3 Things We Learned From Marvel’s 'Agents Of Shield' Preview

By now, seemingly the entire world has witnessed the first promo for Marvel’s 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' The clip of the highly anticipated, upcoming series comes off as a fan boy’s/girl’s television dream. The 30-second clip, an early look inside the high tech espionage and global law-enforcement agency in charge with keeping the Marvel universe in check, makes one thing clear. Fan favorite Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who appeared in the 2012 blockbuster The Avengers, as well as Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Thor, is back from the dead (!!!). With head creative consultant Joss Whedon and studio president Kevin Feige leading the way, Marvel is on a monumental, money-printing roll (Iron Man 3 has already pulled in close to a billion dollars worldwide). While everyone is still speculating on whether or not lead spy Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) will make an appearance, there’s more to dissect when it comes to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. preview. Read on, true believers.—Keith Murphy (murphdogg29)

1. S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Seem To Have the Goods

On their early promo shot, the Coulson-led crew looked about as intimidating as a preview of the newly re-launched cast of 'All My Children.' But the TV trailer tells a way cooler, more hardcore tale. Weapons man Agent Leo Fitz is seen handling some pretty bout-it gadgets. Combat expert and former soldier Ming-Na is kicking some poor soul’s ass. And a shook Skye (not an agent) looks like she’s just seen the Hulk. Let’s hope we also get some S.H.I.E.L.D. originals like Dum Dum Dugan, Gabriel "Gabe" Jones and Sharon Carter, as well as the gorgeous Maria Hill (played by Cobie Smulders in the Avengers flick) in the mix.

2. Luke Cage Or Rage…You Decide

That mysterious super powered man jumping out of the window and saving some lucky ladies’ hide was initially tagged as Luke Cage, A.K.A. Power Man. But it’s looking more and more like we may have another heroic brother on our hands. All signs point to former Avengers and New Warriors member Rage.
It was UGO editor-in-chief Chris Radtke that caught the clue on Twitter by pointing out the Marvel animated bumper shows a quick glimpse of the inhumanly powerful character who gets stronger and stronger the more he is hit. That said, Marvel still needs to get started on a ‘70s inspired Heroes for Hire series featuring Power Man, Iron Fist and the rest of the gang. Sweet Christmas!

3. Coulson Is Still A Badass

When you’ve survived getting bodied by an Asgardian God, you can pretty much do whatever the hell you want. That includes naming your vintage Corvette Lola. Of course there’s more to the whip than meets the eye. Does it soar to the skies at 50,000 feet? Was it designed by Starks Industries (It was Tony’s genius team of scientists and builders that created the original S.H.I.E.L.D. Flying Car Mark V)? What about those guided missiles, 20 mm electric cannon, and underwater capabilities? And what of that mysterious figure inside the fiery image in which Coulson is walking towards? Could be a villain, hero or a hologram showing some super powered crime scene. Whatever it is, we want more, we want more (cue adorable AT&T girl).

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TLC's Chilli Praises Cardi B For How She's Dealing With Offset Break Up

TLC's Chilli is sending love and light to Cardi B amid the rapper's recent break up with Offset. In a new interview with People, Chilli praised the rapper for handling her public situation much better than she handled her break up with Usher in 2003.

"I have gone through a public breakup, and it is not easy," Chilli, whose real name is Rozanda Thomas, said referring to her split from Usher. "When strangers know your business and want to chime in while you’re still dealing with the pain yourself, it’s difficult. Breakups are hard on anyone, but can you imagine if strangers knew your business? It’s rough."

Thomas also claimed that Cardi was "braver" than she was as she "just sort of shut down" when her two-year relationship to the R&B crooner ended. "I am proud of her for being strong and standing up for herself during a time that is obviously a very hurtful one," she continued. "She has a strong sense of self. That’s why fans have connected with her this way. She talks about her highs and lows; she is fearless."

Later in the interview, Chilli suggested that she would be open to working with Cardi on new music. "I don’t usually like to collaborate with females, and the reason why is because of Lisa," she added. "That is just a little weird for me, personally. But I think with Cardi B, she is an exception to the rule. TLC and Cardi B all day long. We’ve gotten a lot of love from Cardi. It’s really an honor."

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Childish Gambino Reveals Father's Death During Concert Tribute

Childish Gambino wrapped his This Is America Tour in Los Angeles on Monday (Dec. 17) with a special tribute to his father, Donald Glover Sr. The multi-talented artist revealed that his dad passed away a couple of weeks ago, and commemorated his life by previewing a new single.

"I lost my father a couple weeks ago," he announced in a video that was posted on Reddit. "I wanted to play him some of the new songs, but he didn't want to hear them, because he was like, 'I know they're going to be great.'"

He added: "I'm not saying that to talk about music — I say that to talk about trust. That's what love is. I hope you guys get to feel that kind of love."

He later previewed one of the songs he wanted to share with his dad, as seen in a video a fan posted on Twitter. The song sounds like an uptempo tune with heavy horn instrumentals.

The announcement comes shortly after Gambino returned to the stage after suffering from a foot injury. Ahead of the tour, the "Feels Like Summer" rapper also announced that his next album would be his last project under the moniker Childish Gambino. It's unclear if the new track will appear on the final album.

Check out Gambino's tribute to his father in the video below.

@donaldglover unreleased song #ChildishGambino #ThisIsAmerica #thisisamericatour

— Alexis Andrade (@alexisarealtor) December 15, 2018

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VICE CEO Doesn't Believe Desus And Mero's Brand Is Strong Enough For Showtime

Comedy duo Desus & Mero have kept their brand strong since joining forces in 2012 but the newly-appointed CEO of Vice believes their move to Showtime wasn't the best decision.

In an interview with Elle, Nancy Dubuc shared her plans to rebuild the outlet since reports of sexual harassment allegations, unlawful HR practices and the stepping down of Shane Smith came to light this year. Changing the bro culture has removed content and replacing it with more substantial content and finding gems that will also replace the gap left by Desus & Mero.

The guys brought high ratings to the network during their reign from August 2016 to June 2018, but Dubuc doesn't see this happening for their upcoming series at Showtime. “They’re going to a platform that their audience doesn’t pay for,” she said.  “I told them, ‘You can always come back.’”

In an interview with Bossip over the summer, the guys revealed their contracts were cut two months early after news about their deal with Showtime went public. They show consisted of the two commentating on the latest in politics and pop culture while interviewing big names like Gabrielle Union, Rachel Maddow, Diddy, Vic Mensa and Tracee Ellis Ross. They also opened up about their organic approach in comedy was nearly butchered when the network demanded them to work 24/7.

“We were carrying that network on our back, and we felt the weight,” Desus said. “They were talking about, ‘Do not take the weeks off because we don’t get ratings,’ and it’s like, 'Yo, we’re just two people.'”

“We were literally the LeBron of that network,” Mero added. “As a dad, you wanna be around for milestones for like graduations, birthdays…and it’s obnoxious to have to be like, ‘I can’t go to my kid’s graduation because we leave the studio at 3 o’clock and the graduation is at 4.’”

Mero believed the duo were undervalued and not appreciated by the network until it was too late. Their brand transcended platforms as the guys are still active on Twitter and their podcast roots, taking the brand to new heights.

“The channel wanted us to die for this f**king network,” Desus said at the time.  “We’re also the highest rated show on the network, put some respect on our name, have someone come massage my feet.”

We doubt the duo will go back to Vice as excitement for their series on Showtime continues to grow. The guys are already making strides by adding black women to their writing team and recently dropped a teaser for the show.

The brand is strong. #DESUSandMERO are bringing the culture to #Showtime beginning Thurs, Feb 21, at 11p/10c! #BodegaHive

— Desus & Mero on SHOWTIME (@SHODesusAndMero) November 29, 2018

Desus and Mero will premiere on Showtime Feb. 21 at 11 pm ET.

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