Hard NOC Life 242: D+ for Marvel Studios

Hard NOC Life is back with Britney’s Naomi Podcast co-host Brother Nate Milton guest co-hosting! Britney and Nate grade Marvel Studios’ Disney+ presentation and the non-Marvel shows they’re most excited for, including a first look at Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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First Looks at Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and More From Disney+

Disney Plus offered the first glimpses of several upcoming live-action Marvel superhero series today, as part of its “Disney Plus Day” event. The new clips appear in the second half of an extended trailer which is currently viewable on the streaming service.

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On Body Image, Diversity, and Comics’ Outdated Standard of Beauty

Originally posted on Black Nerd Problems

ESPN made a “Body Issue” based on Marvel superheroes, and it’s glorious. But before we get to that, let’s go through some fascinating history first. The first Body Issue was published in 2009 in response to a significant decline in ESPN magazine’s revenue during the financial crisis. Not only that, because it was also a response for that pesky high-selling publication from their competitor, Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue. ESPN photographers took shots of athletes — some more famous, others less known — nearly or completely naked, bearing it all with a soccer ball, or a baseball bat, or the snowboard they ride on. Where the Swimsuit Issue focused on homogeneous models showcasing bikinis and pandering to the typical standard of Hollywood beauty however, the Body Issue saw an opportunity: ESPN the Magazine would focus on the diversity of the human form by centering on the athletes themselves.

And focusing on diversity proved to be an amazingly successful strategy. Who knew?

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