The world’s tallest observation wheel opened in Las Vegas on Monday at the LINQ.
The 550-foot wheel takes riders on a 30-minute ride and has 28 glass-enclosed and air-conditioned gondolas that can each hold up to 40 people. At full capacity, more than 1,100 can ride at the same time. It’s not made to be a thrill ride, but rather designed to provide stunning views of The Strip and surrounding mountains.
“The panoramic view your get of the city is tremendous,” said Eric Eberhart, High Roller general manager.
The High Roller will be open to the public in a variety of ticketing options available online and on-site. Rides cost $24.95 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. The price increases to $34.95 after 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. Those who don’t want to wait in line can purchase an Express Pass for $59.95. The High Roller will be open seven days a week 365 days a year.
The High Roller is the focal point of The LINQ, which has been opening in phases since December 27, 2013. They incorporated 2,000 LED light packages into the Ferris Wheel. Every afternoon when the sun sets, there’s a 25-minute program that runs a sequence of lights. The LINQ is located in the center of the Strip between The Quad Resort and Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas and directly across from Caesars Palace.
“It’s really an art piece on the Las Vegas skyline, from the dynamic lighting sequences to the overall engineering and architecture that it adds to the skyline,” says Jon Gray, vice president and general manager of The LINQ, the open-air dining, retail and entertainment district where the High Roller is located. “It’s a new icon that everyone, locals and tourists alike, have embraced. We’ve really enhanced the Las Vegas skyline.”
Measuring in at 550-feet tall, The High Roller will take over the No. 1 spot from the Singapore Flyer, which stands at 541 feet, and will be about 100 feet taller than the London Eye, which opened in 2000 on the banks of the Thames River in England.
High Roller Ferris Wheel in Las Vegas
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Is Now The Highest-Grossing Film Of All Time
Avengers: Endgame is officially the highest-grossing film to date. The Disney film has earned $2.79 billion worldwide, beating the long-standing record holder: Avatar.
The feat of beating James Cameron’s Avatar is not a small one. The iconic film, which was released in 2009, held the title for ten years before Avengers: Endgame surpassed it.
Furthermore, the superhero-filled movie was able to reach its $2.79 billion in 87 days. Last June, Avengers: Endgame was re-released with a tribute to Stan Lee, the famous comic book writer who created most of the superheroes on the film.
Avatar was in the theaters for 234 days. In 2019, Cameron has confirmed filming for Avatar’s sequels is underway.
The re-released in June was meant to bring back fans into the theater and see the film once again. It has been a driving factor for the film’s success in the global box office.
On Sunday, Disney officially announced the film’s success. This announcement comes after the San Diego Comic-Con 2019, where Marvel and Disney revealed the Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer of The Walt Disney Studios, wrote in a statement, “A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted Avengers: Endgame to these historic heights.”
Starting next year, Disney will be releasing superhero content until 2021. The first film scheduled to release is Black Widow. The long-awaited stand-alone movie of the Russian spy-turned-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent will be in theaters on May 21, 2020. The movie stars Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz.
Other movies set to be released The Falcon and Winter Soldier, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Thor 4: Love and Thunder and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Disney is also releasing MCU TV series such as WandaVision and Loki. Both will be released in Disney’s Disney Plus, the company’s streaming service to be launched on November 12, 2019.
Disney is the Biggest Winner
In 2009, Disney acquired Marvel Studios for $4 billion. The offer came after the success of the first Marvel movie, Iron Man. The stand-alone film about the eccentric billionaire who made himself as one of the top superheroes of the century earned $600 million worldwide.
Before Marvel CEO Bob Iger accepted Disney’s acquisition offer, Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures have been in working with the company for its numerous films. Paramount Pictures was the distribution company for Iron Man and its sequels. Marvel also worked on Hulk and The Incredible Hulk in 2003 and 2008, respectively.
After acquiring Marvel, Disney produced The Iron Man 3 that earned $409 million. Since then, Disney has consistently produced box-office hits such as Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Since Iron Man 3, Disney has earned more than $18.2 billion.
Disney also had good partnerships, such as one with Sony for the production of the recent Spider-man films. Spider-man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home earned $334 million and $320 million in domestic sales, respectively. The Sony-Disney partnership also made Spider-Man’s appearance on the MCU films.
Aside from the profits from films, Disney also rakes in money from merchandising. MCU’s characters have become infamous with merchandise ranging from clothing to toys.
What’s New for Disney?
Disney is continuing with its expansion. Earlier this year, the multimedia giant has acquired film and TV assets from 21st Century Fox. The deal amounted to $71.3 billion.
With this acquisition, Disney now owns films like Titanic, Deadpool, and Fantastic 4. TV Series like Simpsons and How I Met Your Mother is now part of Disney’s repertoire.
Fans are excited how many Fox-owned Marvel superheroes will join Disney’s MCU.
Before Fox, Disney has since worked on building its company assets and portfolio. In 2006, Disney bought Pixar for $7.4 billion. The merger has brought on films like Wall-E, Inside Out, and Coco.
In 2009, Disney also bought Hulu, the streaming giant. During that time, Disney only had 30% of the shares. After the merger with Fox, its shares rose to 60%. That same year was when Disney bought Marvel Entertainment.
In 2012, fans were both happy and worried when Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion. It turned into a great deal when the re-birth of the Star Wars series with The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.
More Female Superheroes In MCU Phase 4 Lineup
Marvel Studio’s president, Kevin Feige opened the Pandora’s Box at the San Diego Comic-Con earlier today with a barrage of details regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after its recently wrapped-up Phase 3.
During its panel, Feige talked about all of the movies and series that the studio is planning to make in the next couple of years. In a nutshell, he announced a staggering total of ten films, which Marvel fans have been crooning about on Twitter.
Without a doubt, the MCU helped shape pop culture with its widely popular movies from the past decade. However, a relatively vast majority of its superhero ensemble featured mainly male characters. Fortunately, as one door closes, another one opens, and it’s welcoming more female superheroes into the mix.
Not that the MCU is a sexist and misogynistic production house, but most of the cornerstone heroes featured in the big screen have been the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. Furthermore, they’re the only characters from the Original Six Avengers heroes that had the opportunity not only to receive one but three stand-alone films each.
Notably, Marvel Studio has taken into account the lack of female influence when it comes to saving the world from aliens, destruction, or a giant purple alien attempting (attempted) to wipe out half of the whole population in the universe.
It has long introduced Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff among the Original Six but being the only woman in the group surely can’t be enough. So, in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, Wanda Maximoff or Scarlet Witch (played by Elizbeth Olsen) became an integral member of the Avengers.
Towards the end of the Infinity War saga, the MCU debuted its newest hero: Captain Marvel (played by Brie Larson), which has shaped to become one of the studio’s cornerstone heroes in the upcoming Phase 4 in 2020. Furthermore, the studio cannot make her any more prominent as the comics itself tell that she is the strongest superhero in the Marvel Universe.
Pushing forward, now that Phase 3 has officially closed its chapter through Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is a telling story of what happened after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The MCU is ready to put the Phase 4 wheels, which was already in motion, in full throttle.
Among Feige’s announcements, three particular movies are about to set the tone for women representation in the MCU even louder. First, which is the most obvious, Captain Marvel will have its second stand-alone movie in Phase 4.
However, Feige only brushed on the topic and did not provide any clear indication of how the story will play out or when it will be released, nonetheless it is to be expected.
Captain Marvel proved to be a bigger-than-expected hit at the box office as it grossed $1.1 billion globally. It served as Marvel’s first-ever solo female superhero movie. Critically, the film holds a decent 78 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Other than being the first woman featured in an MCU movie, Larson has been advocating and pushing the Studio to venture farther and introduce a superhero belonging from the LGBT community.
“It wasn’t enough for me to just look strong on a poster; it needed to extend further than that,” she told Variety.
Marvel producer Victoria Alonso added that the “world is ready” for a gay superhero. “I’m so passionate about this,” she told Variety. “Our entire success is based on people that are incredibly different. Why wouldn’t we? Why would we only want to be recognized by only one type of person? Our audience is global, is diverse, is inclusive. If we don’t do it that way for them, we will fail.”
According to Alonso, The Eternals—coming to theaters next year—will feature a queer lead.
The second movie that Feige mentioned during the studio’s SDCC panel was the confirmation of the Black Widow movie, an origin story to Natasha Romanoff and her past.
Although Romanoff’s character has been present since the early years of the Avengers storyline, took her ten years and eventual death in Endgame, at least she is finally getting the stand-alone film that she deserves.
The plot will revolve around Romanoff being trained as an assassin by the Russian KGB since childhood and how she ended up becoming an agent of SHIELD and an Avenger. It will also deal with Nat’s secretes, will help her understand her past, and put all the pieces of herself back together
Other cast members include O-T Fagbenle, Golden Globe nominee David Harbour, Florence Pugh, Ray Winstone, and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz.
Black Widow opens the MCU Phase 4 in theaters on May 1, 2020.
Finally, one of the most surprising and exciting twist to the MCU is the announcement that Natalie Portman will return to the Thor franchise with Thor: Love and Thunder.
However, this time around, Portman’s Jane Foster won’t be a love interest for the God of Thunder but will get the chance of picking up Mjölnir itself.
In other words, Portman’s the newest addition to the list of mighty heroes deserving enough to wield the weapon-—following after Steve Rogers/Captain America who used it against Thanos in Endgame.
The announcement was made in a quirky way as Portman joined Feige on the stage with Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and director Taika Waititi. Waititi even kneeled and offered the Mjölnir to her as some honorary rite.
Her super new role in the fourth Thor film is based on Jason Aaron’s comic book run that saw Jane Foster ultimately becoming the Mighty Lady Thor when Thor Odinson finds himself unworthy of picking up Mjölnir.
New Superheroes Making Their Debut To The MCU
There will be four new franchises added to the MCU as it ventures to Phase 4
Today, at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios revealed the upcoming movies in its latest lineup — including the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where they will be introducing new superheroes to the franchise.
In recent years, Marvel has introduced characters like the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, and Ant-Man while Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Captain Marvel, will serve as the cornerstones of the franchise. All of these characters received praise and admiration from the MCU’s long-time fans and will undoubtedly be present in Phase 4.
The Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, told attendees during the SDCC that he is “not done with the current line of superheroes in the MCU and will be introducing more in the following years.”
One of the most significant announcements was Marvel Studios’ The Eternals, but Feige did not venture into detailing the specifics of how the movie will pan out in the theater just yet. It does, however, follow the MCU’s plans on taking the entire franchise to a more “cosmic” level.
Notably, The Eternals is a creation of Jack Kirby, which is about a race of nearly immortal human beings who are continually the “Deviants.” Both are creations of “The Celestials” after biological experimentations with humans.
Where most Eternals have chosen to follow the path of peace, the Deviants are hateful and warlike. The Eternals have human-like features, unlike the spiteful Deviants. They will battle each other across the universe, usually at the expense of human life.
The Eternals will be starring Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, and Don Lee as Gilgamesh.
Significantly, Angelina Jolie will be playing a not-so-major character called Thena. It was first reported that the oscar-winning actress was in talks about making her debut in the MCU last March.
We noted that Jolie would be opting for a lesse-demanding role due to the existing projects she has, such as directing and producing her films.
Furthermore, the movie will be directed by Chloe Zhao, the “supposed-to-be” director of the origin story of Black Widow. The projects are also said to follow the script written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo.
The Eternals will come to theaters on November 6, 2020.
SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
Another superhero making his MCU debut is Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi that will be played by Simu Liu. Appearing alongside Liu will be Awkwafina in an undisclosed role, and Tony Leung will play the villain taking part as the (real) Mandarin.
Shang-Chi, also known as the Master of Kung Fu, will be Marvel Studio’s first lead Asian superhero.
Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who worked with Captain Marvel herself Brie Larson on The Glass Castle.
In theaters February 12, 2021.
Feige also introduced Mahershala Ali as Blade and will also be making his debut on the big screen, but a release date has yet to be announced.
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will be replacing Wesley Snipes who played the martial artist Daywalker three times, in 1998’s Blade (the first successful Marvel Comics film), 2002’s Blade II and 2004’s Blade Trinity. Rapper Sticky Fingaz replaced him for Spike’s Blade TV series, which only lasted one season in 2006.
The Blade Trilogy from New Line Cinema helped shepherd comic books and superheroes to the big screen. Combined, the three films brought in over $400 million at the global box office, ComingSoon reports.
Blade was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan as a supporting character in the comic book “The Tomb of Dracula” #10 in July of 1973.
During the SDCC panel, Feige teased that he did not have enough time to talk about the upcoming Fantastic Four movie that is reportedly meant to merge with the storyline of the mutants.
Although they are not completely new superheroes, the news is relatively new since Disney’s successful acquisition of Fox that previously held the rights over the Fantastic Four and X-Men franchise.
“Not until we’re given the word,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained last year of plans with the Fox characters. “I have vague dreams and vague ideas. But right now, bringing to life the 10,000-plus characters that Marvel fully controls is what the gameplan is.”
In other words, we won’t be seeing any of the Marvel Studio-helmed Fantastic Four or X-Men movies for quite a while, but they should be in the near future.
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