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NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gigi Bryant were laid to rest two weeks after their tragic helicopter crash. The world is still in mourning after losing a true sports hero and his beloved daughter that hadn’t even had a chance to fulfill her greatness.
On January 26th, nine people tragically lost their lives during a helicopter trip that went wrong in Calabasas, California. Nine people lost their lives in the crash, Kobe, Gianna, Christina Mauser, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and the pilot Ara Zobayan. At the time of the accident, the group was flying to a basketball camp that was being held at Mamba Sports Academy which was owned by Kobe.
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The LA Lakers legend was laid to rest with his 13-year-old daughter as confirmed by E! The funeral was a private affair that included family and close friends and came just two weeks after the devastating helicopter crash. The family wanted privacy to mourn but there will be a public memorial held on February 24th at the Staples Center, located in downtown Los Angeles, which will allow NBA fans to pay their respects. Since the accident, grievers all around the world have paid tribute to the NBA legend. Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal has shared that he had no words to express the pain he was going through.
Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant had also been open with the fact that she has found it hard to come to terms with the fact that she had lost her husband and her young daughter. The mother of four took to her Instagram to tell her fans that her brain has refused to accept that Kobe and Gianna are gone. The widow also explained that it makes her angry that her daughter will be unable to ever reach her full potential. Vanessa then acknowledged that she was trying her best to be strong for her three surviving daughters, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.
The family has asked for prayers during their time of mourning and said they are thankful for the immense support they have received. The LA Lakers gave a moving tribute during a recent NBA game, showing an in a Memoriam video that had most of the team in tears. LeBron James spoke from the heart when he gave his speech for his mentor, wearing Kobe’s yellow jersey, while R&B star Usher, sang a powerful rendition of Amazing Grace. Fans watched as roses were placed on two seats which had both Kobe and Gianna’s jerseys on them. While the pain of losing such a powerful athlete and human will stay within our hearts, we will try and move on to ensure his legacy endures.
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Warning: SPOILERS for Absolute Carnage #3
Even if Tony Stark was still alive, fans of Venom would probably never see Eddie Brock and the Iron Man share the screen. But that doesn’t mean Venom can’t pay his own tribute in the pages of Marvel Comics.
The subtle homage to Iron Man delivered in the ongoing Absolute Carnage event isn’t made between the heroes themselves, since Iron Man has problems of his own to deal with (and if we’re being technical, Tony Stark died in the comics a long time ago). No, Venom’s homage is directed at the movie version of Iron Man lost in Avengers: Endgame. Now that both men have lost the young heroes in their charge, it seems the perfect time to acknowledge their unlikely bond. SPOILERS ahead.
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The heartbreaking scene in Absolute Carnage puts Eddie Brock into Tony Stark’s shoes in the worst way possible. Once again, the young Spider-Man dives headfirst into danger, taking on the horde of Carnage, because… who else is going to do it? Only this time, it’s Miles Morales risking his life when Eddie comes to save him. Sadly for everyone involved, Eddie’s efforts to keep Miles safe prove as flawed as Tony’s. And both are forced to watch as the “kids” they care for are lost to darkness…
Miles doesn’t use his final words to tell “Mr Brock… I don’t feel so good,” choosing instead to cry out for help before the Carnage symbiote infects his mind with evil. We’ll leave it to the fans to decide who is more responsible for losing their respective versions of Spider-Man, since Eddie didn’t technically recruit Miles into this Absolute Carnage showdown. In fact, the two only met in the pages of Venom #3 when Miles assumed Eddie was still a villain. When they finally stopped fighting long enough to come to an understanding, Eddie’s respect for Miles was obvious, noticing the heroism and selflessness already determining who this “kid” was going to grow up to be.
Which makes Eddie’s focus away from Miles just long enough for him to be overrun so tragic. In Endgame, Tony Stark failed to save Peter Parker, his responsibility, along with half the universe. Here Miles was taken by a less definitive, but no less hopeful enemy. But on the very first page of the next issue, both men use the same four heartbreaking words to sum up their failures: “I lost the kid.”
Technically Miles is still alive, unlike Endgame’s Peter, which makes Tony’s first words to Steve Rogers a bit more literal. But given his own history with symbiotes (and Cletus in particular) Eddie knows the nightmare Miles is living, as his physical form is turned into a new Carnage-ized Doppelganger. Now that Eddie has paid tribute to the late Tony Stark of the MCU, here’s hoping he can bounce back just as well before Carnage wins the day. Oh, and the best part? Writer Donny Cates confirmed on Twitter that he actually wrote the line before seeing Avengers: Endgame. Making this connection downright destined. Fans can pick up their own copy of the issue now, to see how this defeat will turn around–assuming it can…
Absolute Carnage #3 is on sale now from Marvel Comics.
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Source: Donny Cates
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