” the Frenchman said.   

Ronaldo has attempted to quell the rumors in recent days, taking to social media to seemingly pledge his commitment to Juve. He also struck a 57th career hat-trick on Sunday as Pirlo’s men beat Cagliari in Serie A, widely seen as a message that the star was fired up by criticism in the wake of Juve’s Champions League exit. 

Speaking at the weekend, Juve official Fabio Paratici said: “It’s a privilege to have him here, we are happy to have him here. He surely represents the future of Juventus.”
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Ronaldo’s treble on Sunday took him to 23 league goals in 23 games, as he leads the Serie A scoring charts. 

There have been suggestions in some quarters that should Real move for Ronaldo, he could act as a short-term attacking solution before they swoop for young stars Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland the following summer. 


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‘If I’d scored more, maybe he’d still be here’: Misfiring Timo Werner laments lack of goals may have cost Lampard Chelsea job

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‘If I’d scored more, maybe he’d still be here’: Misfiring Timo Werner laments lack of goals may have cost Lampard Chelsea job

Timo Werner has been anything but a rousing success since joining Chelsea from RB Leipzig last summer and the German forward admits his lack of goals may have played a part in Roman Abramovich’s decision to sack Frank Lampard.

Werner was hailed as the new focal point of Chelsea’s forward line when he signed a big-money deal to spearhead the Blues’ attack as part of Abramovich’s major investment into the club’s playing staff over the summer months.

So far though, the 35-times capped international has flattered to deceive up front, finding the net just five times in 24 Premier League appearances ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

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Werner has admitted that he has struggled to adapt to the pace and physicality of the infamously combative Premier League after an impressive campaign in the Bundesliga last season which saw him claim 28 goals in just 34 appearances.

And if he had been able to hit the ground running in West London, he says that things might just have been different for Frank Lampard – the club legend who was compelled to fall on his sword in response to a prolonged spell of poor form, and was subsequently replaced by Werner’s compatriot Thomas Tuchel.

When you come here to play as a striker and be the man to score the goals, of course I felt a little bit guilty that I missed so many chances,” Werner told Sky Sports. “For the club, for the old manager but also for me because I want to score all the time and as much as I possibly can.

“Of course, if I’d scored four or five more goals maybe the old manager would still be here because we’d maybe have won two or three games more but you can’t look too much into the past because there are too many games ahead of us.”

Chelsea’s initial signs under Tuchel have been promising. The club remain undefeated under his tenure, even if the type of dazzling, free-flowing style of football craved by Abramovich has yet to bed in. 

Installing the German into the Chelsea top job was thought to be – in part at least – designed to coax improved performances from Werner and the other megabucks summer investment from the Bundesliga, Kai Havertz.

And the signs, at least initially, are promising.

I understood the old manager very well,” he said. “It was not because of the language, but when you can talk German to someone, there are things he can explain to me easier than the old manager could. It’s different when you talk to someone in your own language because one word is enough to make a sentence completely different.

For me, that was the thing he changed. He knows me and his assistants know me from the Bundesliga. He gave me trust back and confidence back to be the Timo from the Bundesliga, to be back at the top and scoring goals.”

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Everyone associated with the club – even Lampard, the man who campaigned so vigorously to bring Werner to London – they will be hoping that Werner’s Premier League apprenticeship soon begins paying off.

And there is no better place to start than at home to Manchester United.