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Thor Trying To Kiss Valkyrie In This Deleted 'Endgame' Scene Out-Cringes Michael Scott

Discomfort has a new definition.

I would’ve thought we’d run out of Endgame stuff to talk about by now but then this little Michael Scott-esque nugget of a deleted scene featuring Thor and Valkyrie drops and sparks up my interest all over again.

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At the end of Endgame, Tony Stark is dead (and isn’t coming back), Thanos is gone, and Steve Rogers is living his best life in the past. As for Thor, he just wants to go do his own thing alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy without the burden of being tied down as King of Asgard so he decides to give the throne to Valkyrie.

The deleted scene in question extends Thor’s goodbye a little bit longer. After Rocket Raccoon calls Thor “airbag” (another poor jab at Thor’s weight), Valkyrie puts her hand on the God of Thunder’s arm to wish him good luck.

Thor being Thor, he completely misreads the situation and leans in for a kiss, only to be immediately rejected. It’s something straight out of the Michael Scott awkward cringe comedy handbook and it’s just so uncomfortable to watch (but not in a bad way) since we know Valkyrie and Thor are more friends than romantic interests.

While the scene wasn’t really necessary for Endgame‘s story or it’s three-hour run time, it’s a nice little moment that highlights Thor and Valkyrie’s relationship, which is helped massively by Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson’s chemistry.

It was really lovely to see how Valkyrie didn’t scold Thor about misreading her gesture and it was equally lovely to see him sheepishly laughing it off before both acknowledge it was a misunderstanding that won’t make their friendship weird. Well, any weirder than it already is.

One can’t help but think what would’ve happen between Thor and Valkyrie had Marvel went ahead with the planned romantic storyline for the characters, but it is more than likely that that development would’ve paled in comparison to what we eventually got.

While we didn’t get a Michael Scott-esque moment between Thor and Valkyrie in Endgame, perhaps Taika Waititi has something up his sleeve when the characters return in Thor: Love And Thunder.

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Madonna, You May Want To Look Up Censorship Again Because You Got It All Wrong

Causing A Commotion indeed.

You’d think that after spending the bulk of her career breaking rules and stirring up controversy with her boundary-pushing work, such as her infamous coffee table book Sex, Madonna would know a thing or two about censorship.

But based on her reaction after one of her concerts was cut short, it seems like Madonna legitimately has no idea what it means or even the literal dictionary meaning of the word “censor.”

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So Madonna was performing at the London Palladium in the UK as part of her Madam X Tour and it was going swimmingly. That is until the clock hit 11pm, which is the venue’s curfew time, and the Palladium switched off all the lights and sound mid-concert.

Needless to say, Madonna wasn’t too pleased about getting cut-off mid-performance and took to Instagram to have an almighty whinge at the venue for apparently censoring her. Posting up an angry video of herselp chanting “motherf**king censorship,” the singer wrote in the caption:

“It was 5 minutes past our 11:00 curfew—-we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling.down the metal fire curtain that weighs 9 tons. Fortunately they stopped it half way and no one was hurt

“Many Thanks to the entire Audience who did not move and never left us.”

Look, I get that people hate getting cut off mid-way of doing something, especially a big concert, but this isn’t censorship, Madonna. This was just another case of you being late and not taking responsibility for it, which has been a recurring theme on this Madam X tour.

In case you need a refresher, Madonna, the definition of censorship is the suppression of banning of media and content that’s considered obscene, politically unacceptable or a security threat.

So when the Palladium pulled the power on you, Madonna, that wasn’t censorship in any way shape or form. That was them telling you that you’ve gone over your agreed-upon time slot so stop being goddamn late next time because people are trying to sleep and have work in the morning.

In response to Madonna’s Instagram post, the Palladium sighed wearily and issued out a statement denying that the fire curtain had been used, telling the BBC (via The Hollywood Reporter), “Contrary to a number of reports, at no point during last night’s performance did staff at The London Palladium pull down, or attempt to pull down, the Iron Fire Curtain.”

Here’s hoping Madonna will brush up on what “censorship” means and actually start her concerts on time going forward because this is just Causing A Commotion for the most ridiculous of reasons.

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'Birds Of Prey' Offers Up A Searing Rebuke Of The Male Gaze

Keep your eyes to yourself.

SPOILERS AHEAD for Birds Of Prey, you’ve been warned!

One of the more unnecessary parts from the god-awful Suicide Squad was the gratuitous objectification of Harley Quinn, especially that scene where the camera slowly pans across her body while she gets dressed in her skimpy outfit. You know the one I’m talking about.

Margot Robbie has said Birds Of Prey will have far less “male gaze-y” costumes following her Suicide Squad experience, but it seems like she was underselling that aspect a bit because Harley Quinn’s solo adventure offers up a searing rebuke on the “male gaze.”

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Right from the onset, Birds Of Prey presents itself as a completely different kind of female-led superhero movie through the costuming. The skin-revealing and skimpy outfits were gone in favour for more practical yet still sexy clothing. Hell, we even get some context as to why the characters act the way the do and dress the way they do, which is far more than what most superhero films do.

It was incredibly gratifying to see Harley Quinn, Huntress, Black Canary, Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain all being badarses in their own way, all while not reducing the characters down to their outfits. But the change in aesthetic and wardrobe isn’t the only way Birds Of Prey explores the male gaze.

One of the underlying themes in Birds Of Prey is the abuse powerful men inflict upon women, and the film tackles it head on in one of its most uncomfortable sequences.

Mid-way through the film, the antagonist, Roman Sionis, gets into a rage over Harley Quinn (who else would it be?) and he takes it out on a random woman in his night club by getting her to strip and dance in front of everyone. Not only does this uncomfortable scene showcase what an arsehole Roman is, it shows just how problematic and traumatic the male gaze can be. It’s almost like this is Margot Robbie’s response to Suicide Squad‘s objectification of her and Harley.

Birds Of Prey ties it all up thematically with a neat little bow towards the climax when all the women are getting ready to do battle against Roman. Renee comes across the tight shirt Harley wears in Suicide Squad, only for Harley to quickly snatch it away and say that it’s special to her.

That simple act isn’t just Harley Quinn saying “I like this shirt.” It’s Harley Quinn saying “I accept what happened in the past, but now I’m taking back control of my narrative.” Then there’s the big finishing moment when she drop-kicks Roman off a bridge just before he explodes to bits and that in itself is incredibly satisfying to watch because, well, he is such a dick.

There were a few puffy-chested bros declaring that Birds Of Prey will flop because Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell aren’t dressed in enough sexy clothing (despite having not seen the movie).

But based on the reception so far, it seems like Birds Of Prey will not only be quite successful but it’ll do so without having to go down the hyper-sexualised route in order to cater to the male gaze.

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