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Black Widow: Why Fans On Twitter Are So Divided Over The Trailer

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A new Black Widow trailer was recently released, and fans on Twitter are divided on how they feel about it.

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A brand new trailer dropped today for Black Widow, promoting its July 9 release in theaters and as a Premier Access title on Disney+. The trailer has generated a lot of reaction for the movie, which has been delayed a few times from its original May 2020 release. The biggest reactions have come on Twitter as fans react in real-time.

The reaction seems to be positive overall so far, with some holdouts critical of the film’s look and many delays. While little about the plot is known about the movie, it does seem that it is going back into the past of Natasha Romanoff in a big way, covering her mysterious backstory as both a young girl and nascent Black Widow.

9 Same Level As Falcon And The Winter Soldier

i feel like the #BlackWidow movie has the potential of being at the same level as ca:tws, thor ragnarok and black panther in terms of script, fight scenes and effects.

— natalia ✪ (@marvelsfalcon) April 3, 2021

A tweet from @marvelsfalcon is pretty high on the movie overall. They suggest that the upcoming Black Widow movie could be on the same level as some of the MCU’s biggest films to date, like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther 

With the huge action sequences showcased in the trailer, the movie definitely has a shot to rival those. It could also connect to them in interesting ways. In the comics, Natasha had a brief affair with Bucky Barnes while he was the Winter Soldier, not knowing his true identity.

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8 Not Happy With The Taskmaster

One unhappy reaction came courtesy of @VIBEZ_419. This tweet criticized the look of the movie’s main villain, the Taskmaster, for looking like a Power Rangers villain. The character is traditionally represented with an actual skull mask in the comics, but here it’s been rendered in a more sci-fi/practical fashion. The smooth and almost featureless chrome lines of the Taskmaster’s MCU mask is a little unusual for the MCU, though it seems designed to hide the character’s true identity.

7 Some People Like The Taskmaster

On the other hand, some people like the Taskmaster a lot. Twitter user @thollandswt wonders why no one is talking about how cool the character is. The Taskmaster is a unique villain in Marvel Comics who uses a variety of weapons based on the heroes he faces, like Captain America’s shield or Hawkeye’s bow.

In the trailer, the Taskmaster is seen in pursuit of Natasha and Yelena Belova, her fellow Black Widow and possible family member. The Taskmaster chases Natasha through the streets and through the air in a pair of action scenes that are highlights from the trailer.

6 Bad Tropes

I watched the #BlackWidow trailer and have thoughts.

Why is she narrating, isn’t she dead?

Nat suffers from the whole “you did so many bad things the only way to make amends is die” trope in ADDITION to the female fridge trope.

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If this isn’t a gay love story I don’t want it.

— My name is Baron Falcon vonWinter Carter (@mokelly1066) April 3, 2021

The movie seems to be welcomed overall, but one tweet questions if it doesn’t perpetuate some bad comic book tropes. @mokelly1066 is concerned that the movie puts Natasha as the subject of the trope of dying for her sins (as Ben Solo did in The Rise Of Skywalker) and a more specific comic book trope: fridging women.

This trope, when a female character is killed or harmed to advance the male superhero’s story, persists even today in comics. This is despite being identified and challenged for years. The trope was first identified by writer Gail Simone, specifically in regards to Green Lantern #54 from 1994 when new Lantern Kyle Rayner discovers his girlfriend murdered and placed in a fridge.

5 Natasha Chill

Taskmaster isn’t the only person Black Widow fights in the trailer. She also gets into a pretty vicious brawl with Yelena in a kitchen. This huge fight, which features Natasha pushing Yelena up into some cupboards, prompted @wandaolsen to say “NATASHA CHILL.” This powerful fight scene shows off some of the intense choreography of the movie and also Natasha’s fighting skills. Though she doesn’t have any superpowers, she remains one of the most skilled and fearsome Avengers on the team.

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4 Harsh Reminder

The trailer opens with a sequence of images that flashback to Black Widow’s MCU history, including previous movies like Avengers: Age Of Ultron and in particular, her death scene in Avengers: Endgame. This caused @starkerwitch to lament the sequence because it was a reminder that the MCU is unlikely to ever show the original Avengers together again. With Natasha dead, Tony Stark dead, Steve Rogers in the past, and the rest of the team split up across the universe, the glory of the original Avengers is now only a memory.

3 Overdue Spotlight

Yessss! After numerous delays, we’ll finally have the chance to watch #BlackWidow on July 9. I’m so excited for this flick. It’s about damn time that Natasha Romanoff received her moment in the spotlight. Admittedly, it’s long overdue, but I’ll take what I can get. Bring it on! https://t.co/Ids1zemRhe

— Fitri Rizki Sugianto⁷ (@doubleqiew) April 3, 2021

Twitter user @doubleqiew emphasized the long delay for the movie in their reaction. Not only that but the overdue showcase for one of the main Avengers. Black Widow has been a prominent figure in the MCU since her debut in Iron Man 2, but unlike most other core Avengers, she never got a solo film until now.

Marvel movies had avoided a focus on female lead characters until recent years, but with the success of Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman for the DCEU, that is changing for the better.

2 Too Late?

Judging solely from the latest #BlackWidow trailer, this movies is going to have some amazing action sequences. That said, it’s still a movie that’s probably like… 6-8 years too late?

— Roberto, the Running Nerd (@RobotRemorse) April 3, 2021

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That being said, @RobotRemorse wonders if the movie is coming too late. Black Widow has been a major character in the movies for a decade, and her story in the MCU, at least as far as fans know, is over. Is the movie too late? Should it have come out much sooner? That seems to be the concern for them and perhaps others. It’s unclear what the holdup for a Black Widow movie was, but at least now the character finally has the spotlight and a chance to branch out in a new direction in the MCU.

1 Natasha’s Childhood

One of the biggest elements of the new trailer that fans enjoyed was a fleeting glimpse into Natasha’s youth. It seems MCU fans will get a look at her as a young girl, perhaps before she became a Black Widow. Twitter user @civiiswar noted that the MCU is finally exploring this element of her story.

It’s not clear how much of her comic book history will play into the movie. The MCU often takes inspiration from the rich legacy of Marvel Comics, as WandaVision did from stories like House Of M. But just from the trailer, it seems that Black Widow will play around a little with what comic fans know of her story.

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Elon Musk took to Twitter to clarify once and for all that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes this year.

If the number of times Elon Musk could count when someone has asked him to pay the full taxes, he would be a very rich..wait, never mind. The Tesla boss is rich beyond any private individual has been in history, reports said.

Musk has increasingly been facing criticism from many politicians and many others who insist he has not been paying taxes as compared to the profits his companies have been making. On Sunday, the SpaceX CEO took to Twitter to share that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes.

For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 20, 2021

But some of the questions did not stop. One person tweeted how they needed to see Musk’s tax returns while yet another asked how much percentage was that of his total income.

A few were, however scathing of the government who thought they will add that amount to their pockets rather than using it for some proper development.

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Wow that’s enough to give each person in the world almost $2 million but instead the government will just stick it in their pockets— greg (@greg16676935420) December 20, 2021

Why not $200 billion? Asking for a Senator— litquidity (@litcapital) December 20, 2021

Earlier this week, Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren has tweeted to say that Musk should pay taxes and stop “freeloading off everyone else” after Time magazine named him its “person of the year”.

In response, Musk shot four tweets in which he said that the senator reminded him of a friend’s angry mom who yelled at everybody. He tweeted, ““And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year.” “Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already.”

He added further, “You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason.”

Musk responded by saying that he “will pay more taxes than any American in history this year”. This Twitter exchange left netizens divided as even though many supported Warren and agreed that Musk should pay more taxes, others felt that he was already doing enough.

Musk’s Tesla is worth about $1 trillion. Over the last few weeks, he has sold nearly $14 billion worth of Tesla shares.

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The Tesla boss has been pushing for his colonize Mars agenda for years now, and has made it very clear in some occasions that he would rather spend the money on putting humanity on the red planet, than pay his taxes. “My plan,” the SpaceX founder tweeted about his fortune, “is to use the money to get humanity to Mars and preserve the light of consciousness.”

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Twitter’s new picture permission policy was aimed at combating online abuse, but US activists and researchers said Friday that far-right backers have employed it to protect themselves from scrutiny and to harass opponents.

Even the social network admitted the rollout of the rules, which say anyone can ask Twitter to take down images of themselves posted without their consent, was marred by malicious reports and its teams’ own errors.

It was just the kind of trouble anti-racism advocates worried was coming after the policy was announced this week.

Their concerns were quickly validated, with anti-extremism researcher Kristofer Goldsmith tweeting a screenshot of a far-right call-to-action circulating on Telegram: “Due to the new privacy policy at Twitter, things now unexpectedly work more in our favor.”

“Anyone with a Twitter account should be reporting doxxing posts from the following accounts,” the message said, with a list of dozens of Twitter handles.

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Gwen Snyder, an organizer and researcher in Philadelphia, said her account was blocked this week after a report to Twitter about a series of 2019 photos she said showed a local political candidate at a march organized by extreme-right group Proud Boys.

Rather than go through an appeal with Twitter she opted to delete the images and alert others to what was happening.

“Twitter moving to eliminate (my) work from their platform is incredibly dangerous and is going to enable and embolden fascists,” she told AFP.

In announcing the privacy policy on Tuesday, Twitter noted that “sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm.”

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But the rules don’t apply to “public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweets are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”

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By Friday, Twitter noted the roll out had been rough: “We became aware of a significant amount of coordinated and malicious reports, and unfortunately, our enforcement teams made several errors.”

“We’ve corrected those errors and are undergoing an internal review to make certain that this policy is used as intended,” the firm added.

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Jack Dorsey Post Twitter Is Chasing His Crypto, Fintech Dream

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At a packed Miami conference in June, Jack Dorsey, mused in front of thousands of attendees about where his real passion lay: “If I weren’t at Square or Twitter, I’d be working on Bitcoin.”

On Monday, Dorsey made good on one part of that, announcing he would leave Twitter for the second time, handing the CEO position to a 10-year veteran at the firm. The 45-year-old entrepreneur, who is often described as an enigma with varied interests from meditation to yoga to fashion design, plans to pursue his passion which include focusing on running Square and doing more philanthropic work, according to a source familiar with his plan.

Well before the surprise news, Dorsey had laid the groundwork for his next chapter, seeding both companies with cryptocurrency-related projects.

Underlying Dorsey’s broader vision is the principle of “decentralisation,” or the idea that technology and finance should not be concentrated among a handful of gatekeepers, as it is now, but should, instead, be steered by the hands of the many, either people or entities.

The concept has played out at Square, which has built a division devoted to working on projects and awarding grants with the aim of growing Bitcoin’s popularity globally. Bitcoin price in India stood at Rs. 44.52 lakh as of 12:50pm IST on December 1.

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Dorsey has been a longtime proponent of Bitcoin, and the appeal is that the cryptocurrency will allow for private and secure transactions with the value of Bitcoin unrelated to any government.

The idea has also underpinned new projects at Twitter, where Dorsey tapped a top lieutenant – and now the company’s new CEO Parag Agrawal – to oversee a team that is attempting to construct a decentralised social media protocol, which will allow different social platforms to connect with one another, similar to the way email providers operate.

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The project called Bluesky will aim to allow users control over the types of content they see online, removing the “burden” on companies like Twitter to enforce a global policy to fight abuse or misleading information, Dorsey said in 2019 when he announced Bluesky.

Bitcoin has also figured prominently at both of his companies. Square became one of the first public companies to own Bitcoin assets on its balance sheet, having invested $220 million (roughly Rs. 1,650 crore) in the cryptocurrency.

In August, Square created a new business unit called TBD to focus on Bitcoin. The company is also planning to build a hardware wallet for Bitcoin, a Bitcoin mining system, as well as a decentralised Bitcoin exchange.

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Twitter allows users to tip their favourite content creators with Bitcoin and has been testing integrations with non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a type of digital asset that allows people to collect unique digital art.

Analysts see the transition as a positive signal for Square, the fintech platform he co-founded in 2009. Square’s core Cash App, after a bull run in its share in 2020, has experienced slower growth in the most recent quarter. It is also trying to digest the $29 billion (roughly Rs. 2,17,240 crore) acquisition of Buy Now Pay Later provider Afterpay, its largest acquisition ever.

But these ambitions will not pay off until years from now, analysts cautioned.

“The blockchain platform they’re trying to develop is great but also fraught with technical challenges and difficult to scale for consumers. I think he’ll focus more on Square and crypto will be part of that,” said Christopher Brendler, an analyst at DA Davidson.

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