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Taylor Swift is assembling a team of superheroes

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The video will debut May 17th

Taylor Swift will debut her video for "Bad Blood" off her most recent album 1989, next week at the Billboard Music Awards, and she's been teasing the big event pretty ruthlessly on Instagram. First there was her own mysterious, stern-faced headshot. That was quickly followed by a slew of recognizable names: Zendaya, Ellie Goulding, Paramore's Hayley Williams, Lena Dunham, and now, Kendrick Lamar, all looking like some strange amalgamation of Sweeney Todd and Rambo. They also all have superhero names, like Cut-Throat and the Crimson Curse. Kendrick's name is... Welvin da Great, which is, strangely, already the name of a pseudo Instagram star.

Meet Welvin Da Great. @kendricklamar #BadBloodMusicVideo

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We already know Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift are friends, (or at least admire each other's work from a distance), but this is the first time they'll be working on a project together. As for the plot of the thing, all we can guess is that it will involve weaponry, slick outfits, death, violence, soft smirks under long eyelashes, long shadows, a high kick or two, a feel-good moment, a bad guy, city streets wet with dew, the glint of a knife in the moonlight, a howl, breezy hair, scowls, muscles, and a smokey-voiced narrator. Here are the rest of the photos:

Meet Frostbyte. @lilyaldridge #BadBloodMusicVideo

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Meet Cut-Throat. @Zendaya #BadBloodMusicVideo

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Meet The Crimson Curse. @yelyahwilliams #BadBloodMusicVideo

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Meet Destructa X. @elliegoulding #BadBloodMusicVideo

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Meet Lucky Fiori. @lenadunham #BadBloodMusicVideo

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Meet The Trinity. @haileesteinfeld #BadBloodMusicVideo

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The Billboard Music Awards will take place on May 17th.


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