(Welcome to Road to Endgame, where we revisit the first 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In this edition: Black Panther, a Marvel film that finally tries to be honest about American politics)
Black Panther is a sprawling superhero epic, the likes of which American cinema has never seen — or heard, for that matter, given the prominence of its African accents, treated anywhere from average to heroic; a far cry from the usual villainous or derisive framing of non-western voices in Hollywood. The film is one of the most important pieces of the Marvel puzzle, not necessarily in terms of long-term narrative (it’s relatively isolated from its 17 predecessors) but rather, as a potentially landscape-shifting benchmark for mainstream filmmaking. It was also the first superhero movie nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
It’s hard to measure the full scope of film’s legacy just a year after its release. However, it’s safe to say that no American film since Marvel’s own The Avengers has had this seismic an impact. Black Panther flew past all critical and financial expectations, shattering the long-held Hollywood myth that Black stars couldn’t open films internationally. It also completed Marvel Studios’ third act turn of stepping outside the norms of Western storytelling — as seen in Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok — albeit more substantially. Though, like several other Marvel films, its framing of American power is occasionally questionable.
Black Panther is pop filmmaking at its finest, but its success is owed, in large part, to the creative lens through which it’s told.
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With Avengers: Endgame right around the corner, we’re getting closer to learning exactly what Marvel Studios has planned for the future. But as Kevin Feige previously said, any solid plans for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t be officially announced until after Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters in July. However, we at least know where one of Marvel’s future movies will be shooting.
Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox included taking ownership of Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, and the federal government has agreed to provide Disney with a $171.1 million subsidy for Marvel Studios to shoot a film there. But what is the next Marvel movie shooting in Australia? Read More »
When are Avengers: Endgame tickets rumored to go on sale? Want to get your hands on a Thor mailbox shaped like Mjolnir? What are the next Marvel Rising animated specials? What does Shazam stand for? Who might be the main character in Marvel’s The Eternals? Does a new Avengers: Endgame toy hint at a certain fight in the movie? Who is leaving Arrow before the end of the season? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Want to make some Black Panther waffles? When does Gotham come back from hiatus to finish the final season? Want to know the voice cast for the Batman: Hush animated series? What disgusting way do fans want to see Ant-Man take down Thanos? Care to listen to the theme from Shazam! right now? Is there a problem with the statistics behind the snap of Thanos? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
You may not be able to fly or punch a planet, but you could prove to have the endurance of a superhero with a Marvel movie marathon that could earn you $1,000. In anticipation of the release of Avengers: Endgame, Cable.TV.com is offering people the chance to earn $1,000 and a ton of Marvel swag — if they can watch 20 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe nonstop. Talk about a dream job.
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What is Marvel Comics’ new Absolute Carnage event? Want to see a Captain Marvel design that gave her short hair? Did you know Thanos‘ snap almost didn’t happen in Avengers: Infinity War? Want to see an awesome X-Men: The Animated Series cast reunion panel? Who was revealed as the real big bad behind the final season of Gotham? What kind of villains are we dealing with in Black Widow? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Are Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on the verge of ending? Could Supergirl get canceled in favor of a Superman show? What got cut off during the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Oscars acceptance speech? Was Marvel Ultimate Alliance a terrible video game? What joke did Trevor Noah slip by audiences during his Black Panther presentation at the Oscars? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
The 91st Academy Awards aired live on ABC last night, and the ceremony went surprisingly smoothly without a host to lead the way. In fact, this might be the best way to do the Oscars from now on.
But you didn’t come here for chatter about the ceremony itself. You just want to know the 2019 Oscars winners, and those who came away with a trophy certainly made for some surprising moments, for better or worse. Green Book walked away with Best Picture, even though director Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director for his work on the Netflix movie Roma. But how the rest of the awards fall? Find out below. Read More »
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This weekend brings the 91st Academy Awards to ABC, and it’s probably going to be a complete disaster. Not only is there no host for the ceremony, but The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pissed everyone off by cutting a few awards from the live broadcast (only to reinstate them in the show). On top of that, they’ve had a real problem figuring out how the nominees for Best Original Song were going to be performed during the ceremony too.
But the Oscars are really about rewarding the greatest achievements in film from the previous year. And if we’re going to do that properly, than we need to look at each and everyone of this year’s Best Picture nominees with a new perspective. That’s where the 2019 Oscars Honest Trailer comes into play, skewering each of the eight film nominated for Hollywood’s top prize. Which one will walk away with the trophy only to get lambasted online afterwards? Read More »
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