Who Are the Dora Milaje

The Dora Milaje play a huge role in Marvel’s Black Panther. You can see them clad in red throughout the trailers, fighting Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger and being all badass at King T’Challa’s side. They leave quite an impression.

But who are these beautiful warrior women? Where did they come from? And what are they all about? Well, never fear. Here’s a rundown of the facts and history from the comics that you’ll need to know.

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sony marvel deal

From the “We’ve made a huge mistake” department comes word that Sony came very close to owning the Marvel characters of the MCU for a rock-bottom price, only to turn the deal down. Back when Marvel was first starting to branch out into movies, they offered Sony an opportunity to snap up the rights to Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Black Panther and more for $25 million.

Sony’s reply? “Thanks, but no thanks.” Whoops.

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Black Panther interview

Don’t be fooled by Ryan Coogler‘s laid-back Oakland accent. The writer/director may have an affable personality, but he’s also a whip-smart filmmaker whose previous two movies, Fruitvale Station and Creed, proved he was well equipped to make the jump from intimate, character-based indies to the blockbuster big leagues.

His latest movie, Black Panther, beautifully blends those sensibilities into one of Marvel Studios’ most exciting projects to date: a superhero film that embraces its cultural identity while still providing all of the action, humor, and dazzling visuals fans have come to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

I had the chance to speak with Coogler at the Black Panther junket, and he told me about one of the movie’s most impressive action scenes, how he and his co-writer crafted one of the film’s breakout characters (Shuri, played by Letitia Wright), the influence of President Obama when writing the screenplay, and more.
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Black Panther Phenomenon

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Black Panther is a film that celebrates blackness…and that should become the new normal.)

For some, the Black Panther movie may be a new phenomenon, a perhaps radical showcase of black talent in which both the men and the women are centered equally — and where they stand tall like royalty as accolades continue to pour in far and wide. It’s supposedly an anomaly, a moment to celebrate. And that it is; an important example of black excellence taking center stage.

The red-carpet presentation at its January premiere was by itself a sight for sore eyes, black decadence at its finest, accessorized with deep hues and pops of gold.  It was that rare mainstream occurrence in which our beauty literally radiated in a space historically dominated by the likes of Greta Garbo, John Wayne, and Frank Sinatra. And finally, FINALLY, others saw in us what we’ve seen in ourselves since the dawn of time.

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Avengers Infinity War LEGO Sets

As we get closer to the release of Avengers: Infinity War in May, more and more details about the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel will come to light. Thanks to the extensive merchandise coming to shelves in the months leading up to the release of the film, these kind of revelations are unavoidable, but we’ll do our best to keep any major spoilers hidden for those who don’t want to be spoiled.

The official Avengers Infinity War LEGO sets have been revealed, and many of them highlight key actions sequels from the Marvel sequel. In fact, a few of them may spoil a few surprises in store for the movie. So if you don’t want to possibly ruin some key moments in Avengers: Infinity War, you may not want to read any further. You’ve been warned! Read More »

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Black Panther and African American Audiences

I’m sure you’ve seen the various memes and social media conversations featuring African-Americans writing waxing poetic about Black Panther. Between many trying to figure out what they’re going to wear to their midnight screenings, organizations and individuals raising money to buy thousands of movie tickets for kids across the country, and hashtags like #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe, you’d think this film was about a notable real life figure, not a fictional superhero.

But, as is often the case, fiction reflects real life. For many black Americans, Black Panther is more than a blockbuster movie. This is something bigger than the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For many black viewers, Black Panther will be a major dream deferred finally realized. For the first time in the MCU, us black fans will finally have a film that features characters who not only look like us, but feel many of the hopes and anxieties specific to the African-American experience.

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black panther tracking

Black Panther is on track to make history — in more ways than one.

Marvel Studios’ first solo black superhero movie has been steadily gathering buzz through advance ticket salescritical acclaim, and good old word-of-mouth…and the hype is starting to manifest in its box office tracking numbers. Early estimates for Black Panther‘s opening weekend box office put the film at a strong $120 million. But with anticipation growing at a breakneck speed, Black Panther tracking numbers have skyrocketed.

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Kitty Pryde Movie 143

A month ago, a story broke that Deadpool director Tim Miller was likely developing a Kitty Pryde movie for Fox. Now, that story is all-but-confirmed as news comes that Miller and comic writer Brian Michael Bendis are teaming for a “mysterious” new X-Men spin-off called 143.

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D23 Expo Japan was held over the weekend and you know what that means: lots of Disney news. But the biggest news to come out of this event hails not from the realm of film and television, but from theme parks. Specifically, theme park stuff based on film and television.

You want to know more about the Star Wars hotel? The Guardians of the Galaxy coaster coming to Epcot? Superhero-themed rides popping up all over the world? That new Mickey Mouse ride coming to the Hollywood Studios park? We’ve compiled all of the major D23 Expo Japan announcements you need to know below.

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Finding Black Panther

You don’t know me, but picture this: a smallish black boy, aged anywhere between 7 years old and 18 years old (because really, in my mind I grew very little growing up) on the floor of his small bedroom with my back propped against the small toy-box chest in my room. If you’re flying above me, looking down, you’d see me slightly hunched over and all around me, comic books fanned in a messy array all over the floor around me. You’d see me studying and reading each one, sometimes holding two comic book issues up, one in each hand, at the same time, making sense of where they should go, then slipping them, one by one, into a protective case to stay fresh and new.

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