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Women of color will support each other and kick butt in ‘Black Panther’

Charmaine Blake

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If there is a light in 2018, it is Black Panther, and actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright are as excited as you are because the females are strong as hell.

In an interview with Teen Vogue, the actresses discussed how Panther deviates from the roles superhero movies often relegate women to, and how their characters work together instead of tearing each other down.

“My character, Nakia, [is] a departure from the character you see in the comic books,” Nyong’o said. “She’s this independent woman, super patriotic but also very questioning of her society, and I liked that. With her complicated relationship with T’Challa, I knew it was going to be kind of sexy, and I was like, ‘OK, I definitely want in.'”

In the comics, Nakia is groomed as part of a group of Wakandan women known as the Dora Milaje, who are the king’s bodyguards and trusted with maintaining the peace. She lives in the palace with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and develops feelings for him over time. That could easily lead to being jealous of his bond with his sister Shuri (Wright), but Nyong’o says the film avoids that trope.

Ryan made a point of avoiding the expected female-rival narrative. In this genre, where spandex is involved, oftentimes the women are pitted against each other. In our story, there are so many different women holding their own space. Women may be in competition with each other, sure, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s an absence of love or respect. Shuri is the sister to the Black Panther and the leader of technological pursuits, and Nakia is someone who has a complicated history with the Black Panther and is a warrior in her own right. You see them work together, and you see a dynamic that is really encouraging. Making this film awakened me. I walked away from this experience feeling extremely supported, and I felt challenged.

Wright said that all the characters in the film exhibit both strength and vulnerability, irrespective of gender. She was heartened to play a character as tough as Shuri who still experiences fear and uncertainty.

“Superhero movies are our modern folklore—and folklore is important,” Nyong’o continued. “It informs our sense of oneness. The beauty of cinema is you all go into a room together and agree to suspend your disbelief and share this experience of another world…These big blockbuster superhero films appearing in moments when we’re so polarized are some of the few chances we all get to be on the same page.”

Black Panther releases in theaters Feb. 16.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/12/22/lupita-black-panther-women/

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Here’s the Marvel movie watch list you didn’t know you needed

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“A Marvel cinematic universe fan made a list of the correct order to watch the long catalog of superhero movies along with some brutally honest commentary.

It has gone viral, for all the right reasonsmostly because its so accurate.

It began when Victoria Aveyard, the New York Times-bestselling author of the book Red Queen, was asked by her roommate to create a checklist of theperfect order in which to watch the films.

From thatrequest, this beauty was born.

The advice is brutally upfront, and gives potential viewers a sense of the films before they even get started.

She calls Iron Man, the granddaddy of them all, while Iron Man 2 is trash.

And for Thor, well she advises to just ignore Natalie Portman, who played Thor’s love interest Jane Foster in the first Thor movie. She appeared later inThor 2: The Dark World, which Aveyard calls “silly.”

She goes on to call the Guardians of the Galaxy fun, and describes Doctor Strange as if House was a Wizard.

Oh, and if youre thinking of watchingIncredible Hulk at all…just don’t.

Aveyard wrote that her comments were intended to guide her roommate, who doesnt like war.

But other Marvel fans stand behind her list.

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Superheroes and freaky cats: how Captain Marvel rewrote the rules

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From the story behind Nick Furys eyepatch to the rehabilitation of the Skrull, the latest Marvel film has altered comic-book canon in fruitful ways

“If theres one thing we should have been primed for, prior to viewing Captain Marvel, it would be to expect the unexpected. Marvel is a studio that, time and again, has chosen to twist comic-book canon to suit new needs, rather than deliver overly faithful adaptations of the original work.

The addition of the Skrull, a race of alien shape-shifters, to the Marvel universe, prompted predictions that we may ultimately see storylines riffing on the 2008 Secret Invasion storyline, in which various members of the Avengers are replaced by extraterrestrial interlopers. In the comics, the Skrull are usually evil and often bent on invading Earth and taking it for themselves. So the fact that Captain Marvels trailers showed Skrull disguising themselves as human while fighting Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) naturally led observers to suspect they were up to their old tricks.

To twist that narrative on its head and make the Skrull the victims of a race of fascistic alien warriors, the Kree, was the kind of masterstroke that only Marvel could pull off. Any other studio would have faced accusations of subverting canon, but the Disney-owned studio has done such a great job of creating its cinematic universe that it has credit in spades from fans.

We trust that if Marvel has chosen to alter the way the MCU works for the big screen, there must be a good reason. And here, there is: it is the involvement of the Skrull, and the revelation that they are not the bad guys after all, that allows Danvers to escape her straitened existence as a sort of Kree pet and achieve her destiny as Captain Marvel…………………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/mar/14/superheroes-freaky-cats-captain-marvel-brie-larson-nick-fury

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Doom Patrol Extended Trailer | DC Universe

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DOOM PATROL reimagines one of DC’s most beloved groups of Super Heroes: Robotman aka Cliff Steele (BRENDAN FRASER), Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (MATT BOMER), Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (APRIL BOWLBY) and Crazy Jane (DIANE GUERRERO), led by modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief (TIMOTHY DALTON). Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found their purpose through The Chief, coming together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence. Following the mysterious disappearance of The Chief these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg (JOIVAN WADE), who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.

Based on DC characters originally written and drawn by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani #DCUDOOMPATROL premieres February 15.

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