Right as we ween ourselves off the super-drug that is Marvel movies, the Russo brothers pull us back in with a new addiction, one that is, coincidentally, about addiction. After wrapping phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Anthony Russo and his brother co-director went straight into working again with Tom Holland in a much darker scope for their new movie, Cherry, which focuses on opioid addiction. The crime drama, based on the novel by Nico Walker, has Holland at the center as a war veteran with a heroin addiction after coming home from Iraq with undiagnosed PTSD. Although he won’t be donning a Spider-Man suit for the film, Holland is expected to fly pretty high. And we’ll surely be addicted to the Russos work once again, at least until we see Spidey back on the big screen.
Days before Christmas, a loggerhead turtle delivered $53 million worth of cocaine to the people of Key West, bringing snow to Florida in another Christmas miracle.
The Magic Pony
A Florida woman who no longer had the power of speech was compelled by the majesty of Magic the miniature mare. Upon laying eyes on Magic, the woman miraculously regained her voice and said, “Isn’t he beautiful?” And when his work was done, Magic moonwalked the f*ck out of there.
The Talking Dolphin
When a mother whale and her calf got beached off the coast of New Zealand, Moko the dolphin stepped in to save the day. By communicating with the whales, Moko was able to lead them back to deeper waters where it was safe. "I don't speak whale and I don't speak dolphin," Conservation Officer Malcolm Smith finally realized in the true spirit of Christmas.
The Bird of Heaven
Back in 1919 at the height of WWI, a pigeon from heaven delivered a message to soldiers on the front, leading to the rescue of 194 lives. His name was Cher. And though he was blown out of the sky by enemy fire, he was posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre, a French award likely celebrating the joy Christmas.
The Christmas Lions
When a group of rhino poachers had been naughty all year, Santa sent them a message in the form of Christmas lions. The lions tracked the poachers to the Sibuya Game Reserve in South Africa where they proceeded to eat the men alive until nothing was left except the magic of Christmas.
The Sexually Frustrated Dolphin
Zafar was the friendliest dolphin in France, until swimmers realized he was looking for something more. After attacking boats and hoisting women on his nose, it looked like things were not going to end well for Jafar. That’s when another lonely dolphin stumbled into the area wearing a mistletoe hat. The two locked eyes and it was love at first sight. A crisis was averted in this testament to the power of Christmas.
The Christmas Log Fire Cat
When a Yuletide fire broke out in a Brooklyn apartment complex, Scarlett the Cat wasted no time stepping into the role of hero. She saved everyone in the building, risking her own life in the process. Luckily, this cool cat made it out with just a few minor burns and lived to rock another day.
The Silent Chihuahua
When guests came over to celebrate the holidays at a small dinner party in Woodland Hills, California, Gizmo the wonder dog performed the greatest miracle of all: he didn’t bark at anyone. And as the festivities carried on, he kept himself busy the entire night.