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The 12 Most Underrated Marvel Characters

The Marvel Universe is one of the most robust and expansive comic-book universes to exist. First founded in 1939, Marvel Comics has over 70,000 characters throughout its history and multiverses, with somewhere around 8,000 staple lead characters. With such an overwhelming roster of caped crusaders to keep track of, there’s bound to be a bunch of lesser-known characters that are considered underrated Marvel characters.


From the MCU all the way to the first live-action Marvel movie with Captain America in 1944, we’ve seen some heroes significantly more than others on the big screen. Even when some of our favorite characters make it to the movies, they don’t always get the character arc they deserve. Here is our list of the most underrated Marvel characters we think deserve their roses.

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1.) She-Hulk

Although She-Hulk may have gotten her own show in the MCU, Jennifer Walters remains one of the most under-appreciated characters. Vastly popular among fans, She-Hulk first appeared in The Savage She-Hulk #1 released in 1980. She-Hulk is known for constantly breaking the fourth wall and poking holes at the many superhero tropes.

Universal Television was banking off the major success of their Incredible Hulk and Bionic Woman T.V. series. Marvel became nervous that Universal Television might introduce a female version of the Hulk to their show, so they created their own version first so they’d own the rights. This explains the signature fourth-wall break that She-Hulk has become well-known for.

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2.) Brother Voodoo

Brother Voodoo is not an unknown marvel character, but most casual fans know nothing about him or his origin. Brother Voodoo first appeared in Strange Tales #169, released in 1973.

After becoming a psychologist in the United States, Jericho Drumm returns to his homeland of Haiti. He finds his brother, a male priest of voodoo, is dying from a spirit he possessed. Before he dies, Jericho vows to his brother that he will visit his mentor Loa Damballa, where he will eventually become Brother Voodoo.

In comics, Brother Voodoo will eventually become the sorcery supreme after Dr.Strange’s death and is renamed Doctor Voodoo. The first rumor of Brother Voodoo joining the MCU came in Dr.Strange when it was revealed one of the people Kaecilius kills was Daniel Drumm. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever also teased some of the heroes claiming Haiti as their temporary home, the same location we know Brother Voodoo is from.

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3.) Silver Surfer

One of the most well-known Marvel characters in my mind remains one of the most underrated, the Silver Surfer. First appearing in Fantastic Four #48, released in 1966, Silver Surfer has remained one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel universe.

Norrin Konn was born on the planet Zenn-la, home to a long-lived technologically advanced humanoid race. When Galactus broke through the planet’s defense systems, he came with the intention to consume the planet. Konn comes to the rescue and offers to be Galactus’s personal herald and seek out planets for him to consume. Galactus agrees and turns him into the Silver Surfer.

Although this may seem like the Silver Surfer is a villain, he is actually one of the noblest characters in the Marvel Universe. He tried to only lead Galactus to planets that are void of sentient life, but after it became increasingly hard to find them, he would plot a way to end Galactus’s reign forever.

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4.) Adam Warlock

Adam Warlock may be underrated now, but with Will Poulter set to play the character in the upcoming third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, that may change soon. He first appeared in Fantastic Four #66-67, released in 1967.

Adam Warlock was created by researchers on earth known as the Enclave, whose goal was to create the perfect human being. He is most known for his role with the Infinity Gauntlet and for stopping Thanos. He was able to yield the Infinity Gauntlet before ultimately splitting up the gems so that no one person had control of all that power. It should be interesting to see what role he will exactly play in the MCU.

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5.) Monica Rambeau’s Captain Marvel

Monica Rambeau may have had her formal introduction into the MCU, but that rendition of the character does do justice to its comic-book counterpart. Monica Rambeau first appeared in The Amazing Spider-man Annual #16, released in 1982, and is introduced as the second Captain Marvel.

While trying to stop an extra-dimensional weapon, Rambeau is exposed to the special energy and thus became capable of turning her body into energy. Although her name was given to her by the media, it turned out that there was a Kree hero named Mar-Vell, who was the first Captain Marvel.

Rambeau then goes to the Avengers for help in mastering her newfound powers. After being taken under the wing of Captain America and the Wasp, Rambeau graduates as an Avengers member before ultimately becoming their leader. It’s very possible we one day see Monica Rambeau commanding the Avengers of the MCU.

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6.) Cosmo the SpaceDog

The adorable dog in a spacesuit we see in Guardians of the Galaxy may look like a device to add humor to the movie, but that is actually Cosmo the SpaceDog. Cosmo first appeared in Nova vol. 4 #8, released in 2008.

Cosmo was a space dog used by the soviets during the 1960s and was launched into Earth’s orbit. He would become lost in space before ending up in Knowhere. While the Guardians use Knowhere as their base for a short period Cosmo tags along for a number of adventures. We aren’t sure how much screen time Cosmos may get in the future but one thing remains, everyone loves a talking space dog.

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7.) Taskmaster

Taskmaster is another character who has been fully introduced to the MCU but wasn’t given the character arc they deserved. First appearing in The Avengers #195, released in 1980, Taskmaster is one of the most deadly hand-to-hand fighters in the Marvel universe.

We may now know the full backstory of Taskmaster, but we do know what he’s capable of. Taskmaster has what can be described as photographic reflexes. He can mimic and copy the exact physical movements of anyone he sees. This makes him one of the toughest foes in the Marvel universe because he is the equivalent of fighting yourself in hand-to-hand combat. Taskmaster’s amazing ability suite and endearing combative personality earn him all the love in the world on this collection of the most underrated Marvel characters.

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8.) Squirrel Girl

If you’ve never heard of the unbeatable Squirrel Girl then you’re in for a treat. Squirrel Girl First appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes vol.2 #8, released in 1991, and was created because Marvel wanted to branch off into lighter stories than the normally dramatic tales.

Doreen Allene Green, better known as Squirrel Girl, first discovered she could communicate with squirrels at the age of 10. It’s later revealed that she possesses squirrel-like abilities. She actually remains an incredibly tough hero defeating the likes of M.O.D.O.K., Thanos, and even taking down the Avengers at one point.

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9.) Nova

The Nova Corps in the MCU may seem like a rag-tag group of dim-witted police offers, but they are quite the opposite in the comics. Nova first appeared in The Man Called Nova #1, released in 1976.

As the last great Nova Corps member from Xandar is dying, he is tasked with selecting a replacement. At random he chose high school student Richard Rider, who would become Nova. He has powers such as superhuman strength, flight, and control the powerful suite of abilities tied to the Nova force.

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10.) Magik

Magik is undoubtedly one of the most complex and powerful heroes ever seen in the Marvel universe. She first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1, released in 1975.

Illyana Rasputin, better known as Magik, was a mutant born in Siberia, Russia. She is the sister to notable mutants Mikhail and Colossus. At a young age, she is brought into Limbo by the ancient evil sorcerer Belasco. She is raised there and develops several magical abilities. As her character continues to grow, she must battle the demons of her youth in Limbo while trying to be the hero she wants to be. Magik and her massive “Soulsword” also make her worthy of making this list of the most underrated Marvel characters.

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11.) Moon Knight

The Disney+ series Moon Knight was a great success and a wonderful addition to the MCU, but there is still so much about the character that went unseen. Moon Knight first appeared in Werewolf by Night #32, released in 1975.

Although Moon Knight may not have super-human abilities 99% of the time, he is still an absolute badass. A Chicago native, Marc Spector, draws the attention of Khonshu, the moon god. He creates a psychic connection with Spector, turning him into Moon Knight. What ensues is a number of personalities that Moon Knight has to struggle with containing as he strays further and further away from who Marc Spector once was.

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12.) Ant-Man

It’s hard to claim Ant-Man as underrated when he is slated to have a third solo installment to the MCU, but I’m gonna try to make a case for him here the best I can! Ant-Man first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27, released in 1962.

Hank Pym may be the original Ant-Man, but we are going to focus on Scott Lang’s version of the hero. The former robber turned superhero, Scott Lang comes into possession of the Ant-Man suit after stealing it. He would fight alongside the Fantastic Four as well as the Avengers, becoming an integral part of the team. With how many of our favorite OG heroes have gotten the boot in the MCU I pray that we don’t see Scott Lang’s Ant-Man go anywhere anytime soon.


Avengers Assemble: NBA Players as Marvel Characters

Although our world isn’t filled with the superheroes that occupy the Marvel universe, we have a different class of superhuman’s: the NBA. The NBA has some of the greatest athletes in the world who all carry themselves with a unique flare and style, the same way our heroes do the MCU.


The NBA and Marvel have partnered up on a number of occasions to promote new movies, and even broadcast a game that had special graphics. The league will be producing branded merchandise in accordance with the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever movie set to hit theaters this weekend. As we anticipate the newest addition to the MCU, we take a look at NBA players and their Marvel equivalent.

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Captain America: Steph Curry

What makes Captain America so great is his resiliency. He’s constantly leading the charge into battle and no matter who the foe in-front of him his, he doesn’t flinch. Steph Curry embodies Cap because of his leadership and determination. After years of ankle injuries, he never gave up. When Klay Thompson was hurt and the Warriors went through a two year rebuilding phase, Steph kept fighting like they were contenders.

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Bucky Barnes: Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson truly is the Bucky Barnes to Steph Curry’s Captain America. Whenever Curry needed a helping hand, Thompson was there to rain down three’s and keep them in contention. The brotherhood and friendship that the splash brothers have created is a beautiful one.

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Iron Man: Luka Doncic

Like Iron Man, Luka Doncic uses his untapped I.Q. to maneuver the battle field of the court to make his opponents look like pawns. Both Iron Man and Doncic have a bottomless bag in their arsenal of weapons. Luka must also go through the same lesson that Iron Man learned, you can’t win without playing as a team.

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Thor: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Like Thor the god of thunder, Giannis soars through every opponent to rip down dunks like it’s nothing. It is truly an understatement to say that Giannis looks like a demigod on the court. Thor also started off as a quiet stoic character in the MCU and has evolved to a hilarious figure, the same evolution we’ve seen from the Greek Freak.

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Hulk: Zion Williamson

If you are looking for a hulking figure that can physically dominant anyone while also jumping to incredible heights, look no further than Zion Williamson. Not only does Zion do the things that Hulk does, he even kind of looks like him with the newly added muscle this offseason.

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Thanos: LeBron James

Dread it, run from it, LeBron still arrives. The mad titan Thanos had one goal, collect all the infinity stones to eliminate half the universe. While LeBron may not be chasing rings to wipe out half the population, it’s evident that he is on a quest to pass the legacy of Michael Jordan. There have been stretches of James career where it legitimately looked like <a href=”http://<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” title=”YouTube video player” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen>Thanos and Hulks first encounter.

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Loki: James Harden

Like the god of mischief, James Harden is exceptionally crafty with the ball, creating all types of action on offense. We’ve seen Loki go from trying to destroy the Avengers to virtually joining them, the same way James Harden has abandoned other teams for what seemed like greener pastures. I think the greatest similarity between these two is that i’m really not sure if I consider them a hero or a villain.

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Spiderman: Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell has been given the nickname ‘spida’ because of speedy ability to rise up and dunk on any defender. His ability to maneuver traffic and even hit shots from deep are the exact qualities of Spiderman. Mitchell also protrudes a sense of youthful giddiness the same way Peter Parker does.

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Black Panther: Ja Morant

Ja Morant has been a high-flying superstar since the second he stepped foot onto an NBA court. Like how Black Panther stands for Wakanda, Morant has been taken under the wing by the people of Memphis and sees it as his duty to bring a championship their way.

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Doctor Strange: Nikola Jokic

The way that Nikola Jokic is able to dominant an NBA court is truly magical. Whether it’s needling passes through impossible windows, or hitting the most unconventional fall-away jumper, Jokic can do it. These are both characters you don’t want to cross, because they will come back with a vengeance.

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Ultron: Kawhi Leonard

Like the machine Tony Stark created as a bodyguard for the world, Kawhi Leonard is cold, calculated, and robotic on the court. There are no mistakes, there are no second guesses, he knows what his next move is and he is going to take it. Not only did Ultron betray his creator Tony Stark, but Leonard ended up freezing out the Spurs and Greg Popovich, forcing a trade out of San Antonio.

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Black Widow: Kevin Durant

Black Widow is a character who has had a lot taken from her. From youth she was put into a world-class group of assassins and taken from her family. After teaming up with the Avengers, she would lose that to. Although it was Durant’s decision to leave the Warriors, it’s not far off to say he has had quite a bad string of teammates recently. Despite the outside noise surrounding him, Durant always goes out and gets the job done, the same way Natasha Romanoff did.

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Groot: Joel Embiid

Lengthy: check. Hilarious and immature: check. Kind of hard to understand: check. Groot and Joel Embiid have more things in common than maybe anyone on this list. Both come in extremely clutch for their squad when they need it most, and almost always deliver it with comedic undertones.

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Hawkeye: Damian Lillard

There is nothing like watching Damian Lillard rain down threes from thirty+ feet out. Like Hawkeye, both him and Lillard are scarily accurate with their shot, and have an intense sense of loyalty to those they consider family. Although Dame never tried to sacrifice himself instead of C.J. McCollum at last years trade deadline how Hawkeye did with Black Widow on Vormir, he still remains one of the best teammates anyone could ask for.

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Korg: Steven Adams

Korg is simply just Steven Adams in a costume, there is no other way around it.

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From Space Snakes to Vats of Acid, These Are The 9 Best ‘Rick and Morty’ Episodes, Ever

Once in a generation, a show or movie will come along that will define and shape those years. In the ’80s and early ’90s, we had The Simpsons, in the late 90’s we had Beavis and Butthead, the 2000s gave us South Park, and the 2010s to today have been dominated by Rick and Morty. From the hilariously twisted minds of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty quickly became one of the most popular shows in the world, building a cult following that matches the likes of any fanbase. It’s impossible to whittle a show with as many good episodes as Rick and Morty to a list of just ten, but we gave it our best effort. Here’s to 100 years of Rick and Morty

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9.) Season 1 Episode 3: Anatomy Park
IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

“Anatomy Park” was a simpler time when Rick was really focused on building passion projects. This episode revolves around the amusement park that Rick and his team are building inside a homeless man. His ‘Magnum Opus,’ Pirates of the Pancreas, is a must-see attraction. This episode also gives us the legendary guest voice appearance from John Oliver as Dr.Bloom. 

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8.) Season 1 Episode 4: M. Night Shaym-Aliens
IMDB Rating: 8.7/10

What if you were in a simulation, inside a simulation, that was actually inside a simulation? Sounds complicated, but it makes for some entertaining sci-fi adventuring. Not only does this episode have a solid A plot, but the B plot is just as strong. Jerry is accidentally sent into the simulation with Rick but has no idea. This gave us classics like human music, “hungry for apples?”, and overall really began the downfall of Jerry Smith.

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7.) Season 2 Episode 4: Total Rickall
IMDB Rating: 9.5/10

In this parody of the 90s Paul Verhoeven classic Total Recall, Rick is tasked with figuring out who in the house are parasites and who is a part of the family. Many weird and hilarious characters make cameos throughout this episode, and it happens to be the first time we meet Mr. Poopy Butthole. The post-credit scene for this episode is not only hilarious but darkly sad and real.

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6.) Season 2 Episode 2: Mortynight Run
IMDB Rating: 8.8/10

Every great cartoon must be able to produce hit songs. I didn’t make up the rule, it’s just facts. 

In “Mortynight Run,” the brilliant Jemaine Clement plays a singing and talking fart that can essentially poop gold and read minds. Krombopulos Michael, an intergalactic assassin, is hunting him down, but Morty decides to save the fart in Morty fashion. Rick and Morty must avoid the galactic federation and return the fart to its home as it sings through the galaxy. There are so many good moments and one-liners throughout this episode and a hilariously catchy song which is good enough for 6th on our list.

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5.) Season 4 Episode 8: The Vat of Acid Episode
IMDB Rating: 9.4/10

Something that the show Rick and Morty does exceptionally well is build-out character arcs. You can see a clear pattern of evolution (sometimes devolution) of characters from season 1 on, and “The Vat of Acid Episode” is one of its truest signs.

After Morty thinks Rick’s fake vat of acid is a stupid escape plan, Rick goes into an ultimate petty mode to prove to his grandson he is right. We get one of the greatest punchlines to end a Rick and Morty episode ever. This episode also was awarded an Emmy for “Outstanding Animated Program.”

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4.) Season 3 Episode 7: The Ricklantis Mixup
IMDB Rating: 9.8/10

“The Ricklantis Mixup” is not only a fan favorite but is also critically acclaimed, receiving a near-perfect 10 on IMDB. What’s incredible about this episode is that our Rick and Morty are only on-screen for the first minute. In this episode, we are formally introduced to evil Morty with one of the most epic soundtracks we’ve ever seen come out of the show. So many canon storylines emerged from this episode, and it still stands the test of time on a rewatch.

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3.) Season 2 Episode 8: Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

The duo of interdimensional cable episodes in Rick and Morty display the true creative chaos that goes on inside the brain of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. These episodes run in clip-show format, quickly bouncing from short to short with a storyline in the background. We get great shorts, such as “The Personal Space Show,” “how did I get here?”, “The Adventures of Stealy,” How a Plumbus is made,” and more.

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2.) Season 4 Episode 5: Rattlestar Ricklactica
IMDB Rating: 8.8/10

If only Morty stayed in the car, then we wouldn’t have gotten the masterpiece that is “Rattlestar Ricklactica.” A parody of Terminator 2, “Rattlestar Ricklactica” begins with Morty getting bitten by a snake in space. How are there snakes in space? There is literally everything in space!

After Morty listens to snake jazz and becomes depressed over the fact that he killed a snake astronaut from a planet of snakes (If you don’t like snakes, maybe stay away from this one), he flies back and returns a snake he bought from a pet shop. A time-traveling war is set in motion, and Rick must once again save the day. Just stay in the car next time, Morty.

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1.) Season 3 Episode 1: The Rickshank Rickdemption
IMDB Rating: 9.6/10

It was a special era in the Rick and Morty timeline when season 3 debuted. The show was finally starting to take off and become nationally recognized. Season two left us on a cliffhanger with Rick turning himself into the galactic federation in exchange for his family’s safety, and on April 1, 2017, “The Rickshank Redemption” would premiere. This episode is jammed with iconic moments from Shoneys, SEAL Team Ricks, and even a monologue from Rick that influenced McDonald’s to bring back Szechuan sauce.

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Solange’s Latest Reinvention: Ballet Composer

When a Knowles sister goes quiet, they’re working on something big.

Solange Knowles has always been a creative. From the red microbraids she sported as a teenager in the early 2000s, to the Motown-inspired sound she embodied on her second studio album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams (2008), to her DJ’ing career, the insane production and visuals of her third and fourth albums A Seat at the Table (2016) and When I Get Home (2019), as well as her many different fashion, makeup, and hair looks.

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Solange has been a trendsetter that has marched to the beat of her own drum for the entire time she’s been in the public eye, and while learned to expect the unexpected from her, her latest career endeavor as a ballet composer was something that nobody saw coming.

And yet we should have. Knowles has been no stranger to the performance arts scene having worked in many different international museums and exhibits such as the Venice Art Biennale and Elbphilharmonie, and she has also been a musician her whole life. In 2018, she received Harvard University’s “Artist of the Year,” along with the Global Trailblazer Award for Creative and Artistic Excellence from NYU.

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Seeing as though ballet is a mixture of art, music, and dance, this makes Solange the perfect candidate for being not only the third woman to compose a score for the New York City ballet, but the second African-American woman to do so as well.

That’s right, the girl that used to annoy her older sister from playing the drums too long (don’t ask how I know that piece of information) is now the second African-American woman to compose a score for the New York City Ballet. The announcement was first made this past August, with Solange making her debut on September 28th composing the work for dancer/choreographer Gianna Reisen, which was also a part of  New York City Ballet’s Fall Fashion Gala with costumes by Alejandro Gómez Palomo.

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The reviews for Solange’s composition were and continue to be stellar, with the crowd showing its appreciation with flowers, cheers, and ovations.

While we never know what’s next in the ever-evolving world of Solange Knowles, we do know that it will be brilliant. 

Additional dates for the performance will be on October 11th and 16th, and May 2, 11, 13, 17, and 18.

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And like always, mom and sis will be cheering her on.


CoolKicks Collectible Trading Platform Earns NFL Superstar Support

Sneakers hold an important status in society. They are a signal of what is relevant in culture, and a reflection of what the masses are truly motivated by. Because of the hype and fascination around sneakers and its culture, numerous high-end resale and consignment shops have popped up across the globe. CoolKicks, a sneaker and clothing store, with it’s premier location Melrose in Los Angeles, California, has established itself as one of the top-tier destinations for any sneaker head. A large reason for that is how CoolKicks continues to push the boundaries of what it means to be a sneaker store. 

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What is CoolKicks?

CoolKicks is a sneaker and clothing brand, with a flagship store in Los Angeles, California. The store was founded in 2016 by Adeel Shams after he finished his masters program at Virginia Commonwealth University. CoolKicks is closing in on 700,000 followers on Instagram, and currently boasts over 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube. 

Pushing content on social media has been an integral part of CoolKicks’ rise to prominence in the sneaker scene. By engineering content with influencers in similar fashion to complex’s sneaker shopping shoe, CoolKicks becomes more than just a sneaker store, but a live studio where you can see where your favorite celebrities picked up their newest pairs of shoes. They even offer guests on their videos to take three shots on a hoop set up in the store, with $2,000 in store credit if the contestant can make two out of three shots. It’s innovative things like this that help make CoolKicks an even livelier storefront.

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MynaSwap is the newest endeavor from the CoolKicks team, and is one that could reshape the future of collectibles. Users on the platform can send assets they own like shoes, watches, or other collectibles, and CoolKicks will keep the items vaulted in a temperature controlled safe. A digital asset will then be made and sent to the user, who is still able to sell the asset with the digital collectible if they choose to do so. 

The startup for MynaSwap has raised $6 million in capital, and have just peaked the attention of some high profile investors. Numerous NFL superstars such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Kyler Murray. CoolKicks is clearly at the forefront of how blockchain technology can be utilized, and we can’t wait to see how MynaSwap comes to fruition.

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Spooky Season is Here: The 11 Best Haunted Houses in the US

We are now in the month of October. The month of Halloween. Ghouls and Goblins are in the air, decorations are everywhere, and for the first time in months, the grocery stores now actually have a variety of candy in stock. The word fright is used more than anytime of the year, and to add to the mystery, this article is currently being written at night in the abyss of darkness. Scary huh? With Halloween at the end of the month, you might be considering visiting a haunted house. If so, we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of the best haunted houses in the US. Let Spooky Szn commence!

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1. Headless Horseman
Ulster Park, New York

We’ll start with the place considered to be the scariest haunted house in America. Ladies and gentlemen, the Headless Horseman. Located in Ulster Park, New York, the Headless Horseman is apparently the place where “horror lives.” Shadows that may or may not be your own follow you along with other surprises, and you are not allowed to stop, run, or hide. The theme of the house is a cemetery too, so then there’s that scary element as well.

Other attractions in the Headless Horseman include: The Lunar Motel where you’ll have to deal with more shadows and unpleasant children looking for revenge, The Nightshade Greenhouse where the most grotesque things happen, Gluttons Dinner and Slaughterhouse which the name itself pretty much tells you everything you need to know, and plenty more.

There’s also tons of local attractions and eateries in the area as well to check out.

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2. Creepy Hollow Haunted House

Up next is the Creepy Hollow Haunted House in Houston,Texas. First of all, it should be of note that some people actually consider Creepy Hollow to be the scariest haunted house in America, which means it’s pretty darn scary.

There’s three haunted attractions which are: the 288 Scare Factory which is “ground zero” of the Zombie Apocalypse, the Dark Woods where you are essentially fighting off a caretaker with burned flesh, and Pitch Black, where most people don’t make it through. If you’re in Houston and up for the challenge, maybe you can be one of the few that do (Vincent Price “Thriller” laugh).

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3. Netherwood Haunted House
Stone Mountain, Georgia

Now we’re going to take it to the abyss of Stone Mountain, Georgia, an almost maniacal haunted house that features live actors, monsters, and special effects. As far as attractions go, there’s something called The Undying Horror, the life that brings you death, and The Parasitic, which is a plant-based life form that has gone bonkers. Netherwood Haunted House also has a Monster Museum, and a couple of escape rooms to check out as well. 

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4. Bates Motel Haunted House
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

Most of you are already familiar with Bates Motel, so it should come as no surprise that there is an actual Bates Motel Haunted House. Located Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, the Bates Haunted House also has a strong case for being the best in the USA. Let’s take a look at what they have to offer shall we? For starters, there’s going to be some major updates for 2022.

At the moment their official website isn’t revealing a ton of information on those new updates (probably because they want some element of it to be a surprise), but we do know that the haunted house has previously featured the Haunted Hayride, a 25-minute horror ride through Arasapha Farm, a show called Revenge of the Scarecrows, and plenty more. Let us know if you visit this Halloween season to see the new updates.

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5. Factory of Terror
Canton, Ohio

Now let’s take it all the way to Canton, Ohio where the Factory of Terror is located. Deemed as Ohio’s best haunted house, the Factory of Terror has also been working hard over the summer to add new updates to their attractions. The final attraction in the house has gotten a complete makeover, and is now known as the “Abyss.”

And since it’s brand new, we’ll have to tap in with you guys later on to see how much it’s changed. The Factory of Terror is also offering three new bars this year, which is a genius idea because something tell us you’ll probably need a couple of drinks after being scared to death.

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6. Eloise Asylum
Westland, Michigan

Have mercy. This is a state-of-the-art haunted house in Westland, Michigan modeled like an asylum with out of this world production and horror to match. You can choose to be a part of a Paranormal investigation where you investigate the odd activities going on in the asylum.

You could also opt to participate in the Escape Room Asylum where you have to find out who exactly is in the haunted house with you, or you could take a Haunted Tour if you wish. There’s no details listed under the Haunted Tour section of the Eloise Asylum website. Make of that what you will.

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7. Knott’s Scary Farm
Buena Park, California

For eleven out of twelve months of the year, Knott’s Berry Farm is a nice, friendly, and peaceful place in Buena Park, California, but legend has it that in October, Knott’s Berry turns scary. While we tend to think of Haunted Houses has being outside, Knott’s bring the terror and horror to the outdoors where you are greeted with haunted mazes and grotesque creatures at every twist and turn.

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8. 13th Gate
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Now let’s head down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where you can find 13th Gate Haunted House, where you have to make your way through thirteen horrifying realms little by little, drop by drop. And you have to do it in 60 minutes or else…we seriously don’t know what happens once time expires.

What we do know, however, is that you have to play the role of an independent archaeologist (think Lara Croft and Indiana Jones), and crack codes, solve puzzles, and uncover mysteries in order to escape. Sounds scary to us.

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9. The Darkness
St. Louis, Missouri

A haunted house, but make it 3D. Located right in the heart of St. Louis, Missouri, The Darkness has been scaring the living daylights out of people for almost thirty years, and has their 2022 festivities listed as their “scariest so far.” There’s a total of twelve attractions, which include the Lemp Haunted House which is designed to make you SCREAM, the 5 Minute Coffin Escape which we have to assume involves some sort of activity with a coffin, and the Creepyworld Haunted House which is just…creepy.

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10. Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary
Philadelphia, Pennyslvania

If you thought the Eloise Asylum was crazy, then you’ll probably find Terror Behind the Walls even crazier. This is actually a haunted prison (yes a real prison). Located in Philadelphia, you can make your way through the various different haunted houses which include the Delirium, a 3D trippy haunted experience through a sketchy neon jungle, and the Machine Shop, which is filled with evil.

There’s even an option to add a VIP experience in, which grants you admission to the Speakeasy at Al Capone’s cell. This has been described by visitors as an experience, and it definitely seems to be just that.

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11. SLC Fear Factory
Salt Lake City, Utah

Voted as being one of the spookiest haunted houses on the planet, the Salt Lake City Fear Factory is full of fear, with six buildings and two underground passageways (both look equally terrifying). There’s also an opportunity to get on the Zombie bus, which personally escorts you to the house adding to the fun, plus a hundred plus live actors that are part of the plan to scare you. On top of that, the SLC Factory has been featured on television and in movies. 


These are just a handful of haunted houses obviously, but if we had to take a guess, we would think that there’s probably at least one haunted house in every state. Hopefully we have convinced you to take a ride on the wild side this Halloween season. 

Popular Culture

Meet Chef Reactions: The Culinary Artist Conquering TikTok, Once Recipe at a Time

There are an infinite number of niche communities on TikTok. Anything you are interested in, no matter how different or bizarre, has someone creating content around it. There are little pockets of communities that can satisfy anyone’s interest. Food, however, is a whole different ball game regarding the social media app. 

On one end of the spectrum, you have your Gordon Ramsays, making the hardest food look elementary to make. On the other end of the spectrum, you have content creators who create morbidly bad recipes that shock their audience. 

Sat squarely in the middle of all this is Chef Reactions, a culinary artist who simply just reacts to cooking videos in a monotone voice with a deadpan face… and well… It’s hilarious. Here is how Chef Reactions has taken TikTok and social media by storm.

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Who Is Chef Reactions?

Chef Reactions’ content consists of him reviewing a food/cooking video while giving commentary and giving it a score out of 10. The earliest of his videos on TikTok go back to May 18th of this year, with his second video on the app eclipsing the 2 million viewer mark. He is closing in on 2 million followers on TikTok and is about to pass the 29 million-like mark across his entire profile. 

What’s most comical and relatable about the content Chef Reactions make is at the end of each video, after he gives a score out of ten, he lets the viewers know if he would eat whatever was just made. Every time, no matter how weird or gross the dish looks, Chef Reactions always seems to give an earnest “I’d try it” at the end of each video.

I hope I can be as fearless in exploring the weird and unknown in the kitchen as Chef Reactions is, but one thing for sure is that I’ll continue to laugh and enjoy the content he puts out. 

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Face-off: Minecraft YouTuber Dream Reveals Face for First Time

Remaining anonymous on the internet today is nothing new. More and more we’ve seen content creators begin their careers either with no face cam or sometimes wearing a mask. Streamers like Disguised Toast and Corpse Husband have been able to build some of the biggest channels on streaming platforms, without showing their face. 

Unequivocally, the Minecraft YouTuber ‘Dream’ has seen the most success as a content creator while also staying anonymous. He has built a YouTube channel of over 30 million subscribers and has eclipsed the 6 million follower mark on Twitch. It’s safe to say that his fanbase was eager to see his face reveal, with the video nearing 20 million views just a mere 14 hours after being uploaded. Here is why Dream’s face reveal means so much to his community.

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Who Is Dream?

Dream has garnered a following across social media while playing and creating content around the popular game Minecraft. The first series of Dream’s to really go viral was his continued attempt to break the Minecraft speedrun record. After distancing himself as one of the best speedrunners the game had to offer, he put a twist on the genre. 

Dream’s most popular series and what gave him his initial kick-start to where he is today is his speedrunners vs hunters series. This would consist of Dream and a couple of his friends loading into a new Minecraft world where Dream was tasked with defeating the Ender Dragon as fast as he could all while his friends attempted to slow him down. The most popular video in this series has been viewed over 100 million times. 

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Face Reveal

It is extremely common for streamers and content creators to use a face-cam. It allows them to show off their reactions and even be a more personable figure to their audience. Dream decided to forego using a face-cam or showing his face, as he wanted to keep some sort of private life. For years people on the internet have tried to leak his face or even created hoax face reveals, and finally Dream took it into his own hands. 

Dream stated the reason for wanting to show off his face was because his long-time friend and collaborator, GeorgeNotFound, was making the move from the U.K. to the U.S. He assured his followers that he won’t be using a facecam for his Minecraft content, but wanted to branch out into IRL videos, making vlogs with his friends. This should be a huge relief for Dream, with the weight of having to keep his face anonymous off his shoulders, we’re excited to see what the king of Minecraft is up to next.

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Meet the MrBeast of the Bronx: Medy

What’s so admirable to watch about the meteoric rise of MrBeast is how many people he’s helped on his journey. Ahmed Alwan, better known online as Medy, has built a following of over four million on TikTok, all while giving back to the people who need it most. This is why you should be paying attention to the amazing work Medy is doing in the Bronx. 

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Who is Medy?

Ahmed ‘Medy’ Alwan has garnered an impressive following across social media through his viral videos of him in his parents’ bodega. Medy will ask customers random questions as they are looking around the bodega, with either cash rewards or a free five second shopping spree as a prize if they answer correctly. 

He usually likes to focus on younger customers, asking kids simple questions like what’s 5+5? The genuine joy you see on the kids’ faces as they’re told they can run around the bodega for a five second shopping spree is priceless. You can tell how much a small gesture like that goes, and Medy is doing it every day. 

Medy has been working at his parents’ bodega in the Bronx since he was ten years old, helping man the cash register. Medy has gained the attention from a number of high profile celebrities, including a repost from former president Barack Obama.

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Why Is What Medy Does So Important?

Medy is a huge staple in his community for a number of reasons, mainly because the Bronx is looked at as a ‘food desert’. This means that residents don’t have full access to affordable fresh food. Bodegas are an integral part of these communities, because it’s one of the rare spots people can get affordable groceries. Medy remains a bright light for his community and continues to shine. 


The World on a String: How Gentry Stein is Dominating the Yo-yo Scene

When we’re young, we become enamored with our toys. As a kid, I would clutch onto my Nintendo DS everywhere I went. Somewhere along the way, that love and attachment we have for those possessions fades as we get older and busier with our everyday lives. Gentry Stein, a two-time world yo-yo champion, has built an extremely impressive brand through a toy we used to love as a kid. Stein is showing off his insanely unique yo-yo skills and introducing the sport to a whole new generation. Here is why you should be paying attention to Gentry Stein and his yo-yo magic. 

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First Picking Up A Yo-Yo

Gentry Stein first picked up a yo-yo at just eight years old. He would mess around with the toy, but eventually took a break after two years. By the time he was eleven he picked the yo-yo back up and began grinding. Once Stein began entering yo-yo competitions, everything changed. He became enamored with the idea of choreographing different yo-yo tricks with songs. 

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Winning A World Title And Building A Brand

By the time he turned eighteen, Stein claimed his first yo-yo world championship. Five years later in 2019, he reclaimed his spot atop the yo-yo mountain. Alongside those world championships, Stein has won the 1A U.S. National Yo-yo Championship four times and even won the 2016 European Yo-yo Championship. 

Stein has been able to build a significant following on social media through his elite and exciting yo-yo abilities. He is nearing 900,000 followers on Tik Tok with over 9.4 million likes on the app. On YouTube, Stein is nearing the 100,000 subscriber mark, a huge milestone for any Youtuber. Because of Stein’s incredible abilities with the yo-yo and genuine charisma, he’s been able to travel the world showing off his mastery of the yo-yo. 

One way that Stein has leveraged his high-powered yo-yo skills is through his shop. You can purchase lessons or even get the same yo-yo the world champion used to claim the title. Overall, Gentry Stein has gone to great lengths to help grow the sport of yo-yo, and will only continue to help the game reach newer and bigger audiences.