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There’s never been anything quite like Black Panther before. The latest Marvel movie is one of the first major comic book adaptations with a black lead, and it’s already poised to be one of the franchise’s most successful entries, having sold more advance tickets than any other film in Marvel history. And as Candice Frederick put so eloquently in a piece for /Film, Black Panther is “specifically a black movie that celebrates the strength and beauty of black womanhood in an era in which both get tossed aside.” It may be one-of-a-kind for now, but it will surely usher in a new wave of superhero films that celebrate other races and cultures, and ones that emphasize the power and strength of women.

So yes, Black Panther is a singular film, one that comes at an interesting time in the surge of high-grossing – and occasionally prestigious – superhero flicks. If you’re looking to wade through the waters of what came before, there are a surprising number of excellent-quality superhero flicks currently available on major streaming services. Here are some you can mull over while you wait for your Black Panther screening this weekend.

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What to Read and Watch After Seeing ‘Black Panther’

Black Panther Comics

Like most of the waking world, you’ve probably been counting down to the release of Marvel’s Black Panther movie, which hits theaters today. Black Panther has struck a unique chord with culture right now; coming not only at a time when there’s a deeper, unrelenting discussion about Hollywood’s diversity issues, but also against a wider backdrop around the political and social climate for Blacks in America. And despite the fact that the Black Panther has been around as a superhero character since the Civil Rights Era, he still hasn’t quite penetrated the echelons of the pop conscience like his peers. He’s been a household name in some places, but not everywhere. Not yet.

But all that’s about to change. The movie comes with a storm of energy and so it means that people are likely scrambling to find ways to get a grasp on this character. Now is as good a time as any for a primer on what Black Panther comics to read if you want to get to know the character…and what to look out for beyond the comics.

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Black Panther Theater Attacks

If you’ve spent even a small amount of time on the internet, you know that it can be just as awful as it is great. More recently, the social media landscape has been more horrific than pleasing, and a new example of intentional lies being used to create division and controversy has found its way to the cinema.

This weekend brings Black Panther to theaters, a milestone Marvel movie for a number of reasons, not the least of which is how much black talent is present on the screen and behind the camera. But some racist trolls have used this as an opportunity to heighten racial tension and hate with outright lies about white people being attacked by black audience members. Read More »

Andy Serkis interview

A couple of weeks ago, I trekked over to Beverly Hills to attend the press junket for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and had the chance to sit down with actor Andy Serkis, who reprises his role as the villainous Ulysses Klaue in Ryan Coogler’s new movie. Klaue is funnier (and deadlier) this time around than he was in his brief appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I spoke with Serkis about the character’s motivations, being involved in some of the movie’s biggest action scenes, a fascinating tease about the future of his Star Wars character, and his interest in returning to Fox’s Planet of the Apes franchise.

Read our full Andy Serkis interview below. Read More »

Thor Ragnarok extended scene

There was a lot to love about Taika Waititi‘s Thor: Ragnarok, but one of the best elements of the film was Jeff Goldblum‘s Grandmaster. Waititi is smart enough to understand all you need for cinematic gold is to point a camera at Goldblum and let him run wild. In a new Thor Ragnarok extended scene, Jeff Goldblum goes Full Goldblum™ as the Grandmaster, and it’s an absolute delight.

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Black Panther Review

I have never felt the way I do right now after watching a movie.

Black Panther was so much more than I thought it would be. As a Black woman who has loved film her entire life, I know how much representation matters and I’ve never seen a movie on the scale of Black Panther. I knew going in that it is a Marvel Studios movie, which also means it’s a Disney movie. There are expectations that come with that. But in my head, no matter the hype, I figured they would never give us the same love and attention they give to heroes like Captain America.

And I was right. They didn’t give us the same love as Captain America. They gave us so much more.

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Black Panther Mondo Poster

Which superhero movie was the second highest grossing Blu-ray and DVD of 2017? What are the latest box office predictions for Black Panther‘s opening weekend? Why did Kevin Feige have a sandwich thrown at him during a meeting about Spider-Man rights with Sony? Is the first Aquaman trailer coming soon or not? Have we see the last of Constantine on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Women are finally getting their time to shine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it couldn’t come soon enough. After years of stealing the scenes from under the titular male superheroes, the female superheroes may finally get their all female Marvel movie — at least, that’s what Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson hopes.

In a story that seems like it was plucked straight out of a Marvel movie, Thompson had led a legion of Marvel actresses to demand that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige consider an all-female movie. Now, with Captain Marvel in production and a Black Widow movie on its way, this idea might actually come into fruition.

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Black Panther 2 - Ryan Coogler

Marvel’s Black Panther debuts in theaters tonight with sneak preview screenings for fans who just can’t wait until Friday to see the movie. The film is already breaking records when it comes to ticket sales, and box office tracking suggests the movie could open to around $165 million. If the early buzz is any indicator, audiences are going to love it, and this movie is going to be huge.

That’s why Marvel is already keen to bring back director Ryan Coogler for Black Panther 2. Read More »

Movie Mixtape: 6 Movies to Watch with ‘Black Panther’

Movies to Watch with Black Panther

(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Black Panther.)

When Gone with the Wind premiered in 1939 in Atlanta, one of its stars wasn’t allowed to attend because Georgia law at the time prevented black people from entering whites-only movie theaters. Two months after being barred from seeing the launch of her own movie, Hattie McDaniel became the first black Oscar winner, accepting the award in a whites-only hotel in Los Angeles, allowed in the building only because David O. Selznick was powerful enough to ask a favor.

Gone with the Wind is the highest-grossing movie of all time adjusted for inflation. By every definition it is a blockbuster. Its depictions, its compromises of its own artists, and its legacy are all important background to consider now that, a little over 78 years later, Black Panther is about to roar onto screens.

No, Black Panther isn’t the first black superhero movie. No, it’s not the first blockbuster with a black director. But the sheer scope of its cast (including multiple Oscar winners who thankfully didn’t need favors to get into the room where they hoisted their statues) and the massive, mainstream cultural cache that comes with any Marvel movie make Black Panther an event on another level.

78 years between the two. Something to think about while we consider some other movies to double feature alongside T’Challa’s first solo adventure.

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