After the brief preview of Avengers: Endgame in December, Marvel Studios has impressed once more with the debut teaser for yet another eagerly anticipated hit, Spider-Man: Far From Home. As with most Marvel Cinematic Universe trailers, Easter eggs and subtle references are a given – so here’s our breakdown of some nitty-gritty details you might have missed. Ready to get your spidey senses tingling?

#1 Aunt May is super chill about Spider-Man

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Based off the ending of Spider-Man: Homecoming, we all know Aunt May is aware that Peter is the web-slinging superhero. Unlike most aunts who’d start fretting about the dangers the job entails, she’s the complete opposite. Not only does she embraces her nephew’s alter-ego, but also partners up with him for a fundraiser. Where else can you find a cooler aunt than this?

#2 Wherefore art thou, Tony Stark?

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Blink, and you might just miss it. Instead of a signed cheque from Tony Stark, we see Pepper Potts’ signature. Now, we are unclear if this happens before or after Infinity War so it could mean two things: either Tony is no longer with us, or this is just part of Pepper’s duty as Stark Industry’s CEO. We hope it’s the latter.

#3 I remember you, Spider-Man

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Peter is back at his favourite Delmar’s Deli which, if you remember, got accidentally blown up in the first film. We particularly liked how they paid homage to the prequel with the newspaper clippings detailing the events along with a framed photo of Delmar with Spider-Man.

#4 A nod to Spider-Man’s first appearance in a comic book

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What caught our attention here is not just Tom Holland’s adorable puzzled expression in his passport photo, but also the reveal of Peter Parker’s date of birth. Not surprisingly, this date holds great significance as it is Marvel Studios’ subtle way of acknowledging the day that Spider-Man made his debut appearance in the pages of a comic book.

#5 Paying tribute to Uncle Ben

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If you pay close enough attention, you’ll notice that the suitcase Peter uses for his trip bears the embossed initials ‘BFP’ in-between the handle. Similar to the idea behind the old suit Peter wore in Homecoming, this is yet another clever homage to his late Uncle Ben.

#6 The new building

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Does that building behind Spidey look familiar? Previously owned by Tony Stark before being sold off to an unknown buyer in the first film, we see the former Avengers Tower currently being remodeled, which has us thinking that this might be a foreshadow to the immersion of two possible stand-ins: Norman Osborn’s OsCorp, or the Fantastic Fours’ Baxter building. As there had been mention of plans to integrate Fantastic Four in the MCU, perhaps this might be how they get re-introduced to Marvel fans?

#7 Mysterio who?

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For the uninitiated, Mysterio is one of the oldest and most iconic arch-enemies in the Spider-verse who was formerly known as Quentin Beck, a movie special effects technician. His appearance in the sequel not only means a highly-anticipated showdown, but it may also follow a theme first introduced by the Vulture who sought justice and reprieve for regular working folks amidst the rise of superheroes.

#8 Is that Maria Hill?

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Despite the ambiguous timeline and how Avengers: Infinity War left off, it was quite a surprise when we saw the appearance of Nick Fury. While we cannot confirm or deny if the person fighting alongside him in the trailer is Maria Hill, actress Cobie Smulders (who portrays the former Deputy Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.) did assure fans that she will appear in the film sans exact details.

Rewatch the trailer again to see if you can spot these details! Spider-Man: Far From Home is slated for US release on 15 July 2019.

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For K-pop star Alexander Lee (or better known as Xander), Singapore is essentially his second home. A scroll through his Instagram would reveal several photos of the former U-KISS member’s recent trip to our sunny shores for tvN Asia’s original production Wok The World, where he can be seen indulging in Singaporean delights only a true foodie will know – laksa, hotpot, durian… you name it.

And if that’s not enough to prove exactly how Singaporean the chap is, he even went ahead to describe himself as our very own ice kachang (think Korean bingsu with a local twist) when we posed the question, explaining that he’s very much like “a mix of ingredients” because he “grew up in a multicultural household”. With his love for Singaporean cuisine, flair for languages (don’t even get us started on his accent – he speaks Singlish better than most of us!) and easygoing personality, we can definitely see why he was chosen to be the show host of Wok The World.

Sitting down with us for a quick interview before the Wok The World cooking competition held on 5 January at Adventure Cove Waterpark, we had Xander talk about all things food – favourite local dishes, ultimate guilty pleasure and more.

ON HIS FAVOURITE SINGAPOREAN FOOD

“Whenever I come to Singapore, I’d always have to have bak ku teh, chicken rice… and durian (laughs). It’s either you love it or hate it, but I love durian!”

 
 
 
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ON WORKING WITH HIS CO-HOSTS

“We [Nichkhun and ASTRO’s Jin Jin] didn’t really work together this time round as we went to different countries, but we did chat about it. With Nichkhun, we were together on One Night Food Trip as well. I think tvN really knows how to choose people who are easy to work with (laughs).”

 
 
 
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ON COOKING TIPS HE PICKED UP

“I learned how to use the terms correctly. Chef Alvin does a lot of shows so he would point out my mistakes in situations whenever I misuse a certain word. For instance, I would accidentally comment that the sauce is so ‘tasteless’, and he’d be like, just use the word ‘subtle’!”

ON HIS ULTIMATE GUILTY PLEASURE

“I have a sweet tooth so I like to eat a lot of desserts. My ultimate guilty pleasure would have to be ice cream. I can finish a tub of rocky road ice cream in one setting, while watching Netflix!”

 
 
 
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ON THE WEIRDEST FOOD HE HAS EVER TRIED

“I would say, balut. It’s a Filipino dish that contains a duck embryo inside an egg. I get goosebumps every time I see it. It’s yummy, but wait till you see the duck feathers. I cannot. Maybe I’ll eat it if I’m blind…”

ON THE DISH THAT BEST DESCRIBES HIM

“I would usually say I’m a bibimbap or an ice kachang. I’m pretty much a mix of everything because I grew up in a multicultural household. [Teenage: Why didn’t you mention Hong Kong food since you’re born in Hong Kong?] Well, because HK food isn’t exactly multicultural (laughs). I like dimsum, but it’d sound so weird if I said I’m like a dimsum or char siew fan!”

Can’t get enough of Xander? Check out part 2 of our interview below, where we got him to try out Singapore childhood snacks!

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Marvel fans in Singapore are in for yet another treat! Come 14 February 2019, the stars of the highly-anticipated Captain Marvel are set to make an appearance at a special Fan Event at Marina Bay Sands.

Though it seems like just yesterday when we welcomed the OG Avenger Robert Downey Jr. and his companions to our sunny island, the stage is now set for local fans to get upclose and personal with the new super-heroine in town. Actress Brie Larson, alongside her Hollywood co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Gemma Chan and the film’s directors, Anne Boden and Ryan Fleck will be making their way to our shores to greet fans as well as to promote this upcoming addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Similar to previous Marvel fan events at Marina Bay Sands, it’s free admission and will be held at Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Due to capacity limitations at the venue however, fans are required to pre-register to enter. Registration for the tickets will begin on 10 February at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, B2, Hall F at 10am, and continue to run until all the tickets have been fully redeemed. To get your hands on the coveted tickets, you will need to have a valid Marina Bay Sands or SISTIC ticketing account that is mandatory for registration. If you do not have an account, you can sign up for one here.

Here are some important guidelines to follow before you head down:

  • You need to have a valid Marina Bay Sands or SISTIC ticketing account.
  • Remember to bring a photo ID (NRIC or Passport) along with you when you register.
  • Tickets are issued on a first-come-first-served basis so be sure to get there early if possible.
  • You are only allowed to register for yourself and not on behalf of anyone else.
  • Tickets are strictly non-transferable as ID verification checks might occur during the day of the event, and organizers are allowed to deny entry to such ticketholders.
  • Members of the public will be subjected to security checks upon entry.
  • Although there is no age limit for the event, children below the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

As this will be the only Asian stop for this promotional tour, don’t miss the chance to rub shoulders with the cast and snag a selfie with Captain Marvel herself!

For more information on the Captain Marvel Fan Event, head over to www.MarinaBaySands.com/CaptainMarvel

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K-pop songstress Taeyeon has always been known to wear her heart on her sleeve, especially when it comes to being honest with her fans. Halfway into the set at her first ever solo gig on our sunny shores, the Girls’ Generation member stood beneath the lone spotlight, looking at the audience like she wasn’t quite sure what to say.

“I don’t really like to talk about the past,” she said to the crowd of adoring fans, visibly emotional as her voice began to break. “There are many things waiting for me so there’s no time to think about the past, because what has passed won’t come back again, right?” She laughed, “I’m so emotional today, maybe because it’s the last concert [of the tour].”

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Despite Taeyeon’s candid display of emotions, we’d like to point out that never once did she let her feelings get the better of her. Instead, she channelled her grief into what she does best: singing her heart out in a performance that was equal parts powerful and emotive. Of course, fans were nothing but supportive as they cheered her on. Her initial nerves quickly dissipated as she let her polished vocals take over, snapping back into professional mode as if nothing had happened.

After powering through the rest of the songs, she addressed the crowd during the encore: “There’s a New Year’s resolution I made. I wanted to make this year one where I could experiment and try a lot of things. But now that I think about it, I want to spend more time learning how to better control my emotions and make a ‘me’ that I can be happier with.”

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“I’m a bit fearful because I feel like I’m drifting here and there, but I think that this is also an aspect that I have to overcome,” she continued with a warm smile on her face. “Many of you are here for the one person that is me, and I feel the responsibility to work hard and become a better version of myself. A lot of fans say they would listen to my songs whenever they have a hard time. I want all of us to be happy.”

On that night, we saw her as more than just the kid leader from South Korea’s biggest girl group. Beyond her glitzy costumes and elaborate stage theatrics, it was Taeyeon in her rawest, most vulnerable self. Very few singers would dare to bare their hearts in front of thousands, much less in a K-pop concert where dialogues are usually rehearsed and passed off as time-filling banter.

We don’t know about you, but that just makes us love her even more.

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In the post-apocalyptic world of Bird Box, a mysterious force decimates the world’s population. Only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. In search of the one place downstream that may offer sanctuary, those wishing to survive must prevail a treacherous river, blindfolded. In addition to running away from the invisible yet haunting entity, it’s also about managing fellow survivors who are emotionally-charged in a time of despair and chaos. Take important tips from our favourite Netflix characters on how to best survive an apocalypse.

“Friends don’t lie.” – Eleven from Stranger Things

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The intense friendship of Will, Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Eleven is the core of why the team gels so well and why it’s much greater than the sum of its parts. While it’s difficult to trust the people around you in times of distress, stay astute and learn to identify the ones who have your interest at heart from the ones who are ready to manipulate you for their own advantage. Assemble your team and be a trustworthy team player – you’ll be able to reap the benefits of combining complementary strengths of fellow survivors and work collectively for a chance at survival.

“That is gonna eat slowly away at your health, your will and your sanity.” – Aunt Hilda from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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Food scarcity is one key concern of an apocalyptic situation like Bird Box, but eating healthy in dire circumstances is equally as important, as the always-dependable witch Aunt Hilda would advise. The next time you raid a supermarket, be sure to stock up on healthy food options such as the zero-calorie beverage option, bottled water (fun fact: humans can go without food for a month but not more than three days without water), nuts (they are a good source of antioxidants), and honey (it has long shelf-life and will likely outlast the apocalypse).

“We don’t always get what we want.” – Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Times of adversity will make even the kindest, most gracious person on the planet want to lose their cool. When fending off an entity that is practically invisible yet perpetually lurking, it’s easy to lose your temper at a fellow survivor who is testing your patience and or not pulling his weight. As Count Olaf rightfully points out to the Baudelaire children, whom he so wishes to possess, we don’t always get what we desire in life, much less at a time of an apocalypse. So never lose yourself in the midst of chaos. Suck it up and live it up – you’re going to be in it for awhile.

“There is power in the dark.” – Christian Keene from Insatiable

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As the saying goes, light shines brightest in the darkness. And while it seems nearly impossible to conjure optimism at a time of tribulation, the ability to focus on the positive and avoid dwelling on the negatives will go a long way in sustaining you through an apocalypse. Be the shining beacon and illuminate the way for fellow survivors to follow as you strive for safety!

“Let’s be open-minded.” – Antoni Porowski from Queer Eye

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The food and wine expert of the Fab 5 and an extraordinaire in helping helpless guys in the kitchen, Porowski is also an advocate of love, staying true to yourself and keeping an open mind in all areas of life. Staying open-minded will also help keep you nimble to changes in environment – a valuable trait in keeping up with the harsh and fast-changing apocalyptic scenarios. Embrace differing viewpoints, and your fellow survivor may have a better way to navigate while blindfolded!

“We eat a bag of dirt, pass it in a kiddie pool, and move on.” – Kimmy Schmidt from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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While Kimmy didn’t mean the second part of the sentence as a metaphor, we can certainly take a leaf of positivity and courage out of her book. Learning to move on and move on fast in a scenario fraught with curveballs could possibly be the best antidote to surviving an apocalypse.

Do you think you have what it takes to survive the apocalypse? Take this quiz to find out!

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Now that you’re all geared up for battle, it’s time to conquer Bird Box on Netflix (if you haven’t already). Happy watching!

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