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‘The Marvels’ flops at the box office, a setback for the MCU

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The film’s cast couldn’t engage in film promotion until Wednesday evening when the strike was officially ended following an agreement reached between SAG-AFTRA and the studios.

The latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), ‘The Marvels,’ has faced a disappointing reception at the box office. Despite the MCU’s consistent success over the years, this film has failed to meet the high expectations set by its predecessors.

‘The Marvels,’ which was highly anticipated by fans, suffered from lacklustre reviews from critics and a lukewarm response from audiences. The film’s underperformance has raised questions about the future of the MCU and the studio’s ability to maintain its winning streak.

The movie, which was intended to be a blockbuster, struggled to draw crowds to theatres, leading to lower-than-expected ticket sales. The reasons for this setback are still unclear, with some attributing it to franchise fatigue or a less engaging storyline.

The film’s poor performance has also cast a shadow on the actors and production team involved, who had hoped for another massive hit in the MCU. This stumble may prompt Marvel Studios to rethink their approach to future projects and consider new strategies to maintain their dominance in the superhero film genre.

Despite this setback, the MCU remains a major player in the film industry, and fans are eager to see how the studio will bounce back from this unexpected disappointment.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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