Today Marvel Studios released their first trailer for next year’s Black Panther, which focuses on establishing the world of Wakanda. Likening the African kingdom to the old legends of the Lost City of El Dorado, this initial glimpse of Wakanda blends the ancient with the futuristic.
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis & Martin Freeman (so far with pants intact). The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, opens February 16th, 2018.
The Black Panther first appeared in a 1966 Fantastic Four two-parter (#52 & #53). Not long after that (1968) he joined the ranks of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Black Panther’s time with the Avengers raised his profile, yet, also largely ignored one of his most prominent features: being king of Wakanda. Other superheroes in the past had either been monarchs or had ties to them, most famously Princess Diane, daughter of the Queen of the Amazons. The overlap between Wakanda and Themyscira is intriguing, as they are both technologically advanced cultures created and maintained by minority populations. In his original Wonder Woman stories, William Moulton Marston used Paradise Island as an example for what human civilization could aspire to being, if only women were allowed to live to their full potential. Similarly the scientific glories of Wakanda represent what African minds can achieve when free from the bonds of oppression. Unlike Wonder Woman, this concept was dormant throughout T’Challa’s earliest adventures. His Avengers period kept him in New York, far removed from the tribal politics of his homeland. It was not until the Panther received his first solo stories that creators began tapping the full potential of Wakanda.
GLAAD has released their annual media award nominees this week and as per the usual, it’s straight fucking fire. Comics nominees are Saga, Love is Love, Black Panther, Midnighter/Midnighter & Apollo, DC Bombshells, Lumberjanes, Kim & Kim, The Woods, Patsy Walker aka Hellcat & All New X-Men. Other nominees include Star Trek Beyond in film; Super Girl, Black Mirror, Wynonna Erp, Orphan Black & Stevens Universe in TV & former podcast recommendations Blood Orange Freetown Sound & Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange in music. Wow. Details at GLAAD’s website
Before Spider-Man, before the X-Men, there was one Marvel character that held a presence in the cinema landscape. Batman was becoming something of a running joke thanks to Joel Schmacher, so audiences were ready for a hero that wasn’t so campy. Enter Wesley Snipes as Blade, the Vampire Hunter in the fantastic 1998 film Blade. Continue reading People Act Like They Forgot About Blade→