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MCU: 11 Major Movie & Show Reveals to Expect at Marvel’s 2022 D23 Event

Disney, Scarlet Witch, Mr. Fantastic, Wolverine

Marvel Studios has long been famous for its blockbuster announcements events that see President Kevin Feige stand before a crowd to showcase the future of the MCU. After a two-year hiatus from such events due to the pandemic, Feige returned to San Diego Comic-Con in July to show off the Multiverse Saga, which also got its official name at the fan convention.

The grand-scale event brought with it new footage, the Phase 5 slate, and confirmation for two new Avengers blockbusters on the way. Despite that, Marvel Studios still left some gaps in the pipeline, most notably in Phase 6 to be filled in at a later date that may be coming soon.

Feige will soon take the stage once more at the bi-annual D23 convention in a panel that will be shared with Lucasfilm and other Disney studios. Marvel Studios is expected to bring plenty to the table and The Direct has some predictions for the event before it takes place on Saturday, September 10.

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Black Panther 2 Shows Off New Footage

Black Panther, Namor

San Diego Comic-Con brought with it the debut trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and it brought with it glowing reactions. With the November release now just two months away, D23 ought to bring more footage.

Who knows whether this will amount to the full online release of the second trailer or just attendee-exclusive footage, but the next public look can’t be far away. Perhaps fans will finally see a closer look at Namor and his Kingdom of Talocan.

Werewolf by Night Finally Announced

Werewolf by Night, Disney+ Logo

Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ Halloween Special has been among the worst-kept secrets in its history. Composer Michael Giacchino will make his directorial debut on the secretive project that stars Gael García Bernal and Laura Donnelly.

The Werewolf by Night special began production in March and wrapped shortly after. The composer-turned-director promised in June that news is coming “very soon,” and with release expected in October, that ought to come at D23.

MCU Directors Become Official

WandaVision, Fantastic Four Director, Matt Shakman, MCU

Many of the MCU’s upcoming Phase 5 and 6 projects have reportedly signed directors, but have yet to be formally revealed in a presentation. Among these is Shang-Chi‘s Destin Daniel Cretton, taking Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and WandaVision‘s Matt Shakman, who will tackle Fantastic Four.

These directorial signings ought to be part of Kevin Feige’s D23 announcements, perhaps with them even coming out on stage to offer a tease of what to expect from their upcoming MCU flicks.

Guardians Holiday Special Reveals Footage

Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Disney+, MCU

Werewolf by Night may be hiding in the shadows, but Marvel Studios has already confirmed The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special for this year. Although the festive event was strangely omitted from the Phase 4 and 5 slates, it’s expected to serve as the epilogue to the current chapter of the Multiverse Saga.

Having previously gone undiscussed at Comic-Con, the Holiday Special ought to be highlighted at D23 only a few months out from release. This should involve the reveal of the first trailer, but who knows whether it will find its way online or remain exclusive to attendees.


Deadpool 3 Goes Official

Deadpool 3, Ryan Reynolds

Four years after Ryan Reynolds’ last superhero outing, Deadpool 3 is finally close to becoming a reality with Free Guy‘s Shawn Levy taking over directing duties and the writers of the last two flicks back once again.

Reynolds has begun training and filming preparations are getting underway, suggesting production on the “fish-out-of-water” story will begin soon. With evidence pointing to the sequel joining Phase 5 on February 16, 2024, news ought to come at D23, perhaps with Reynolds even coming out on stage.

Thunderbolts Cast Confirmed

Yelena Belova, US Agent, Baron Zemo

Thunderbolts was one of the biggest reveals of Comic-Con as it will round out Phase 5 on July 26, 2024, with production expected to begin early next year. Unfortunately, Feige omitted the roster from his last presentation, but that ought to come at D23 this month.

Based on the latest report, Yelena Belova, The Hood, and Valentina are all a lock for the ensemble. Other potential villains to be included are reportedly Abomination, U.S. Agent, The Punisher, and Baron Zemo.

Blade Drops News Before Filming

Blade, Mahershala Ali, Marvel Studios

Mahershala Ali’s Blade now stands as the only element of Kevin Feige’s 2019 Comic-Con presentation to have not yet been released. Nonetheless, Blade’s release is set for next November and production will begin in October, so there’s likely to be some news at D23 ahead of filming, such as casting announcements.

Wonder Man Finds Its Star

Wonder Man, MCU, Disney+

Progress appears to be moving fast on Disney+’s Wonder Man series that is being developed by Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton as a “Hollywood satire.” The cast already includes the return of Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery, but D23 ought to offer the reveal of the titular star and a release window.

Comic-Con Clips Gets Re-Runs

Marvel Studios San Diego Comic-Con Panel

Comic-Con brought with it the first footage of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Secret Invasion, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, including Kang the Conqueror, privately shown to attendees. These same clips may well show re-runs, possibly along with some new snippets as post-production continues to progress on all three.

The Marvels Gets a First Look

The Marvels, MCU

Despite having concluded filming prior to the event, The Marvels didn’t show any footage at Comic-Con, likely due to the Ms. Marvel finale still being fresh. With some time now passed, attendees ought to catch an exclusive look at the all-female ensemble, showing off Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Monica Rambeau.

Phase 5 Disney+ Series Make Waves

Phase 5, MCU, Disney+

After She-Hulk wraps up in October, Marvel Studios won’t have another Disney+ series until spring’s Secret Invasion. Nick Fury’s mystery thriller may have already shown footage at Comic-Con, but D23 will likely bring exclusive peeks at Echo and Loki Season 2, the former of which has already wrapped filming.

The other Phase 5 Disney+ series include Ironheart, Agatha: Coven of Chaos, and Daredevil: Born Again, none of which would have enough footage to reveal. However, there may still be casting announcements or other news to offer.


She-Hulk Drops Mid-Season Trailer

She-Hulk, MCU, Disney+

By the time D23 gets underway, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law will have just premiered the fourth installment of its nine-episode season. As Disney will likely be eager to market the legal comedy to some degree at its biggest event of the year, a mid-season trailer, or at least some new footage, ought to be shown.

Whatever Marvel Studios does show ought to feature a recap of the events so far, along with a peek at what’s to come in the second half. Perhaps this could even include more of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and the return of Bruce Banner/Hulk.

Armor Wars Receives Update

Armor Wars, Iron Man, Disney+

Don Cheadle’s Armor Wars – which will explore the legacy of Tony Stark as his technology falls into the wrong hands – was strangely omitted from Comic-Con, despite having been announced over a year prior. Nonetheless, the team behind the show has insisted it is still going ahead amid cancellation fears.

Now, most are expecting Armor Wars to finally get its moment in the spotlight at D23 as it gets slotted into one of the vacant Phase 6 release slots. Perhaps this will come with casting, storyline details, and hints toward Ironheart connections.

Eternals 2 Gets Revealed

Eternals 2, MCU

The controversial Eternals ended on a game-changing cliffhanger that many are now desperate to see resolved. A sequel has yet to be formally announced but Pip the Troll actor Patton Oswalt recently let slip that Eternals 2 will be happening with director Chloe Zhao returning at the helm

As Marvel Studios will probably want the Eternals to get involved in the climax of the Multiverse Saga, this should release at some point in 2025 in order to free up the team from their current cliffhanger ahead of the crossover event. So, if that is indeed the plan, it may become official 

Shang-Chi 2 Goes Official

Shang-Chi 2, Iron Fist, MCU

Shang-Chi 2 has already been revealed to be in development but has yet to be made official. One factor that could greatly influence where Shang-Chi 2 places in the future is whether the first film’s director will be returning. 

With Destin Daniel Cretton turning his focus to Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Wonder Man, it’s hard to imagine him having time for the sequel anytime soon. So, whether Cretton returns ought to dictate if Shang-Chi 2 is announced for Phase 6 at D23 or if it’s saved for the next saga.

World War Hulk Confirmed

World War Hulk, Bruce Banner, MCU

Hulk fans have been waiting for a sequel to The Incredible Hulk for over a decade now, but rights issues with Universal have prevented that. Now, World War Hulk appears to be in the pipeline and may even be getting set up by She-Hulk: Attorney at Law right now. 

Production will reportedly begin in the not-too-distant future, so an announcement is entirely possible. But if the storyline hinges around the latter episodes of She-Hulk then that reveal may be saved until later to avoid spoilers.

Nova Enters The Fold

Nova, Marvel Studios logo, Avengers

The wait has been long to see Nova – either Richard Rider or Sam Alexander – enter the MCU, and all signs are pointing to it being not too far away. Granted, nobody yet knows whether this will be a big-screen movie or Disney+ series, but reports indicate Rider will be the star.

The last word on production indicated a 2023 start to what is “likely” to be a Disney+ series, so it ought to slot somewhere into Phase 6, perhaps leading Marvel Studios to shock fans with the reveal at D23.

Major Casting Announcements

Giancarlo Esposito, Professor X, MCU

Among Marvel Studios’ most shocking event moments yet was the shock reveal of Mahershala Ali’s Blade at Comic-Con 2019. Part of what made this moment so special was the fact this had yet to be reported anywhere, and perhaps Kevin Feige has something similar up his sleeves again.

One report suggested Marvel Studios has signed John Boyega, Henry Cavill, Jodie Comer, Daisy Edgar-Jones, John Krasinski, Giancarlo Esposito, and Denzel Washington in various roles that may be announced at D23. For now, this rumor is unverified, but this may be a taste of the potential shock castings to expect.

Wild Picks

Secret Wars Gets a Director

Secret Wars, The Russo Brothers, Avengers, MCU

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty may have signed Destin Daniel Cretton as director, but reports are suggesting Secret Wars may put someone else at the helm. There’s no telling which director will take the job on the November 2025 release, but the Russo Brothers have been taken out of the equation.

Secret Wars won’t have to begin filming until 2024, so Marvel Studios doesn’t necessarily need to choose and announce a director right now. But if Kevin Feige already has one lined up, he may choose to announce that name at D23.

Scarlet Witch Goes Solo

Scarlet Witch, Elizabeth Olsen, Marvel Studios

Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch has been rumored to lead her own solo movie or Disney+ series ever since Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Now, with months passed since her apparent demise in the reality-hopping blockbuster, it may be time to announce her upcoming return.

However, even if a solo project is on the cards for Wanda, Marvel Studios may wish to deliver her triumphant return on screen before announcing anything. After all, her shocking return in Avengers 5 to turn the tides in the fight against Kang the Conqueror would be jaw-dropping for moviegoers.

Avenger Icons Receive Sequels

Clea, Doctor Strange

With the Multiverse Saga spanning three Phases, many of the flicks coming earlier in the saga ought to receive sequels by the time the end of it all. Doctor Strange 2 and Thor 4 have both arrived this summer and left off on intriguing cliffhangers to tease the future of their characters, so when will they be resolved?

As of now, there have been no major reports pointing toward either Doctor Strange 3 or Thor 5 having entered development, lowering the chances of a mention at D23. But perhaps Marvel Studios will come with some surprises to continue these stories before the current saga comes to a close.

Disney+ Season 2 Renewals

Moon Knight Season 2, MCU, Disney+

On the topic of sequels, the time may have come for more Disney+ series to receive a coveted Season 2 renewal. As of now, Loki is the only live-action MCU show to have confirmed a follow-up is on the way, but the odds are high that more will eventually follow suit, even if that’s not necessarily at D23.

Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk all ought to see their stories continued on Disney+, but some will come sooner rather than later. Perhaps the most likely contender for now is Oscar Isaac’s Egyptian epic, especially since Moon Knight has yet to line up any more upcoming appearances.

Marvel Brings X-Men Updates

X-Men, Marvel Studios logo, Avengers

With every Marvel Studios presentation since acquiring Fox, fans have been eagerly awaiting news on the X-Men. Now, the odds are higher than ever as the MCU has begun planting seeds for their introduction with Ms. Marvel, but the time may still not be quite right yet.

Firstly, reports have indicated that existing Fox contracts may prevent the MCU from recasting the X-Men until 2025, likely placing their debut into the next saga. Marvel Studios also has plenty of new characters and teams to play with for now, so it may opt to save a whole new super-powered race for the next saga.

Fantastic Four Finds Actors

The Fantastic Four comics, Marvel Studios

Fantastic Four may have found its director in Matt Shakman, but there’s still the question of which actors will bring Marvel’s First Family to life. As high as hopes may be to see the cast come out on stage, actors have likely yet to be signed as the newfound director ought to have some say in that choice.

But with filming placed to begin next year, Marvel Studios is likely currently hard at work on finding its four leading actors. If those, or even any of them, happen to be found before D23, there’s a chance they will be revealed at the event. 

Doctor Doom Enters The Fold

Doctor Doom, Mr Fantastic, MCU

Doctor Doom earned his own spot on this list thanks to rumors he could be involved in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and possibly even make an appearance. Rumors have suggested the Latvian ruler may be the one pulling the strings of the war between the African nation and Namor’s Talocan.

If these rumors were to pay off, Doctor Doom could be joining the MCU before the year is out, meaning an actor may well have been cast. Granted, chances are Marvel Studios will want to keep any shocking cameo from the Fantastic Four villain quiet, but perhaps they may lean into it to further push the sequel. 

The Phase 6 Slate Gets Completed

MCU, Phase 6, Multiverse Saga

Almost every potential Phase 6 project was placed in the lower echelon of likelihood on this list. This comes down to the chance that Kevin Feige steers clear of the Multiverse Saga’s conclusion altogether and instead focuses on Phase 5.

The first Phase 6 entry isn’t expected to release until Fall 2024, so Marvel Studios could comfortably save those announcements for 2023’s Comic-Con. But even though those projects likely won’t start filming until the second half of 2023, Feige may wish to complete the picture of the Multiverse Saga sooner rather than later.

Manage Expectations for the MCU at D23

Avengers Endgame, Comic-Con, MCU

It’s important to go into D23 with reasonable expectations for what Marvel Studios will reveal. Feige just dropped plenty of major bombshells at Comic-Con, so it wouldn’t be awfully surprising if D23 isn’t quite as spectacular.

As the studio will probably want to save some announcements for future events, the Phase 6 slate may well be left incomplete. After all, there are still two more Comic-Cons to come before the final phase of the Multiverse Saga gets underway.

D23 ought to be used more as a platform to expand on what has already been revealed, as opposed to announcing tons of new projects. Nonetheless, the D23 weekend will undoubtedly be an exciting one for MCU fans.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will make his D23 presentation on Saturday, September 10. He will also be joined by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and The Direct has 14 predictions of what to expect from the Star Wars galaxy.

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10 major festivals and events taking place in Toronto this fall

10 major festivals and events taking place in Toronto this fall

Major fall festivals and events in Toronto for 2022 offer a variety of things to do while exploring the city’s cultural melting pot. From comedy festivals to art crawls, there are plenty of events to choose from. Currently, some keynote festivals and events have yet to be announced.

Here are my picks for major festivals and events in Toronto this fall, so far.

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A timeline of all the major events in ‘House of the Dragon’ shows how old the characters are

A timeline of all the major events in 'House of the Dragon' shows how old the characters are

101 A.C. — Old King Jaehaerys calls a Great Council to decide who will inherit the Iron Throne.

House of the Dragon character guide

King Jaehaerys at the Great Council.

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In the cold open of “House of the Dragon,” we hear Princess Rhaenyra (voiced in this scene by actor Emma D’Arcy) explain the preluding events to her direct family’s rule over Westeros. 

She explains that King Jaehaerys had ruled for 60 years — overseeing peace in the realm — but his own oldest trueborn sons, Aemon and Baelon, had died tragically in the past decade. That left him with no direct heirs.

The two most prominent candidates for succeeding King Jaehaerys on the Iron Throne were his grandchildren, Viserys and Rhaenys.

“Jaheherys called the Great Council to prevent a war from being fought over his succession, for he knew the cold truth: The only thing that could tear down the House of the Dragon was itself,” Rhaenyra’s voiceover said. 

The council voted and chose Viserys (who was the son of Baelon — the younger son of Jaehaerys) as heir to the throne.

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Navigating major life events with Old Colony Company of Huntington

Navigating major life events with Old Colony Company of Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – During major shifts in your life, you may find yourself in need of a relator.

Todd Nelson with Old Colony Company of Huntington stopped by First Look at Four to talk about how he can help when navigating those major life events.

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PGA Tour: ‘Top players’ commit to ‘elevated’ events; Jay Monahan says ‘no’ to LIV golfers returning

PGA Tour: 'Top players' commit to 'elevated' events; Jay Monahan says 'no' to LIV golfers returning

The 12 elevated events will be the three FedExCup Playoffs, the Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Tournament, WGC-Dell Match Play, Sentry Tournament of Champions and four events to be announced; Top golfers will play a minimum of three other regular PGA Tour events

Last Updated: 24/08/22 3:23pm

Jay Monahan say he is 'inspired by our great players and their commitment' as he outlines four key items to improve the PGA Tour.

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Jay Monahan say he is ‘inspired by our great players and their commitment’ as he outlines four key items to improve the PGA Tour.

Jay Monahan say he is ‘inspired by our great players and their commitment’ as he outlines four key items to improve the PGA Tour.

Golf’s “top players” have committed to play at least 20 PGA Tour events a year, commissioner Jay Monahan has announced.

The 20 events include the four major championships, the Players Championship and 12 “elevated” tournaments on the PGA Tour which will have an average purse of $20million (£17million).

Players will then choose a minimum of three other PGA Tour events to add to their schedules as the Tour bids to combat the threat posed by the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series.

“Our top players are firmly behind the Tour, helping us deliver an unmatched product to our fans, who will be all but guaranteed to see the best players competing against each other in 20 events or more throughout the season,” Monahan said in a press conference ahead of the Tour Championship.

Asked if LIV Golf players who were impressed by the changes to the PGA Tour would be welcomed back, Monahan said: “No.

“They’ve joined the LIV Golf Series and they’ve made that commitment and many have made a multi-year commitment.

“I’ve been clear throughout, every player has a choice and I respect that choice. I think they understand that.”

More to follow…

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Monkeypox vaccine shortage persists as major events loom in Atlanta – WABE

Monkeypox vaccine shortage persists as major events loom in Atlanta - WABE

“The appointments ran out within minutes of being posted online,” he said. 

“I’ve definitely heard from dozens of people with similar experiences,” he added.

Local county health departments have been periodically posting dates and times where a link goes live with new appointments, but their websites often crash as vaccine seekers flood the page and hundreds of slots get filled up within minutes. 

Meanwhile, Jones and others continue to look for the shots as officials on the local, state and federal levels play catchup to try and contain the spread of an often misunderstood disease. 

And the outbreak is — so far — disproportionately affecting Black gay and bisexual men in particular, as the world’s largest Black Pride event comes to Atlanta in a few weeks. 

Underordered vaccines and delayed declarations

The first monkeypox case of the current outbreak was confirmed in the United Kingdom on May 6. The Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first monkeypox case in the U.S. — in Massachusetts — on May 17. The Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed the first monkeypox case of the 2022 outbreak in the state on June 6. 

But as of July 22, the state of Georgia had requested less than half of its Phase 1 and 2 allotments of nearly 14,000 JYNNEOS vaccine doses from the Strategic National Stockpile, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Every other state with the top 10 highest number of cases besides Georgia had requested more than 100% of their allotment by that point. 

By then, the mostly gay and bisexual men that the outbreak was affecting were already searching county health departments and nonprofits across metro Atlanta for the vaccine and coming up empty. 

Nancy Nydam, a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Public Health, told WABE that they didn’t request the full allotment earlier because they wanted to stagger the shipments to local providers, who Nydam said have limited storage for the vaccine. GDPH had requested their full allotment from the national stockpile as of July 27, Nydam added. 

Compounding the problem was a shortage of available monkeypox vaccines on the federal level, an issue many public health experts have pinned on the Biden administration. The shortage was caused in part by the Department of Health and Human Services’ delay in asking that bulk stocks of vaccine it already owned be bottled for distribution, according to administration officials who spoke to the New York Times.

The Biden administration declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency on Aug. 4, which the head of the National Coalition of STD Directors called “long overdue.” The World Health Organization issued a similar declaration nearly two weeks earlier. The declaration unlocks additional funding and flexibility and raises awareness about the issue. 

“For nearly three months, STI clinics have been alone on the front lines of this outbreak, fighting a battle to keep their communities safe without the necessary resources to adequately treat their patients, prevent further infection or enough access vaccines,” NCSD Executive Director David Harvey said in a statement. “HHS’s declaration of a public health emergency is the right thing to do and we applaud their actions. It’s about time.” 

Daniel Driffin, co-founder of the HIV nonprofit THRIVE SS and a public health doctoral candidate at Georgia State University. (Photo courtesy Daniel Driffin)

Racial disparity worries event organizer, public health experts

Every Labor Day Weekend, tens of thousands of people from across the world descend on Atlanta for Atlanta Black Pride. Attendees can be found at a festival in Piedmont Park, workshops and parties throughout the city that weekend. 

But the disproportionate impact of the monkeypox outbreak on Black gay and bisexual men has Atlanta Black Pride organizer Tyai Green “extremely concerned.” There are 775 reported cases of monkeypox in Georgia as of Aug. 10, according to GDPH. Nearly all of those cases are gay and bisexual men, and over 80% are Black. 

“We are the largest Black Pride in the world, and that could get majorly out of hand for the Black LGBT community,” Green said of the outbreak. “If they don’t have the proper knowledge and take the proper precautions, there could be catastrophic damage.”

Green said that up until early August, there hadn’t been enough outreach from the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health to local Black gay and bisexual men about testing, treatment and a vaccine. But it’s picked up since then. 

“What we’ve found is information is key to prevention,” he said. “We don’t want a repeat of COVID.”

Daniel Driffin is the co-founder of the Atlanta-based HIV nonprofit THRIVE SS and a public health doctoral candidate at Georgia State University. He said the demographics of the monkeypox outbreak expose the racial inequities present in health care.

“It is a travesty and crime that more than 80% of the affected are Black,” he said. “With Black Gay Pride approaching Atlanta, local boards of health, [the] Department of Public Health, community organizations and Black Pride vendors should be convening right now to implement pop-up viral testing for monkeypox, COVID-19, HIV and hepatitis C. Similar efforts are needed for vaccination sites.”

“We can do better, we must do better,” he added.

While monkeypox is rarely fatal, Ralph Jones said that the outbreak, the most affected population and the government response bring up memories of the early days of a different infection. 

“For LGBTQ people, our community’s collective reaction to this moment has to be colored by the memory of an entire generation that was lost to government inactions in the face of the AIDS public health crisis that disproportionately affected gay and bisexual men,” he said. “So, this is certainly something that holds additional weight for us.”

Doses of monkeypox vaccine at the DeKalb County Board of Health North DeKalb Health Center in Chamblee during a mass vaccination clinic on Friday, August 5, 2022. (Dean Hesse/Decaturish)

More doses on the way to Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health has received and distributed the full Phase 1 and 2 allocations of nearly 14,000 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine, according to Nydam. But it’s a two-dose vaccine (given four weeks apart), so that will only cover about 7,000 people. 

The Phase 3 allocation is about 34,000 doses and will be available over the next four to six weeks. But the Department of Health and Human Services allowed GDPH to order only up to 40% of that allocation — or about 13,600 doses — right away, according to Nydam. Those doses have been received and are being distributed to health departments and community-based organizations statewide. 

GDPH will be allowed to order about another 10,000 doses this week. They recommend that people most at risk of the disease contact their local health department for information about testing and vaccine availability.

The governors of New York, California and Illinois — which have three of the six highest numbers of monkeypox cases in the U.S. — declared states of emergency to fight the outbreak. 

A spokesperson for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp told WABE that the monkeypox outbreak is “a top concern” for the governor, but he won’t be declaring a state of emergency at this time.

“While we can’t speak to California or Illinois’ particular laws or needs, nor those of any other state that may or may not issue an emergency declaration of this kind, we can say that there is nothing a new state of emergency order would do for Georgians that isn’t already being done,” said Andrew Isenhour, Kemp’s deputy director of communications. 

Monkeypox 101

Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Department of Public Health

What are the symptoms? A rash on or near the genitals, anus, hands, feet, chest, face or mouth; fever; chills; swollen lymph nodes; exhaustion; muscle aches and backache; headache; and/or respiratory symptoms.

How long do symptoms last? Symptoms usually start within three weeks of exposure and typically last two to four weeks.

How does it spread? Through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs or bodily fluids from a person with monkeypox; touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding or towels) and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox. Contact with respiratory secretions.

Is it a sexually transmitted infection? Monkeypox is not considered an STI, but sex is one of the ways that it can be spread.

Does it only affect certain people based on sexual orientation or race? No. Anyone can get monkeypox.

How can it be prevented? Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox. Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom. 

Where can I get a vaccine? There is a shortage of vaccines locally and nationwide, but check with your local county health department for availability. You do not have to be a resident of the county to get a vaccine there, but priority is currently being given to those most impacted by the outbreak so far. Community-based organizations such as Positive Impact Health Centers, A Vision 4 Hope and AID Atlanta are also good resources. 

What should I do if I think I have monkeypox? Stay home and call your medical provider or local health department for additional guidance. Testing for monkeypox can only be done if a person has a rash, bumps or sores. If you test positive, you should quarantine until the rash has fully healed, any scabs have fallen off and a fresh layer of skin has formed. This can take up to two to four weeks. 

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‘Locke and Key’ Season 2 Recap: All the Major Events Leading Up to the Series Finale

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The final chapter of Netflix’s fantasy series Locke and Key is almost here, closing the door on the fate of Dodge (Laysla De Oliveira), the Locke family, and the thrilling new Big Bad, the demon-possessed Captain Frederick Gideon (Kevin Durand). Season 2 raised the stakes for the Locke children as Tyler (Connor Jessup), Kinsey (Emilia Jones), and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) faced off against Gabe (Griffin Gluck) (a.k.a. Dodge) and his growing army of formidable demons.

While we await the mysteries lurking behind the doors of Season 3, let’s take a quick look back at the major things you need to remember from last season, starting with our favorite demonic duo.


Gabe/Dodge and Eden Succeed in Creating a New Key

Poor Kinsey. High school boys are already disappointing enough as is, but not knowing your high school boyfriend is also a demon just puts the cherry on top of a supremely lackluster sundae.

At the end of Season 1, it was revealed that the “Dodge” that the Locke children pushed through the Black Door was not in fact the real Dodge, but Ellie Whedon (Sherri Saum). Dodge had used the Identity Key on Ellie, turning her into a spitting image of her demon form. The real Dodge took the form of Gabe, who in a twist of events, turned out to have been Dodge all along. That means that for a good chunk of Season 2, Kinsey is walking around unknowingly dating a demon — that is, until she takes a discomforting stroll through Eden’s head using the Head Key.

RELATED: ‘Locke & Key’ Season 2: Breaking Down the New Keys

Gabe/Dodge recruited Eden (Hallea Jones), who at the end of Season 1 was hit with a bullet of Whispering Iron, allowing a demon to take possession of her body. Together, Gabe/Dodge and Eden are on a mission to create a new key. They succeed in creating the Demon Key, forcing Uncle Dunc (who now remembers magic and knows how to make keys, but more on that next) to make it for them. The Demon Key functions exactly as it sounds : it can turn anyone into a demon. Gabe/Dodge uses the key to forge a small, but powerful demon army.

Uncle Dunc Got His Memories Back

In Season 2, it is revealed that the reason Duncan (Aaron Ashmore) can’t remember magic is because as teenagers, the Keepers were forced to remove Duncan’s memories after he witnessed Rendell (Bill Heck) brutally bludgeon Lucas (Felix Mallard) to death. Unbeknownst to Duncan at the time, Lucas was no longer in fact Lucas, but Dodge, who was able to possess Lucas’s body after the Keepers accidentally set her free from the other side of the Black Door. The Keepers removed Duncan’s memories of that fateful night, along with all his memories of magic, using the Head Key. They stored his memories inside jars and hid them in the roots of a tree near the cemetery using the Plant Key. Before removing his memories, however, the Keepers had Duncan make a new key, the Memory Key, which allowed the Keepers to remember magic past their 18th birthday.

Jumping forward to the present, Duncan struggles with vague, barely-there memories of his past at the Keyhouse, especially when Erin Voss (Joy Tanner), Rendell’s high school girlfriend and former Keeper, temporarily stays at the Keyhouse. Tyler and Kinsey find Uncle Dunc’s memories and put them back inside his head, but it does not go according to plan. Duncan is unable to grasp the existence of magic — even with the memories — and is constantly overcome with painful headaches and hallucinations, causing him to lash out at the Locke children and Erin. It isn’t until Tyler relocates the Memory Key at Matheson Academy and uses it on Duncan that Duncan’s memories are fully restored.

Gabe/Dodge and Eden Killed Erin

In one of the most tragic storylines of Season 2, the Locke children free Erin, who accidentally trapped herself inside her own head for 23 years, only for Dodge to kill her a few episodes later. In a flashback to two years following the death of her friends, we see a young Erin sitting catatonic, having just used the Head Key. A housekeeper finds her and panics when she is unable to wake her from her trance. While she is trying to shake her awake, she accidentally dislodges the Head Key from Erin, leaving Erin trapped inside her own mind.

In Season 2, Tyler and Kinsey go inside Erin’s head in the hopes of finding out how the Keepers were able to maintain their memories of magic past their eighteenth birthdays. While inside her head, they talk to Erin’s consciousness (in the form of a young Erin, played by Nicole James), who isn’t aware that 23 years have passed. Tyler and Kinsey lead her out of her own head and into the real world, where she is shocked to find her current body in a hospital. Erin removes the Head Key from her head and awakens in her current body, now fully recovered.

When Kinsey makes the horrifying discovery that Gabe is actually Dodge, Erin secretly comes up with a solo mission to get rid of Dodge for good. She takes the Chain Key and confronts Gabe/Dodge in the Winterfest maze. She has Gabe/Dodge trapped in the chains until Eden intervenes, freeing up Gabe/Dodge to strangle Erin. Gabe/Dodge strangles her so hard that her neck snaps, and he then uses the Plant Key to make the vines consume Erin’s body so that it can’t be found. Duncan and the Lockes find her before her body is completely swallowed by the vines, but by then it is far too late.

The Alpha Key Fails to Save Jackie

Throughout Season 2, Tyler struggles to come to terms with the reality that his girlfriend Jackie (Genevieve Kang) is gradually starting to lose her memories of magic as her 18th birthday rapidly approaches. Unfortunately, Jackie suffers an even worse fate than Tyler had ever imagined. Tyler makes the devastating discovery that Jackie has been turned by Gabe/Dodge’s Demon Key. He scrambles to find a way to save her, using a secret bit of Whispering Iron left behind by Rendell to create a new key, the Alpha Key. He fills it with the intent to remove the demon side of Jackie, and for a few brief moments it appears to work. Then, devastatingly, Tyler watches as Jackie’s eyes start to bleed black liquid. She dies in his arms, the Alpha Key killing not only the demon inside her, but Jackie herself. At the end of the season, Tyler tells his siblings that he doesn’t want to remember magic anymore because it is too painful.

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Dodge is Gone… But Not For Long

If there is one thing you can count on in Locke and Key, it’s that the Locke children sure know how to underestimate Dodge. In the Season 2 finale, “Cliffhanger,” Kinsey, Tyler, Duncan, and Scot (Petrice Jones) execute their plan to eliminate Gabe/Dodge once and for all. Tyler, Duncan, and Scot sneak into the cliffside villa that is Gabe’s demon headquarters to attempt to steal the Demon Key while Kinsey distracts Gabe/Dodge using the Angel Key, which Kinsey finds in the birdhouse with the help of ghost Sam Lesser (Thomas Mitchell Barnet). The Angel Key forms a harness around the user’s waist and grants them large, white wings that allow them to fly. Kinsey is able to momentarily distract Gabe/Dodge, but not for long: Gabe/Dodge and the demon army are too strong. Dodge (who uses the Identity Key to change back to her “original” form in the midst of the fight) begins to strangle Kinsey using the Chain Key and commands the army to get Duncan, Tyler, and Scot who are mere moments from snatching the Demon Key.

But luckily for the Locke family, magic is on their side yet again. Uncle Dunc and the Locke siblings are shocked to discover that Duncan can control the demons because as the creator of the Demon Key, his blood is connected to the key. He commands the horde of demons to go after Dodge, allowing him to grab the Demon Key from the vault. Tyler then jams the Alpha Key into the back of Dodge, killing the demon and leaving behind Lucas, Rendell’s childhood friend who was possessed by Dodge when they were teenagers.

But is Dodge gone for good? Based on the trailers Netflix released for Season 3, it certainly does not look like the Lockes have seen the last of Dodge.

Bode Introduces Nina to Magic

Nina Locke (Darby Stanchfield) went on a difficult emotional journey last season as the only Locke family member to not know about magic. She briefly started dating Josh Bennett (Brendan Hines), Matheson Academy’s new history teacher who moved to Matheson after the death of his wife and daughter’s mother last year. The two put their blossoming relationship on pause after Josh becomes obsessed with uncovering the mystery of his ancestor’s fate (the ancestor in question being Captain Frederick Gideon, the series’ new antagonist). Nina can also tell that her children and her brother-in-law are keeping things from her, which leaves her feeling painfully isolated. At the end of Season 2, Bode shows Nina magic using the Head Key, allowing her to revisit old memories of her and Rendell. He tells her that he is not going to let her forget, suggesting that he is going to use the Memory Key on her next season.

Ellie Reunites with Rufus

In Season 2, the Omega Door is briefly opened once more after Eden, who has been betrayed by Gabe/Dodge, takes Josh to the caves in hopes of creating her own demon army. This allows Ellie to exit the portal and escape back to the real world. She is still trapped in Dodge’s body, but the Locke kids use the Identity Key to restore her to her real body, and she and Rufus share a tearful reunion.

The Big Bad: Captain Frederick Gideon and the Origin of the Keys

And that brings us to Captain Frederick Gideon, Locke and Key‘s newest and biggest villain. At the end of Season 2, Eden uses the Echo Key to release Gideon with the intention of using him to help her open the Black Door. But alas, he promptly drops her into the well and takes the Anywhere Key.

So, who exactly is this guy?

We learn in a flashback to 1775 that Captain Gideon was a former captain of the British soldiers in colonial Massachusetts. Greatly feared due to his reputation of terrorizing the North Shore and killing suspected rebels, Captain Gideon storms the Keyhouse one night with his men, having heard rumors that Peter Locke (Joseph Kathrein) has been creating weapons for American soldiers. Just as he is about to burn members of the Locke family alive, Peter’s son Benjamin (Carson MacCormac) saves them. However, Gideon still manages to fatally stab Peter and retreat to a very familiar nearby sea cave to escape Benjamin’s revenge. Inside, Gideon accidentally activates the Black Door portal, causing a Whispering Iron bullet to pierce one of his men and allow a demon to take possession of his body. Seeing his soldier’s newfound strength and durability, Gideon allows himself to be hit by an incoming bullet and also get possessed. The demon remains in control of Gideon’s body up until his execution.

When Eden uses the Echo key to unleash Gideon, it’s clear that it is still a demon using Gideon’s body as the host. Furthermore, it appears that this demon is someone important in their world because Eden recognizes him and tells him, “I thought I was just conjuring some old, evil soldier dude. Didn’t know you possessed him. That is so much better. … You are who you are in our world. But here’s different.”

The final season of Locke & Key premieres on Netflix on August 10.

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Meta Launches Updated Safety Guide for Athletes Ahead of Major Sporting Events

Meta Launches Updated Safety Guide for Athletes Ahead of Major Sporting Events

With several major sporting events coming up, including the Commonwealth Games and the 2022 World Cup, Meta has launched an updated version of its safety guide for athletes, which provides a range of notes on how to manage your Facebook and Instagram experience to avoid spam, scams, abuse and more.

The 39-page guide is a handy reference guide to all of the various safety tools in both apps, which is not only relevant for athletes, but could also be of value to anyone looking to get a better understanding of their protection and moderation options in each.   

As per Meta:

“This guide is designed to help you prevent, protect, moderate, and escalate on both Facebook and Instagram. We will run through how to protect your password, set up two-factor authentication, understand Page access and take action when you’ve been hacked. We will also walk through how to moderate your Pages, and how to escalate when you experience bullying and harassment.”

The guide includes helpful overviews of each key element, including how to create a strong password:

Meta Safety Guide for Athletes

How to set up two-factor authentication (a key step for account security):

Meta Safety Guide for Athletes

There are also notes on the various moderation and safety tools available on Facebook:

Meta Safety Guide for Athletes

And more specific explainers on things like how to report a profile for impersonation:

Meta Safety Guide for Athletes

As noted, the focus is professional athletes, so some aspects will be of more relevance to those in the spotlight. But it’s a handy overview of the various options and controls on offer, while Meta also includes some pointers on how to maximize fan engagement on your Page:

  • Respond to comments on Facebook – When you engage in the comments section on your own posts (responding to comments or simply contributing to the conversation), the posts may be shown again in your followers’ Feeds, which increases reach and engagement. Responding to comments on your posts also elevates them to the top of your discussion thread.
  • Start with the “Most Relevant” view on Facebook – When looking at the comments section on your post or video, confirm you are looking at the “Most Relevant” view to ensure high quality comments from fans, and comments from other public figures, creators and verified accounts are at the top. This will make it easier and more efficient for you to engage.
  • Pin comments on Instagram – Consider pinning a few comments to the top of your post. By highlighting positive comments, you can better manage the tone of the conversation.

Nothing groundbreaking, as such, but some good reminders of the value of such engagement to help maximize post reach and engagement.

It’s a handy guide, which could be valuable for your process.

You can download Meta’s ‘Facebook and Instagram Safety Guide for Athletes’ here.

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ICC to confirm hosts for four major women’s global events at annual conference

ICC to confirm hosts for four major women's global events at annual conference
The ICC will confirm the hosts for four marquee women’s global events in the 2023-27 period during their annual conference starting in Birmingham this weekend. The four tournaments feature two T20 World Cups, one 50-over World Cup and one T20 Champions Trophy, which were part of the half a dozen events the ICC recently finalised as part of the women’s rights, which for the first time will be sold separately from men’s rights.

The host venues for the women’s events will be finalised by a working group comprising ICC directors who will arrive at a shortlist from the bids received. ESPNcricinfo has learned that ICC has received 16 proposals from seven countries for the four events.

Based on the recommendations of the working group – comprising former New Zealand fast bowler Martin Snedden who is also chairman of New Zealand Cricket, former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, Cricket West Indies’ president Ricky Skerritt and former England women’s captain Clare Connor who is also the acting ECB CEO – the ICC will take the final call at the meeting on July 26. The annual conference will begin with the Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting on July 24 followed by the Finance & Commercial Affairs committee meeting on July 25, and will end with the annual general meeting which follows the board meeting.

Unlike in the previous cycles when women’s rights were sold as part of the consolidated rights package, the ICC has decided to unbundle the rights for men’s and women’s events and sell them in different territories separately. There are a total of 103 matches across the six women’s events with the rights being sold for three packages – TV, digital, TV and digital combined – for four years. The aim was to maximise the financial returns, and, as part of the new plan the ICC has also decided to sell the TV and digital rights separately. Accordingly, a rights tender for men’s events for the Indian market, the most lucrative territory, went on sale recently with successful bids to be announced in early September.

T20 Leagues vs international cricket

One of the key discussions the CEC could potentially discuss involves the primacy of international cricket and whether it is under threat from the growing number of domestic T20 leagues. In the near-completed version of the ICC’s next cycle of FTP (2023-27), the IPL has got an extended two-and-a-half-month window and Hundred and BBL also have home-season windows.
While ICC has no direct role to play considering it is the member countries that decide on both the bilateral series as well as T20 league windows, at least one Full Member has expressed concern in public over the international calendar being encroached on by the franchise-based tournaments. Recently the PCB wrote a letter to ICC saying it was a “little concerned that the proliferation of domestic leagues around the world is sucking time out of the international calendar” and requested a working group to be formed to address the issue.

ICC also likely to discuss Afghanistan’s future

Another important discussion the ICC is likely to take up is the future of Afghanistan cricket. Last year, after the Taliban took charge of Afghanistan, the board formed a working group to observe and review cricket in the war-torn country. A key part of the working group’s brief was to understand whether the women’s cricket was indeed in “peril” as former Afghanistan Cricket Board Hamid Shinwari told ESPNcricinfo last year.
Doubts over Afghanistan’s future in international cricket emerged last September, when the deputy head of Taliban’s cultural commission Ahmadullah Wasiq, told SBS News that it wasn’t “necessary” for women to play cricket because “they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered.” Cricket Australia even postponed the Test match against Afghanistan, which was scheduled for Hobart last November, following the stance.
Afghanistan became a Full Member of the ICC in 2017 despite not having a national women’s team. team. At the time ICC had made the exemption subject to ACB investing in the development of women’s sport. In November 2020 the ACB had pledged to offer 25 women’s players contracts with aim of developing their game, but Tailban’s arrival halted all the progress.

The ICC working group on Afghanistan is chaired by Imran Khwaja, Ross McCollum, Lawson Naidoo and Ramiz Raja, and the panel is set to update the board.

The conference agenda also includes finalising the process for the ICC chairman election, which is likely to take place in November when the current chair Greg Barclay’s first term ends. Apart from this, the members are also set to iron out FTP further, and a final version is expected only post the annual conference.