Shocking, no? They’ve got a director for Doctor Strange 2 (C. Robert Cargill) and dropping heavy hints that they figured out a way for Killmonger to show up for Black Panther 2. Before anybody freaks out about that, here’s SyFy’s observation:
(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.
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.
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.
…go get your tickets now. Black 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.
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.
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.