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WandaVision Changed the MCU Forever

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WandaVision’s season finale released last Friday, leaving fans trying to wrap their heads around what they just saw. The first Disney+ installment of the MCU was strange, to say the least and may have taken a little while to get some momentum, but delivered an impressive story from beginning to end. Unlike most new television series, WandaVision already had the trust of fans that the show would be worth the watch. It did not disappoint.

After a long year and a half hiatus from the MCU, fans sat down and watched WandaVision – Marvel’s first real foray into television (no, we’re not counting Agents of Shield or Agent Carter). There was a lot of buzz about how WandaVision could advance the story of the Avengers. Now that we’ve all had the chance to watch the season finale let’s unpack what WandaVision did (and did not) deliver.

Plot Breakdown

As a show, WandaVision offers two big things at once: a crafty, ever-changing format and a cryptic, slow-burning (at first) plot. The impressive feat is how the strong suit shifts from the style to the story.  Each episode is modeled to look like a different era of American television. The early episodes are black and white with a laugh track and cute little jingles à la I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show. The set design, format, even dialogue shift throughout the season, emulating shows like The Brady Bunch, Step by Step, Malcolm in the Middle, and Modern Family.

The show even includes classic tv tropes like nosy neighbors, pets that come and go, and babies that grow up overnight. Even the fake commercials between scenes look like they were ripped from time. It seems poetic that as the MCU helps usher in a new TV era, it does so by paying an homage to all the eras before.

The story is not easy to wrap your head around at first. And if you haven’t seen any of the Marvel movies, forget it. Wanda and Vision are husband and wife living in a New Jersey suburb. They have their powers, Vision is still a synthezoid, but they masquerade as a normal American couple when around their neighbors.

Oh, so many questions.

First of all, why are we watching in black and white? Why is there a laugh track? More importantly, how is Vision alive? Thanos killed him. In the first couple episodes, WandaVision does little to explain itself – only dropping little hints that things aren’t exactly how they seem. For example, within two episodes, Wanda discovers she’s pregnant, gives birth, and then has two twin 10-year-old boys.

 A few episodes in, we meet characters who live outside of Wanda and Vision’s cookie-cutter town. Monica Rambeau, who we last saw as a young girl in Captain Marvel, is now a woman working for the government agency, S.W.O.R.D. We are reintroduced to FBI agent Jimmy Woo who we last saw in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Darcy Lewis from the Thor movies.

The audience learns that Wanda and Vision’s hometown of Westview is under some kind of spell. Later, we learn that it is Wanda who controls the spell and everyone inside. While S.W.O.R.D. and the FBI work to end the hex around Westview, Wanda pushes back.

What the…?

Jaws hit the floor at the end of episode 5 when Wanda’s dead brother, Pietro, knocks on the door. However, the actor is not Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who played Pietro in the Avengers movies, but Evan Peters, who played him in the X-Men movies. (more on that later)

The big bomb drops at the end of episode 8. It is revealed that the lovable, meddling neighbor Agnes played by Kathryn Hahn, is really Agatha Harkness, a rival witch and the true antagonist in WandaVision.

The 8th episode is the big payoff that puts all the pieces together. Agatha explains to Wanda that they are both witches, and Agatha wants Wanda’s powers for herself. She takes Wanda on a trip down memory lane. This is when we learn that growing up in Sokovia, Wanda was a big fan of American sitcoms – thus the reason for her spell. We got an intimate look at the love between Wanda and Vision. After Wanda lost her parents, her home was destroyed, and her brother dead, Vision was there for her, and she fell in love. Before Thanos killed vision, the two had plans to retire in Westview. Grief-stricken by Vision’s death, Wanda went to Westview, altered reality, recreated Vision, and put a spell on all its inhabitants.

The showdown in the finale pitted Wanda against Agatha, launching spells and mystic energy at one another high above Westview. Meanwhile, Vision fought against a replica made by S.W.O.R.D. The two synthezoids were too evenly matched until finally, the original Vision mind effed the duplicate with an existential dilemma. The all-white copy took off and disappeared, but only after the original Vision uploaded his thoughts and memories into him.

In the end, Wanda defeats Agatha and holds her prisoner under a spell as the nosy neighbor in Westview. After a heartfelt goodbye to her two boys and Vision, Wanda removes the Hex on Westview, and her family disappears.

No Mutants

There was speculation about whether or not WandaVision would introduce mutants into Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie rights to the X-Men have belonged to Fox since the early ‘00s. When Disney officially acquired Fox in 2019, X-Men could legally join the MCU. In the comic books, Wanda was both a mutant and an Avenger. Fans have anxiously wondered how the MCU would introduce the X-Men. It was a popular theory that Wanda’s reality-bending abilities would be the mutants’ ticket in. Evan Peters played Quicksilver, aka Wanda’s brother Pietro in the X-Men movies. When Evan Peters showed up as Quicksilver in WandaVision, fans cheered as surely this meant they were blending the universes.

Nope

Evan Peters was a red herring, and he was merely a townsperson named Ralph Bohner, who Agatha was controlling.

WandaVision did not introduce any mutants (that we know of), but that doesn’t rule out that she will be the instrument the MCU uses in the future.

Powers Unleashed

When we first saw Wanda in The Avengers Age of Ultron, we didn’t really know much about her abilities. “He’s fast, and she’s weird,” says Maria Hill summing up Wanda and Pietro. She did some hypnotizing spells on Iron Man and the Avengers. We also see she can levitate create force fields. But in the comic books, Wanda’s abilities were expansive. Each installment after Ultron, we got a little more. She held her own in Captain America: Civil War. In Avengers: Endgame, she almost single-handedly defeated Thanos. WandaVision put a spotlight on just how powerful Wanda’s powers were and could grow to be. Says Agatha Harkness: “Your power exceeds that of the Sorcerer Supreme (Doctor Strange).”

Big Plans for Monica Rambeau

Monica Rambeau, played by Teyonah Paris, will play a big part in moving forward in the MCU. In WandaVision, she gets some cool powers by crossing through Wanda’s Hex. In the comic books, she can turn into any form of matter; she can travel at the speed of light, and of course, super strength and durability.

If you are a loyal fan of the MCU, you know that just because the credits are rolling doesn’t mean it’s over. WandaVision delivered plenty of mid and post-credit scenes. In one of the finale’s mid-credit scenes, a Skrull alien tells her she’s needed in space. She will be a key component in upcoming movies – most likely Captain Marvel 2.

What About Agatha

Agatha Harkness is one of the most interesting side characters in the Marvel comic book lure. She has spanned all different comic storylines, having ties to Wanda, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and Ghost Rider. She points out that Wanda will need her in the future. To which, Wanda responds, “Then I’ll know where to find you.” And then Wanda turns Agatha into a suburban mind-slave. Harkness’s character has Loki-level potential to be a repeat offender.

MCU Can Make TV Shows

No other movie franchise has reached the peaks that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has. They managed to tell a 20 part story with dozens of dynamic characters and intricate plots. While some movies are better than others, the MCU standard has been, above all else, awesome. Now using the Disney+ platform, they have moved into the television scene. If WandaVision showed fans anything, it’s that the MCU can crush that medium as well. With high budget visual effects, complex plots, and consistent fan service, fans should have every bit of confidence that future MCU TV shows will be a level above ordinary programming.

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Most Watched TikTok Recipes

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TikTok is not only the home for viral dances but also recipes! So if you’re not on TikTok but still want to learn some easy-to-cook recipes, then you’re on the right page. Here’s a list of most-watched TikTok recipes that look good enough to eat. 

#1 “Man Meal” Baked Overstuffed Chicken

This “man meal” dish Ali Grace Morsell cooked for her husband has garnered more than 6.1M views on TikTok recipes. This dish is served as an after gym meal for Ali’s husband hence the name. It’s a recipe that can be prepped and cooked for less than an hour. 

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts 
  • Diced green chiles 
  • Worcestershire sauce 
  • All-purpose seasoning
  • Cream cheese
  • Salt
  • Parsley on top
  • Mashed potatoes on the side

#2 Chocolate Mochi

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This home-made mochi with chocolate filling by My Asian Mum-in-Law reached over 11.2M views on TikTok. If this is your first time encountering the word “mochi,” it’s a rice cake made with glutinous rice. However, some of you might know mochi as ice cream. In Japan, this sticky rice treat has various variations that match the country’s seasonal specialties. 

Ingredients:

  • Glutinous rice flour
  • Chocolate balls 

#3 Mini Pizza 

If you’re looking for a fun and quick treat to make, this 5-minute mini pizza recipe is perfect for you. 

Ingredients:

  • Biscuit
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Cheese
  • Pepperoni 
  • Egg

#4 Baked Mac and Cheese

This baked mac and cheese by Mariam are one of the best mac and cheese dishes for thanksgiving. It’s a creamy and savory dish that’s well-deserving of more than 14.3 M views. Besides, this is one of the most trending dishes on the TikTok recipes’ feed.  

Ingredients:

  • Heavy cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Penne Pasta
  • Onion
  • Butter (1 stick)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Garlic
  • Cheese
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Turmeric

#5 Disneyland Grilled Sandwich

If you’re a fan of a cheesy grilled sandwich and Disneyland, then you should try lifewithmarq’s TikTok. This recipe generated more than 6.6M views on the platform. So if you don’t mind eating more than 120 calories in one dish, give this recipe a go. As a fan of all cheese dishes, I’ll give this one a try. 

Ingredients:

  • Artisano bread
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cheddar cheese slice
  • Cream cheese
  • Heavy cream
  • Garlic 
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

#6 Firecracker Shrimp

If you’re a fan of seafood and all things spicy, this recipe by Kwokspots is worth the try! This hot recipe earned more than 6.4M. 

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • Egg
  • Buttermilk 
  • Seasoning flour
  • Panko

Fire Sauce: 

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • Ground pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp chili flakes

#7 Potato Gnocchi

If you’re feeling a bit extra today and cook something new, potato gnocchi is a great dish to try. This heartwarming recipe featuring the TikTok user’s mom received more than 9.5M views. 

  • 1 kg boiled potatoes
  • Salt
  • 300g flour
  • Sauce 
  • Cheese

#8 Homemade Reese’s Cup

Last but not least, on our TikTok recipes lists, create your version of Reese’s cup at home from Italian Foodaholics. This recipe by the TikTok user received more than 6.3M views on TikTok. With only three recipes, you can make your chocolatey dessert. 

  • 150g chocolate
  • 2tbsp Icing sugar
  • Peanut butter

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3D Printed House: The Future of Architecture and Construction

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As our technologies evolve, 3D printing technology has advanced over the past few decades. Thanks to this, designers created many models, products, and prototypes at a fast pace. Alright, you’ve probably heard all the latest 3D printing creations. Now, we’re on another milestone as 3D printed houses are on the rise to “mainstream.” 

The Future of Construction

Screencapture from Mashable

On average, the overall process of building a house takes at least 6.5 to 9 months. However, 3Strands and ICON collaborated on a home building project that will shake the world of construction. Let’s see if this is a good or bad thing for the construction industry. 

3Strands is a creative real estate developer that aims to build “better” homes to improve people’s lifestyle. On the other hand, ICON develops advanced technologies for construction. Now, putting these two together created a miracle for the construction industry. 

This 3D printing project commenced because of the following problems: 

  • Lack of supply
  • Sustainability
  • Resiliency 
  • Affordability
  • Design options
  • Extreme lack of housing

If you have any experience buying a pre-selling condo or house and lot, the downside involves the construction length. But what if 3Strands and ICON managed to create a dozen homes with at least 5 to 7 days length of construction time. However, in this case, let’s use the term “printing time.” 

By the time the whole world catches up with this type of construction, it will benefit our environment. 3D printed houses lead to less: 

  • Wastage of natural resources
  • Carbon footprint
  • Time consumed

On the other hand, this convenient construction method will harm skilled workers such as but not limited to the following: 

  • Carpenters
  • Masons
  • Painters
  • Laborers
  • Etc. 

If ever the world adapted to this new construction technology, there will be a massive workforce cutback. On the downside of advanced technology, a lot of workers will lose their livelihood. 

3D House Features 

Screencapture from Mashable

As the first-ever 3D printed house for sale in America, each house costs $400,000 each. These 3D houses are now for sale in Austin, Texas. In the Austin series, four homes are currently on the market listings. Each house has 1,000 to 2,000 square feet of lot space in total.   

The design of the 3D printed houses has a clean futuristic look. On the other hand, the designer’s use of textures and colors holds a satisfying balance to the eyes. It’s a modern house that’s worth the price.

Design Features: 

  • Two to four bedrooms
  • Covered front porches
  • Extensive front yards
  • Covered parking
  • Open concept floor plan
  • Bespoke Interior Design
  • Vaulted master bedrooms
  • Large North-facing windows
  • High-performance HVAC
  • Secluded office/bedrooms
  • Minimalist architectural aesthetic

The first floor of the houses for sale is 3D printed using ICON’s advanced materials and technology. It’s designed to be: 

  • Safer
  • Able to withstand floor, fire, and wind. 
  • Sustainable
  • Resilient

Conclusion

In the end, this 3D-printed house is the future of construction and architecture. This project is an excellent achievement for the 3D printing industry, from creating miniature models to livable dwellings. Again, this is a fantastic milestone for our ever-evolving technology. Let’s take this as another step closer to a more sustainable and environment-friendly future. 

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Best Apps for the Zen Master

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Are you a zen master who’s on a venture in finding the best calming applications to use? Look no further, you’re on the right article. Here’s a list of apps that help people meditate, sleep, and relax. 

MyLife Meditation

MyLife Meditation is one of the best apps of 2019 chosen for a healthy lifestyle. It’s a meditation and mindfulness application catered to your emotions. Furthermore, based on your emotions, the app suggests short guided meditations by experts. 

Features:

  • Mindful meditation
  • Track your mental health
  • Anxiety Relief
  • Breathing exercises
  • Sleep meditation 

iPhone Rating: 5-stars

Android Rating: 4.5-stars

Pricing Plan: 

  • Free plan with limited features
  • MyLife Subscription at $9.99/month. 

Calm

Calm is an award-winning app on both Google Play and Apple Store. What’s more, the platform is coined as “the world’s happiest” app. Aside from the adult zen master, it also has content targeted for kids in their “Calm Kids” section. 

Features:

  • Soundscapes 
  • Nature scenes 
  • Meditation music and guide
  • Bedtime stories
  • Master guides
  • Stretching and calming exercises 
  • Walking meditation
  • Daily calm featuring new reflection each day.

iPhone Rating: 5-stars

Android Rating: 4.5-stars

Pricing Plan: 

  • Free plan with limited features
  • Calm Premium at $14.99/month. 

The Mindfulness App 

The Mindfulness App offers a 5-day guided introduction to mindfulness that helps beginners get started. Besides that, it provides 3-30 minutes timed guided or silent meditations suited for someone who works on a tight schedule. 

Features:

  • Brain training
  • Personalized “timed session”
  • Setting reminders
  • Premium offers specialized meditations, courses, and challenges guided by professionals.

iPhone Rating: 5-stars

Android Rating: 4.5-stars

Pricing Plan: 

  • Free plan with limited features
  • Premium at $9.99/month

buddhify

buddhify offers 200+ meditation sessions. It teaches the users how to reduce anxiety and stress, promote sleep and help manage difficult emotions. Not to mention, the sessions buddhify provide ranges from 3-40 minutes. Moreover, according to promotions, it’s considered the only meditation app that’s designed to fit into an individual’s busy lifestyle. 

Features:   

  • Meditation on-the-go
  • Custom user-experience
  • Learn and deepen understanding of mindfulness
  • Kids Section
  • 80+ guided meditations. 

iPhone Rating: 5-stars

Android Rating: 4-stars

Pricing Plan: 

  • Apple Store at $4.99 
  • Google Play at $2.99
  • No monthly subscription fee. 

Headspace

Headspace is a meditation app that’s visually appealing with its cheerful animations and easy to navigate. The application offers a 10-day basics course for beginners. It’s designed to educate the user about the essentials of meditation in a matter of days. 

Features: 

  • Themed meditation
  • SOS section
  • Mindfulness workouts
  • Sleep section
  • Offers an organization or work plan

iPhone Rating: 5-stars

Android Rating: 3.5-stars

Pricing Plan: 

  • First 7 days free trial
  • $12.99/month

Sattva

Sattva is an app with a guided meditation that draws from Vedic principles. To explain briefly, Vedic principles are ways considered to lead a peaceful life filled with happiness and prosperity. It’s a suggested way of life taught by wise Rishis. Aside from that, the app also includes mantras delivered by Sanskrit scholars. 

Features: 

  • Guided meditations, chants, mantras, music
  • Collections and playlist
  • Meditation community
  • Personalization
  • Mudras

iPhone Rating: 5-stars

Android Rating: 3.7-stars

Pricing Plan: 

  • Free with limited features
  • Lifetime payment subscription at $399.99

On a Final Note

Thanks to our ever-evolving technology and awareness of mindfulness, there are many apps available for the zen master. However, even if such apps are made for the mind and relaxation, it’s not a direct medical cure for mental instability. Consulting professionals and seeking comfort from friends are still the best remedies.

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