Stan Lee accused of sexual harassment; denies claims

Creator of Marvel comics, Stan Lee, has been accused of sexually harassing and groping nurses who worked for him. Lee, however, has outrightly denied such claims.

According to a Daily Mail report, the 95-years-old groped the women and asked them to perform oral sex. A representative from the nursing company stated that many nurses have complained about Lee. The company ceased working for him at the end of 2016.

As a result of these accusations, there is now an ongoing legal dispute between the care company and him.

Hinting that this was an attempt at blackmail, the Spider-Man creator issued a statement through his lawyer, Tom Lallas, that said, “Mr. Lee categorically denies these false and despicable allegations and he fully intends to fight to protect his stellar good name and impeccable character”.

Backing the statement, a representative for the new nursing company caring for Lee declared that he has been polite, kind and respectful.

Best known for creating the Marvel comic book series, his creative insights have been immortalized through the film series his books have turned into. His wife of 69 years passed away in 2017 at the age of 93.

Sources: Daily Mail , The Independent

Netflix in talks with Disney; might retain ‘Star Wars’, ‘Marvel films’

A senior executive at Netflix Inc has informed on August 11 that the company might keep the ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Marvel’ films post 2019, after new Disney and  Pixar films get off from this streaming service’s palette.

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will discontinue with Netflix services and all the new Disney and Pixar movies from 2019 will be shown on a brand new Disney online streaming service. Netflix is in discussion with Disney authorities regarding the retaining rights of the films, as per Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

According to Reuters, Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger told analysts the company had not yet decided where it would distribute superhero films from Marvel Studios and movies from “Star Wars” producer Lucasfilm, which the company owns.

Sarandos added that Disney’s decision to have its own streaming service to showcase its content marks natural evolution for traditional media.

The stocks of Netflix Inc. showed an increase of 1.3% at $171.41. However, Disney’s announcement led to decrease in the share price of the company by 5% within two days.

Sources: Reuters, New York Post

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He came, He saw, He conquered- Spiderman Homecoming

Spiderman is one character in the Marvel Universe that has been put through a dynamic amount of changes. Begining from a meek Toby Maguire to the flamboyant Andrew Garfield, the portrayal of Spidey has been open to interpretations to the directors.
When Tom Holland’s first trailer came out in Captain America- Civil War; the internet raged with memes of the new Spiderman having the voice of a little girl.
And now look, how far we have come in only two movies.
Spiderman Homecoming is all what you expect a Marvel movie to be.
Visual treat- check
Stunning action scenes- check (Tom Holland is a gymnast)
Comedy- check
Entertainment- hell yes check
But then comes the surprise package, this 21 year old playing to role of a fifteen year teenager is mesmerising; the dedication, the delivery…its all spot on. We have seen him in Cap. America and we see him in his standalone film, the guy is going to be a crowd-favourite in Avengers franchise despite being beside seasoned actors like Chris Evans, Scarlett Johanson, Jeremy Renner etc.
For the first time a movie portrays Spidey as a school going kid with not so superhuman attributes. His love interest, problems, have been very progressively written and Mary Jane cameo has been beautifully played with.
The movie doesnt add much to the Avengers, but we do get to see the Iron-Spider suit which definitely makes the already strong boy to somewhat invincible Superhero provided, he learns to control the suit (believe me its tough, even for a super-charged spidey brain).
The post credit scenes do introduce a new villian but its very unlikely that he may play a major role in the Avengers series.
Contrasting portrayals run throughout the movie and for the first time we see Iron Man otherwise reckless as a responsible fatherly figure.
The first day first show today in Pune attracted a housefull audience and luckily the spiderman himself was there to watch the movie with us, a die-hard fan, college going Divakar.
All in all, Spiderman Homecoming is a cracker of a movie from Marvel franchise and it is a must watch for all the fans out there. And Tom Holland is the deserving candidate to carry the baton after Toby Maguire.

Hackers attack Netflix and Marvel Twitter Accounts

Screenshot of the hacked Marvel account on Twitter
Screenshot of the hacked Marvel account on Twitter

A group called OurMine, who claim to be ‘white hat hackers’, attacked the official Twitter (United States) accounts of Netflix and comic giant Marvel today. It continues to hack Marvel accounts for reasons yet undisclosed.

The group tweeted from the hacked accounts- ” Hey, it’s OurMine. Don’t worry we are just testing your security, contact us to tell you more about that”

In less than half an hour, Twitter deleted the first hijacked tweet from @Avengers, a verified account by the Marvel-owned superhero franchise.

The Twitter handle of  the Marvel run movie “The Guardians of the Galaxy”  was also hacked along with @MarvelMusicInc, @Marvel, @IronMan, @CaptainAmerica, @AntMan, and @theblackpanther.

According to an American technology media property TechCrunch, the OurMine team is a small group of youngsters. They are on a mission to test the strength of passwords for accounts which have large number of followers and potential influence. Usually, the group posts messages advising the account owners to contact them through an email id for more information on applying better security practices. Ironically, it breaches cyber security to advertise about security provided by them.

In the past, OurMine hacked number of high-profile Twitter accounts, including Google’s Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

According to Variety-an American digital news platform, the best protection against such attacks is the Twitter’s two-factor authentication. It notifies by sending a numerical text message to a user’s phone in case of attempts to log in from a new device. It is also advisable to keep a regular check on third-party applications that may have access to an account.

 

SOURCES: Variety   TechCrunch