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.
IMAX is having a 20-film Marvel movie marathon
Are you not entertained??
Marvel’s having a 10th birthday bash, and you’re invited.
IMAX, Marvel Studios, and Walt Disney Studios have announced that, in a celebration of the franchise’s 10th anniversary, all 20 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are coming to IMAX theaters this Labor Day weekend.
Yup, all of them – including, for the first time ever in that jumbo-sized format, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America: The First Avenger.
And the Marvel crew couldn’t be more excited, as explained in this promotional video explaining just why it’s so important for you to not just watch these movies, but to watch them in IMAX.
“A lot of superheroes coming together. Sounds like IMAX was the appropriate call,” says Chris Evans.
Hey, who are we to argue with Captain America?
The “Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary Film Festival,” as it’s called, will run from Thursday, Aug. 30 through Thursday, Sep. 6 in select IMAX theaters across the U.S. and Canada.
For the first five days (Aug. 30 – Sep. 3), all 20 films will be shown in the order they were released. The following two days (Sep. 4-5) will be “theme days” centered around origin stories and team-ups. Finally, the event will wrap up on Sep. 6 with encore showings of two of the films, as voted on by fans.
Tickets are on sale now at IMAX.com/MarvelFest.
DC disaster: can Supergirl save the universe for Warner Bros?
With the titanic tedium of Batman and Superman having left the studios vision in mortal danger, execs have recognised its time for the boys to step aside
“Its probably fair to say that Supergirl likely to be the next costumed titan to get their own movie is not the first DC superhero who springs to mind for the average comic-book fan. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman occupy far taller plinths on the pantheon than Kara Zor-El, who, prior to the current TV series starring Melissa Benoist, was best known for the 1984 movie so terrible that the characters fellow Kryptonians were probably happy to be dead and buried so they didnt have to watch it.
Yet there is a problem with DCs holy trinity. DC has ruined its plans for a shared universe centred around the three superheroes, with the heavy metal cacophony of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice having jarred horribly with the prosaic lilt of Justice League. If the studio, Warner Bros, has any plans to to get the gang back together again, it will have to do a much better job of getting audiences interested in its characters before trying to unite them in a money-spinning, Marvel-style mega-team.
The good news is that the best instalment so far has been Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman, which was cheerfully unconcerned with the rest of the DC extended universe (DCEU), the movie taking place in a different era to the other films……………….
‘Iron Fist’ Netflix teaser has a first look at Danny’s comic book mask
It’s been said many times before that what looks cool in the comics doesn’t always translate on film. Here today with an object lesson in that idea is Netflix’s latest teaser for Iron Fist Season 2, which also confirms (again) that the Marvel series will return on Sept. 7.
Brace yourself. Here it is:
Just for the sake of comparison, the comic book version looks like this. So as you can see, the Netflix version isn’t too far off, style-wise. But it also reads very differently here.
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