Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Black Panther, Captain Marvel and 'Civil War' movies -- oh my!

I must be psychic. Or at the least, I'm a damn insightful comic book blogger who is especially good at speculation. Or maybe I'm just lucky.

Take the post I wrote Sunday, "More on DC's Planned Movies." Check out the following observation/statement I made when I disagreed with DC Entertainment's risky plan to make a "Cyborg" movie in 2020 "since Victor Stone simply is a vanilla and uninteresting character." (Yeah, I'm definitely not a big Cyborg if you didn't catch that already. ...!)

But check out the next statement — it's the one in which I wrote the spot-on observation (IMHO): "If there’s an African-American superhero who deserves his own movie, it’s Marvel’s ultra-cool Black Panther."

Well, guess which kick-ass black man in a black costume is getting his own film?

That's right; Marvel Studios announced Tuesday it's releasing a "Black Panther" film.

And get this, Marvel will be stealing DCE's thunder since "Black Panther" is being released in 2017 -- about three years before "Cyborg."

That's sneaky, Marvel. Very sneaky.

Think about it: With "Black Panther" coming out in three years, that means Marvel Studios will be the first out of the gate to release a solo superhero flick featuring a black superhero. Not DCE!  (Sure, there was 1997's "Spawn" starring Michael Jai White, who also played a gangster in "The Dark Knight," but isn't it better we forget that cluster-you-know-what?)

King T'Challa's Black Panther is the first black superhero in mainstream American comics. He made his debut in FANTASTIC FOUR No. 52, which came out in July 1966. That's 14 years before Cyborg made his first appearance in DC COMICS PRESENTS No. 26 (October 1980 cover date), so it's more than fitting that Black Panther beats Stone to the punch in film also.

In the Marvel movie universe, Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman, the star of biopics "42" and "Get on Up") will appear on the big screen first in "Captain America: Civil War" in 2016.

"I'm blessed to be part of this Marvel universe," Boseman told the Associated Press during an event Tuesday in Hollywood. "I look forward to making magic together."

The rest of Marvel's movie slate — which notably is heaving on fantasy and science fiction — includes:
  • "Captain America: Civil War" and "Doctor Strange," both  in 2016;
  • "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," ''Thor: Ragnarok" and "Black Panther" in 2017;
  • "The Avengers: Infinity War - Part I," ''Captain Marvel" and "Inhumans" in 2018 
  • Callie Cosplay rocks a Ms. Marvel
    costume in this shot from
    David Love Photography.
  • "The Avengers: Infinity War - Part II" in 2019.
Just so we're clear: Captain Marvel isn't the Kree hero Mar-Vell. Instead, that would be Carol Danvers, the superheroine mostly known as Ms. Marvel, who has been around since March 1968, the publication date of MARVEL SUPER-HEROES No. 13. In July 2012, Danvers assumed the mantle Captain Marvel in honor of the hero who gave Danvers her powers.

(How did I learn this? The AP story ends by saying: "'Black Panther' and 'Captain Marvel' will mark the studio's first films centered on black and female characters from Marvel Comics."
Check back at CCC for more of my thoughts on the "Captain Marvel" and "Civil War" films. 

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