Tessa Thompson Says Representation In Marvel’s Next Phase Is A ‘Pretty Big Deal’

The king has returned.

With the coronavirus pandemic putting a pause on summer blockbusters, it’s been a quiet quarantine as far as Marvel news goes. But actor Tessa Thompson touted the importance of diversity in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an interview with Ramy Youssef as part of Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series.

In the next phase of Marvel, “we’re really talking about what representation looks like in those spaces,” said Thompson, who plays Valkyrie, the first confirmed LGBTQ hero in the MCU and the new king of Asgard.

“The truth is these movies travel globally in such huge ways, and if you can represent people that are of color, if you can represent people with disabilities, if you can represent the LGBTQIA community inside of these films, it’s a pretty big deal,” Thompson said. 

Comic book narratives are all about how people’s differences make them special, and even the villains come from a place of trauma, she added.

“I think it’s really important for everybody, but for young people especially, to be able to show up to those movies and see projections of themselves. So I’m really excited that we’re able to continue to push the bounds of that and that I’m able to do that with Valkyrie. Because there’s so many cool queer characters in the comic books, and they should have a place on screen,” Thompson said.

As far as how that representation might look, director Taika Waititi earlier this year supported the idea of Valkyrie’s being “explicitly queer” in the upcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Thompson’s character was confirmed to be part of the LGBTQ community at 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, but so far that part of Valkyrie’s identity has been subtext

In addition to Thompson’s character, the upcoming film “The Eternals” will feature a gay couple, Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed previously. News about Marvel’s first gay kiss from the film made the rounds back in February, with reports saying it was so emotional people cried on set.

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Uber is reportedly buying food delivery company Postmates for $2.65 billion

Uber is reportedly acquiring food delivery startup Postmates for $2.65 billion, with official confirmation of the all-stock buyout expected as soon as Monday. 

The news was reported Sunday by Bloomberg and The New York Times, both of which cited anonymous sources with knowledge of the deal. Uber Eats’ vice president Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty is expected to take charge after Postmates is absorbed by its former competitor. It isn’t clear what role Postmates CEO and co-founder Bastian Lehmann will have, if any at all.

Launched in 2011, Postmates is active in over 4,200 U.S. cities and services over 600,000 restaurants. According to Second Measure, the company took eight percent of all food delivery sales in the U.S. during May, trailing behind DoorDash at 45 percent, GrubHub at 23 percent, and Uber Eats at 22 percent. Assimilating Postmates will likely give Uber Eats’ numbers a notable boost.

This acquisition is significant for Uber, particularly as the coronavirus pandemic has seen use of its ride sharing service fall by up to 70 percent in March. Uber has been making moves to strengthen its food delivery service as demand booms amidst the pandemic, withdrawing from less profitable countries and attempting to acquire GrubHub earlier this year. Though GrubHub eventually sold to Just Eat Takeaway for $7.3 billion, it seems Uber has found itself a consolation prize.

Mashable has reached out to both Uber and Postmates for comment. This story is developing.

Tesla launches ‘S3XY’ short shorts, breaks its website

Elon Musk wasn’t kidding about launching Tesla shorts. 

Over the weekend, the Tesla CEO announced the new product on Twitter: Tesla short shorts with “S3XY” emblazoned on the back. They’ve proven so popular that the website went down at one point (as of publication time, it’s working again). 

“Celebrate summer with Tesla Short Shorts,” says the product description on Tesla’s website. “Run like the wind or entertain like Liberace with our red satin and gold trim design. Relax poolside or lounge indoors year-round with our limited-edition Tesla Short Shorts, featuring our signature Tesla logo in front with “S3XY” across the back. Enjoy exceptional comfort from the closing bell.”

The shorts are part of a long-running joke aimed at Tesla shorters, that is, people who borrow and sell Tesla stock, hoping for a decline in price so they can buy it cheaper and make a profit. People who are short a particular stock are often loudly criticizing the company behind it, and Musk has been waging war against shorters — and the SEC, which he considers somehow complicit in the campaign against Tesla — for years. 

Even the price of the shorts are a joke. They cost $69.420, with the “420” being a reference to both weed and Musk’s now-infamous tweet about taking Tesla private at $420 a share, which has gotten him in a lot of trouble with the SEC. 

In any case, the shorts have apparently proven to be quite popular. Right now, they’re only available in XL, with all other sizes being sold out. 

Sir Patrick Stewart Promises New Memoir Will Be ‘Revealing And Heartwarming’

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearing his 80th birthday, Sir Patrick Stewart is finally ready for the project he once feared taking on — his memoir.

The award-winning actor best known as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” has a deal with Gallery Books for a “revealing and heartwarming look” into his life and times, the publisher announced Tuesday. A title and release date will be determined later.

“The idea of writing a memoir based on my life and career has been in my mind for several years, but always the demands of work have pushed it into the background. Today there are no demands, nor is there a prediction when there might be,” Stewart, who turns 80 on July 13, said in a statement.

“I am caught in the middle of shooting a new series, ‘Star Trek: Picard,’ and I passionately want to see it through, but in the meantime … what? Well, I have a beautiful study in our house in Los Angeles, sunny and peaceful. I am 80 in a little over two weeks’ time. I have just treated myself to a gorgeous office chair. And … I have the time. But most important, I am loving what I am doing, even though I never thought I would or could.”

Stewart will write about everything from “Star Trek” to his award-winning stage performances to his voice work on “American Dad.” He had expressed concern in the past about bringing back memories of his abusive father, but he will “reflect on his childhood in Yorkshire, England, ​marked by poverty and domestic violence; as well as his lifelong political advocacy and ongoing charity work,” according to Gallery, a division of Simon & Schuster.

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Fourth of July sale: This 32-inch LG LED TV is on sale for under $200

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