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‘Black Panther’ made the cover of TIME magazine

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Director Ryan Coogler (left) and star Chadwick Boseman (right) at the ‘Black Panther’ European premiere in London.

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Any publication capable of repeatedly enraging Donald Trump is one we should pay at least some attention to.

The latest cover of TIME magazine has struck a chord. It features Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.

Accompanying the cover is a piece by journalist Jamil Smith

Smith’s article highlights the cultural significance of the film. He traces the history of the Black Panther comics, which first appeared in the civil rights era (1966 specifically), all the way up to the character’s inclusion in the MCU, and what this means for black representation in media.

“This is not just a movie about a black superhero,” Smith writes, “it’s very much a black movie. It carries a weight that neither Thor nor Captain America could lift: serving a black audience that has long gone under­represented.”

He points also to the film’s widespread acclaim and probable commercial success will dispel the myth that black films are only marketable to black people. 

“For a wary and risk-averse film business, led largely by white film executives who have been historically predisposed to greenlight projects featuring characters who look like them, Black Panther will offer proof that a depiction of a reality of something other than whiteness can make a ton of money.”

People are enjoying both the cover and the article.

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5 Comics to Read Before You See Deadpool 2

Charmaine Blake

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“He’s the breakout character of Deadpool 2, as well as the next step in Josh Brolin’s unlikely plan to play a comic book character in every cinematic universe. (Don’t forget that in addition to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War he also played Jonah Hex in the 2010 DC movie of the same name.) Yes, Cable is a time-traveling toughie fans have been waiting to see on the big screen for a long time and he’s finally here! What’s that? You don’t know who he is? You’re worried you’ll look like a n00b at the theater this weekend? Quit your fretting, friends; here are the five comic book runs you should check out for the best summation of everyone’s favorite gun-toting, half-man, half-machine.

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New Mutants (Vol. 1) #87-100

The initial appearances of Cable are, in retrospect, fascinating historical documents that reveal how much of the character was in place from the beginning—notably, his iconography, despite costume changes from issue to issue—and how much wasn’t. As his characterization slowly cools into place, you get to see how a cypher cyborg from the future became a fan-favorite character. This run also offers up the first appearances of Deadpool and Domino (another Deadpool 2 highlight), if you’re into that sort of thing. (Creator Rob Liefeld was a productive man back in the day.)

How to read it: Available digitally and in the X-Force: Cable & the New Mutants print collection.

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Cable (Vol. 1) #97-107

More than a decade after his debut, this run feels like it shows a version of Cable as the dude he should’ve been all along: someone who eschews superheroics for techno espionage and finds trouble almost…”

Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/deadpool-2-comics-pull-list/

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Heartbreaking fact about Groot in Infinity War

Charmaine Blake

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I am… great. Seriously. It’s just really dusty in here.

Image: Film Frame Marvel Studios 2018

Spoiler Alert: This article discusses the shocking ending of Infinity War, which you really should have seen by now. 

We’re not crying you’re crying everyone’s crying.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has revealed an overwhelmingly sad fact about Groot in Avengers: Infinity War and yeah, we’re not ok.

What’s all this blubbering about? Groot’s final line, uttered as he once again evaporates from our lives into a cloud of Infinity Stone-inflicted nothingness. Thanos, ya jerk.

Gunn hopped on Twitter to answer a question on this line from a fan on Sunday, and dropped this devastating truth nugget:

Groot’s final line, as he disintegrates into Thanos-clicked dust like many of your favourite Marvel heroes, is delivered to? Rocket.

Our bratty teenage space tree thinks of former freelance criminal and fellow Guardian Rocket Raccoon as his dear ol’ dad, guys — so much so, that he broke his regular “I am Groot,” utterance tendency to say so. Someone hold me.

Yeah, folks on Twitter also lost their collective shit.

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That thing Doctor Strange did in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ was all part of the plan

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Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.

“14,000,605.

That’s how many possible futures Doctor Strange viewed during his sojourn through time on the surface of Titan. And, he told Tony Stark, of all those many futures, only one had a happy ending for everyone except Thanos.

It’s an important moment that’s easy to forget about in light of what happens next. Thanos shows up on Titan. The best battle sequence of the movie then ensues (don’t @ me), as Tony, Strange, Spider-Man, Nebula, Star-Lord, Mantis, and Drax gang on on the big guy.

It doesn’t turn out so well. Thanos has the immediate upper hand thanks to his cosmic glove, and even though…”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/04/30/avengers-infinity-war-ending-doctor-strange-line/

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