Marvel’s Kevin Feige is the internet’s latest sad boy thanks to Spider-Man

The joke started when Yahoo! Movies asked Affleck and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice co-star, Henry Cavill, about the negative response the film received from critics. While Cavill began to answer, Affleck looked down and spaced-out, a look that many took to assume the actor was saddened by the question. It became a joke, with remixes of the video featuring Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” in the background. Affleck finally responded to the meme, telling the BBC it was a good lesson in not talking during interviews alongside Cavill.

“It taught me not to do interviews with Henry Cavill where I don’t say anything and they can lay Simon and Garfunkel tracks over it,” Affleck said. “That’s one thing I learned.”

Affleck’s sad boy phase slowly lost the internet’s interest — but was never truly forgotten. Now, however, the Batman v Superman actor has been replaced with another, superhero-adjacent figure: Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios.

Like Affleck, Feige received the Simon and Garfunkel treatment following an interview with FilmStarts. In the interview, Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal spoke about how Tom Holland’s Peter Parker could appear in Venom and other stand-alone Spider-Man movies, essentially making those characters part of the MCU. Feige, who had just last week given a completely different answer, looked on with a blank expression on his face.

It didn’t take long for people to point out just how sad Feige looks in the interview — not unlike Affleck’s face in his own interview — and the various remixes and GIFs to start springing up.

Whether or not Feige was actually sad during that specific moment in the interview is, of course, unknown, but he does look confused at the very least. Again, that makes sense considering that Feige recently confirmed characters like Venom would have nothing to do with the MCU, despite Pascal’s confirmation that they would all exist in a similar world.

As of right now, the only character being shared by the two studios — according to their arrangement — is Spider-Man. Homecoming is a Sony movie that Marvel has complete creative control over. Future installments of Marvel films, including the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, will star Spider-Man, but Sony won’t have any say in what the character does. There’s still no confirmation on if Holland’s Peter Parker will appear in future stand-alone movies, like Venom and Silver & Black, for Sony.


Boy from Punjab-govt preparatory institute is 1st in NDA entrance

Over 5 lakh students appeared in the NDA exam for entry to the armed forces this year. Of these, two in the top 10 — including All-India Rank (AIR) 1 Nangal’s Shashank Sharma and Muktsar’s Armaandeep Singh, AIR 8, trained for the exam at the same institute in the city. With 25 selections of 41 students who appeared (the exam was held in September), the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI), in Sector-77, a Punjab government institute set up in 2011, has been a consistent success. Twelve of the institute’s students are in top 100 of the NDA exam this year.

Students at the AFPI do their Classes 11 and 12 from Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, SAS Nagar.

Final call letter for joining the academy is issued subject to medical fitness of the applicant, an official said.


‘Discovery channel programme triggered desire’

Both Shashank and Armaandeep want to join Armoured Corps in the army. “An episode on Discovery Channel in 2014, featuring the NDA motivated me to join the forces,” said Shashank, son of a BSNL employee. Prior to joining the AFPI, he was a student of Mount Carmel School, Jindwari, Ropar.

The first in a family of civilians to harbour dreams of a military career, he said, “At the AFPI, we rigorously followed the programme that the director Maj General BS Grewal (retd) chalked out. What also helped was that we did not have our mobile phone.”

“There was no distraction of WhatsApp and Facebook. I studied for five hours a day,” he adds.

Shashank’s father Dinesh Kumar Sharma belongs to Manakpur village in Nangal. His mother is a teacher.

‘Relatives inspired me’

Armaandeep, the son of a farmer from Muktsar, said, “I was hopeful of a good position but never thought, I will get be ranked 8th,” he said. “A relative in the family who rose to the rank of a brigadier inspired me to join the NDA,” he added.

He credits the strict regime and the discipline instilled at the institute as key reasons for his success.

52 applicants vie for each seat at the institute

The first batch of cadets passed out in April 2013. So far, five batches have passed out from the institute and 63 students have joined various military academies.

Admission to the institute starts in January every year with an entrance test for boys from across the state. The exam is conducted at Jalandhar, Patiala and SAS Nagar and those in Class 10 can apply.

The batch starts in April. The institute’s intake capacity is 48 seats, with 2,500 students apply for admission. So, 52 apply for each seat.