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Disney to open first mainland China resort in Shanghai in June

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NBC News:

China‘s very own Happiest Place on Earth will be enchanting visitors as soon as this summer.

The Shanghai Disney Resort is slated to throw open the doors of its Magic Kingdom on June 16, becoming the first Disney destination on mainland China and the third in Asia following Tokyo Disneyland‘s debut in 1983 and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort opening in 2005.

The estimated $5.5 billion resort is a joint venture between Disney and Shanghai Shendi Group, a state-owned enterprise that is holding 57 percent of the project.

The resort reflects Disney’s legendary storytelling along with China’s rich culture, and showcases some of the most creative and innovative experiences we’ve ever created,” Disney CEO Robert Iger said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to showing it to the world and sharing it with the people of China for generations to come.”

Disney is hoping to capitalize on China’s massive economic growth in recent years, although forecasts this year have sent the world’s second-largest economy into a tailspin.

The new resort broke ground in 2011 and will encompass more than 960 acres. It will include an Enchanted Storybook Castle, being billed as the largest, most technologically advanced of Disney’s fabled castles.

The park will also be home to different themes, and include Marvel and Star Wars characters owned as part of Disney’s other properties.

Medicom Toy (Japan) release “Deadpool” figurines

Pop culture toy company Medicom has turned its attention to Marvel antihero epic Deadpool, with these two classic toy iterations. Featuring Deadpool in his iconic red and black regalia, there’s also an X-Force version, that comes in white and black with red eye detailing.

Highly collectible and soon available for around $67 USD here, the toys go on sale from October 4.

Marvel Comics reveals Amadeus Cho as “Totally Awesome Hulk”

Entertainment Weekly:

An Old Man Hawkeye, a new Doctor Strange series and Ms. Marvel joining The Avengers are just some of the reveals Marvel has unleashed since unveiling its All-New All-Different initiative a few months ago. But with over 60 new titles, there’s still mystery surrounding some of Marvel’s most popular characters — such as the much-anticipated new Hulk that’s going to take over Bruce Banner’s mantle when Totally Awesome Hulk #1 hits stores in December.

So who is the new man in green? He’s different, he’s totally awesome…and he’s none other than kid genius Amadeus Cho.

A fixture of both the Marvel Universe and the Hulk stories for ten years, Cho seems like a natural choice, given that he mirrors his predecessor in a variety of ways — from his smarts to his impulsive nature. But the character serves a more significant purpose: crowning Cho with the Hulk title will mark the first time in Marvel history that the company will have a Korean-American lead character written and drawn by a Korean-American creative team (Greg Pak and Frank Cho, respectively.)


Elodie Yung cast as Elektra in Netflix original series “Marvel’s Daredevil”

Elodie Yung (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “District 13: Ultimatum”) joins the next season of “Marvel’s Daredevil,” streaming only on Netflix in 2016!
Yung will play Elektra, a mysterious woman from Matt Murdock’s past whose dangerous and exotic ways may be more than he can handle. The first season of “Marvel’s Daredevil” made reference to Elektra, but now Yung will portray one of Daredevil’s fan-favorite characters. Elektra marks the most recent major addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as she will join Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle in the upcoming season of the Netflix Original Series “Marvel’s Daredevil.”

After a worldwide search,  we found in Elodie the perfect actress to embody both Elektra’s impressive and deadly physicality, as well as her psychological complexity,” said Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “Paired with Charlie as Matt Murdock, the two will bring one of the most beloved and tumultuous comic book relationships to life with all the accompanying sparks and spectacular action sequences the show is known for.”

If I’m hired for an action film, there’s no point in me not trying everything, or at least as much as I can,” Yung tells us after pointing out that she had to learn to fight with two katanas [Japanese swords] for her role in G.I. Joe Retaliation. “This is not Shakespeare. It’s not about what I’m going to say. I’m not going to have a beautiful monologue. It’s about the action. As an actor, you should invest yourself as much as you can. I want to give 100 percent. It’s more fun that way.”

This determination and fearlessness will surely come in hand for her upcoming role as Elektra. Played by Jennifer Garner in the Daredevil feature, Marvel describes Yung’s rendition of Elektra as “a mysterious woman from Matt Murdock’s past whose dangerous and exotic ways may be more than he can handle.”

The Marvel character first appeared in the Daredevil comic books in 1981 as a female ninja assassin wielding a pair of blades as her trademark weapon. Needless to say, we are quite certain that Yung will be up to the task.

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is Executive Produced by Doug Petrie (“American Horror Story,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), Marco Ramirez (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “DaVinci’s Demons”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost“), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.”)

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios. Season one of “Marvel’s Daredevil” is now streaming on Netflix.

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. “Marvel’s Daredevil” stars Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Jon Bernthal, and Rosario Dawson.

Samsung unveils the Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 Edge

Further to its teaser, Samsung has released a limited edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge in the distinctive red-and-gold livery of Marvel superhero Iron Man, as a promotion for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The 64GB model features red brushed metal body accented with gold along the peripheral frame as well as around the camera lens and home button, and comes packaged with an “arc reactor” wireless charging pad. The Iron Man theme continues with a special skin to spice up the UI experience. However, the lack of J.A.R.V.I.S. leaves a conspicuous absence, with only Google Now to make up for it.

First releasing in South Korea on May 27, the phone will make its way to China and Hong Kong in June. In the meanwhile, watch the unboxing video below.

Samsung is releasing an “Iron Man” edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge

For all the Iron Man fans out there, you can now have a piece of the superhero with you at all times as Samsung has released an image of the much-rumored Iron Man edition of its flagship phone, the Galaxy S6 Edge. However, we only get a view of the box which features the iconic character’s mask in a red and gold box. If we were to guess, the phone itself will likely sport the same color scheme.

Stay tuned for more information from the tech giant.

A first look at Lana Condor as Jubilee in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Audrey Magazine: 

We couldn’t contain our excitement last month when X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer revealed that newcomer Lana Condor would be playing the teenage mutant, Jubilee. Although Jubilee was a popular character in the 90’s X-Men comics as well as the animated television show, she barely made an appearance in the previous X-Men films. It seems the tides are turning and we definitely have high hopes for a bigger Jubilee presence in the films with Condor now on board.

And even more exciting is to actually see it all come together. Filming for X-Men: Apocalypse officially began last week and thanks to social media, we were lucky enough to get a look at Condor dolled up in Jubilee’s trademark yellow jacket and the bright colors of 80’s fashion.

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Condor also seems to have picked up a familiar face as a friend. Sophie Turner, most known for her role as Sansa Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones, has been casted in X-Men: Apocalypse as Jean Grey. It’s truly hard not to be excited seeing the two of them interact.

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South Korea pays $3.8 million to make sure Seoul looks good in new “Avengers” movie

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KoreaBoo:
It has been revealed that the South Korean government paid the producers of Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron a whomping $3.8 million to make sure that Seoul was depicted as a high-tech and modern city.

The government’s culture ministry had agreed to cover a third of the filming cost for the newest Avengers movie under the condition that Seoul, and South Korea as a whole, be shown in a postivie light.

Although the use of public funds for product placement has displeased many South Korean citizens, officials hope that Korea’s image in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, will raise the country’s reputation up and out of the publicity shadow of North Korea.

Kim Young Gun from the Korean Film Council revealed that officials hope the movie will change the status of Seoul, bringing it up along the ranks with Tokyo to represent Asia in Hollywood films.

However, an insider with Marvel Studios has claimed that their team has not changed anything in production to appease Korean officials.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron began filming in Sangam-dong, Seoul, last year and has already made its Hollywood premiere.

Olivia Munn joins ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ as Psylocke

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 Audrey Magazine:

While X-Men: Apocalypse is still in its early pre-production stages, the producer Bryan Singer has been utilizing Instagram to make some major announcements about the movie’s progress. For instance, we recently discovered that newcomer Lana Condor would join the cast as the hand sparking mutant, Jubilee.

But she’s not the only Asian American you can look forward to seeing in X-Men: Apocalypse. Adding onto the mutant list, Singer’s recent Instagram post welcomes Audrey cover girl, Olivia Munn, to the team as Psylocke.

Not familiar with Psylocke? Born with the name Betsy Braddock, Psylocke is the twin to Brian Braddock, better known as Captain Britain. By the time their parents died (murdered by the computer Mastermind), Betsy had become a charter pilot. While flying home with her brothers to escape an attack from Mastermind’s agent, Doctor Synne, Betsy fell victim Synne’s psychic attack, which caused her to crash her plane. It’s believed that the mental intrusions of Doctor Synne was the start of Betsy’s precognitive powers and the birth of Psylocke.

As Marvel continues to increase their number of Asian American female characters, like Ms. Marvel, Silk and many more, we hope to see just as many Asian Americans on the big screen in the near future.