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The face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is changing, and many fans believe those changes are for the better. In recent years, we’ve seen more diversity with on-screen superheroes than ever before. That trend will continue well into the future, at least according to Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige.
Feige, who is credited as the groundbreaking Black Panther‘s producer, recently told The Wrap that diversity and representation are the future of the MCU: “This is the way the world is, and the way, certainly, our studio’s going to be run going forward, because it brings about better stories,” the director said. “The more diverse the group of people making the movie is, the better the stories.”
One only has to watch the final minutes of Avengers: Endgame (spoilers ahead!) to see just how committed the studio is to creating a more diverse MCU. In a poignant scene after living a full life in the past, an elderly Captain America hands his shield over to Anthony Mackie’s Falcon. The scene indicates that forthcoming Captain America films will, like Black Panther, have a strong African-American superhero at the helm. With the power superhero films have right now, a more inclusive MCU could help break down social barriers in our increasingly diverse world.
If there’s one thing superhero nerds love to do, it’s putting their favorite characters in scenarios involving real world logic and then debating the outcome. Could Superman break his own arm? Can Wolverine’s claws cut through Cap’s shield? Which member of the Avengers would be the best in bed?
…Wait, what was that last one?
WB/DC seems to have listened to fans after Batman v Superman about the DCEU’s dark and dour atmosphere and messages. As Man Of Steel veered away from Clark Kent and closer to Kal-El, less Man and more Super, the film turned off a lot of average movies goers, especially those who were looking for a similar vibe to the Marvel Studios movies. But are they going too far towards Marvel with their next release Aquaman? Fans see a few similarities between Aquaman and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. Can we tell how similar the movies are before one is released? And will they be similar enough to hurt Aquaman‘s tickets sales?
Comic book movies utilizing music isn’t new. The scores for comic book movies have become legendary pieces that are instantly recognizable. Superman’s 1979 theme and Batman’s 1989 theme have become iconic. But in recent years, comic book movie makers have begun utilizing contemporary music to accent their movies. When done correctly, these pieces can hype a trailer, amp up a fight scene, or add emotion and depth to an intense series of scenes. Here’s a list of 6 songs that Hollywood used to perfect effect.
It wouldn’t be San Diego Comic-Con without Marvel doing a Hall H panel to showcase what lies ahead. As Phase 3 is winding down, it’s time to bring out the heavy hitters. Marvel already had a panel for Thor: Ragnarok where they unveiled the latest trailer for the movie. Secondly, there was a panel for Captain Marvel where they revealed that the film will take place in the 1990s with not only a two eyed Nick Fury, but also the Skrulls will make their MCU debut (“Secret Wars” for Phase 4’s conclusion: fingers crossed). Finally, they had a panel for Ant-Man and the Wasp where they revealed that Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne will be joining as Janet Van Dyne and Dr. Bill Foster (does this mean that we’re getting Black Goliath?!?). But of course, everyone is hyped for the heavy hitters: Black Panther and of course, Infinity War.
Happy D23 Day! Disney‘s prime time event to promote all things Disney that happens every other year at Disney HQ in California. This is a major event because it seems like half of everything we cover here on Nerd Bastards is a Disney-owned property, Star Wars and Marvel being the two primary examples. So, it’s Disney’s weekend to make some noise, how do we kick things off? How about a display of the showroom floor at D23, where fans can seen in plain sight a display of costumes and other things from Marvel’s upcoming cinematic offerings like Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther. Holding court in the middle though, is our old friend Thanos, the mad Titan and main villain in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Comic Con, everywhere you look… Like the newsstand! Hitting those stands this Friday is the Entertainment Weekly preview issue for San Diego Comic Con, and the cover boys (and girl) are none other than the stars of Black Panther. With D23 this weekend, and Comic Con the next, Disney will be looking to prime the pump for Black Panther, a chance for Marvel Studios to make the same kind of cross-cultural splash that Wonder Woman has this summer. To wit, the story inside the new EW reveals images that show off the film’s diverse, and very photogenic cast. (more…)
Ever since he debut in Captain America: Civil War, fans have been eagerly anticipating for T’Challa to have his own solo film. His character was fresh, fun, awesome, and had a great arc in last year’s superhero ensemble movie. With an upcoming movie on the way, and a kickass cast (Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, and more), Black Panther is one of Marvel’s most anticipated movies for next year.
It seems like a long time ago now, but remember last summer when Captain America: Civil War introduced us to the Black Panther for the first time? Well, he’s got a movie of his own coming out in a couple of months. We still have to get through Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok to get there, but it’s easy to see why Black Panther might be more hotly anticipated than either of those entries because it will be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to be headlined by an African-American star, made by an African-American director, and featuring a predominately African-American cast. (more…)
Marvel Studios had a busy day today!
Guardians of the Galaxy just about ready to hit theaters, and has been getting some great first reactions by some critics. Kevin Feige decided to let the floodgates open and hosted an Open House at the Disney lot in Burbank. There, members of the press were treated to all sorts of details for the upcoming Phase 3 films including Black Panther, Antman and The Wasp, and Captain Marvel.