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Jack Settleman and Snapback Sports Start Creator Agency

Don’t say we didn’t tell ya so. 

For months, ONE37pm has collaborated with Jack Settleman and Alex Sheinman on numerous blogs that break down the world of NFTs and the incorporation of them in sports. These include blogs on NBA Top Shot, Zed.run, and the hottest NFT projects being released by athletes.

But now, the two come with bigger news. 

First off, what these two have built is nothing short of incredible. Neither has hit 30 years of age and this week, they launched “Snapback Agency.” 

The agency will serve as a home for young, social creators. Alex and Jack have built a sensational platform for themselves, and now want to provide that platform for others. 

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“I’ve been working with Jack for two years, helping build his brand and Snapback’s sports brand. We saw an opportunity to grow. And we wanted to deliver this to other creators. Jack is passionate about this space and I thought this was a really unique opportunity to grow other talent and help them succeed,” said Alex Sheinman, the co-founder of Snapback Agency.

Reception

ONE37PM: What has the reception been like?

“It’s been really good. We work with a ton of brand sponsors. They want to continue to scale their business and they are excited too. We’ve always tried to over-deliver on our brand deals. And then Jack has built a great community by helping other creators build and get brand deals. We have a lot of momentum right now, but we are taking a strategic approach.”

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ONE37PM: What is a one-year goal? What is a five-year goal? 

“One year from now, we want a robust client roster. There are a few categories that we are really interested in. Sports betting, NFTs, and crypto…. Which we already do a lot of. But there is so much room for creators. We can go deeper in all of those categories and next year, we will be in a great position to help creators grow and succeed.” 

“The five-year plan is to be the premier agency that represents creatives. Instead of boutiques and CAA… carving out a little room… we want to be a major leader in this space. There are so many different levels to creators… you have creators on Tik Tok, Youtube, Snapchat…. They have been so focused on creating… they didn’t have time for brand deals. They couldn’t get the right resources. That’s where we will separate ourselves. We don’t want to be in their way. We want them to have a free lane and do what they do best,” said Settleman.

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3 Fighters To Watch at UFC 267

UFC 267 is set to bring chaos to your screen on a Saturday morning/afternoon on Oct. 30th, with the prelims kicking off at 10:30 AM EST and the main event following at 2:00 PM EST. 

This card is headlined by two resurgent warriors, with current Light Heavyweight Champion, Jan Blachowicz (28-8 MMA, 11-5 UFC) taking on Glover Teixeira (32-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC). Although neither Blachowicz nor Teixeira offer the mainstream appeal of a Conor McGregor or Israel Adesanya, both men have won their previous five fights and have the talent to cap off a talent-packed card featuring veterans and newcomers alike. 

There are many fighters to be excited about, but these are three fighters you need to watch this weekend:

1) Islam Makhachev (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC)
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Islam Makhachev has had no problem finding praise or hype when it comes to his fighting career; in fact, he’s often dubbed “Little Khabib” because of his resemblance to newly retired, former undefeated UFC Champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Beyond the superficial reasons for the comparison (Makhachev and Nurmagomedov are both Dagestani), Makhachev displays a discipline and willingness to expand his skill set outside of fight camp that’s similar to that of his more famous compatriot.  In a recent interview, legendary coach Javier Mendez, the founder of the MMA gym AKA (American Kickboxing Academy), offered some insight into Makhachev’s work ethic. “[Makhachev goes] home and [finds] other guys to teach him how to strike,” Mendez said. “I’d tell him to train with this guy, train with that guy and find somebody that’s a good striking guy and learn from them.”

Even if Makhachev has already proven his bona fides as a fighter, a victory in his upcoming matchup with Dan “The Hangman” Hooker (the sixth-ranked light heavyweight who boasts eye-catching wins over Paul Felder, Gilbert Burns, and Jim Miller) would cement Makhachev’s place amongst the elite. Keep an eye on Islam Makhachev this weekend and moving forward, lest you miss moments like this:

2) Khamzat Chimaev (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC)
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For our second fighter to watch, we’re keeping it in Dagestan with the king of “smeshing”, Khamzat Chimaev. This man is a FORCE. Khamzat burst onto the scene in 2020, making waves for taking two fights in 10 days for the UFC and winning them both in dominant fashion, finishing both John Phillips and Rhys McKee with ease. One more time – two fights, TEN DAYS. Observe the carnage:

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I know what you’re thinking, “Who could doubt this man after that!?” But despite this, Chimaev received criticism from many who claimed that his profile had been propped up by victories against underwhelming fighters. During the run-up to Chimaev’s fight against UFC vet Gerald Meerschaert in September 2020, Meerschaert crowed about Chimaev’s weak quality of competition—and then got silenced by Chimaev a mere 17 seconds into their bout the next day. I don’t know what most people can do in only 17 seconds, but here’s what he can:

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Since that victory, though, it’s been a tough 13 months for Chimaev as he struggled against a case of COVID-19 that was so severe it forced him to contemplate retirement. In an article by Brett Okamoto at ESPN, Khamzat stated, “I was never scared about my life. I’m scared about what my mom is going to do after I die. My mom, my brothers— was thinking, ‘What are they gonna do after I die?’ I start with this MMA shit because of my family. I want to make some good life with them.”

Thankfully, Chimaev recovered and UFC 267 represents his much-anticipated return to the sport. Making Chimaev’s return even more exciting, though, is that he’s matched up against Li Jinliang (18-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC), a very dangerous and stylistically interesting opponent for Chimaev; Jinliang (also known as “The Leech”) looks to move forward and impose his will on his opponents, which may cause Chimaev trouble. Still, if Chimaev can rediscover his pre-Covid form and control the center of the octagon, this could be an exciting affair that re-establishes Chimaev as one of the most dangerous prospects tearing through the welterweight division.

3) Lerone Murphy (10-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 in UFC)
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What better way to end this than with a red-hot prospect boasting an undefeated record with 60% of his wins coming by first-round KO/TKO!? This weekend, the world will formally meet Lerone “The Miracle” Murphy. 

On his way to the UFC, “The Miracle” chose violence, finishing 5 of 7 fights spectacularly. What’s even more spectacular is what led him to the sport in the first place.

As reported by Joe Coleman at talkSPORT, at the age of 21 Murphy was shot twice in the face. After being shot, he reportedly spit out the bullets that had hit him in the chin and neck, and was rushed to the hospital. It was at this point he decided to begin training MMA, and in 6-months he had his first amateur fight. In just 5 years he was able to make his way through the ranks and to the UFC, where he fought arguably his toughest fight in a split decision draw against mainstay Zubaira Tukhugov. While Murphy was dropped early in the first round, he demonstrated incredible resilience by battling back and showing the judges nearly enough to win the fight.  

Murphy went on to win his next two fights to remain undefeated, including this one against Ricardo Ramos via merciless ground-and-pound:

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His opponent at UFC 267 is “Mr. Finland” Makwan Amirkhani (16-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) who began his UFC career by scoring an 8-second TKO via flying knee.

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Amirkhani is certainly a quality opponent that provides a true test to Mr. Murphy’s “0,” but one that he’s one that Murphy can handle breezily, nonetheless. 

Be sure to tune in to UFC 267 on Saturday, Oct. 30th, and remember, the prelims begin at 10:30AM EST with the main card following at 2PM EST.

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Tyson Fury Knocks Out Deontay Wilder, All Hail The Gypsy King

This past weekend, two of the best heavyweight boxers in the world, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder put on one of the greatest title fıghts in boxing history. Consider the stats: 

  • Five knockdowns (two for Wilder, three for Fury)
  • Round 3: Fury knocks down Wilder 
  • Round 4: Wilder responds with 2 vicious knockdowns with his patented right hand 
  • Fury gets up and dominates the rest of the next six rounds outlanding Wılder 150-72 (BoxScene, October 10, 2021)
  • Which leads to Wilder gettıng knocked down twice in the 11th round and the eventual TKO victory for the Gypsy King Tyson Fury.
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Even if this marked the third act of a trilogy between two boxing titans, the run-up to this fight lacked the pomp and circumstance that usually accompanies a heavyweight title bout. Whereas most third acts function as rubber-matches between two evenly-matched fighters, Fury outboxed Wilder in their first fight which ended in a tie and then thoroughly dismantled Wilder in their February 2020 match-up. Wilder may have proven his bonafides as a champion, but most fans thought he didn’t deserve another title shot. Still, due to issues caused by promoters and convoluted politics, Fury was forced to fight Wilder for a third time. Accordingly, Wilder was largely underestimated because he didn’t seem capable of executing a game plan that could trouble Fury.  

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From the opening bell, Wilder came out looking like a different fighter–at least for the fırst three rounds. At 238 pounds, Wilder was 25 pounds heavier than he was in the trilogy’s second installment back in February 2020. Already one of the hardest hitters in boxing history, Wilder doubled down on his power at the cost of some stamina and endurance, realizing that his best shot to win would be via knockout.

Despite packing on extra weight and strength, Wilder adopted a surprisingly measured approach during the first three rounds, peppering Fury with body blows in an attempt to lower Fury’s hands and set up a knockout blow. Moreover, Wilder established himself as the aggressor and controlled the fight, consistently pinning Fury against the ropes. 

After a knockdown in the fourth by Fury, Wilder went back to his roots and started headhuntıng. Even if Wilder’s aggression allowed him to knock Fury down twice in the fifth round, this undisciplined approach caused Wilder to lose the ability to control the ring. 

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As such, after getting knocked down twice in the fifth, Tyson Fury slowly took over the fight, using his lightnıng-quıck 1-2 combinations and his own sheer mass to methodically drain Wilder of any power or energy. At 277 pounds, Fury possesses a rare combination of size and agility. Last February, Fury outclassed Wilder with his footwork, technical brilliance and tactical wherewithal, frustrating the Alabama native by dancing around the cage like a British Muhammad Ali. This time, though, Fury relied on his gigantitude, leaning on Wilder throughout the fight. In doing so, Fury revealed the fatal flaw of the bulked-up Wilder’s plan of attack, exploiting Wilder’s lack of stamina and leading to the eventual TKO. This diversity of boxing ability and technique is what makes the Gypsy King the greatest heavyweight of the generation. 

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While fight #3 initially seemed less interesting than the previous two, it was by far the best. With his heart and newfound stylistic diversity, Deontay Wilder proved that he’s more than a one-handed knockout merchant; by lasting 11 rounds against the hulking Fury, he demonstrated incredible resilience and even managed to deliver damage in the later rounds. This talent—the potential to end a fight at any moment, no matter how woozy or hobbled he may be—is what makes Wilder such a special fighter.

As for Fury’s next move, Oleksandr Usyk is the clear fight, since this would offer the opportunity to unify the heavyweight titles. By beatıng Anthony Joshua last month, Usyk proved that he can compete with bigger heavyweights after moving up from the cruiserweight division. If Fury can overwhelm Usyk the same way he did Wilder, he would not only become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but etch his name in the history books as one of the greatest boxers of all time.

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Jack Settleman Drops First NFT, The Knights of Degen

Last week, we dropped our first series of NFTs. The Knights of Degen.

Stick with us as we give some of the nitty, gritty NFT info first. After that, we will break this down into the big picture.

8,888 Knights were available for Mint Price is .0888 Eth ($300). So far, the pre-sale sold out in two hours. During the mint festival, 1.3k minters capitalized on the moment. There are 2,222 claimed at the moment. 

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There are 6300 Knights minted so far. If you had a pre-mint pass, you could mint for two more at .0888 ETH. 

2.95 – 1. Literally, everyone minted to the max of three. Like, almost everyone. It was incredible. People clearly got into this project.

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That leaves around 2500 remaining for public mint on 9/30… the time is still TBD.

Now, on Sep 30, the remaining Knights of Degen NFTs are available at .0888 Eth. The art reveal will be going down on October 7th. 

Since the drop, there have been only about an average of 70 Knights listed for sale on OpenSea… an incredibly small percentage for the collection of its size. But first…

What ARE the Knights of Degen? 

Now is the fun part. We just got done with the vegetables. Let’s crush this dessert.

It is an NFT project at the intersection of sports betting and NFTs. 

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A lot of the time with new NFT collections you don’t know who the creators are behind the project. This project is backed publicly by well-respected artists and executives in the sports industry like, Blake Jamieson (Beckett Sports Artist of the Year), Jared Augustine (CEO of Thuzio), Drew Austin (Founder, Red Beard Ventures), and Alex Sheinman (Partner, Snapback Sports). 

The project is medieval futurist characters, representing people who would be in a sports bar in the year 2088. They love sports, gambling, drinking, but mostly having a good time with a like-minded community. Each knight will have its unique traits with different levels of rarity and will mirror a lot of similar projects in the NFT space. 

BUT… it ain’t done. 

This is like a start-up. We are not giving you the unfulfilled roadmap that these other projects like to promise. To start, you will have a percent of the mint price that is going straight to an NFT vault which will represent assets that are essentially backing the Knights and giving them value. You will have normal discord privileges to discuss wagers and all things NFTs. AMA’s from contributors like Tiki and Ronde Barber, Jerry Ferrara, and more. Jerry has actually joined the founding team as an advisor. 

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Included in the project are exclusive pools and contests, like the 10,000 dollar survivor pool. 

Not only will we store stuff in the vault which will increase in value, but we will also do Fractional NFTs. Like Zed Run Horses, if the horse succeeds, you succeed. 

The final thing is the Degen coin. We will be able to air-drop tokens to the community members. So, in other words, we created a currency. 

We want this to be a project for beginners, newcomers, all the way to NFT experts. 

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Urijah Faber Tells Untold Stories and Talks Early MMA Days On ‘In The Fight’

On this episode of In The Fight, I had the incredible pleasure of speaking with the one and only, Urijah Faber.

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Faber is a UFC Hall of Famer. He is a WEC champion. He is a pioneer and UNDENIABLE legend in the world of MMA.

Getting to chat with the man himself was a thrill.

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The California Kid and I talked a lot about his early days in the WEC. As a San Diego native, I had to ask him about his fight against Jens Pulver at the San Diego Sports Arena. Faber gave me some incredible stories about the fight, the post-fight celebration, and even mentioned one of his good friends ending up in Mexico. Trust me, you will want to hear this one.

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And if for any freaking reason, that isn’t enough, Faber tells an all-time great story about Carlos Condit, who retired last week. Although I am unsure if I am able to write out the details of the story, I beg you to go listen to it. It is f**king hilarious.

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But perhaps the juiciest part of the interview comes when I asked Faber about what he is looking for in a return fight. Yes, he is retired. But he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of another scrap. Faber gives some spicy details about who peeks his interests.

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The World Surf League Is Creating The “Super Bowl of Surf”

2021 was already a massive year for the sport of surfing. For the first time ever, surfing was included in the Olympic games. The event was a huge success and brought more eyes to the sport than ever before. Well, that largely successful year for surfing just got bigger.

Surfing now has its own “Super Bowl” moment.

World Surf League

In the past, the World Surf League has formatted its competition to a more historically normal point system. But for the first time ever, that is changing.

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After having its schedule impacted drastically by the pandemic in 2020, the World Surf League is stoked to bring back the epic competition in 2021. This year, both the men’s and women’s champions will be determined on the same day…

And here might be the best part:

Both champions will be earning equal prize money.

This is a historic and game-changing event for the WSL.

Two gold medalists are competing in the event, with surfers coming from the United States, Brazil, Australia, and France. The field consists of the “Final 5.” The top five surfers in the world for both men and women, going toe to toe, to figure out who is the best surfer in the world.

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The ‘Super Bowl of Surf” is being held in one of the biggest and most legendary surfing spots in all of Southern California, Lower Trestles in San Clemente. The tournament is held over the course of two weeks, but reserves days for competition when the waves are at the most prime.

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If you want to check out the action, the World Surf League is broadcasting the event on its website, Youtube, and on the WSL app. This is going to be sick.

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Shang-Chi Ending Post-Credit Scenes Breakdown, By SUPES and Brad

SUPES and Brad

The interconnectivity of the MCU is what makes these films so special.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was a wild ride but it’s safe to say that the ending of the film is what really blew everything open.

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In the final battle, Shang-Chi faces off against a giant monster known as the Dweller in Darkness. In the comics, this monster was more of a Doctor Strange villain and he was very similar to Nightmare in a sense because they are both Fear Lords.

The inclusion of the Dweller in Darkness is so important (and interesting) because it has HUGE comic connections to Galactus. Both the Dweller in Darkness and Galactus are from the same universe and they existed before the Big Bang. It’s possible that the Dweller in Darkness could potentially be a herald for Galactus, and now that he’s dead, perhaps that notifies Galactus to come to Earth.

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The last scene of the movie features Shang-Chi and Katy back with the same friends from the beginning of the film. A portal opens up behind them and Wong walks through and asks Shang-Chi if he has the rings. Shang-Chi says yes and he and Katy proceed to follow Wong through the portal (which either leads them back to the Sanctum or Kamar-Taj) and the movie ends.

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In the post-credit scene, Wong is analyzing the rings, trying to figure out what they are and where they came from. In an attempt to gain further insight, Wong asks two people off-screen what they think—Bruce Banner and Captain Marvel. It appears they’ve moved on from Professor Hulk because Banner is back in his human form, arm in a sling and it appears he also has a regulator of some kind on his arm, so maybe now he can fully control when he turns into Hulk. Bruce and Carol confirm they’ve never seen anything like the rings before and we find out the rings aren’t of alien origin or made of Vibranium, they’re ancient. Wong reveals that when Shang-Chi wielded the rings for the first time it triggered something and now the rings are acting as a beacon and calling out to somewhere, someone or even something.

Wong asks Shang-Chi how long his father had the rings and he said for around 1,000 years. The Eternals, like the rings, have been around since the beginning of humanity and in the comics, they were created by the Celestials using the Infinity Stones which radiate cosmic energy as well.

Having said that, it’s possible that the rings are connected to the Eternals and that’s who they’re calling to. Perhaps the rings were created by the Eternals themselves and that’s why they’re calling to them. This would be a great way to get the Eternals involved with the other MCU heroes and the story Marvel is building. I guess we’ll find out if there’s any connection when Eternals hits theaters on November 5th.

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If Marvel wants to double down on setting up Galactus in the MCU, the rings could also potentially be powered by the Power Cosmic, which is a source of limitless, godly, cosmic energy that is primarily wielded by Galactus. (Yes, we want to see Galactus in the MCU)

In the end credit scene, we see Xialing, who we thought was dismantling her father’s Ten Rings organization, is actually taking over the Ten Rings organization and making it her own. A title card then appears saying: “the Ten Rings will return”. Marvel has so much content coming out on Disney Plus, so we would not be surprised if Xialing is given her own Disney Plus show, so we can explore her awesome character more as well as the Ten Rings organization. Disney Plus Day is quickly approaching, so perhaps we will get this announcement on November 12th.

Overall Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was a fantastic film, but the ending is what really surprised us because of how much they’re potentially setting up with Galactus, Shang-Chi’s involvement with the Avengers, and the Eternals potentially being connected to the rings. As always, the interconnectivity of the MCU is what makes these films so special and it looks like things aren’t slowing down! 

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Finance NFT

The Thing That No One Wants To Talk About in NFTs

So far, everyone wants to talk about the fun things when it comes to NFT’s. But there is a larger conversation that needs to be held in regards to the legal implications in this growing space. 

As people buy, sell, and trade NFT’s, these assets will become important plot points in your tax records. With this being such a new market, there are a lot of questions and uncertainties about how these assets will be viewed during tax season. 

There are only four months left in the year and we need to remember that taxes WILL BE A THING. 

This week, I had a meeting to talk about the tax implications on NFT’s. They specialize in major gains taxes, which can increase liquidity, and push off the required tax payment. For example, let’s say you buy an NFT for ten grand. You sell it for a million. You would owe the government about 500,000. Half. Yes, half a million. Let that sink in. 

With this method, you could keep the full million and push the tax consequence down the road. 

Do you think you could make 500,000 dollars over the next 30 years if you already had a million? Yes. Of course. With a bond alone, you could accomplish that. 

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These are just a few things to keep in mind as we approach the end of the calendar year. 

If yall have questions, I’d love to answer them on twitter, @jacksettleman. 

Now, if you want to keep that NFT over the next decade or so. You will want to keep it secure. 

This is how you do it. 

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When it comes to NFT security, we haven’t really faced much of a threat when it comes to criminalization in this market.

However, this month, we had the first story to break in regards to a stolen NFT product. The amount in jeopardy? 600 million. Woah. 

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An important thing to do would be to write down your Metamask account information and store that somewhere safe. 

Another you should do to protect your asset is to connect with your ledger or trezor. These are offline storage devices. 

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These are things you may want to keep in mind when it comes to protecting your NFT’s. It is safer to be ahead of stuff than it is to be reactive to a problem. 

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SUPES and Brad Review Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Supes and Brad

This film is definitely in the conversation for best MCU solo film.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe to new heights, introducing the first solo film for an Asian American Superhero, continuing the story of the infamous “Ten Rings” who were first mentioned in 2008’s Iron Man and giving us our first look at the real Mandarin.

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This film is a triumph on multiple levels, but the action and fight choreography is some of the best we’ve seen in a long time. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has obviously had some incredible action sequences over the last 20+ films, but we have never seen hand-to-hand combat done at this level. The speed, ferocity and choreography of the fight sequences will leave you in awe and the change in pace with the use of slo mo shots really enhances the overall experience.

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With a star-studded cast of Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Meng’er Zhang and Fala Chen, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings delivers a visually stunning, action-packed and heartfelt experience for both hardcore MCU fans and traditional movie-goers. We chatted with director Destin Daniel Cretton about this special project and the team that brought this story to life and this is what he had to say: “I feel extremely proud to be a part of this team. I’ve never worked on a team that was so diverse and so full of creatives who were really passionate about telling a story full of minority characters. I feel extremely proud of the movie we all worked on together and can’t wait for people to experience it.”

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings brings to life Marvel’s newest hero in the most epic way possible. Shang-Chi will easily be one of your favorite Marvel characters by the end of the film. Not only is he extremely skilled, but Simu Liu brought so much charisma, comedy and heart to the role. His co-star, Awkwafina shined as “Katy”, as we see her character grow both personally and professionally as she blossoms into a hero herself. It’s also worth noting—the chemistry between the two actors was phenomenal and garnered so many laughs from the audience. One performance that really stood out to us was Meng’er Zhang’s “Xialing” (Shang-Chi’s sister). She had some of the best moments in this movie and captured the audience every time she was on screen. Tony Leung was also fantastic as the villainous “Wenwu” and perfectly portrayed a loving, yet menacing father who just so happens to have been leading one of the most lethal criminal organizations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a very long time (The Ten Rings).

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The most powerful moments in this film are when Shang-Chi and his father share the screen. You feel the history and tension between the two, without them having to say a single word. It all builds to an epic finale that’s heartfelt, action-packed and visually captivating. The resolution between Shang-Chi and Wenwu was as satisfying as we hoped it’d be. Once the dust settles, there’s still more to this film and it’ll leave you even more excited for Shang-Chi’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is an incredible addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is certainly in the conversation for best solo MCU film. Make sure to check out Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, only in theaters September 3rd.

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What NFTs Look Like in 5 Years, According to Jack Settleman

NFTs are pumping. The Crypto market got a resurgence and BTC is back up to above $40,000. 

All of this excitement is great. People are becoming interested and are taking notice of this market. But with that excitement, there are a lot of overreactions occurring.

So let’s look at the next five years. 

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Something that has made headlines over the past weeks is Axie Infinity

Axie Infinity, giving people from 3rd world countries the opportunity to make money, has made a billion dollars over the last month. It is inspired strongly by the structure and style of Pokémon. You get to collect characters, they get into battles, and have their own attributes. 

But something I have been thinking about a lot is where NFTs are going. And where will they be in 5 years? 

A game like Axie doing a billion dollars is nuts. But five years is so far away. So much can change in that time. While I am in awe of what they have accomplished, the reality is that the graphics are mediocre. And not just that, but the gameplay is mediocre. And when you put it in comparison to what is available on Xbox, Playstation, etc… Even without “trashing” the game, it is a more simple concept. 

Cryptopunks

I think Cryptopunks are a lock for the future. They were first. And if that isn’t enough, the owners of these Cryptopunks are all important figures. 

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Larvalabs created them. As the company that is responsible for them, it is possible that they could screw things up to ruin their brand recognition? While I don’t think it is likely, I do think it is possible. 

TopShot

When looking at the things that TopShot has going for them, there is one thing that stands out among the rest. They are partners with the NBA. A major staple in world culture. That feels like it would be a safe bet.

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But when you purchase a Top Shot moment, you are making three bets. You are betting on Dapper Labs to create a good product. You are betting on the NBA to remain a relevant part of society. And you are betting on Lamelo Ball to be a rockstar of similar status in 5 years. 

Zed

While observing the big picture of Zed, I think one of the things that is a strong point for them is the history of horse racing. For hundreds of years, horse racing has been around. And not just that, but gambling on horse racing is popular.

Now, they just got bought… but is their game THAT good? Could someone else come in with 50 million dollars and create a better game structure? Absolutely. 

It is tough to not be a prisoner of the moment with NFTs. It is 24/7/365. We get easily excited about what companies are building and creating. But think about things in 5 years. Is this something you would be comfortable to sit on for that amount of time and know that it won’t get to zero? These are all things to consider when looking at the larger scale of NFTs.