LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers orchestrated the highest scoring first quarter in the history of the NBA Finals on Friday, but there’s a good chance a lot of fans missed a big chunk of it. Instead of watching the Cavs drop 49 points, a lot of us were stuck staring at our phones and computers as we replayed the first trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther.
Gina Prince-Bythewood is being billed as the first woman of color to ever direct a superhero movie. The director of Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights and co-creator of the currently popular Shots Fired has been tapped by Marvel to sit in the director’s chair for a film entitled Silver & Black, according to The Verge.
Silver & Black will be an extension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and focus on two female figures from the Spider-Man mythos – Silver Sable and Black Cat.
For those who aren’t as deep into the nerd space as others, Netflix is preparing to release a new Marvel series later this month based on the character of Iron Fist. According to the source material, Iron Fist is about a young man named Danny Rand who travels to a fictional Asian country, learns their sacred martial arts and somehow becomes the best at them, then comes back to the United States to fight evil and corruption.
So, what’s the problem here? Well, Danny Rand is white and that doesn’t sit well with a lot of fans.
It’s not a surprise to anyone who watched it – at least, it shouldn’t be – but Marvel’s Luke Cage has been renewed for a second season to air on Netflix.
The first season was critically acclaimed and basically broke Netflix when it first aired, so its renewal was surely a lock. But getting official word is still worth celebrating because weirder things have happened in the world of entertainment.
Roxane Gay will be the first ever black female writer for Marvel Comics. Yeah, we know, it’s 2016 and wild that it’s taken this long. But we’re going to focus on celebrating the long overdue achievement.
Gay will be teaming up with Ta-Nehisi Coates for a separate story in Marvel’s current Black Panther run. It will specifically focus on Ayo and Aneka, two lovers and former members of the Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s personal all-female security detail, according to The New York Times.
Comic book publishers have been playing some serious catch-up after decades of characters that were mostly white men filled their pages. The latest step towards a better, more representative future falls in the middle of Iron Man’s storyline.
According to a TIME exclusive interview with Bendis, a black girl named Riri Williams will be holding down the mantle that Tony Stark will leave behind once Marvel’s current Civil War II storyline is done. Williams was created by Brian Michael Bendis, who’s credited with helping create Miles Morales and Jessica Jones, and is a 15-year-old MIT student who reverse-engineered an Iron Man suit out of stolen school supplies. Of course, this gets her on Tony Stark’s radar.
By: Angelica Bastien
With Captain America: Civil War the clockwork-like efficiency of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is on full display. Nearly a decade after it was kicked off with Iron Man (2008), Marvel has perfected its formula which mixes a blend of humor, light pathos, and bright-eyed optimism. The problem is the cracks in this methodology are beginning to show and these films desperately need to start coloring outside of the lines.
In Civil War, the strengths of the MCU brand—reliance on quips, increasingly smooth easily commodified storytelling, exceeding lightness—feel like weaknesses. As the superhero genre continues to balloon Marvel’s desire to tell the same types of stories with the same types of characters is proving to be increasingly rote.
By: Angelica Bastien
After winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 2013 film 12 Years A Slave Lupita Nyong’o’s film career didn’t catapult in the ways fans expected. But it looks like she’s coming back into the spotlight with the release of the Queen of Katwe trailer and news of her potential casting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After it was announced that Ryan Coogler would be directing Marvel’s Black Panther film many hoped that the stars would align and find a way to get his close friend Michael B. Jordan somewhere in the project. According to the Root, fans of Coogler, Jordan and T’Challa will be getting their wish and the band’s getting back together.