Black Panther is one of the most complicated characters in the Marvel Universe. He’s a monarch to the most isolated and technologically advanced nation on earth. He’s a religious leader. He’s a super hero to the outside world, and he’s the bearer of a mantle that stretches back to the founding of his nation. Captain America: Civil War only gave us a glimpse at T’Challa’s burden. The first trailer for the film introduced Wakanda, but the second gives us more of an idea of the plot, introduces the dynamic between T’Challa and his sister, his mother, and his American liaison (Martin Freeman). It also re-establishes Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw, the film’s villain that was set up waaaaay back in Avengers: Age of Ultron and T’Challa’s main rival: Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). This film is going to blow people’s minds. Having Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther as the lead-ins to Infinity War was a brilliant idea. But then, it’s Marvel. It’s what we’ve come to expect. Continue reading Black Panther Trailer #2 (2018) “Wakanda Forever!!!”
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. July 14th brings another blockbuster as those damn, dirty apes swing into theaters once again! Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/14/2017): War for the Planet of the Apes
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. July 6th brings and end to the doldrums of June with the 16th installment of the MCU, as well as two additional well-reviewed films. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/6/2017): Spider-Man Homecoming, A Ghost Story, City of Ghosts
Happy Holidays! Your reward for making it through another year is a trip to a galaxy far, far away from your friends at Disney. That’s been the case with The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and the upcoming The Last Jedi. However, in 2018, Star Wars films will move to the summer. Not only is this a grinchly move by Disney, it’s bad business. Disney already produces so many blockbusters per year that they’re beginning to crash into each other’s earning potential. Both Disney Star Wars films made over a billion dollars. That’s largely because they were revisited during the cinematic doldrums of January and February. Moving Star Wars to summer will pit the films not only against blockbuster competition from other studios, it will stunt the box office potential for Disney franchises typically used to summer dominance (The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Pixar Animation, for example). There are three reasons behind moving Star Wars to summer, and in each reason is a counter-argument for why Disney shouldn’t.
Continue reading Why Disney Needs to Keep Star Wars at Christmas
Black Panther has long been one of my favorite Marvel characters, and even though the MCU has two films (Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor Ragnarok) before T’Challa’s solo outing, there’s already a trailer ready. Wakanda and its king were first teased in Avengers: Age of Ultron with the introduction of Andy Serkis as Klaw, then Civil War served as an origin story in short for the monarch hero. The cast is amazing, the director is stellar, and this is the last MCU film before The Infinity War begins. This. Will. Be. Epic.
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and it hits theaters on February 16, 2018.