Four Great Marvel Movie Audio Commentaries

Marvel commentaries

Marvel has been a giant machine conquering the global box-office ever since they kicked down Hollywood’s door a decade ago with Iron Man. In less than 10 years, Marvel President Kevin Feige and all involved made the Marvel logo mean something to audiences everywhere. It’s quite an extraordinary feat, one that couldn’t have been pulled off without the long, long list of great talent they’ve hired. That talent also produces some fun audio commentaries.

Marvel’s finest movies, like this weekend’s Black Panther, have struck a balance between art and commerce, and that’s a running theme throughout the commentaries for Marvel’s movies: trying to make a popcorn movie with taste, substance, and above all, character. There’s very little talk of special effects, as most of the conversations revolve around character, but maybe that’s not surprising since the Disney-owned studio has always maintained the characters are the stars of these movies. Years of work went into getting these superheroes right, which you can hear all about in some of the Marvel commentaries recommended below.

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Black Panther Box Office

Over the weekend, the Black Panther box office numbers were already exceeding even the most generous predictions. Disney estimated that their three-day opening weekend was going to be $192 million while the four-day holiday weekend was projected to rake in $218 million. But the Black Panther box office haul has gotten even bigger.

The latest Black Panther box office numbers have the movie pulling in $201.8 million for the three-day opening weekend, and the Presidents’ Day holiday total is projected to be $235 million. Those numbers have it shattering records already, and there’s a chance it could pass up some huge blockbusters on the box office charts still. Read More »

Black Panther Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther.)

Let me start with this: Run, don’t walk, to the theater to see Black Panther. This is not hyperbole. It’s just that good. Heck, saying it’s just “good” is underselling it.

Black Panther is not only Marvel Studios’ best superhero film to date, it’s also an immediate shoo-in for one of the best films, if not the best film, of 2018. It’s only too easy to say director Ryan Coogler’s vision for Black Panther has simply moved the needle in terms of representation. What Coogler has done is create a space that didn’t exist before, a space for specifically black diasporic stories to have space on the big screen.

The distinction between “black” and “black diasporic” is an important one to make. Up until now, the mainstream has assumed “black” means a catch-all experience that can be boiled down to stereotype. But in actuality, our experiences as a people are much more diverse. In some ways, I think we ourselves forget just how rich and differentiating our life experiences as black diasporic people can be. But Black Panther tells a story that doesn’t just slap black faces on the front of a poster. This story is about the push and pull between black diasporic peoples as a whole, specifically the relationship between the African-American and the native African. In this way, the film is transcendent.

This story isn’t just meant for black viewers, though; Black Panther can definitely be used as an entryway by all into understanding more about Africa and the African diaspora. Just as important is the film’s ultimate message of empathy for everyone’s struggles, regardless of societal, racial, and ethnic divisions.

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Avengers Infinity War - Thanos Full Armor

Avengers: Infinity War is finally bringing the Mad Titan known as Thanos into the mix as a true villain. He’s been pulling strings ever since The Avengers, but now he’s strapping on the Infinity Gauntlet and getting things done himself. However, all the footage we’ve seen of the villain (played by Josh Brolin) in Infinity War so far has him wearing a sleeveless armored shirt and no helmet. That’s significantly different from how he’s carried himself up to this point, but there are new hints that we’ll see him in full armor after all.

On top of that, even though we’ve got a line on nearly all of the Marvel characters who will be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War, there are apparently some cast members who we haven’t heard about yet. No, there aren’t any secret superheroes joining the mix (at least as far as we know), but the children of Thanos, known as the Black Order, will be voiced by some recognizable names. Read More »

All the Marvel Big Bads, Ranked By Badness

Black Panther Trailer

This past weekend saw the release of Marvel’s Black Panther and the debut of Michael B. Jordan’s striking new villain. So you know what that means: it’s time to update our Marvel villain ranking.

If you’re still reading, there are two things to keep in mind regarding this particularly ranking of Marvel’s bad guys. One, I’m judging them all based on Personality and Plan Points. How magnetic are they? How stupid is their plan for world domination (or whatever else they’re seeking)?

Two, Thanos isn’t on it because he doesn’t count. He’s not a villain; he’s a Postmates customer with the munchies. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to Infinity War, when he can legitimately join this list.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

black panther casino fight

In the hype-filled weeks leading up to the release of Black Panther, one of the few scenes to be shown in its entirety was the casino fight scene. And for good reason.

In a movie teeming with exciting action scenes, the casino fight stands out. Taking place on two levels of an illicit casino in South Korea, it’s perhaps the most stylish and stylized of all the battles in Black Panther not simply because of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), and Okoye’s (Danai Gurira) glamorous outfits. It’s because the scene has the balletic choreography and assured camera work of a great action film. And for a Marvel movie, that’s saying something.

In a video for Vanity Fair, director Ryan Coogler breaks down the minutiae of the scene, including everything from the colors of T’Challa, Nakia, and Okoye’s outfits, to that iconic wig-throwing moment.

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Thor Ragnarok deleted scene

Just how much Jeff Goldblum footage did Taika Waititi shoot for Thor: Ragnarok? However much it is, I want to see all of it. Some day, some kind soul will compile all the Goldblum Ragnarok footage into one spot. For now, a new Thor: Ragnarok deleted scene has arrived to bless us all with the gift of Goldblum.

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Black Panther Box Office

The box office predictions for the opening weekend of Black Panther kept climbing last week, even in the hours leading up to the first showings of the movie Thursday night. Now the weekend estimates are starting to become more clear, and the box office haul has far exceeded any expectations analysts had for the new Marvel movie.

As of Sunday morning, Disney’s estimates for the opening weekend of Black Panther peg the Ryan Coogler-directed movie as pulling in $192 million for the three-day weekend and $218 million for the four-day Presidents Day holiday weekend. However, industry estimates outside the studio are a little higher. Get the details on the Black Panther box office below. Read More »

Team Darryl Short - The Grandmaster

How much money has the Black Panther challenge raised now? What did Kevin Feige say is the reason Captain Marvel‘s suit on set is green and black? What convinced Liev Schreiber to join the cast of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse? Want a sneak preview of the new Team Darryl short on the Thor: Ragnarok home video release? What’s the latest forecast for how much Black Panther will make in its opening weekend? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Black Panther Infinity Stone

Marvel’s Black Panther is finally in theaters, and it’s clear that the king has arrived. The film has already earned tremendous critical acclaim (here’s our full review), fans are loving it, and it’s set to break all sorts of box office records this weekend. But with Avengers: Infinity War looming in the distance, there’s an aspect that detail-oriented Marvel fans might have noticed about Black Panther: it doesn’t contain any Infinity Stones.

Learn what co-writer/director Ryan Coogler has to say about the lack of Black Panther Infinity Stones below. We’ll also give you a refresher of the whereabouts of every Stone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at this point in the timeline.

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