How is Avengers: Endgame doing at the box office? What if the snap isn’t what caused the dimension tear in Spider-Man: Far From Home? Why wasn’t Captain Marvel‘s sexuality addressed in the movie? What did the Avengers: Endgame writers have to say about the presumed Namor Easter egg in Endgame? How big could the Spider-Man: Far From Home opening weekend be at the box office? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Why wasn’t Tom Holland at the Avengers: Endgame premiere? How did Letitia Wright find out Shuri was taken out after the snap in Avengers: Infinity War? What happens when you Google “Thanos” and then use the Infinity Gauntlet? Is there a good time to go to the bathroom during Avengers: Endgame? Want to get another sneak peek at the upcoming Pennyworth series on Epix? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
(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.
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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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