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Thor : Love and Thunder Postponed, May Be Censored!

Malaysia Officially Bans Thor: Love and Thunder!

Malaysia just officially banned the release of Thor : Love and Thunder, likely over censorship requirements!

 

Earlier : Thor : Love and Thunder Postponed!

Thor : Love and Thunder was scheduled to be launched in Malaysia on July 7, in line with the global release (July 8 in the United States).

Cinemas had already opened up booking for the tickets, with many Malaysians purchasing them in advance.

However, on 1 July 2022 came the shocking announcementthe release date for Thor : Love and Thunder in Malaysia has been postponed for two weeks, to 21 July 2022!

Then, on 13 July 2022, Disney postponed the release of Thor : Love and Thunder in Malaysia indefinitely.

Read more : Why Thor: Love and Thunder Is Likely Banned In China!

 

Now : Thor : Love and Thunder Officially Cancelled

Unfortunately, on 28 July 2022, Disney announced that Thor : Love and Thunder would not be released in Malaysia.

This was announced by Malaysian cinema chain, GSC :

THOR: Love and Takde. Officially. ⚡️💔

Dear Valued Customers,

Please be informed that Disney has updated us that Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder will not be releasing in Malaysia after all.

We appreciate your patience and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Please buy our merchandise ok.

We Malaysians all saw this coming, didn’t we?

 

Thor : Love and Thunder Faced Censorship Hurdles

It is currently unknown why the release date for Thor : Love and Thunder in Malaysia was banned from its cinematic release.

But Malaysians have long expected the film to be censored, especially the scene of Thor’s naked butt.  As director Taika Waititi shared, the movie will showcase Chris Hemsworth’s mighty cheeks in their full glory.

So it was possible that the earlier delay was to allow certain cuts or mosaicking to be made to the film to allay the delicate sensitivities of the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia. Unlike the brief LGBT kiss that got Lightyear banned in Malaysia and 14 other countries, it seems that Disney may be open to at least blurring Thor’s ass.

Read more : The Brief Kiss That Got Lightyear Banned In 14+ Countries!

There is also the “sensitive” issue of LGBTQ+ themes that have already gotten the movie banned in China. There are several short LGBTQ+ scenes in the movie.

But censoring them is likely a line too far for Disney / Marvel to cross.

  • Bisexual Asgardian King Valkyrie (Tessa Thomson) kisses a maiden’s hand
  • At two other scenes, characters reference and discuss King Valkyrie’s late girlfriend.
  • Korg (Taika Waititi) is shown to be gay.
  • Korg references having two dads.
  • Korg settles down with a fellow Korean named Dwayne.

It is likely that Malaysian film censors could not accept those short LGBTQ+ scenes either, and so Thor: Love and Thunder ended up banned from being shown in the cinemas, like in China.

 

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Did China Edit Out Thor Insulting Chinese Military?!

Did China order Marvel to edit out insults of Chinese military capabilities in the movie Thor: Love and Thunder?!

Find out what’s going on, and what the facts really are!

 

Claim : China Edited Out Thor Insulting Chinese Military!

Some people, and an Indian website, are sharing an article about China ordering Marvel to edit out insults of Chinese military capabilities in the movie Thor: Love and Thunder?!

The article is long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

The Chinese government said in a statement on July 2 that they had to edit Marvel’s newest blockbuster Thor: Love and Thunder themselves to suppress Thor’s lengthy, well-spoken monologue about why the United States shouldn’t be afraid of China’s powerless military.

“China is a feeble country that cannot support its people,” During an unrelated fight scene, Thor tells Korg. “They are weak-willed, sluggish people that the United States can easily trounce in combat. The only reason the U.S. allows them to live is out of pity and sorrow. China is a worthless, flaccid military regime that has poor and pathetic rulers asleep at the wheel. Communism does not work. Let’s go fight some more space pirates,” he added.

On why the speech was initially included, director Taika Waititi went into further detail.

“Marvel usually asks us to shoehorn in something for Chinese audiences,” Waititi said. “I thought it would be a fun wink to Chinese Thor fans if the Asgardian warrior stopped dead in his tracks, faced the camera, and broke down how China poses no threat to the United Nations and that their military is an empty threat that could easily be quashed. It’s Easter eggs like that that get the audience really feeling seen by your film.”

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, voiced his bewilderment on China’s editing of the film.

“I’ll never understand why China makes seemingly nonsensical edits,” Feige said. “It’s just a fantasy movie about vikings, super heroes, and how China’s current missile silos couldn’t reach the West if they tried. I’ll never know why they take it so seriously, but whatever.”

Marvel revealed that China would also be removing a funny post-credits scene wherein Thor flies to Xi Jinping’s private mansion and chokes him on live television.

 

Truth : China Did Not Edit Out Thor Insulting Chinese Military

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created as “satire” to go viral, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : There Is No Chinese Military Monologue In Thor: Love and Thunder

First, let’s start with the fact that there is no 20-minute monologue about the Chinese military in the movie, Thor: Love and Thunder.

Can you really, REALLY imagine Thor speaking for TWENTY MINUTES about the Chinese military in the movie? Whatever for???

Fact #2 : China Was Never Mentioned In Thor: Love And Thunder

China, and the Chinese military, were never mentioned in the movie, Thor: Love and Thunder.

Fact #3 : Thor: Love And Thunder Post Credit Scene Not About Xi Jinping

Thor obviously did not fly to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s private mansion to choke him on live television. There is no reference to any Chinese person in the entire movie.

In the mid-credits scene, a recuperating Zeus sends his son Hercules to kill Thor. In the post-credits scene, Foster arrives at the gates of Valhalla, where she is welcomed by Heimdall.

Read more : Why Thor: Love and Thunder Is Likely Banned In China!

Fact #4 : Thor: Love And Thunder Still Not Approved In China

Thor: Love and Thunder was never approved in China, and will remained banned because of LGBTQ+ themes in the movie.

Fact #5 : It Is Up To Disney To Edit The Movie

The Chinese government may require edits for a movie to be approved for screening in China, but it is ultimately up to the distributor to comply with the requests, or reject them.

In this case, the Chinese government may request for the LGBTQ+ scenes to be edited out of Thor: Love and Thunder; but it is up to Disney to either comply with their requests, or reject them.

Rejecting the edits will naturally prevent the movie from receiving screening approval, but it is still Disney’s choice, not the Chinese government.

Read more : Malaysia Postpones Thor: Love and Thunder Indefinitely!

Fact #6 : It Was Just Satire

I traced the origin of this fake story to Hard-Drive – a satire website.

Even though there are no disclaimers on the entire website, or the article itself; their website appears to consist entirely of satirical content, and the article itself is clearly satirical.

However, it appears that some people actually thought that the story was genuine and reposted it on social media.

Times Now, which is part of the Times Group in India, even reposted the story on their online news portal, as if it’s genuine news!

 

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Why Thor: Love and Thunder Is Likely Banned In China!

Here’s why Thor: Love and Thunder will likely remain banned in China forever and ever…

 

Thor: Love and Thunder Has Not Been Approved In China!

Film regulators in China do not explain or comment publicly why they refuse to approve any movie, but anyone with more two neurons in their brains will be able to connect the dots.

Just like how Lightyear got banned for a brief kiss between two female characters, it seems that Chinese censors have no love for LGBT themes in Thor: Love and Thunder.

This was confirmed by two The Hollywood Reporter sources in China who said that Thor: Love and Thunder will likely remain banned because of LGBTQ+ themes in the movie.

Sources at two major cinema chains in China tell The Hollywood Reporter that they expect Thor 4 will face the same fate as Pixar’s Lightyear: denied censorship approval because of fleeting moments in the movie involving LGBTQ characters.

Read more : The Brief Kiss That Got Lightyear Banned In 14+ Countries!

 

What LGTBQ+ Scenes In Thor: Love and Thunder Concern China?

Thor: Love and Thunder was already postponed in Malaysia, allegedly over Thor’s butt cheeks. Perhaps this is also an issue for Chinese censors, but they are more concerned about its LGBTQ+ scenes.

Just how many LGBTQ+ scenes are there really? And how controversial are these scenes?

  • Bisexual Asgardian King Valkyrie (Tessa Thomson) kisses a maiden’s hand
  • At two other scenes, characters reference and discuss King Valkyrie’s late girlfriend.
  • Korg (Taika Waititi) is shown to be gay.
  • Korg references having two dads.
  • Korg settles down with a fellow Korean named Dwayne.

Read more : Thor : Love and Thunder Postponed, May Be Censored!

 

Thor: Love and Thunder Is 6th MCU Movie To Be Banned In China

Thor: Love and Thunder will just join a rather long list of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies banned in China.

Black Widow : It was released in May 2021, during the Chinese summer movie season, when there is usually a blackout of foreign movies.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings : It was not approved in China, after 2017 comments by actor Simu Liu resurfaced, in which he called China a “third world” country.

Eternals : It was apparently not approved, after a 2013 interview with China-born director Chloé Zhao resurfaced, in which she said that “there are lies everywhere” in the country.

Spider-Man: No Way Home : Hilariously, Chinese censors wanted Sony to remove the Statue of Liberty from the movie. Perhaps they should have asked David Copperfield instead…

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness : It was not approved because of a scene in which a newspaper kiosk appeared with the Epoch Times visible.

 

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Marvel’s Avengers Beta : Get It FREE For A Limited Time!

Marvel’s Avengers Beta – the epic, third-person action adventure game – is FREE for a limited time!

Find out how to get it FREE, and SHARE THIS NEWS with your friends!

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Marvel’s Avengers Beta : A Quick Primer!

Assemble your team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, embrace your powers, and live your Super Hero dreams.

Marvel’s Avengers is an epic, third-person, action-adventure game that combines an original, cinematic story with single-player and co-operative gameplay.

Assemble into a team of up to four players online, master extraordinary abilities, customize a growing roster of Heroes, and defend the Earth from escalating threats.

Marvel’s Avengers begins at A-Day, where Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor are unveiling a new, hi-tech Avengers Headquarters in San Francisco.

The celebration turns deadly when a mysterious enemy causes a catastrophic accident which results in massive devastation. Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers disband.

Five years later, with all Super Heroes outlawed and the world in peril, a sprawling adventure ignites when a determined young woman named Kamala Khan sets out to reassemble and rebuild the Avengers to stop the unchecked power of the secretive new force known as AIM.

Marvel’s Avengers continues the epic journey with new Heroes and new narrative delivered on an ongoing basis, for the definitive Avengers gaming experience.

 

Marvel’s Avengers Beta : How To Get It FREE!

Originally, it was available on Steam, but that has been removed by the developer.

Marvel’s Avengers Beta is FREE to download and keep, but only if you follow these instructions :

  1. Log into your Steam account, or create a new account.
  2. Click on this link to launch the Steam client, and add the game to your account.

That’s it! It is now part of your Steam account, and can be downloaded and installed anytime you want.

So now, the Intel giveaway remains the only option for a long-term PC beta key :

  1. Go to the Intel Marvel Avengers PC Beta page.
  2. Sign up at the bottom of the page, and click Submit.

If you submit between 14 August 2020 (9 PM) and 16 August 2020 (9 PM), you will get the chance to get a Marvel Avengers PC beta key.

But later, the Marvel’s Avengers will be available for a short Public Beta on PS4, Xbox One and PC from 21 August 2020 until 23 August 2020.

 

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Iron Man Dance Hero Review : Cute + Loud!

The Iron Man Dance Hero looked so darn cute when we first saw it, we decided to check it out in detail.

Here is our short and sweet review of the cute and loud Iron Man Dance Hero!

 

Iron Man Dance Hero

The Iron Man Dance Hero is a simple toy, with a simple premise – an Asian-looking Tony Stark in a cute Iron Man suit dancing to music.

The truth though is that it is a little more than just a dancing robot. Take a closer look at the Iron Man Dance Hero in our hands-on video!

The Icon Man Dance Hero basically has three key features, officially listed as :

  • Cool music
  • Fabulous dance
  • Cool lighting

It also has a retractable face mask (which reveals an Asian-looking Tony Stark!), as well as posable arms :

It requires three AA batteries. The box says 1.5 V alkaline batteries are recommended, but we had no problem using 1.2 V NiMH rechargeable batteries.

 

Iron Man Dance Hero In Action!

The Iron Man Dance Hero has a simple three-way switch at the back of its head.

  • Left : Lights, music and dancing off
  • Middle : Only lights turned on
  • Right : Lights, music and dancing turned on!

When turned off, it functions like a figurine or toy. Turning on the lights lets it function like a night light.

And of course, it becomes an entertainment device when you turn everything on! But look at how cute it dances!

The lights in the eyes will change, and so does the music. But the lights in its palms and its chest will remain uniformly white.

There is no volume control, which could be a problem because the Iron Man Dance Hero is very loud! But kids seem to love it!

Even if you tire of its dance and music after some time, it is quite useful as a night light, especially with both arms pointing upwards.

 

Iron Man Dance Hero Price + Availability

The Iron Man Dance Hero we tested has a height and width of 19 cm, with a thickness of about 10 cm. Just to be clear, it does not come with any batteries in the box.

Its price varies wildly, depending on whether you purchase it online or in retail (where we have seen prices of RM 45-60 / US$11-15 / £8-11 / S$15-20 / A$16-21 being quoted).

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Here Are The Samsung Galaxy S10 Marvel Promotion Details!

Samsung is giving away an original Marvel Superhero cover for every purchase of its Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone! Here are the full details!

 

Get A Marvel Superhero Cover For Your Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung customers who purchase any Samsung Galaxy S10+ or Galaxy S10 smartphone will be rewarded with a FREE exclusive Marvel Cover with a Captain America, Iron Man or Avengers logo.

Each Marvel Superhero cover is worth RM 159 and is part of Samsung‘s promotion of the new Avengers: Endgame movie that will open at the cinemas on 24th April 2019.

 

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Marvel Cover Promotion Details

This FREE Samsung Galaxy S10 Marvel Superhero Cover promotion applies to all purchases of:

Promotion period runs from 12th April to 30th April 2019 at any participating Samsung Experience Stores.

 

Where To Buy Samsung S10 + S10 Plus?

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The Logitech M238 Marvel Wireless Mouse Has Arrived!

The new Logitech M238 Marvel Wireless Mouse collection arrived! Check out the awesome new wireless mice from Logitech right here!

 

Logitech M238 MARVEL Wireless Mouse

Be inspired by Marvel’s 4 most famous superheroes!

The Logitech M238 MARVEL Wireless Mouse Collection features 4 MARVEL designs:

Iron Man, Captain America, Spider-Man and Black Panther.

 

Logitech M238 MARVEL Wireless Mouse Features

  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac, Chrome OS and Linux
  • Nano USB receiver lets you roam from up to 33 feet away!
  • Comfortable scroll wheel lets you navigate smoothly through web pages and documents.
  • Lasts 12 months on a single, pre-installed battery
  • Light, flexible and portable; can easily be used on the go or tucked into a backpack

“With the Logitech MARVEL Collection, we set out to have some fun and designed a collection that all fans could relate to,” said Mr. Richard Sim, Country Manager of Malaysia at Logitech. “Now, everyone can add personality to their desk and become the at-work embodiment of their favourite MARVEL Super Hero.”

 

Logitech M238 MARVEL Wireless Mouse Price + Availability

The Logitech M238 MARVEL Wireless Mouse  is available in Malaysia at all Logitech Authorised Resellers at Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 89 / ~US$ 21 / £16.50.

Here are some direct purchase links for your convenience :

 

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How Dell Helped Create Ant-Man and The Wasp!

Dell teamed up with Marvel Studios’ for the Ant-Man and The Wasp film. From Ant-Man’s and The Wasp’s suits to Hank Pym’s Lab, technology plays a lead role throughout the film.

 

Dell Helped Bring Ant-Man and The Wasp To Life!

Behind the scenes, Dell hardware played a vital role in creating the visual effects in the film. Marvel Studios enlisted VFX vendors, several of which utilised a breadth of Dell technologies, including Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, and Dell Precision workstations, as the core infrastructure to provide the immense computing power and storage capacity necessary for visual effects designers to bring the movie’s characters and places to life.

Among others, artists at the VFX studio DNEG relied on Dell Precision workstations for front-end operations. In their Vancouver studio alone, more than 300 Dell Precision 7910 workstations were used to create the visual effects in Ant-Man and The Wasp. They also used :

  • Dell EMC PowerEdge R630 rack servers with MD3460 RAIDs
  • Dell EMC PowerEdge M1000e Blade Server Enclosures
  • Hundreds of Dell monitors

 

Dell’s Latest Technology Stars In Ant-Man and The Wasp!

Technology plays an integral role in the Ant-Man and The Wasp, so it’s fitting that fans will be able to see the new Dell G5 15, a powerful gaming laptop, and the award-winning XPS 13, on the big screen when the film hits theaters. In the film, Dell devices make several appearances in settings like Hank Pym’s lab and at the X-CON security offices.

 

The Dell “Ant-Man and The Wasp” Advertising Campaign

Dell just launched a global advertising campaign around the Ant-Man and The Wasp movie. The campaign integrates the new Dell G5 Gaming Laptop and features print, digital advertising, and out-of-home placements. Marvel Studios fans can also catch a glimpse of the new Dell G5 Gaming Laptop in Dell’s newest TV spot.

 

Marvel Custom Comic Book Featuring Dell Computers

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Ant-Man and The Wasp fans can now enjoy even more Ant-Man and The Wasp adventures with an exclusive custom comic featuring Dell computers. The comic is distributed both digitally on marvel.com/dell and on Dell social channels.

 

Ant-Man and The Wasp World Premiere

Dell’s new G series high performance gaming laptops played a leading role at the world premiere of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp on June 25 in Los Angeles. Guests walking the red carpet had an opportunity to feel like they have shrunk… next to a giant 7’ Dell G5 15 laptop.

 

Dell G-Series Price + Availability

The new Dell G-Series Gaming Laptops are now available at the following prices :

  • Dell G3 15 Gaming Laptop, starting at RM3,209
  • Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop, starting at RM3,769

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The Avengers AVR116T & AVR10T Tablets Revealed!

On 2 March 2017, SNS Network revealed the Avengers AVR116T and AVR10T convertible tablets. In this Marvel-themed event, they even brought in Iron Man to officially launch these official Avengers tablets!

 

Iron Man Launches The Avengers Tablets!

Frankly, Tony Stark appeared to be suffering a hangover, but hey, at least he made it to the launch event! 😀

 

The Avengers AVR116T Tablet Hands-On Preview

Featuring the Avengers logo on its back cover, the Avengers AVR116T has a large 11.6″ HD display, a quad-core Intel Atom x5 processor and 4 GB of RAM with 32 GB of internal flash storage.

 

The AVR116T Specifications & Price

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  • 11.6” HD display (1366 X 768)
  • Quad Core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 32 GB storage (expandable up to 64 GB MicroSD)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • Rear 5 MP camera and Front 2 MP camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB Type C, Micro USB, Micro HDMI
  • Launch Price : RM 1,449 / ~US$ 319

 

The Avengers AVR10T Tablet Hands-On Preview

The 10.1-inch Avengers AVR10T is a 2-in-1 convertible tablet that has a glowing Arc Reactor on its lid. It is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x5 processor and comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal flash storage.

 

The AVR10T Specifications & Price

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  • 10.1” IPS display (1280 X 800)
  • Quad Core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Processor
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 64 GB storage (expandable up to 64 GB MicroSD)
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home
  • Rear 5 MP camera and Front 2 MP camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth0
  • USB Type C, Micro USB, Micro HDMI
  • Launch Price : RM 1,249 / ~US$ 279

 

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Deadpool Opening Scene Was Rendered By NVIDIA Quadro

It’s amazing the kind of mayhem that can be unleashed when cutting-edge technology gets pushed past its old limits.

[adrotate banner=”4″]Consider Deadpool, which tells the tale of Wade Winston Wilson, a Special Forces operative turned mercenary whose mutant powers are rivaled only by his smart mouth.

It’s also the story of how the film’s startling opening sequence — one that would’ve seemed unimaginable a few years ago — came to be.fhp

Based on Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero and directed by Blur Studios’ Tim Miller, Deadpool is action-packed from beginning to end, starting with the film’s incredible title sequence.

It’s a 90-second-long camera shot that weaves its way through a climactic, frozen-in-time, battle scene. Miller turned to Blur to develop the sequence, which was created entirely in CG.

 

GPU-Powered Rendering Turns Seeing Into Believing

As a first step, Blur developed detailed pre viz – previews of what the scenes would look like – to show to the studio and to Tim. Typically, such concept previews are rudimentary. They use simplified models, lighting and textures. But not all clients can see beyond these limitations.

Kevin Margo, a visual effects supervisor/director at Blur who served as a lighting TD for Deadpool, had previously explored GPU rendering during the making of his own fully computer-generated short film, Construct. So, he knew it would allow his team to make the previz as visually realistic and immersive as possible.

“We wanted to put our best quality preview in front of Fox,” Margo said.

Blur Studios built CG assets from the ground up using Autodesk 3ds Max. They then rendered them using Chaos Group’s GPU renderer, V-Ray RT, which runs exclusively on NVIDIA GPUs, and is up to 15 times faster than a CPU renderer.

 

GPU Rendering Delivers Speed and Fidelity

Filmmakers funneled footage captured on set along with visual effects into Open Drives’ storage offering. Blur’s CG artists, equipped with HP Z840 workstations running NVIDIA Quadro M6000 GPUs, then got to work producing a previz of the opening title sequence that was a close approximation of the final.

Blur was able to refine the design, quickly applying textures, global illumination and more — all interactively. That led them to complete and render the scene’s previz in just days.

The result was a physically based render in super-high fidelity. So the executives at Fox could see exactly what the intended sequence would look like to give it the greenlight.

Learn more about NVIDIA rendering solutions during the Media & Entertainment track at our NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. You’ll hear from Blur Studios and Chaos Group. You’ll also be able to learn more about network, storage and workflow design for film production from Open Drives.

 

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