Endgame confirms it Captain America will always be my favorite Avenger

first_img In Endgame, Captain America’s story stands out as the Russo brothers lean into the overarching theme of loss. The story (mostly) takes place five years after Thanos’ deadly finger snap in last year’s Infinity War. The tone for the movie is set with the opening track — Steve Winwood’s Dear Mr. Fantasy: “Dear Mr. Fantasy play us a tune, Something to make us all happy, Do anything, take us out of this gloom.”nullCap in Avengers: Endgame.  Marvel Studios Some of the Avengers cope with that loss by — SPOILERS AHEAD — wallowing in self-pity, drinking beer and playing video games (Thor at his funniest). Or going on a bad-guy killing spree (Hawkeye, at his most disturbing) or focusing on putting the past behind them (Stark, at his most detached). Cap not only doesn’t let that devastating loss take him down, he has the strength to help others deal with it. He hosts a self-help group with other survivors struggling with the aftermath of Thanos’ evil plan. “The world is in our hands. We gotta do something with it,” he tells the group, with a touch of world-weary sadness. “Otherwise Thanos should have killed all of us.” It could be a mushy, overly sentimental scene, but it’s not. It’s another moment that shows us that Captain America’s true superpower is his humanity. And it’s not the only moment in Endgame that makes the point that this is a man who’s more than his star-spangled suit and cool Vibranium shield. In a quietly touching scene — SPOILER — a time-traveling Rogers comes across his photo on the desk of Agent Peggy Carter, the woman he loved, lost and can’t forget. But it’s not a photo of our buff superhero in his cool costume. It’s a snap of that skinny kid from Brooklyn, taken before he got the serum boost.   I’m pretty sure it’s the same photo Carter puts away in Rogers’ file at the end of The First Avenger, as she’s coming to terms with his loss. He promised he’d take her dancing, right before he ditches his plane into the ocean to save New York from oblivion. As he takes one for the team, he stares at the photo of Carter he carries around in his pocket compass. My lip quivered just a bit over their goodbyes when I saw the movie eight years ago.And it did again earlier this week as I watched a new ending to their story. It’s his abiding love for Carter that prompts Captain America to do a hero handoff to his friend Sam (the Falcon) and retire from the Avengers, after Thanos is vanquished, of course. MAJOR SPOILER HERE — I applaud screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely for giving Rogers the chance to rewrite his story so he and Carter can share the life together they wanted. Captain America has certainly earned it. As Endgame comes to a close, we see Rogers and Carter finally get their dance while the old World War II ballad “It’s been a long, long time” plays. It’s a lovely moment. And it delivers an exit that’s emotional, bittersweet — and well, just perfect.  11 How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Spoiler-free review: Ultimate love letter to fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed review: MCU clincher so close to being perfect There’s no postcredits scene, but there is a tiny audio stinger Avengers: Endgame’s biggest spoiler-filled WTF questions Here are the best times to take a pee break during the film 3:14 Share your voice Last fall, when Chris Evans tweeted that he’d had an “emotional day” wrapping filming on the fourth Avengers film and that playing Captain America “over the past eight years has been an honor,” fans of the Marvel superhero flipped out. Many feared Cap — aka Steve Rogers — would be killed off in Avengers: Endgame, which opened in theaters worldwide this week.Well — MAJOR SPOILER HERE — fear no more. Captain America doesn’t die. But he does end his run as an Avenger in an exit that’s emotional, bittersweet — and well, just perfect.  And I say that as a huge Captain America fan. He’s my favorite Avenger — and the fact that we’re both from Brooklyn is only part of the reason. It’s because he embodies the ideals — bravery, honesty, loyalty, nobility — that get overlooked when we talk about what makes someone a superhero in movies these days.  So I braced myself for a future in which the very prolific and successful Marvel Cinematic Universe would plod on without him. But four days after seeing Endgame, I’m genuinely happy with how his story plays out in the Russo brothers’ funny, smart, moving and masterful follow-up to last year’s semi-annoying cliffhanger, Avengers: Infinity War. (Our spoiler-free review calls Endgame an epic “thrill ride” and our spoiler-packed review calls it “so close to being perfect.”) Tags TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: Originally published 8:04 a.m. PT.  26 Photos Comments Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… Sure there’s a lot to unpack in Endgame, but Rogers gets the hero’s ending he deserves, and that’s why I’ve been telling friends to go into the flick dehydrated. You don’t want to skip a single minute of this three-hour, one-minute-long epic for a bathroom break (though my colleagues have figured out three scenes where you can run out if you really need to). So while I’ll miss Captain America, Endgame does a great job of reminding me why I’m glad to have known him at all. If Tony Stark/Iron Man is the brains, Thor the brawn and Natasha “Black Widow” Romanova the soul of the Avengers team, Cap is the heart, showing us how one good guy can make all the difference. And I’m not talking about superpowers here. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGERCap in Captain America: The First Avenger.  Jay Maidment When we first meet Rogers in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, he’s a skinny and asthmatic but earnest Army reject, desperately trying to enlist so he can fight the Nazis during World War II. He gets his wish with help from German scientist Abraham Erskine, who’s developed a super soldier serum that transforms Rogers into the mighty, muscular superhero. Erskine (played by an endearing Stanley Tucci) explains why he tapped Rogers, calling him “a good man”: “The serum amplifies everything that is inside. So good becomes great, bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because the strong man who has known power all his life may lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength and knows … compassion.”We see just how much of a good man he is over and again in The First Avenger, including how he throws himself on top of a grenade to protect his fellow soldiers or when he goes into an enemy camp on his own to save his childhood friend, Bucky. He gets knocked down by a bully but stands up each time,  offering up his now signature line: “I can do this all day.”And I love the moment when Cap confronts the villainous Red Skull, head of the evil Hydra cult. Red Skull asks why Dr. Erskine chose Rogers for his serum? Red Skull: “So, what made you so special?Rogers’ answer: “Nothin’. I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.”Humility is its own superpower. At a time when our world is fractured, with some espousing the same un-American values he fought against successfully 75 years ago, Cap is a role model we can all get behind. Some argue he personifies an idealized version of American values and plays into audience nostalgia for a time that never existed. Maybe. But who doesn’t want a leader who’s honest, humble, compassionate, courageous and noble, a team player able to earn the trust of those around him so much so that they’re willing to go to the end of the line with him? More Endgame Marvel Captain America Iron Manlast_img read more

Lupin shares gain on US food and drug regulator closing Goa plant

first_imgLupin shares ended Thursday trading with gains of over 6 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) after the pharma company said in a regulatory filing that the U.S. food and drug regulator has closed the inspection of its Goa plant.The shares gained as high as 8.72 percent in intraday trading but closed at Rs. 1,657.30, up 6.25 percent. It was the biggest Sensex and Nifty 50 gainer on Thursday.The inspection of the Mumbai-based pharma company’s Goa plant by the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) commenced in July 2015. The company said that the US regulator has issued an “establishment inspections report”. The second inspection is yet to reach a similar conclusion. “However, the responses from the March 2016 US FDA inspection and updates thereafter are still under review by the agency,” Lupin informed the BSE in its filing.Lupin has manufacturing units at five Indian locations — Mandideep, Aurangabad, Tarapur, Ankleshwar and Goa. The company has earned a profit of Rs. 2,270 crore on a turnover of Rs. 13,701 crore for the financial year 2015-16. In dollar terms, the net profit was $347 million on sales of $2.09 billion.The S&P BSE Sensex closed at 27,201, a gain of 34 points. Top Sensex gainers other than Lupin included Hindustan Unilever, Dr Reddy’s Labs, HDFC and HDFC Bank while major Sensex losers were Tata Steel, TCS, Coal India, Adani Ports and Infosys.The NSE Nifty closed almost flat at 8,338. The pharma indices on both the exchanges closed with gains of about 1.20 percent.last_img read more

Bangladeshi immigrant Nina Ahmad to run for Congress

first_imgBangladeshi immigrant Nina Ahmad has resigned as deputy mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to run for US Congress Cap: Nina Ahmad.Nina Ahmad is one of the strongest candidates among the Bangladeshi immigrants aspiring to join mainstream politics in the United States so far. Recently she resigned as deputy mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to run for Congress.Nina talked about her preparations for the Congress election during a conversation with Prothom Alo on Thursday. She resigned her post as deputy mayor on 30 September to contest in the election against Congressman Robert Brady, a current member of Democratic Party. She had to leave the post to be nominated in the Congress election. Nina Ahmad will contest as a Democrat member from congressional district-1, consisting Philadelphia City of Chester, a part of Central Philadelphia, and another part of south Philadelphia. If she wins in the primary stage, her chance of victory in the main election will be quite strong.Nina previously served on president’s ‘Advisory Commission of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders’ being appointed by former president Barack Obama. She resigned after Donald Trump has sworn as US president on 20 January this year.  Congressman Robert Brady is the member of Democratic Party who has been under federal scrutiny in a case that snared his two top cohorts. So Brady’s candidacy in November election remains uncertain.On the other hand, Nina has been working in support of immigrants’ rights and respect for more than two decades. She is very popular among the black American, Asian, and Hispanic population. As 78 per cent of the residents of Philadelphia are Democrat supporters, Nina will certainly be at an advantage.Nina told Prothom Alo, “As an immigrant, a woman and a social activist, I am expecting support from people of all spheres.” She said she would start campaigning before Christmas. Earlier, Hashem Clark was the first Bangladeshi congressman in US from 2011 to 2013. Many other Bangladeshi immigrants have participated in the Congress election but never won. Nina Ahmad comparatively has the best chance to win so far.*This item, originally published in Prothom Alo online, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Khap diktat No third child after 2 daughters Re 1 as dowry

first_imgNo third child after the birth of two daughters and only Re 1 to be taken from the girl’s family by the groom were among a host of rulings given out by a Khap Panchayat in the town to discourage the practices of female foeticide and dowry.In an announcement that comes as a breath of fresh air as khaps are infamous for issuing orthodox diktats, Bura Khap’s head Rajbir Bura said that members in a meeting held on Sunday had decided to felicitate couples, who do not have a third child after the birth of two daughters and those who took no or only Re 1 as dowry from the bride’s family. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damThe Khap has also put a limit on the number of members to be part of the bridegroom’s wedding procession at 21.“The decision was much needed as too many people constituting a ‘baraat’ puts unnecessary financial burden on the bride’s family,” the Khap head said.Bura said a decision to shorten the mourning period after a family member’s death from 13 to 7 days was also taken during the meeting. “It was also decided to end the old practice of not having wheat flour, pulses and ghee (clarified butter) during the mourning period.”  Felicitating sportsmen, social activists and writers was also proposed during the meeting.last_img read more

Eco Parks car painting festival sees stellar response from auto enthusiasts

first_imgKolkata: The three-day car painting festival at Eco Park has evoked great response among young car owners.The motto behind painting cars, which has become a popular form of art, is to construct a bridge between automobile and art and also to ensure that the owners maintain their cars and do not drive recklessly. The theme of the festival is closely associated with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Safe Drive Save Life programme, where stress is laid on careful driving. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA group of ‘cartists’ have arrived at the city from Jaipur and are painting modern cars. Many young vintage car owners have brought their vehicles to paint them in beautiful and vibrant colours. The art of car painting has become famous globally after gaining popularity in USA. The cartists said there was tremendous enthusiasm among car owners in Kolkata to paint their vehicles. The paintings are done free of cost. They said: “We want the owners to maintain their cars. They should not drive recklessly and damage the vehicles.” They take one day to complete a vehicle. One or more artists work on one vehicle at a time. The paintings include abstract art, scenery or scenes from a poem or a play. The cartists will also paint two walls near the medical clinic situated inside Eco Park.last_img read more