Black Panther

Marvel Studios has no shortage of characters to develop as the stars of new films, but the company does have to focus on a few per year. The lineup for the next few Marvel films includes new outings for Thor, Captain America, and the Avengers, and the debuts of Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy. What comes next? Doctor Strange, the “sorcerer supreme” of the Marvel Universe, is likely to be among the following lineup.

Perpetually a topic of rumor but not yet confirmed is Black Panther, a long-running Marvel character introduced in the mid-’60s. The leader of fictional African nation Wakanda, Black Panther was Marvel’s first attempt to create a major black superhero. And while he never hit popularity levels to rival Spider-Man, he’s persisted as a fan favorite for decades. There have been hints from Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige that a Black Panther movie was on the way, and now Marvel godfather Stan Lee says the character is definitely in development. Read More »

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Let’s clear up something right off the bat: while Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee created the company Stan Lee Media Inc. in the ’90s, he has nothing to do with the company now. The end of the dot-com bubble caused the end of Stan Lee Media as an operating entity by December 2000. Peter Paul, co-founder of the company with Lee, even went to jail in 2009 for securities fraud related to actions with the company.

So when you read that Stan Lee Media is suing Disney for alleged copyright infringement based on the use of characters generally considered to be under the ownership of Marvel, understand that Stan “The Man” Lee is not filing the lawsuit.

Now, on to the details. Warning: they’re ridiculous. Read More »

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