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Elizabeth Olsen Looks Forward to Saying Scarlet Witch’s “No More Mutants” Line

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With her role as Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Elizabeth Olsen revealed that she wanted to say the iconic lines of the character from the comics in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Olsen, in an interview with HeyUGuys, stated that there is a chance of her saying Wanda Maximoff’s iconic words, “No more mutants.” She said, “I would love to be able to say [“No More Mutants”] in some capacity, to make it work for the MCU.” 

The 33-year-old actress added that she isn’t aware of Marvel Studios’ moves; however, the decision to include Wanda’s line at some point “is not anyone’s control but [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige.” 

Scarlet Witch said “no more mutants” during the House of M limited series in 2005, which occurred in an alternate reality of Wanda’s making. Devastated following her father Magneto’s murder of her brother Quicksilver, Wanda blamed Magneto’s mutant supremacy mania. 

While Marvel has not yet merged the X-Men franchise’s world of mutants into the official MCU canon, that could happen soon. Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier in Fox’s X-Men films will offer a cameo in the new installation of Doctor Strange, prompting speculations that Professor X will make a comeback. 

No official confirmation has been made of Stewart’s reprisal of the role. But fans quickly point out easter eggs in the film trailer, like Xavier’s yellow hover chair from the 90s X-Men comics and animated series. 

Aside from Xavier, the Multiverse of Madness might be a haven for some well-known characters from the MCU.

The film will feature Olsen, Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams. It is produced by Marvel Studios, directed by Sam Raimi, and written by Michael Waldron. 

It follows Strange and his allies traveling throughout the multiverse to face a mysterious new villain. 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to hit the theaters on May 6.

Rising Artist Damon Fletcher Releases New Hit Single Called “Elevate”

Taking on a new milestone in his music career, rising artist Damon Fletcher recently released “Elevate,” which immediately became a big hit. The song is guaranteed to make its listeners move. Produced by Zaytoven Production, “Elevate” carries the classic melodies and tunes Zaytoven is distinctly known for. Furthermore, Damon Fletcher was consistent in amplifying his mission to give a positive message through his new single, a goal he aims to achieve with his music. 

Damon Fletcher’s rise began at the height of the pandemic. He released his debut music video, “Hustle with a Purpose,” featuring the Curshboys, in May 2020, which quickly gained traction and garnered close to 400,000 views on YouTube. Months later, he continued to create innovative, contactless videos to keep people motivated amid the global health crisis and released “2 Miles,” still featuring the Crushboys. 

Despite the challenges of working from home and producing his music in isolation from the rest of the world, Damon Fletcher was able to produce both videos in great quality. He did not allow the confines of the pandemic to set his limits. Instead, he stayed resilient and true to his passion, believing that nothing could stand in his way of making art. “Once you find your passion, if you work hard and stay focused, your dreams can come true,” the artist said. 

Maintaining his momentum, Damon Fletcher then released his third video called “Ready,” featuring Cupid, reflecting the changes that took place amid the pandemic. “‘Ready’ is about chasing your dreams and going full speed ahead. I captured that in the song. The beat was motivated by my love for Usher,” he said. “The video hopefully shows people that music, art, and culture is back, and inevitably, it never really went away even during an international crisis.” Damon has always been vocal about taking inspiration from the works of music icon Usher and even attended one of his MasterClasses. He credits Usher for pushing him to break boundaries and not be confined by limits. 

“I feel anything is possible with perseverance and drive. The deficiency I suffered from as a child toughened me up and made me believe I can do anything,” says Damon, talking about how he was born almost blind and miraculously had his eyesight saved through surgery. “Every day, people can do extraordinary things with great purpose.”

Damon Fletchers always aims for his videos to show people that they are not alone in facing whatever crisis could be on their journey, whether it’s the pandemic or other circumstances in life. “Elevate” is another testament to his commitment to inspiring audiences and changing lives through his music, ready to spread inspiration and hope where they are needed most. For the artist, music and creating videos are not just careers. They are platforms where he can send profound messages to audiences worldwide and make a lasting impact. 

Bringing fresh rhythms and outstanding lyricism, Damon fletcher should definitely be on everyone’s radar. Soon enough, he will be as big as the music icons who inspired him to push past his limits. 

Land & Ammo Is Set to Revolutionize Folk Music With Its Upcoming Debut Release

While there are a lot of great acts in the music industry today, not all of them have what it takes to branch out into various genres. After all, exploring different musical styles may not always translate positively or even backfire. However, the versatile Rob Bailey is fearlessly forging a new path alongside Jake Hill through their innovative group—Land & Ammo

The emerging band aims to put a brand new spin on the beloved American folk music. With Rob Bailey’s extensive experience and propensity for going outside the box, the duo is already making a buzz in the music scene. 

When asked what makes Land & Ammo unique, the brilliant man insightfully shared, “I think what really separates us from our competition is the fresh look we bring to the genre. And I believe we are making music for everyone. I think the gang vocals and the acoustic guitar and our two voices fare extremely well together and, although they are aggressive, will be easily digestible to the general public.”

He went on to say, “I think that a normal person that may not be interested in folk music traditionally may be interested in this. So we really spent some time navigating through what we think it is to be American without taking it too far down a political path.”

Creating one-of-a-kind music is nothing new for Rob Bailey, who possesses a highly diverse discography. He had a stellar solo career with the heavy-hitting album, The Difference. On top of that, his former group, Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard, is known for revolutionizing electronic workout music by carving out their own unique sound within the electronic genre.

Because of this, the band previously quickly gained fame and produced popular songs such as “Hungry” and “Hold Strong.” Its hit track “Beast” was even remixed by none other than Busta Rhymes and was featured in the short film South Pole.

This time, the gifted artist showcases his unrivaled musical prowess in folk music. The visionary explained, “Although we are telling an ominous tale, the song still feels upbeat like a battle cry. It is a song that truly gets in the listener and encourages them to chant along. I think when I picture American folk music, it seems to lack energy. We bring that energy.”

Land & Ammo is undoubtedly a highly promising act with a fresh sound that will surely captivate audiences and listeners worldwide. Fans and music enthusiasts should keep an eye out as Land & Ammo prepares for its debut release. The eponymous single will be available for streaming on all digital platforms on May 1st. In addition, the band will also drop the Youtube Premiere of its music video on the same day. 

Folk-Pop Duo Wild Whispers Is Making Waves for Its Captivatingly Fresh and Unique Sound

While there is no shortage of talented artists in the music scene, it can be rare to find genuinely fresh acts that push the boundaries of the industry. However, one group dazzles audiences with their propensity for innovation and unrivaled artistry: Wild Whispers.

The harmony-driven folk-pop duo is composed of highly gifted Eli Lev and Megan Leigh, who both hail from Maryland. Eli is from the suburbs of Silver Spring, Maryland, while Megan grew up on a dairy farm in Boonsboro, Maryland. The pair connected on Instagram in 2017 to talk about music and songwriting. Their shared passion for finding and developing a unique blend of acoustic guitar, percussion, and vocal harmonies eventually led to the inception of Wild Whispers.

For their maiden project, Eli and Megan created a trifecta of songs around the theme of the Greek character Icarus and his journey of transformation. The first track is called “Icarus Rising,” which is the same song featured on their Tiny Desk Contest submission. The breakout video was filmed in 2020, sometime after the start of the global pandemic. It was shot in the barn on Megan’s family farm, where they now reside and host some events. 

Alongside “Icarus Rising” are two other songs: the dark and mysterious “Another Side” and the feel-good folk-rock anthem “I Am I.” This exceptional debut venture was produced in Nashville, Tennessee, and highlights full cinematic pop harmonies that center on strong male and female vocals, acoustic fingerstyle guitar, and booming percussion. But most importantly, it set an excellent precedent as to what listeners should expect from the intuitive artists.

Because of Wild Whispers’ catchy melodies, unexpected harmonies, and thoughtful lyrics, the group has made great strides and created a well-deserved buzz within the folk music scene. In fact, some people have likened them to iconic folk groups such as Of Monsters and Men and The Civil Wars, and few even refer to them as modern-day Fleetwood Mac.

Aside from that, Grammy-nominated artist and producer Stonebridge has noticed their incredible talent and decided to do a collaboration. He will be dropping a remix for “I Am I,” which is scheduled to drop this summer. The new version is an uplifting production guaranteed to be a dance floor filler.

With the impressive success of their first trilogy, Eli and Megan released a second set of singles, “Fire,” “My Mind,” and “Hey.” At the same time, they have created a third trifecta of ethereal tracks called “Trace the Lines,” “Rivers to Rain,” and “Purple Mountains.”

Moving forward, the remarkable duo aim to continue their vision of delivering a fresh sound that will elevate the music scene to greater heights. On top of that, they are gearing up for the release of their second full-length album, with six out of the nine songs already recorded.

In the meantime, fans and music enthusiasts can listen to Wild Whispers’ versatile discography on Spotify or check out the videos on their YouTube channel. Those who wish to witness the gifted artists live can catch the pair in one of their live concerts either inside the barn or across the neighboring meadows. 

How the Shell Lake Arts Center Became the Breeding Ground for Artists and Creative Powerhouses

Countless aspiring powerhouses are driven by a wide variety of factors, from generating wealth and gaining fame to changing the world for the better in order to launch themselves to greater heights. As a matter of fact, some of the most established and admirable authorities of today’s industries have their reasons that fuel them to go further and rise above adversities. In the case of the Shell Lake Arts Center, the impetus for its full force campaign and cause-oriented initiatives is the possibility of driving change, sparking action, and impacting the lives of many. Through its stellar offerings and all-out approach, it aims to consistently breed a new generation of artists who will pave the way across various industries in the years to come.

Located in the northwest of Wisconsin—only an hour and a fifteen-minute drive from Eau Claire or two hours if one comes from the east of Minneapolis—the Shell Lake Arts Center boasts colors that exude artistic prowess and deep-seated love for the craft. This premium art camp and workshop provides an impeccable learning experience for all types of art students, enabling individuals to harness their potential while developing an artistic edge. Whether one is a hobbyist or a child prodigy, a wide variety of programs are established to cater to the needs of people from all walks of life.

With over 50 years of experience, it comes as no surprise how the Shell Lake Arts Center is a frontrunner in the field. By providing a positive, safe, and secure learning environment, students will encounter little to no problem in further developing and exploring their talents. Its rich history of artistic excellence and creative prowess has allowed this Arts Center to become the ultimate destination for those looking to develop their skills or get ahead in the game. As it continues to serve as a launching pad for creative individuals and would-be artists across the country, Shell Lake Arts Center aims to consistently fortify itself, bringing more innovative breakthroughs that better equip go-getters in the years to come.

“It is in this Center that we do our best work. Every student who enters through our doors matters, and we strive for them to recognize and attain their maximum growth potential,” shared a representative.

Although the Shell Lake Arts Center already boasts colors that exude excellence, it would not have reached impressive heights had it not been for its incredible roster of teachers and staff. These individuals have been the backbone of a trailblazing enterprise, producing an impressive number of performers under the Center’s wing. Through their efforts, students have become life-long, literate performers and creators of the arts—in all varied forms.

Armed with big plans for the future and fueled by a purpose-driven vision, the Shell Lake Arts Center is pulling out all the stops to achieve the seemingly impossible. As it continues to establish a name across various industries, it aims to inspire more artists to come out of their shells and experience art unlike any other.