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Ms. Marvel Director Teases Dark Turn of Events In Upcoming Episode

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Marvel Studios has delivered some darker stories and plot points as Phase 4 continues through new entries like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Moon Knight. Now, the adventure turns to a more light-hearted adventure in Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel, which just aired the first of its six episodes on Disney+.

Vellani’s solo series is already earning high praise from some of the MCU’s top names, continuing the trend after the excitement for Ms. Marvel‘s arrival first started following the show’s trailer debuting online. Filled with nods and references to Marvel Studios’ storied history, Episode 1 only scratched the surface of what Kamala Khan’s origin story will add to the franchise’s growing narrative.

Although Ms. Marvel is starting off mostly light-hearted with the 16-year-old starring character, her first MCU outing is sure to get serious and real in the not-too-distant future.

At a recent gathering that featured some of the top names making the series, they teased when things may start to take a darker turn for Kamala as she learns about her newfound abilities.

Ms. Marvel About To Take a Turn

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During the global press conference for Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel, the show’s creative team looked ahead to the themes and teases coming in the next five episodes.

Director Adil El Arbi admitted that there will be a couple of darker episodes in the near future where the stakes rise to new levels. Even more so, however, Kamala Khan will dive further into her journey alongside her family and discover her identity at the same time, as shared by executive producer Sana Amanat and director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy:

Moderator: “What we’ve seen so far is very lighthearted and fun. What can you tell us about the deeper themes of the show and how they will unfold?”

El Arbi: “Well, their episodes are gonna be a little bit darker. The stakes are gonna get higher, so let’s discuss ladies.”

Amanat: “No spoilers, guys.”

Obaid-Chinoy: I think that in searching her identity, Kamala Khan is going to go on this journey to reconnect with her family to understand why it’s so important for her to tell her own story and to craft that story. And to feel that she could be that superhero she always wanted to be, except that it would be her being the superhero as opposed to emulating someone else. And on that journey of discovery, we as an audience are going to go on what I can safely say is gonna be the thrill of our lives.

Obaid-Chinoy also took a look at the Pakistani culture coming through in this series, saying that it’s “pretty freaking cool” to see it come to life under the Marvel Studios umbrella:

Moderator: “Sharmeen, I wanna go to you. How did you approach balancing the superhero aspect of this with the fact that it’s also just a story about a family and a teenage girl? How do you keep those two things relatable to the audiences?”

Obaid-Chinoy: “I think it was about letting the world into the secret that the South Asian culture is pretty freaking cool.”

Amanat: “Yeah.”

Obaid-Chinoy: “Our food, our music, the way the parents’ relationship with the kids are. I wanted to make it cool so that anybody watching it would be like, that was my argument with my mom when I wanted to go out and she’s like, ‘There are going to be boys there. Stay home.'”

Obaid-Chinoy also shared how great it was to be able to see a new level of representation for “the Muslim world” and “South Asian immigrant families” watching this adventure unfold. It’s something truly special for her to see her children have a role model in Kamala Khan to look up to within the MCU:

“And you know, sort of make it such that anyone watching beyond, you know, the Muslim world, South Asian immigrant families watching could see a reflection of themselves on screen. And the superhero bit was just that I always believe that everyone has a superhero in them; they just have to activate it. And telling this story is going to change so much for so many people, because I know I have two young girls that when they see Kamala Khan, they too will know that they can also be a superhero.”

When asked what particularly makes Ms. Marvel special, star Iman Vellani discussed how Kamala’s understanding of the fan culture is what sets her apart from other similar heroes, which is what hooked Vellani to her character:

Moderator: “There are many up and coming young superheroes. But what makes Ms. Marvel special? What is the, ‘It factor,’ that makes her stand out among the rest of the other young superheroes? And you know, I’ll say we’ve already heard the Tom Holland here. We’ve heard, you know, we know there are other young high schooler age people in the MCU. But what is it that makes Kamala stick out?”

Kevin Feige: “Iman.”

Vellani: “I think Ms. Marvel, you know, always understood fan culture on such a cellular level, and it just really elevated the storytelling in a really unique way. You know, she’s a 16-year-old kid with super powers, fine, we’ve seen that before. But she’s also a fan of every other hero within the MCU canon. And you know, that fascination and excitement is so shared with real-life Marvel fans, so that’s why we relate to her. You know? She reacts how we would when she gets powers. And so yeah, I love that part of her, and that’s why I fell in love with her.”

In Vellani’s eyes, Kamala’s culture and her Muslim upbringing were only a part of her personality that she experiences every day of her life. She saw a great balance between her Pakistani culture and her place as an “Avengers loving, fanfic writing dork,” which drives the show forward more than anything else:

Vellani: “And culture and religion were never the main thing of her personality, it was just some part of her life. You know, how it was for me. It’s like, this is the time I wake up. This is the time I go to school. This is the time I pray. This is the time I eat. Like, it’s just a set, a normal thing. And we didn’t wanna make the show about a Pakistani Muslim, it was about, you know, this Avengers loving, fanfic writing dork, which just so happens to be a Pakistani Muslim. And yeah, I think we were balanced it quite well. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Things About to Get Real for Ms. Marvel

Although only one episode is available to the public right now, Ms. Marvel has separated itself from the MCU’s Disney+ pack by bringing a sense of childlike wonder and joy into Phase 4 behind Kamala Khan. Her obsession with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and her knack for fan-fiction and other storytelling puts viewers in the shoes of a teenager living in this universe, and it’s largely been a fun time thus far.

Even so, as shown by the first episode’s post-credits scene, Kamala’s world is about to turn upside down in quite a short amount of time.

The Department of Damage Control learning about her existence is something that fans will pay close attention to, especially since it’s the same agent that gave Peter Parker such a hard time in Spider-Man: No Way Home. While it’s unknown when Kamala’s family will learn about her newfound powers, that’s sure to add another layer of drama and intensity to the youngster’s origin story as well.

No matter how all the details work out, this Avengers fangirl is about to learn quickly what it really means to be a powered person in a world full of other powered people.

Episode 1 of Ms. Marvel is now available to stream on Disney+. Episode 2 will debut on Disney+ on Wednesday, June 15.

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Phoenix Fan Fusion doesn’t stop after dark: Your list of the top after parties, events

Phoenix Fan Fusion doesn't stop after dark: Your list of the top after parties, events

Just in case you thought that Phoenix Fan Fusion at the Phoenix Convention Center ended once the sun went down, think again. 

This year’s Fan Fusion will offer several events including after-parties and evening events that might be worth staying up for. 

Several events are back from previous years, including comedy shows, “Queen Lantern Corps Dragstravaganza” and “Masquerade” Costume Contest are back. There are new events as well.

Here are some of the top Friday and Saturday evening events and after parties connected with Phoenix Fan Fusion 2022. Events take place at the Phoenix Convention Center.

For a full schedule of events see this list

Make sure you check the programming schedule to see which events are for adults 18 and older.

What to know about Fan Fusion: Your complete guide to Phoenix Fan Fusion 2022 guests, weapon policy, costs and more


Queen Lantern Corps Dragstravaganza 

Join several drag queens and kings from across the Valley for a geek-themed drag show, hosted by Barbra Seville. This after dark event is free. Guests must be 18 years and older to attend. Panelists include Marcus Leathem, Jessica Bechhoever, Gigi DeMilo, Na-il Emmert, Patrick Jervis Jr., Delores Latcher, Hanna Maher, Andi Norton, Elijah Palles, Christopher Rapinz-Kesler, Cierra Ruiz, Jace Ryden, Barbra Seville and Jacqueline Stevenson. 

Details: 7-8:30 p.m., West 301BCD,

‘Kids Need To Read’ Charity Poker Tournament 

This 18 and older event — presented by Lupine Entertainment — will open doors for registration at 7 p.m. Games start at 8 p.m. Guests must pay a $20 donation to participate. All guests are invited to watch the tournament for free. 

Details: 7 p.m.-2 a.m. West 106 ABC,

Horror Trivia

The evening event will include a discussion on cult classic horror films and its history, in addition to a jeopardy style game that invites guests to distinguish all the different genres of horror.

Details: 9-10 p.m., North 230,

Wizarding Game Night

This event features several fun, interactive games from watching Harry Potter characters play Cards Against Muggles and Harry Potter 20 questions. The event is for ages 18 and older. 

Details: 9-10 p.m., West 105BC.

A Comedy Show with Fan Fusion

The event will feature a range of local comedians who focus on their two passions: Comic books and video games. The event is for people 18 years and older. 

Details: Friday 9-10pm, Saturday 7:30-8:30 p.m, and Saturday 9-11:30 p.m,

Anime Rave with DJ HeavyGrinder 

It’s a dance party that’s free but includes one of the best DJ’s in town. This event is for ages 18 and older. 

Details: 9 p.m.-1 a.m., North 120CD,

Burlesque at Phoenix Fan Fusion

Burlesque is back at Phoenix Fan Fusion — it’s free to attend, too. It’s a blend of geeky, nerdy and hot. Guests must be 18 and older to attend the event. General admission seating is free. 

Details: 9-11:30 p.m.,

The stars are out: Chuck Norris, Kate Mulgrew among headliners for Phoenix Fan Fusion


Comedy Show with Fan Fusion

The event will feature a range of local comedians who focus on their two passions: Comic books and video games. The event is for people 18 years and older. 

Details: 7:30-8:30 p.m, and 9-11:30 p.m,

P.U.G.S. (Phoenix Ultimate Geek Smackdown)

This event features eight fans as they debate comic-fest related topics. Sign up for the P.U.G.S. Friday panel event for a chance to make it to the top eight contestants. 

Details: 7:30-8:30 p.m., North 132ABC,

Grogu’s 51st Birthday Party 

It’s baby Yoda’s first birthday. Join Din Djarin to celebrate the birth of his son — the event will feature a full cast of Star Wars friends, too. The evening will be complete with music and a dance party filled with all your favorite Star Wars characters. 

Details: 8 p.m.-1 a.m., North 120CD,

Masquerade Costume Contest: 

This annual event welcomes anyone to see costume creators on the big stage of the Phoenix Convention Center. It will feature cosplayers who have submitted their costume designs prior to the event. Winners will be announced. 

Details: 8-11:55 p.m., West 301BCD,

Drinks with Authors 

Join authors and other creators for a drink. The event will include door prizes, giveaways and raffles to support Kids Need to Read. 

Details: 8-11:30 p.m. West 106ABC,

‘Strut your Stuff’ dance contest  

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. for individuals and groups to sign-up and dance on stage for a panel of judges. If you don’t feel like dancing, you can sign up to be a guest judge.  The show will begin at 9 p.m. where superheroes, furries, zombies, anime otaku, sci-fi fans, video game characters or guests in casual attire can dance and strut on stage. Prizes will be awarded. 

Details: 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., North 232ABC,

Star Trek Universal Mixer

This year’s Star Trek Universal Mixer will feature  “What’s Old is New Again – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” panel guests including the United Federation of Phoenix, as well as local Star Trek clubs for a casual mixer. 

Details: 9-11:55 p.m., North 224 AB,

Doctor Who ‘Smash or Pass’ 

This 18 and older event answers questions like “I wonder if anybody else agrees that Daleks are hot?” or “How bad is a Slitheen in bed?” The group event will invite guests to answer which Doctor Who characters they would “Smash or Pass.” 

Details: 9-10 p.m., North 125AB,

‘Strip a Goddess’ 

This event blends Jeopardy, Whose Line is it Anyway and strip poker into a game show that tests guests on erotic mythological knowledge — by the end, you may be one of the audience members who helps strip a goddess. This event is for adults 18 years and older. 

Details: 9-10 p.m., North 223,

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Calgary astronomers hope Dark Sky event reduces light pollution – Calgary |

Calgary astronomers hope Dark Sky event reduces light pollution - Calgary |

Some concerned Calgarians are urging people to think twice before firing up the lights around their homes each night.

Reducing the use of those lights would help those studying the stars and also improve life here on Earth.

“As the light pollution grows, that background light gets brighter and brighter, and begins to hide all the very faint and interesting things we’re trying to study,” University of Calgary astronomy professor Phil Langill said.

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Langill and several of his students are spreading the word on an event that begins Friday, April 22: International Dark Sky Week.

“To remind people about the light that they use at night and the ill effects that it can have,” Langill said.

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“If there’s a big bright street light across the street shining into your window, that interrupts the quality of your sleep. When I get behind on my sleep, I’m a sitting duck for getting a cold and I get cranky.”

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Using an abundance of lights can also cause problems for wildlife.

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“Where there are lots of tall buildings, the birds get confused. They think that maybe they’re flying through a forest and the light is the space between the trees,” Langill said.

“They crash into the buildings and die. It’s very sad.”

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People promoting International Dark Sky Week are encouraging others to take steps to cut back on their use of lights.

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“It’s always good to be a little bit more mindful when you’re using lights and take a moment to turn them off when you don’t need them,” U of C student Avmeet Kaur said.

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Langill says people should be asking themselves several questions each night.

“Does the light need to shine across the whole yard or can I arrange it so that the light shines on the path so I can see where I’m walking?

“Does that light need to be on all night long? Can you put it on a motion sensor?”

Langill and his students say they’re looking forward to the advantages that darker skies would bring when they turn their telescopes skyward.

“I really like looking at constellations,” U of C student Haruka Yoshino said. “And I like to recognize what the shapes mean.”

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Science Museum brings back Science After Dark events for Earth month

Science Museum brings back Science After Dark events for Earth month

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The Science Museum of Virginia is bringing back their Friday evening Science After Dark events next month after taking a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus.

The last Science After Dark event open to the public was February 2020. The museum has hosted three members-only events at the start of this year before making them available to the rest of the community.

The museum’s first event back explores everything about this planet we call home in “Science After Dark: Down to Earth” in honor of Earth month. Museum-goers of all ages will get the opportunity to explore everything from space to soil through various hands-on learning activities such as:

  • Making seed spheres to plant wildflowers.
  • Watching worms work to learn about composting.
  • Turning bottles into planters in The Forge.
  • Exploring the findings of RVAir. A community science project studying air quality in Richmond neighborhoods.
  • Creating recycled bird feeders (for guests 5 and younger).
  • Viewing a presentation on the Science on a Sphere®, a room-sized global display system that drops down from the ceiling.
The last Science After Dark event was held February 2020.
The last Science After Dark event was held February 2020.(Science Museum of Virginia)

The event will also host STEMP professionals from the American Chemical Society to talk about chemistry, nature and all things “buggy” with additional hands-on experiment stations.

There will also be live astronomy shows in The Dome for the first 250 guests.

“It’s no joke that we’ve missed being able to host these evening events and are excited to see community members continue to feel comfortable coming back into the Science Museum,” said Rich Conti, Museum Director and Chief Wonder Officer. “Kicking off Earth Month with a packed schedule of green-focused programming is the perfect way to get our community inspired to discover more about the science all around them.”

Science After Dark comes back Friday, April 1 from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia on 2500 W. Broad St. Tickets for admission can be bought online or at the museum. Children under 2, museum members, educators and college students with valid IDs get in free.

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