Black Panther Comic-Con Panel

The Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con was, as expected, the geek equivalent of a rock concert. And Black Panther, which is set to arrive early next year, received a rockstar’s reception. In addition to a panel Q&A with director Ryan Coogler and members of the cast, the crowd was treated to a scene from the film and a brand new trailer (which we were told won’t be online for some time).

But that’s why we’re here. We’ve got you covered. Here’s what you need to know.

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The cast of the anticipated new Marvel film Black Panther graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly this morning and it already looks like nothing we’ve ever seen from Marvel. The lush, rich colors, the immaculate costume detailing — how could it get any better?

Well, it’s just about to. We just got a slew of new stills from the movie, as well as a cast shot from the magazine, as seen above. And these pictures unearth a vibrant secret society that will finally add some color to the somewhat monochromatic Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Black Panther Teaser Trailer

Ready to head back to Wakanda? Marvel Studios has finally unveiled the first teaser trailer for Black Panther, next year’s superhero film directed by Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler. Anyone who’s seen his previous work will not be surprised to learn that this movie looks excellent, so watch the first Black Panther teaser trailer for yourselves below.
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Wrong Answer

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan are two of the most exciting collaborators working in Hollywood today because they’re telling stories from a perspective that doesn’t align with what the industry unfortunately considers the default (ie. stories from a white male POV). Creed, their entry into the Rocky franchise, was one of the best blockbusters of 2015, but go back and watch 2013’s Fruitvale Station for the best sense of how they approach storytelling from a unique angle. And the pair is also working together on next year’s Black Panther, which could be one of the biggest films of 2018.

Now, word has come out that the director and actor are reuniting for another smaller scale, non-franchise movie called Wrong Answer, based on the real life story from a few years ago of middle school teachers caught in an epic cheating scandal.
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Black Panther Concept Art

We’ve still got a full year until Black Panther hits theaters, but production is underway on the first solo outing for the African superhero who was added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. While the first official stills haven’t been unveiled just yet, a sneak peek at what we might see from the movie has arrived in the form of concept art.

The home video release of Doctor Strange has a sneak peek at the movies coming down the line in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that includes Chadwick Boseman‘s franchise starter. The Black Panther concept art gives us a much better look at T’Challa’s homeland known as Wakanda, both the jungle and the sleek city. Read More »

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Yesterday, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman. One day, someone is going to write a book explaining exactly what was going on behind-the-scenes at Warner Bros. that led to this revolving door of filmmakers on all of their projects. We’ll surely know someday. But not today.

So today is a day of speculation. As Matt Reeves and Mat Ross emerge as apparent frontrunners, it’s time to do that thing where we make a list of people who should direct the next Batman movie. Some of these names are totally plausible. Some are wishful thinking. Others are here just because the thought of them directing a big-budget superhero movie makes me giggle uncontrollably. Most of all, this an excuse for us to just goof off and daydream while Warner Bros. figures everything out.

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Black Panther Plot Details

Captain America: Civil War established that Black Panther was a stone-cold badass from the nation of Wakanda. But what with all the superhero-on-superhero drama, it didn’t have much time to show us how he came to be the guy he is today. That job will fall on the Black Panther solo film being directed by Ryan Coogler. And one piece of that puzzle, apparently, lies in 1990s California. A new report indicates Black Panther will flash back to T’Challa’s formative years, when he was attending school in America. Learn more about what we can expect below.  Read More »

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Forest Whitaker is making the leap from one massive Disney franchise to another. The Rogue One star has just signed on for Black Panther, Marvel’s upcoming superhero pic starring Chadwick Boseman as the Wakandan prince T’Challa. Also just added are Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War).

Michael B. JordanLupita Nyong’oDanai Gurira, and Winston Duke also star, and Ryan Coogler (Creed) directs.  Read More »

Black Panther Plot Details

Black Panther will start production in January. However, all we know for sure is that Creed director Ryan Coogler will be at the helm with Chadwick Boseman as the title superhero, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as the head of the Dora Milaje (a security force that protects the King of Wakanda), Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia (one of the members of the Dora Milaje), and Michael B. Jordan as villain Erik Killmonger. But that changes today as one of those co-stars revealed some plot details.

While participating in some quick interviews at Comic-Con this past weekend, Lupita Nyong’o let slip some basic Black Panther plot details, including a revelation that the film has two villains. Get the details after the jump. Read More »

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If I could go back in time and rewrite my top ten films of 2015 list, I would find room for Creed. Ryan Coogler‘s film may technically be a Rocky sequel, but it plays by its own rules. Repeat viewings have drove home that it is a masterpiece, a film that operates within the chronology of a beloved series while never being afraid to express a unique voice, to be its own unique beast.

So I get why people were frustrated that he signed on to direct Black Panther for Marvel Studios. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the continuity between films can be a restraint. After Creed, I wanted to see Coogler shake off the franchise thing and do whatever he wanted to do. However, he revealed in a new interview that Black Panther is exactly what he wanted to do.

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