The Black Panther might not have been one of Marvel’s most recognized heroes in the comic books. However, that is about to change after his debut on the big screen. The Black Panther was released on February 16, 2018 and box office receipts proved that it was a huge success. It literally grossed over $426 million dollars in 4 days over the President’s Day weekend. Even the movie critics at the Huffington Post said this film has taken superhero films to new heights.
What made the Black Panther movie such a great film? It was a lot of factors. First, the star performer Chadwick Boseman delivered as the story’s leading character. He was charming, witty and very believable as a struggling prince trying to find his way as king. Boseman also had a powerful supporting cast that helped to put the film over the edge.
Michael B. Jordan played the role of Killmonger his nemesis and Danai Gurira (Michone from the Walking Dead series) co-starred as Okoye, who is the leader of Wankanda’s special forces. Wakanda is T’Challas kingdom that many consider a third-world nation, but it secretly has technology and a society that is well beyond any first world country. This is a huge conflict in the movie because some members of Wakanda wants the nation to ally with other countries but T’Challa wants them to maintain their isolationists mentality.
Forest Whittaker appears in the film as Zuri and Angela Bassets lends her talent to this film as Romanda. The film is loaded with lots of great performers and it has many action-packed scenes that are mind blowing. There is lots of humor and the film moves at a steady pace that keeps a person’s attention from start to finish. The characters are interesting, and the storyline does not get repetitive, boring or predictable. Movie goers liked the scene stealers when they showed up in film since they were an added treat to the overall theatrical experience.
There is a lot going on in the film, but movie goers can keep up with everything. As a matter of fact, movie goers were able to keep up with the plot, the action and they truly loved the characters. The Black Panther film has it all and is highly recommended for anyone who wants to a superhero movie that exceeds all expectations. In the words of former movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert: “This film receives two very enthusiastic thumbs up”.
Even in the best of circumstances, motion pictures based on superheroes or comic book characters can have complex and often troubled production histories. There are a lot of complex technical issues to wrestle with and the high production budgets can make studio executives jumpy when delays inevitably occur.
But even in the universe of superhero films, the movie “Gambit” is proving to be a world-class challenge. But despite the success of the “X-Men” movies and the star power of Channing Tatum, Fox is struggling to get the movie “Gambit” into production.
The playing card-wielding Gambit is a core character in the X-Men comics, but has only appeared in films once, as part of the cast in the poorly-received “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Channing Tatum was supposed to play the character in that film but exited due to a conflict with his starring role in “G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra.” Taylor Kitsch stepped in to play Gambit and only managed to receive generally bad reviews for his trouble.
Fox and Tatum have been attempting to get the solo “Gambit” film off the ground since 2014, but the project has been plagued with production delays and casting problems. Now the film has just lost its third director, with “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski exiting the project following some “scheduling problems.” As a result, Fox is on the hunt for a new director and as a result, has pushed back the film’s release date from the spring of 2019 to the summer.
The real question now is whether “Gambit” will ever be made. Aside from the challenge of finding a new director, the movie reportedly has a budget larger than hit movies such as “Deadpool” and “Logan.” And given that the character of Gambit is not exactly a household name, Fox may ultimately decide to cut its losses and move on to the next film. If it does, “Gambit” will join other abandoned comic book movies like “Magneto,” “She-Hulk” and “Plastic Man.”
The ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. absolutely is moving in the direction of superhero fantasy. If the presence of Ghost Rider wasn’t enough to drive this point home, the fifth season of the network series may prominently feature The Secret Warriors. The Secret Warriors previously appeared in the series, but the Inhumans-oriented team did not play a huge role.
The return of The Secret Warriors may end up being as brief as the initial debut. ABC and Marvel both concluded that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. need more fantasy elements to draw in ratings. Bringing back The Secret Warriors might help with this goal. The Secret Warriors, however, are not exactly The Avengers or The Defenders. Their presence probably won’t yield huge ratings, but the presence of any “meta humans” or other super-powered characters should draw in some extra audience numbers.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. definitely would benefit from a spike in ratings. The series is not on the most solid of ground in terms of remaining on air after the fifth season. Marvel and ABC obviously want the series to continue for the same reason all production companies want a series to continue. Revenue does not end when a show is canceled. Syndication, cable airings, DVD sales, and streaming platforms all reflect platforms for continual revenue generation. The more episodes produced by a series, then the more revenue the series can possibly generate.
Another reason may exist why The Secret Warriors are making a return. Since a connection exists to The Inhumans, The Secret Warriors could be used to help hype the arrival of the new Inhumans television show. All televisions shows benefit immensely from hype and promotion. Maybe this “B Team” can help with promotional support.
Marvel has had a successful run with Phase 1 and Phase 2. As of right now, they are planning to close Phase 3 with the Avengers Infinity War movies which are going to be filmed in IMAX. As one could see, they are making sure that they go big with their movies. One good thing about the MCU is that Marvel has made plenty of efforts to make sure that their movies not only stand alone well, but that they also work together. This is a tough balance to figure out.
One good thing about the MCU is that there are decades of material that could be used in order to bring forth some really good stories. After all, Marvel has made some really good stories throughout the years. As for what is after phase 3. There are plenty of possibilities. They have already worked out a deal with Sony for Spider-Man movies. Perhaps they could bring in characters like X-Men and Fantastic Four into the MCU. One thing about these movies is that the original stories have featured tons of characters like the X-Men, Spider-Man and a ton of other Marvel characters that have yet to be introduced into the MCU.
One good thing about the MCU is that they have been rather consistent with the ensemble films. While the first Iron Man was a great introduction into the MCU, the other 2 Iron Man movies have not lived up to the success of the first Iron Man. However, Robert Downey Jr. has kept it up as the perfect Tony Stark. He continues to play the character in a way that makes him human.
Many people have been enjoying the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies for the past nine years, but fans of the comics would really like to see films starring characters like Black Panther or Captain Marvel who are not white men. Happily, both characters will be getting their own movie. Chadwick Boseman is slated to play the Black Panther, while Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel. Their movies will premiere in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
As far as fans are concerned, it’s about time. Nate Moore, the executive producer for Marvel Studios explained the reason for the delay during an interview with “Complex.” Basically, Marvel wants to take its time introducing female and minority characters to make certain their movies will do well. The Captain Marvel and Black Panther movies need to be hits in order to persuade Hollywood executives that there are markets for superhero movies with a woman or minority as the lead. If the movies bomb, it could be years before Marvel Studios tries again.
Marvel Studios seems to be taking an optimistic view, for they are already planning more movies with female and non-white protagonists. The second Guardians of the Galaxy movie added some female characters to the Guardians’ ranks, and the third movie will introduce even more super-powered women. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will feature Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp, and the movie is expected to come out in 2018. Tessa Thompson will play Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok” which comes out this fall.
Black Panther and Captain Marvel are not new characters. Black Panther debuted in 1966 and is thus the first black superhero to appear in mainstream comic books. That gives filmmakers over fifty years’ worth of stories to try to distill into a two-hour movie. Captain Marvel also comes with several decades of comic history behind her. Their ardent fans doubtless have ideas as to which villains should be used and which aspects of the characters should be emphasized. Marvel Studios will indeed have to choose carefully.
The original Blade film is often overlooked when the history of comic book movies is discussed. Batman (1988) and X-Men (2000) are given the most credit for launching the modern comic book movie craze. They may deserve more praise for boosting interest in superhero films. As for movies based on comic books, Blade played a huge role in making graphic novels viable source material. The films were huge hits and established the great potential for comic book movies to make big money. This is why it is odd thanKevin Feige notes no new Blade movie is forthcoming.
Feige’s direct comments indicated nothing is “imminent”. In time, a new Blade movie – or TV series – is sure to come out of the Marvel pipeline. Blade made money in the past. There is no reason why Marvel Studios would not turn to proven material and reboot it.
Blade may not be a traditional superhero, but the character does cross two genres: horror and martial arts action. Audiences flocked to see these movies in the 1990’s and, honestly, there is no reason to assume audiences won’t flock to them again. Anything comic book-related is guaranteed a built-in audience. Horror movies do well and martial arts are always appreciated by action fans. Yet, there is no Blade on the near horizon.
Likely, Marvel Studios is already overwhelmed with projects. There are only so many new movies and TV and streaming projects a single company can handle. Taking a breather is helpful now and then, but Marvel is not known for slowing anything down.
Blade could be the proverbial “ace in the hole” to go to when the superhero cycle slows down. Blade might be promoted on its horror genre merits as opposed to its superhero-oriented ones.
That is all conjecture though. No one really knows when, where, and how a new Blade film will emerge. Eventually, the vampire hunter will come back to the big and/or small screen. Fans just have to bide their time and wait.
In a shocking turn of events, Marvel Comics has announced the unthinkable: That Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, is secretly a Hydra agent and has been one all along. While we’ve yet to see the full repercussions of this story play out in the comics, the news divided fans; while some were eager to see this new story unfold, others were furious at Marvel for going in this direction with America’s champion.
Chris Evans, who portrays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, expressed shock at the news in a tweet that was both light-hearted and genuine to his character in the movies.
It seems unlikely that Marvel will adapt this story into a feature length film in the near future, especially since Captain America 4 has not been officially announced. However, one artist took it upon himself to give us some insight as to how this twist would look on the big screen. Graphic artist Kode, who also goes by the name BossLogic, released this image that portrays Chris Evans in a Hydra-inspired outfit. Of special note is the shield: Instead of symbolism involving the American flag, the shield is adorned with the logo of Hydra.
It’s hard to imagine that after the events of the last few Captain America movies, especially Captain America: Civil War, that Cap would end up being a secret Hydra agent. However, should Marvel Studios decide to adapt this story, Kode’s drawing gives them a great starting point.
After six movies under it’s belt, one would think that the X-Men franchise would have the movie formula down. Unfortunately, that is far from the case and this can be seen in the latest movie X-Men Apocalypse.
Before watching this movie, I listened to some reviews for the movie (one can be found here). I was in for a huge disappointment as the first remotely entertaining parts of the movie happened about thirty minutes into the movie. The beginning of this movie could only be described as a crawl. There were interesting details being tossed within conversations, but there was no motivation for the audience to care. Atmosphere wise, it felt like I was listening to a lecture. Some lines were delivered well and the information was somewhat intriguing, but in general, I felt no attachment to what was going on and I just wanted to get out of there.
After the first thirty minutes, the movie finally gained momentum and there were some rather fun scenes. Despite the fun scenes, nothing really stuck out to me in a positive way. All of the comic book action movie tropes were obvious and felt very bland and generic, ESPECIALLY when being compared to the Marvel movies. In general, this movie is somewhat positive reviews. I, however, cannot jump on that ship and found this movie to be very bland. Let’s hope the next movie is better!
If one is trying to entertain themselves with something action-packed, witty, and dramatic, they need look no further than Marvel’s recent release. Captain America: Civil War has been described as the best Marvel movie created to date. The movie begins with a new story-line for an introductory character, Bucky, which immediately grabs the audience’s attention. The movie continues to a multitude of story-lines within story-lines; touching on friendship, government and politics, and the obvious struggle of fighting evil (which is certainly open to interpretation.) However, one may not know this by the box office statistics.
The team first came to screens with The Avengers, released in 2012. The Avengers was certainly a hit, the largest grossing (so far) of the Avengers’ franchise. While the sequels have not had a significant enough drop to worry, it is a decline nonetheless. One must wonder: How long can profits continue?
When attempting to locate sales, forbes.com has a terrific article explaining the logistics of sales in a franchise such as this. A movie needs more than special effects, an outstanding cast of actors, and a highly sought after audience for the ideal recipe for a box office hit. The movie needs to create excitement. The Marvel and DC Universe franchise has certainly delivered terrific films. However, phrases like ‘exciting and new’ cannot be applied to a film franchise that is most certainly not new anymore. Perhaps, audiences are simply bored with a ‘same story, different day’ mentality developing. Certainly, as with any business, Marvel will continue making a product as long as they are profiting. While some may consider the movies overrated and may agree with forbes.com in believing that the franchise will eventually run it’s course, Marvel is still pulling in a highly respectable amount of cash. Thankfully, for those who are still excited by the Marvel Universe, this is a product that stands the test of time and audiences can enjoy well into the future.