The problem here is that Sony seems to have completely misunderstood how Marvel delivered its incredibly successful series of linked films and, more importantly, why the Disney-owned studio struck upon the concept in the first place. The original cinematic universe was not magicked out of thin air by a Doctor Strange-like movie bigwig to increase profits (though the studio undoubtedly saw the potential for exploiting its fabulous back catalogue of superheroes). It was inspired by a desire to recreate the excitement of long-established comic books, whereby different characters routinely cross-pollinate, on the big screen. The studio introduced the likes of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America in their own outings before uniting them in The Avengers – because that’s pretty much exactly what has been happening in print over the past 50 or 60 years. … [Read more...] about Who I gotta call to stop the Ghostbusters universe expanding?
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The Irish are so good at ploughing, one grudging ploughman told me, because they don’t have anything better to do at the weekend. A more plausible explanation is that, unlike in most countries, ploughing retains a certain status in Ireland. The national championship – known simply as the Ploughing – is a major annual event, presided over by 84-year-old Anna May McHugh, Queen of the Ploughing (the title of her memoir, published last year). The queen’s daughter, Anna Marie, is now the general secretary of the World Ploughing Organisation, and in the ploughing world there is a general sense of the Irish being in charge, of Ireland being the sport’s natural home. The Ploughing isn’t a novelty activity, but one of the largest outdoor events in Europe, attended by almost 300,000 people over three days. Politicians turn up, knowing it’s a helpful place to be seen. Dubliners come for a day out. There is sponsorship from major brands such as Aldi and … [Read more...] about Field of dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships
Germany's CDU: Here's who could replace Angela Merkel Friedrich Merz: Longstanding Merkel critic The former leader of the CDU/CSU grouping in the Bundestag withdrew from frontline politics in 2009. He made a surprise comeback in 2018 when he joined the CDU leadership race, losing narrowly to AKK. Merz recently quit his post as chairman at BlackRock, the world's largest investment management firm, to "help the conservative party renew itself." He appeals to the CDU's conservative members. … [Read more...] about Germany: Angela Merkel’s CDU to decide new leader on April 25