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WandaVision: Disney Plus show still on track for 2020 release date

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WandaVision may be the first Marvel TV series on Disney Plus despite delays caused by the pandemic, according to a new announcement.

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been short of content in 2020. The pandemic halted production on all new content including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and What/If. But one show is set to release on the Disney Plus platform—WandaVision.

The limited series following Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) was set for release mid-September before the global crisis forced delays on production. With the majority of Disney Plus shows being pushed to 2021, many fans believed that the same fate would befall WandaVision.

But a video from Disney Plus has given fans hope for the show’s 2020 release.

Highlighting the content that is set to be released on the platform this year, the video includes a blink and you miss it frame of Wanda in her iconic comics-accurate super suit.

Despite the lack of new content, the video caption mentions WandaVision as an upcoming show on Disney Plus, which should be clear enough for fans. Additionally, CBR received a press release that confirms WandaVision as being part of the platform’s 2020 releases.

WandaVision: What do we know so far?

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 23: (L-R) President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Kat Dennings, Randall Park, and Kathryn Hahn of ‘WandaVision’ took part today in the Disney+ Showcase at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 in Anaheim, Calif. ‘WandaVision’ will stream exclusively on Disney+, which launches November 12. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Disney Plus has yet to reveal a release date for WandaVision but we can assume that the show will only air in the last quarter of the year—giving Disney and Marvel enough time to complete shooting and post-production.

There is scarce little information available on the show—though we do know that Wanda will be playing a leading role in Doctor Strange 2. It is likely that this series will tie directly into that film.

As for Vision, his involvement in the show is a bit of a mystery. Vision was killed during the events of Avengers: Infinity War, and because his death occurred before Thanos’ snap, he was not brought back to life by the Hulk in Avengers: Endgame.

We can assume that the Vision seen in WandaVision is an alternate reality version of the character—the short trailer of the show certainly seems to suggest that that will be the plot of the series.

According to IMDB, Kat Dennings’ Darcy Lewis—who has not been seen in the MCU since Thor: The Dark World—is also supposed to appear, as is Randall Park’s FBI agent Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Teyonah Parris is listed as Monica Rambeau, daughter of Maria Rambeau, and future Captain Marvel in the Marvel Comics. In 2019’s Captain Marvel, Akira Akbar portrayed the 11-year-old Monica, so Parris’ version in WandaVision could be a post-Endgame Monica or one from an alternate universe.

Marvel and Disney have been tight-lipped about their properties in the past, so it isn’t surprising that there is so little information available about the show.

There is plenty of room for conjecture, but with the show set for release in 2020, fans can finally see whether their guesses will come true.

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What are you looking forward to seeing in WandaVision? Tell us in the comments below.

WandaVision will stream weekly on Disney Plus in late 2020.

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Kobe Bryant’s Youngest Daughter Capri Says ‘Dada’ While Carrying Around Photo of Him

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Daddy’s little girl! Kobe Bryant’s youngest daughter, Capri, is keeping her father’s memory alive in the sweetest way possible.

Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, posted the adorable moment to her Instagram on Friday, September 25. As the 15-month-old walked around in pink pajamas, she held a framed photo of the NBA legend.

“Coco, who’s that?” the 38-year-old former model said, while Capri responded, “Dada. Dada.”

Vanessa added, “That is your dada. Dada, he loves you!”

Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018. Ace Pictures/Shutterstock

Kobe and Vanessa tied the knot in 2001. The basketball legend died on January 26 in a tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The couple’s second eldest child, Gianna, also died in the accident alongside Kobe and seven others.

The father-daughter pair were laid to rest in a private funeral held in early February. That same month, they were honored again in a larger public memorial held at the Los Angeles Staples Center — the location where Kobe played with the Lakers.

In addition to Gianna and Capri, the longtime loves shared daughters Natalia, 17, and Bianka, 3.

Last month, Vanessa paid tribute to Kobe on what would have been his 42nd birthday. “To my baby~ Happy birthday. I love you and miss you more than I can ever explain,” she wrote. “I wish you and Gigi were here to celebrate YOU! I wish I could make you your fav food or a birthday cake with my Gigi.”

She continued, “I miss your big hugs, your kisses, your smile, your loud ass deep laugh. I miss teasing you, making you laugh and bursting your bubble. I miss you sitting on my lap like my big baby that you are. I think about your tenderness and patience all the time. I think about everything you would do in situations to help me deal with everything thrown my way.”

Vanessa also shared her appreciation for Kobe’s ability to “see the best in people” and noted how she missed his “thoughtful gestures.”

In April, a source exclusively told Us Weekly how Vanessa has been coping with the losses of Kobe and Gianna. “No two days are the same for Vanessa,” an insider close to the family said. “One day she feels motivated, and the next she’s depressed and needs to take time for herself. … There are moments when it all completely consumes her.”

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Drew Barrymore’s Emotional Reunion with Ex-Husband Tom Green, Plus: They Recall Unique First Date

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Famous exes Drew Barrymore and Tom Green met up for the first time in 15 years on her talk show “The Drew Barrymore Show.”

It was an emotional reunion for the pair, who began dating in 1999 when they made “Charlie’s Angels” together, and who wed in 2001. The couple split later that year and divorced in 2002.

Drew revealed to the audience that they “haven’t seen or spoken to each other in far too long.”

Tom praised her show, saying, “It is nice to see you every day bringing this burst of optimism and happiness to the world right now.”

When he passed along a “hello” from his parents Dick and Mary Jane, Drew got emotional, recalling a trip they took to his parents’ lake house.

She explained, “I don’t know why, but sleep is, like, it’s just been, like, a weird thing for me. I remember this night just being so content. And I was at your parents’ lake house and I remember hearing all their voices upstairs and I was just by myself and I was going to sleep and I was like, ‘Yeah, this is what safety and contentedness feels before you’re going to sleep.’ And I will never forget that night, and I love your parents and I really love you and I celebrate you.”

Tearing up, she continued, “You know, when you say 20 years, it’s sometimes… it’s the blink of an eye, and sometimes you’re like, ‘Oh, my God, we’ve lived so much in these last 20 years.’ You’ve had a whole life and I’ve had a whole life. It’s just really nice to come together and check in and talk about it — it just thrills me to no end. I think the world of you and I celebrate you and I always have and I always will.”

Tom replied, “Thank you, Drew. This is really, I was so happy when you invited me on the show. It’s been too long. It’s nice to reconnect. We really did not talk for about 15 years, I guess, and this is really the first time we’ve looked at each other face-to-face in 15 years.”

Beaming, she recalled calling him and asking him to be a part of “Charlie’s Angels,” and Tom remembered them hitting it off right away.

Green told her, “That was so exciting, getting to do that movie with you. And you know, we kind of sort of hit it off right away, pretty much. We had a lot of laughs together. I think one of our first dates, I think we went and bought lobsters because we both love animals and we both got lobsters and we released them into the ocean. That was what we decided to do.”

Barrymore also credited him for her “Annie Hall phase,” saying, “You bought me a camera and I still have it, the Pentax K1000, and you got me started into what would become two decades full of being a real photographer, and you got me into my whole Annie Hall phase of taking photographs, which is such a beautiful art.”

“The Drew Barrymore Show” airs weekdays. Check local listings.

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‘Track the Problem.’ Ibram X. Kendi on Using Data to Dismantle Structural Racism

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The historian and writer Ibram X. Kendi, whose research and work on antiracism have risen to the forefront amid a worldwide reckoning over systemic racism, was named as one of TIME’s most influential people of 2020. Speaking at a TIME100 Talks broadcast that aired Friday, Kendi emphasized the importance of keeping the focus on his work and the steps he has laid out to dismantle structural racism.

Among Kendi’s central arguments is that the root of racism isn’t people, but the policies that cause racial inequity and injustice. It’s those policies that we need to focus on changing, he says.

“Racist ideas make humans believe that there’s something wrong with other humans, that there’s something wrong with those other racial groups, there’s something wrong with those people who don’t look like us,” says Kendi.

One crucial sphere where Kendi is fighting for improvement is healthcare, where racist policies persist.

“It’s not enough that every American has access to free healthcare … it must be high quality,” he says. The high-quality care Kendi is calling for includes not being mistreated due to race—an issue that has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has highlighted new levels of racial disparities in healthcare. Black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at a rate more than twice that of white people.

To track some disparities, Kendi spearheaded the COVID Racial Tracker, a joint project between the COVID Tracking Project and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi says that the project, which can serve as “a mirror” for America, has regularly unveiled racial disparities from the pandemic since its launch in mid-April.

“We have consistently found that Black and Native and Latinx people are disproportionately being infected and killed with COVID-19,” he says. “And, we know that in order for us to go about solving the problem of racism, we have to see and measure and track the problem through racial data.”

Kendi aims for this data-centric approach to eventually lead toward informing the proposal of new policies that eliminate or heal such racial disparities.

The ongoing global movement for racial justice faces the risk of being remembered “as a time in which you had a greater awareness of racism, potentially, than any other point in American history, but that awareness did not translate into action,” Kendi says. Still, if the current level of awareness does translate into large-scale, radical change, it can lead to “equity in areas that has never existed before in United States history,” he says.

Kendi has also spoken about his battle with colon cancer, which he didn’t publicly announce until about a year after the initial diagnosis. For Kendi, this has served as an important reminder to go about life with an increased level of kindness toward others.

“There are many people right now who are walking around battling a serious illness that we don’t know,” he says. “So I think it just shows us the importance of being graceful and caring to people.”

Write to Anna Purna Kambhampaty at [email protected]

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