Oct
11
2018
2

Marvel shows Scarlett Johansson the money: $15M for standalone film.

(Via @gabrielmalor.) Nice hunk of change, that: “Scarlett Johansson, who has appeared in six movies as Black Widow, is finally landing a $15 million payday for an upcoming stand-alone film centered on the Marvel superheroine, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.” This is Thor and Captain America-level cash; it also makes a good deal of sense, because I’m pretty sure that every person who reads this who also goes to movies in the theater will be planning to watch Black Widow acrobatically beat up a remarkable number of bad guys.

They’re also bringing back Ryan Coogler for Black Panther 2: “…Coogler’s camp shook off the peer pressure and took its time in making a deal, which occurred under the radar some time ago. Sources say the plan at this stage is for Coogler to write the script next year with an eye to start production in either late 2019 or early 2020.” To paraphrase somebody or other, the negotiations probably involved just how many dump trucks full of money Coogler would be getting.  ScarJo, Ryan, bubbelehs: your rule of thumb here should be all that the traffic will bear.  Make ’em make it rain.

 

 

May
15
2018
2
Feb
17
2018
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Turns out Michael B. Jordan (Killmonger) is a big ol’ Marvel nerd.

It’s pretty blatantly obvious from his answer here as to who would win in a fight: Black Panther, or Wolverine?  Not only does he have the right answer, he gave the right reason for it, too.  Which is to say: I agree with Michael B. Jordan on it, so clearly he knows his stuff.

Feb
16
2018
8

My mini-review for Black Panther.

Short version: nice. Good flick. The wife and I had an excellent time watching it, then we went out for beer and meatballs. Which has nothing to do with Black Panther, but they were excellent meatballs and I like the current seasonal Sam Adams.

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Feb
07
2018
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Hey yeah if you were planning to go see Black Panther next week…

…go get your tickets nowBlack Panther is selling out fast; I had to get tickets from a different theater than the one I usually go to.  That didn’t happen when I went to go see The Force Awakens the day after it opened.  This may not mean anything — I’m getting seats for an evening performance this time, and usually I buy tickets for 10 AM showings — but Marvel can’t be anything but pleased about how their first-day grosses are looking right now.

Jan
09
2018
1

Another ‘Black Panther’ trailer drops.

Excuse me while I be slightly male: there is something incredibly hot about a tall, lithe woman in a red dress who knows how to use a goram quarterstaff. I could watch quarterstaff battles in nightclubs all day. Or at least for the seven minute extended scene that I know is going to show up in the Black Panther movie, and that’s all right with me.

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Jun
09
2017
2

The Black Panther teaser trailer.

Well, this looks promising.

Hopefully, they won’t feel a need for any kind of real origin story in Black Panther.  I mean, we all saw Civil War, right? Further exposition would be, methinks, largely unnecessary.  Particularly since that was the movie that sold many of us on a Black Panther movie in the first place.

 

Sep
30
2016
7

Hollywood does shocking cast picks in Black Panther movie!

…They’re still casting black people* for all the major roles.  Can Hollywood stand the strain?  The sheer insanity?

Marvel has added a new villain to the mix in director Ryan Coogler‘s upcoming film Black Panther. Person of Interest actor Winston Duke will be taking on the role of Man-Ape. That means there are three villains in the film so far. The other two are Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw. Duke also joins Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong’o.

Yeah, I’m being sarcastic.  But less than I’d like. Even for a, you know, African-themed superhero story it’s still mildly noteworthy that they’re going to cast accordingly…

Moe Lane

*And Andy Serkis.  Soooooo… I guess we now know which character’s going to be mostly motion-capture?

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