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People Think Prince William and Kate Middleton Snubbed Meghan Markle in This Photo, but I Call B.S.

Rumors of a “royal feud” between Prince William, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry have been swirling around for months. On some days, it’s the brothers who aren’t getting along. On others, it’s the duchesses. But today’s “feud” story regroups the Fab Four: People on Instagram seem to think Kensington Palace’s latest post is Middleton and Prince William’s way of snubbing Markle.

If that statement alone doesn’t make you roll your eyes, just look at the actual photo that has commenters up in arms. It’s a birthday tribute to Queen Elizabeth II—who turned 93 on April 21—which Kensington Palace captioned, “Wishing a very happy 93rd birthday to Her Majesty The Queen!” In the photo, you see Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Prince Harry, Middleton, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George all smiling during a Trooping the Colour ceremony. Markle, however is noticeably absent.

It didn’t take long for the comments section to blow up with accusations the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were dissing Markle by not including her in the pic. “I just noticed Meghan isn’t here,” wrote one person. “Why deliberately leave Meghan out?” commented another. A third person asked, “But where is Meghan? An official photo without her…why?”

And there are even more responses like this in the comments section. Here’s a non-exhaustive list:

  • “Interesting choice of photo. . . .almost like you looking for trouble. Is there not enough rumours and speculation going around. Why add fuel to the fire?”

    “Happy Birthday Your Majesty👑 ps: there is a part of Harry but no MM”

    “oooooh probably sending a message – the present and the future and who really matters. MM isn’t too important”

    “Oh dear, methinks someone is missing from the photo…”

    “Not a good display of brotherly love in excluding Prince Harry’s wife Megan [sic].”

But there’s a perfectly logical, non-shady explanation for why Meghan Markle isn’t in the pic: She physically wasn’t there. Queen Elizabeth wore her iconic, lime-green suit to 2016’s Trooping the Colour ceremony. Markle only attended her first one last year. It’s literally just an old photo. Nothing to see here. Markle was probably running her Suits lines and posting about fun summer cocktails on The Tig as this was happening.

The outrage of this is seriously hilarious. Fans are really out here thinking Kate Middleton opened Photoshop and let out a maniacal laugh as she cut Markle from this pic—which is ridiculous for many reasons. For one, I have a hard time believing Middleton or Prince William post to the Kensington Palace Instagram account themselves. They have way more important things to do, like pick out new spring shorts for Prince George.

Also, check out the full image, below. Prince Charles is actually cropped out, but you don’t see anyone drumming up feud rumors between him and the Cambridges. (Though now I’m imagining what those three could possibly fight about.)

As royals expert Katie Nicholl explained to Glamour a few weeks ago, the idea of there being a melodramatic rift between the Fab Four—specifically Markle and Middleton—is a gross exaggeration.

“I do think there is some truth to there having been some tension—not just between the duchesses but between the dukes, as well,” she said. “As we all know, things can gather momentum pretty quickly. So while I think there’s been tension, I don’t believe there has been some feud.”

Joe Carnahan Says He Left Bad Boys For Life Over Differences With Will Smith

Development hell is a concept that isn’t new to the film world. While certain projects seem to be promising and have the recipe for success, sometimes plans fail, and movies don’t actually come to fruition. Highly anticipated action threequel Bad Boys For Life originally seemed like one of those movies, as it was been stuck in development hell for a number of years before finally going into production months ago.

Starting back in 2008, quite a few incarnations of Bad Boys‘ threequel were worked on before the current version was eventually nailed down. The Grey‘s Joe Carnahan was set to write and possibly direct Bad Boys III back in 2015, although he ultimately dropped out after the project stewed for a few years. Now he’s explained the reasoning behind his departure, saying:

Well, this certainly sheds a light on things. Joe Carnahan doesn’t seem to have sore feelings about the situation, but it appears that he had some creative differences with franchise star Will Smith. And since Smith is starring and producing Bad Boys For Life, he’s got the right to have the final say. But that’s just not how Carnahan wanted to make that movie.

Joe Carnahan’s comments to Collider are in juxtaposition to the explanation that was given to his exit back in 2017. At that point, some reports indicated a scheduling conflict as the reason for Carnahan’s departure. But it ultimately looks like it was creative differences, and a conflict with none other than Will Smith himself.

In his recent interview, Joe Carnahan was sure to not actually bad mouth With Smith over how Bad Boys For Life eventually came out. On the contrary, he understands what Smith has at stake for the project, and his own creative vision. But since they clashed, the director decided to exit the project, because he didn’t want to work that way on the action sequel.

During that same conversation, Joe Carnahan was sure to pay his respects to Will Smith. Furthermore, he expressed how he was nervous to leave such a high-profile gig, explaining:

It looks like Joe Carnahan harbors no ill-will toward Will Smith due to his Bad Boys For Life departure. And while he was taking a risk by turning down such an opportunity, the writer/director had to follow his gut. That eventually made way for directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to get behind the camera for the new blockbuster.

Bad Boys For Life recently wrapped production, and is currently set to arrive in theaters on January 17, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Looks Like Godzilla Vs. Kong Has Wrapped Filming

We’re still over a month away from Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but that movie is only a stop along the road to the main event. Godzilla is getting ready to go head to head with King Kong, and that battle is now one step closer to the big screen as filming has apparently wrapped on what is currently set to be the finale of the giant monster smashing cinematic universe.

Adam Wingard, director of Godzilla vs. Kong announced at the end of the last week on Instagram (via EW) that the production had hit the “final slate” meaning that the last piece of filming for the project was now done. Now the move goes into post-production for the creation of what will certainly be a large number of digital effects.

The announcement comes two weeks after Wingard announced the end of production in Australia. It wasn’t clear at that point if wrapping in Australia meant the end of principal photography. We know now there was a bit more work to do, but now the movie is ready.

The new western version of Godzilla was introduced in the 2014 movie named after the creature, which was then followed by Kong: Skull Island in 2017. Godzilla: King of the Monsters will arrive in May, which will likely help set up Godzilla vs. Kong which is set to come out next year.

There clearly was confidence that this franchise would work. No secret was made of the fact that Godzilla vs. Kong was the goal when both creatures were announced to be getting new reboots, and the fact that almost as soon as Godzilla: King of the Monsters finished filming, Godzilla vs. Kong got started, shows that the studio was quite sure the project was a sure bet.

Based on the fact that 2014’s Godzilla saw a domestic opening weekend of just short of $100 million on its way to a half billion dollar global box office, it almost certainly seemed to be the case. Kong: Skull Island didn’t do quite as well domestically, but actually outperformed Godzilla internationally, making it another significant hit.

Currently, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is looking at a domestic opening closer to that of Kong: Skull Island, which might mean it won’t be quite the massive hit that the first Godzilla was, but it will almost certainly still bring in strong international numbers and be a financially successful movie.

By the same token, Godzilla vs. Kong seems destined to be a success. It’s one of the most epic battles in cinematic history and it’s one that audiences haven’t seen in decades.

The films have been so successful that it seems highly unlikely that we’ve seen the end of them. While we have no idea what is planned after Godzilla vs. Kong, there’s a good chance we will see something. We haven’t even seen Mechagodzilla yet.

It’s A Great Time To Be A K-pop Fan In The U.S. — If You Can Afford It

By Caitlin Kelley

Money is the cornerstone of any parasocial relationship. You become emotionally attached to a famous stranger. Next thing you know, you’ve joined a collective that pools the rent on their bedazzled tank or their at-home luxuries. But the intricacies of such a commercialized form of human connection translates to all kinds of financial situations. This year, among the K-pop idolsphere, one of the most fevered fan communities on the planet, tours in the U.S. are all the rage.

K-pop fandoms work a little differently from those of Western artists. Given that idols often have to pay back their trainee debt, it’s common knowledge that many Korean acts do not make much money if they haven’t attained the rarified stature of a top-selling group like BTS. But, as with BTS, a group’s crossover success outside of Korea is increasingly dependent on their fans’ performance as consumers. Accordingly, many international fans are saddled with heavier expectations in 2019 to help their favorite idols break big.

A group’s tour performance can make or break their Stateside viability. BTS has incrementally leveled up since their first U.S. tour in 2015, leapfrogging from concert halls to arenas to stadiums. But acts newer to the scene are starting to make their own strides. Rookie boy band ATEEZ sold out a slew of 1,000-seat theaters in March, while colorful girl group Red Velvet sold out their Feb. 7 L.A. stop in less than an hour.

This year, a grand total of 20 headliners hailing from South Korea are making a splash in the States — with more being announced by the week — and their tour dates largely run through the first half of the year: Winner, Oh My Girl, MXM, Red Velvet, KNK, Tiffany Young, ATEEZ, Sunmi, ASTRO, M.O.N.T., Epik High, SF9, BLACKPINK, BTS, TXT, VAV, NCT 127, Stray Kids, TWICE, and Monsta X. The number of U.S. tours in the first half of 2019 has already outdone last year’s crop of stateside acts, when 18 artists trekked the States. In other words, we’re not even halfway through the year of our Lord 2019, and we’re all overwhelmed.

Alyson Luskey, 25, is a longtime fan who lives 45 minutes away from Dallas, an increasingly common tour destination for K-pop artists. She’s noticed a huge surge in shows that are more local to her. Hip-hop trio Epik High was the only act to play the Texas city in 2015 — and the number has already ramped up to seven this year. “It’s very hectic, kinda stressful, especially when you know you’re budgeting on it,” she said. “It’s nice, though. It’s nice to have that be focused, because I don’t have to worry about flying.”

The University of North Texas student wants to go to KCON — a multiple-day K-pop convention held on both coasts in July and August — but she can’t reconcile the price with the reduced setlist for each act. (In 2018, KCON prices ranged from $50 one-night tickets to $1,500 “diamond” passes.) “I don’t think I could justify spending that much, especially when they’re not playing all their songs. It’s just a few songs per group,” she said. “It’s amazing. I have no problems with it at all, it’s just not something that I can afford. And it’s not anywhere near me.”

Lily Dabbs, 21, is a Nashville-based superfan whose city’s barren tour schedule for K-pop acts means she’s often travelling to see her favorite groups. At the moment, she already has plans to see BTS in L.A. and in Chicago and BLACKPINK in Dallas. She’s also hoping to make it to NCT 127’s stops in Dallas and Chicago. Earlier this year, she even flew out to L.A. to see Red Velvet. (Full disclosure: I met her at that show.)

The college junior feels the opposite about the bicoastal K-pop convention. “It might be more worth it to travel to KCON to see 10 groups rather than to see one group that’s nearby,” she said. “It might be the same amount, even.”

Dabbs lives three hours outside of Atlanta, where she occasionally drives for K-pop shows, like ATEEZ on March 22. But even as tour dates spread farther across the States, the emphasis on major cities is still inaccessible for many fans. “It is still kind of difficult because even if a group comes to Atlanta within a six month radius,” she said, “that’ll be the only group that will come.”

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Rookie group ATEEZ perform in London in April 2019 as part of their Expedition world tour

One of the biggest challenges to the multifandom life — in which fans support multiple groups — is the ticket prices. “Tickets for most K-pop concerts, even lesser-known or newer acts, range between $50-$350,” according to a Forbes report. That’s because acts need to make enough money to cover their hiked-up overhead costs while making a worthwhile profit. Tour promoters like SubKulture Entertainment often have to pay for an act’s travel, lodging and venues — and K-pop groups can travel in packs as large as 13. Despite the insatiable appetite of K-pop fandom, it’s hard enough for touring artists to sell enough tickets to break even, which is a struggle that even KCON has faced.

Tiered pricing often makes room for additional fan experiences such as “hi-touch,” where fans can literally give their “biases,” or favorite members, high-fives. Then there’s ticket resellers, who are known to drastically hike up the costs. Right now, you can find scalpers selling BTS tickets on StubHub for $2,850 a pop — a far cry from the original price points.

Dabbs said her most expensive purchase was a trip to see BTS perform at the American Music Awards. In total, her estimated bill was around $1,300 — including a $700 flight, a $400 ticket and $200 for lodging. “I don’t regret that I went,” she said, “but I regret that I paid so much for it.” Then again, she ended up seeing the group’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for free during that same trip — and you can see her in the front row.

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BTS take the stage at the 2017 American Music Awards on November 19, 2017

In another instance, the 21-year-old estimates that she dropped $1,300 for four shows in one morning when BTS tickets went on sale last year. For those uninitiated, the race to snag concert tickets is real — after all, the septet sold out their first Wembley Stadium date in 90 minutes this year. “We set up an operation room, and we bought as many tickets as we could,” she said. “And that was my entire tax return.”

Luskey points to one barrier for aspiring concertgoers: the abrupt timing for ticket sales. A lot of the time, K-pop acts put the tickets for sale only a week after announcing the tour. In some cases, the ticket prices aren’t even announced until the day the sale goes live. “I understand that they have to get everything settled with the management and the venue,” she said. “But it’s hard. I get lucky because the tickets go on sale right when I get paid.” Fans with less-than-convenient payout schedules might not have the time to save for a show that will sell out. She said this has only become more of a problem recently.

Indeed, if streaming parties are the domain of the jobless, the employed side of fandom has a leg up when it comes to big-ticket items. But this also means that concert demographics aren’t necessarily reflective of fandom at large. Attendance is determined by who can pay. In MTV News’ highly scientific sample size of Twitter respondees planning to attend a K-pop concert in the U.S. this year, almost everyone had a job and saved money.

Stans are often pegged as teenagers — and while there’s a lot of diversity among the age brackets, there’s some truth to that assessment. At the same time, only 17 percent KCON attendees were under the age of 17 last year. Fifty-four percent fit into the 18 to 24 age range, while 29 percent were over the age of 25. Adult fans have the upper hand at live events.

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Blackpink perform at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 19, 2019

One K-pop fan named Susan Kelly, 26, splurges on tickets every so often. She lives in Long Island, so travel isn’t as much of a concern for her — even though it tempts her to buy more tickets. Her most expensive purchase was a $300 ticket at EXO’s Newark stop during their The Exo’luxion tour in 2016. “I didn’t feel bad at all,” she said. “I was like, ‘I’m doing it.’”

At the same time, she’s been getting a free pass to KCON in New York almost every year. “I do a million different jobs, but my main job is I’m an artist,” she said. “I do stained glass portraiture, and I do a lot of K-pop-inspired works.” In fact, her fanart helps sustain her fandom. She’s sold pieces for upwards of $400, and her Etsy shop already had over 50 sales this year. And though she attends KCON as a guest, she now runs a few workshops at the event.

“It’s people looking from the outside in,” Luskey said of the misconceptions about K-pop fandom. “At least in America, they see a boy band, and they think, ‘Oh, teenage girls that go crazy. They don’t recognize the revenue that the older fans — male or female or however they identify — that we bring in, at least for the Stateside stuff.”

Longtime fans know the struggle of being too young to travel. Dabbs fell into the K-pop rabbit hole when she unwittingly stumbled upon a Girls’ Generation song in 2009 at age 11. But she wasn’t able to make it to a K-pop concert until 2017 when BIGBANG’s Taeyang played Atlanta. “It totally affected me, because once I could go to these [places], I maybe abused that power,” she said. “Every time a group comes, I’ll go.”

To borrow an ancient phrase from the early 2010s, international fans are well-acquainted with the concept of “YOLO.” A heightened sense of ephemerality characterizes K-pop fandom in the U.S. “There’s definitely groups I’ve seen years ago that have not been back since, and they won’t be back,” Kelly said. “So you never know what will happen.” Her all-time favorite group, TVXQ, haven’t played the States since their SMTOWN performance in 2011.

Fans don’t know how long the K-pop craze will last in the States, and the longevity of groups is unpredictable. “I’ve had a lot of groups that I really like break up, and then I’ll really never see them again,” Dabbs said. “So it’s urgent for me to be able to see who I like.” That undercurrent of impermanence means that many are willing to pay a premium to enjoy what exists in the now.

At the end of the day, that’s the main thing that keeps fans coming back despite the costs: the happiness K-pop gives them. “I think that K-pop is such a huge part of my personality,” said Dabbs. “So it’s really important for me to have those experiences and see those songs that are the soundtrack of my life at this point live.”

“A lot of things go on [in life],” Kelly adds, “but I can always plug in my earphones and look at pictures of Chanyeol and be like, ‘I am at peace.'”

Did You Spot This Mistake With Dany’s Braids on Game of Thrones?

Game of Thrones is a meticulously crafted show on every level, from the intricate plot lines to the massive sets and elaborate costumes. (Just read our interview with costume designer Michele Clapton about how she created the season eight looks, and you’ll be impressed.)

That intense attention to detail also applies to the teams creating the hairstyles for the show, which often contain hidden messages about the series. But some eagle-eyed fans spotted what looks to be a mistake with Daenerys Targaryen’s braids in the season eight premiere.

You see, actress Emilia Clarke has worn many wigs over the years while playing the mother of dragons—but it looks like she wore two subtly different ones when she and Jon Snow entered Winterfell with her soldiers. Oops.

“Dany is wearing different wigs during her arrival in Winterfell ☠️☠️😓 #GameOfThrones,” one fan wrote on Twitter. “I rewatched it a thousand times hoping to find an explanation,” another replied.

Let’s take a closer look, shall we? You can see in the first shot that her Dothraki-inspired braids are sitting in a half-up style at the back of her head.

But then, in the next shot, there are more braids that are woven into a larger bun. The different wigs were easy to miss when watching the show. Once you notice the change, though, the mistake becomes quite obvious.

Others on social media couldn’t believe it, either. “Doesn’t everybody pack multiple wigs when meeting your SO’s family?” one joked. “I have a feeling this is going to cause me to spend too much time checking out her wigs for the rest of the season,” another wrote. (Same!)

In all likelihood, this is simply a continuity mistake—but those are not super common on Game of Thrones, which is why this is noteworthy. But this being Thrones, could it hold a more significant meaning? We’ll find out soon enough as the show wraps up its final episodes over the next four weeks.

New Avengers: Endgame Clip Proves Iron Man Missed Captain America

After a long year of waiting, it’s finally happening. This week will bring the highly anticipated debut of Avengers: Endgame, picking up the narrative after Thanos snapped his fingers and destroyed half of all life. Fans are eager to see how the surviving heroes manage to turn things around, and eventually bring the fight back to the Mad Titan. How this’ll happen is largely a mystery, especially thanks for the cryptic marketing campaign for the film.

Marvel Studios has been methodically releasing new Avengers: Endgame to the footage, keeping the secrets of The Russo Brothers’ upcoming blockbuster in the process. A new TV spot recently arrived, which showed that Tony Stark has missed Steve Rogers during their years apart since Captain America: Civil War. Check out the clip below.

Captain America and Iron Man haven’t shared any scenes in the MCU since the ending of Civil War back in 2016. They’re the biggest characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the Sakovia Accords and Bucky’s brainwashing put a serious wedge between the two Avengers. Now they’ve got to bury the Stormbreaker if the surviving heroes are going to stand a chance against Thanos.

This new trailer shows Tony safe back on Earth, after previously being stranded in space alongside Nebula. It’s unclear how he makes it home, but the mismatched duo of characters are presumably going to need some rescuing. Despite their fractured relationship, Cap and Iron Man seem to be on good enough terms, presumably since The Decimation made their tiff look like child’s play in comparison.

In the Avengers: Endgame trailers, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers seems a bit less jaded than his appearance in Infinity War, and is once again trying to inspire Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to rise up and fight the good fight. While this is a habit that previously rubbed Tony Stark the wrong way, the above clip shows he’s done an about-face, and is now appreciating Cap’s never-ending optimism.

Cap and Tony’s reunion is one of the most highly anticipated aspects of Avengers: Endgame, as they’ve been kept apart for years. This includes the events of Avengers: Infinity War, as The Russo Brothers put them in two separate conflicts during the massive ensemble movie. The Black Order arrived in New York just before Tony called Steve Rogers, and Iron Man eventually followed Ebony Maw into space. Meanwhile, Cap stayed on Earth and helped lead the Battle of Wakanda.

After Doctor Strange sacrificed the Time Stone to save Tony Stark, the OG Avengers all miraculously survived Thanos’ snap. This should allow Endgame to focus on the original members of the team, although they’ll get help from Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, Rocket, War Machine, and Nebula.

Avengers: Endgame will finally arrive in theaters on April 26th. In the meantime, fill out CinemaBlend’s Endgame death pool, and check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Captain Marvel Just Crossed Another Box Office Milestone

When Captain Marvel hit theaters, it was far from a shock that the movie made money. That’s pretty standard for Marvel Studios at this point. However, exactly how much money it was going to make, nobody could be quite sure. Nearly two months later, the answer is, quite a lot.

In its seventh weekend of release Captain Marvel hit another major box office milestone by breaking the $400 million mark in domestic box office totals. When combined with the nearly $700 million the movie has made overseas, that brings its global number to just short of $1.1 billion.

Captain Marvel actually made more money this past weekend than it did the weekend previous, even though it was on 300 fewer screens, coming in at over $9 million. It also jumped up to being the fourth highest grossing movie of the weekend. It’s never been lower than the sixth spot since it opened.

Basically, Marvel has owned the box office for the last two months, and that’s not going to stop with Avengers: Endgame set to debut this Friday.

Considering how strongly Captain Marvel is still performing, it will be interesting to see how the movie performs next weekend. Many of those who have been going to see Captain Marvel may be doing so to make sure they’re caught up on the MCU before Endgame hits. Once it does, all attention will probably shift there.

It makes one wonder if Marvel Studios is currently wishing it had released Captain Marvel earlier in the year so that it could have made even more money before Endgame came out. The movie is only $12 million short of overtaking Wonder Woman at the domestic box office. It might have had an easier time doing that without another Marvel movie to compete against.

While Captain Marvel hasn’t done nearly as well as Black Panther did domestically last year, the newer film has a slight edge over Panther internationally. Either way, both movies have been tremendous hits. Captain Marvel is the highest grossing movie of the year both domestically and internationally by a wide margin. While that will almost certainly change over the next couple of weeks, Marvel will be more than happy to see its current number one replaced by its new number one.

The fact that Captain Marvel not only started strong but has had legs that have kept it going for the last two months is great news for Marvel. While we still have no idea what’s in store for us in the next phase of the MCU, the expectation is that Captain Marvel as a character will be a big part of the future, the fact that the movie has done so well is an indication that the audience is on board with that idea.

And since Captain Marvel as a character will still be a part of Avengers: Endgame, the character will be at the center of the two highest grossing movies of the year very soon.

Ariana Grande Brings Out Justin Bieber As A Massive Coachella Surprise

Ariana Grande‘s 2019 Coachella experience has been legendary, to say the least. After spearheading an NSYNC reunion last weekend, she surprised the audience with another kind of return – a special, spur-of-the-moment performance with Justin Bieber.

Grande’s surprise guest came out deep into her set as she prepared to move into “No Tears Left to Cry.” She slowed things down to make the announcement “I wasn’t going to bring out any guests tonight,” she said. “But my friend Justin Bieber came all the way out.” The crowd erupted into gigantic, earth-shaking roars as he came on stage and the pair sang “Sorry.” Bieber was a little winded and the energy felt lax, but he acknowledged his rustiness afterward. “He acknowledged that the performance was his first in “like two years, so I had to get my groove back, had to get my swag back, you know what I’m saying.” As the crowd continued to erupt in the background, Bieber gave Grande his thanks and hinted at a new album coming soon.

Grande’s epic Bieber moment rivals that of last week when she reunited NSYNC (sans Justin Timberlake) at performed “Tearin’ Up My Heart” from their self-titled 1997 debut album. In addition to dipping into 90s pop nostalgia, she also leaned into its hip-hop with a performance of “Mo Money Mo Problems” featuring Diddy and Mase. She also performed “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj while battling technical problems. But she emerged victoriously.

Take a look of footage of the performance up above.

Jonas Brothers’s New Album Is Appropriately Called Happiness Begins

It’s only April 22, but 2019 has already been quite the year for the Jonas Brothers.

The recently reunited Nick, Joe, and Kevin dropped their comeback single “Sucker” in early March, and since then, they’ve seen it hit No. 1 (their first ever) and followed it up with the pastel, breezy, ’80s-inspired “Cool.” But as the trio said when they learned the news about “Sucker”‘s chart success, “This is just the beginning.”

On Monday, the JoBros announced the proverbial pot of gold at the end of this rainbow: a new studio album, their fifth, called Happiness Begins and slated to drop on June 7. It’s their first album since 2009’s Lines, Vines and Trying Times. Time to get even more excited.

“After 7 years of not working together & finding ourselves we’re back to give you our journey in album form,” Kevin tweeted when the news hit. “Out of all the albums we’ve done I’m most proud of this one. Wish you could have it now, but you’ll just have to wait a little bit longer.”

While June 7 might seem like an eternity, the bros will be plenty busy until then — you can catch them hitting the stage at the Billboard Music Awards on May 1 and rocking Studio 8H for Saturday Night Live on May 11. Naturally, you can also gaze longingly at the album’s David Hockney-recalling cover art, which they also unveiled on Monday, above until a deeper meaning reveals itself.

And then listen to both “Sucker” and “Cool” — which currently sits at No. 27 — on repeat.

Kevin Feige Says X-Men Will ‘Come Home’ To The MCU

Disney officially acquired 20th Century Fox a few weeks ago, and the time since has been filled with theorizing and doubt regarding what the future might hold. The House of Mouse recently pulled its first project from Fox’s schedule, and it’s been teased that dates will be changed around in order to not compete with itself on big premiere weekends. But the biggest question is what might happen to the X-Men franchise, and when the mutants might finally arrive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It’s currently unclear when the X-Men will pop up in the larger MCU, although fans are eager to see the iconic team interact with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. While it looks like it could take years, Marvel’s Kevin Feige does seem excited about the concept of bringing Professor X and company to the behemoth franchise. As he recently explained:

While Disney’s acquisition of Fox may end the X-Men franchise as we know it, Kevin Feige does make a point. Marvel’s gang of mutants are beloved characters from the page, and the comics have always featured crossovers with other heroes. Now that can come to life on the big screen, as the Marvel property has the potential to join the MCU.

Kevin Feige’s comments to Variety should please the hardcore Marvel fans, even if they’re going to miss 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise. The X-Men franchise may have started before shared universes became on trend, but their exclusion from the MCU still always felt strange. Hugh Jackman’s long tenure as Wolverine ended before crossovers could ever occur, and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes definitely could have used the X-Men’s help during their major conflicts.

But now that Disney officially has access to Marvel’s mutants, one has to wonder if/when they could eventually join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It feels like a great time to get a new cast of characters, as many of the OG heroes are coming to the end of their contracts with Avengers: Endgame. As such, Marvel Studios is presumably going to need to put more stock in newer characters like Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange. And adding in the X-Men might be a great way to keep the MCU filled out, and ripe for more epic crossover events.

For now, Disney’s plans for the X-Men are unclear. But the titular team will return to theaters when Dark Phoenix arrives on June 7th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.