Link Tank: The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Unique Problem

The MCU's unique flaw, why Batgirl should have a female director, a review of Army of the Dead, and more in today's Link Tank!

Guardians of the Galaxy

Dave Bautista exiting the MCU reveals a unique flaw of the franchise: fans expecting it to be never ending.

“Marvel is sending its most eccentric franchise back into intergalactic battle with the releases of next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and 2023’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The latter project could be the last time all the Guardians appear on-screen together, with some characters rumored not to make it out of the threequel alive. One of the film’s stars doesn’t think fans should be surprised by that.”

Read more at Inverse.

Batgirl now has two male directors at the helm. Let’s examine some very obvious reasons why the movie should’ve had a female director.

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“At first, the news that DC’s Batgirl was finally going to get the movie she deserved felt like music to my ears. Her film has been in development hell for years, and I felt relief that such an iconic DC hero was coming to the big and little screen. That joy and relief was dampened by the fact that the directors they have reportedly chosen are two men, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who directed Bad Boys for Life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Don’t drink saltwater at the beach this summer. Here’s the science behind why that could kill you.

“Soon after you learn not to eat sand, you’re taught the next crucial lesson of beach safety: Don’t drink seawater. Not because it harbors germs (though that’s also probably a valid reason to keep your mouth shut while dodging waves), but because it’s salty. Sodium, the main element in salt, isn’t intrinsically bad for us in. In fact, it’s a vital electrolyte that helps regulate blood volume and other body functions.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Zack Snyder’s new zombie heist movie Army of the Dead is an entertaining but mediocre disappointment.

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“There is no working director as determined as Zack Snyder to find an equal balance between humor and self-seriousness, and despite that determination has absolutely no clue how to go about doing it. His recent films have often gotten the label “grimdark,” and while the doom and gloom is often leavened by unexpected bursts of humor, the jokes rarely actually land.”

Read more at Thrillist.

Tinder will flag potentially harmful messages before sending in an attempt to curb harassment on the platform.

“Tinder is combating online harassment with one simple question: Are you sure? A new feature of the same name (AYS?) serves as a real-time warning to think twice before sending potentially abusive messages to fellow dating app users. Relying on artificial intelligence to learn harmful language and flag its use in messages, Tinder now asks folks to take another pass before hitting send.”

Read more at PCMag.

A new Star Trek: The Next Generation comic series titled The Mirror War will see an evil Picard in the Mirror universe.

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“All is not well in Star Trek’s Mirror universe. Okay, things are never well in the Mirror universe—everyone’s evil there, and constantly scheming, murdering, and/or scheming about murder—but things are going to get much worse when IDW releases a new Trek comic event with the absolutely awesome title The Mirror War.”

Read more at Gizmodo.