She came at a billionaire playboy philanthropist and did not miss.
Step aside, Tony Stark — just as we predicted, Wonder Woman will land in the Top 5 highest-earning superhero movies of all time at the domestic box office. And it’ll go down over the holiday weekend, passing Iron Man 3 and settling in behind The Dark Knight Rises, probably sometime mid-Monday.
Wonder Woman had earned $408.939 million in North America as of Sunday, according to estimates from comScore. That put Diana Prince short of Iron Man 3 by a paltry $75,000 — a figure Wonder Woman will easily eclipse on Labor Day, and possibly before.
There’s no way Wonder Woman can get up to No. 4 The Dark Knight Rises ($448 million), what with the home video release coming in mid-September. But a Top 5 finish is still quite a feat, considering that Wonder Woman opened at $103 million, while the four films above it all opened at $160 million or higher.
Wonder Woman had unheard-of staying power
Translation: Wonder Woman had unheard-of staying power, dropping an average of 33% week over week through its 13-plus weeks of release. Also as we predicted, Warner Bros. staged a special engagement in IMAX to boost earnings in Week 13, taking advantage of the lack of August offerings by putting Wonder Woman in 2,210 theaters.
It isn’t official-official yet, but as of Monday, your new superhero Top 5 will look something like this:
- Marvel’s The Avengers: $623.3 million
- The Dark Knight: $534.8 million
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: $459 million
- The Dark Knight Rises: $448.1 million
- Wonder Woman: $409+ million
Interesting side-note: Wonder Woman‘s entry into that group shifts the balance of top 5 all-time domestic superhero films from Marvel to DC, which now has three of those spots (though Marvel still has 7 of the top 10, if you count Spidey films).
But that imbalance could be in jeopardy, too — with Gal Gadot’s take on Wonder Woman as popular as she is, Justice League right around the corner, and a Wonder Woman sequel coming before you know it, the DCEU may have finally found its stride.
Missed ‘Civil War’? Here’s what you need to know before ‘Black Panther’
Don’t worry, T’Challa we’ll get you up to speed in no time.
This week’s Black Panther marks the first solo feature film for, well, Black Panther. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen him onscreen.
Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, actually made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 2016, while his nemesis, Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), appeared even before that, in 2015.
But if your recall of the previous Marvel movies is fuzzy (or if you never saw them to begin with), don’t fret — we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know.
What other Marvel movies feature Black Panther?
Black Panther’s first (and, until Black Panther, only) appearance in the MCU was in Captain America: Civil War. The film also featured the first glimpses of Everett Ross (Martin Freeman), T’Chaka (John Kani), and Ayo (Florence Kasumba), all of whom return in Black Panther.
But the first Black Panther character we met in the MCU was actually Ulysses Klaue, who has a small role in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Do I need to watch those movies before Black Panther?
No. It might be nice if you did, because Civil War, Ultron, and the others do provide some added context. But Black Panther recaps all of the most pertinent details.
Can you give me a rundown of Captain America: Civil War anyway?
Black Panther is just a subplot in Captain America: Civil War — the struggle between Cap and Iron Man is the major focal point — but sure, I can fill you in on all the Black Panther-related stuff you missed.
T’Challa’s father T’Chaka dies, making T’Challa the new king of Wakanda. T’Chaka is killed in an explosion at a United Nations summit in Vienna. T’Challa, who was with him but survived, vows to avenge his father by killing Bucky Barnes, whom he believes carried out the attack.
T’Challa is also, separately, the Black Panther of Wakanda. Think of him as a superpowered protector of the nation, blessed with enhanced physical attributes and a bulletproof high-tech suit. The hows and whys of the Black Panther role aren’t really explained in Civil War, however — that’s left for Black Panther to do.
Wakanda is very isolated, but slowly opening up. The country is described by one outsider as “traditionally reclusive,” but T’Chaka makes it clear that the Wakandans have been making active outreach efforts recently.
Ayo is part of T’Challa’s security detail. The Dora Milaje warrior appears only briefly but makes a strong impression.
Everett Ross is in T’Challa’s orbit. Ross is a CIA agent trying to contain the Avengers and Bucky in Civil War. He crosses paths with T’Challa multiple times.
T’Challa decides on mercy. T’Challa’s revenge mission ends when he finds Zemo, the man who’s really responsible for the UN attack. Rather than kill Zemo, though, T’Challa decides he’s done letting vengeance consume him, and turns Zemo over to the authorities.
T’Challa takes Bucky back to Wakanda with him. In the end credits scene for Civil War, T’Challa agrees to let Bucky stay on ice and in hiding in Wakanda.
What about Avengers: Age of Ultron?
Although Black Panther is not in Age of Ultron, the film does start laying the groundwork for his eventual debut — mostly centered around Klaue.
Wakanda’s greatest natural resource is vibranium. It’s a special metal found only in Wakanda, although very limited quantities have made it outside the country. Most of the world mistakenly believes that Wakanda has no more vibranium left.
Klaue, a black-market arms dealer, is the rare outsider who’s been to Wakanda. He successfully made off with a large amount of vibranium, but not before getting caught and branded (literally) as a thief.
Klaue has a history with Wakanda. A dossier glimpsed in Age of Ultron reveals that Klaue was hired at one point to murder T’Chaka, and that his great-grandfather was killed by a previous Black Panther.
Klaue loses an arm. Ultron blasts it off during an argument. This is relevant because he has an exciting replacement in Black Panther.
We’ve seen vibranium in action before. Captain America’s shield is made of the stuff, as explained in Captain America: Civil War. In Ultron, the supervillain buys vibranium from Klaue and uses it to create a doomsday device.
That actually seems like a lot of stuff!
Eh, it’s not that bad. Again, the most relevant information is rehashed in Black Panther.
Will Black Panther be involved in future MCU movies?
Oh, you can count on it. In fact, he and his friends will be back just three months from now, for Avengers: Infinity War.
‘Black Panther’ made the cover of TIME magazine
Director Ryan Coogler (left) and star Chadwick Boseman (right) at the ‘Black Panther’ European premiere in London.
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.
The privilege was mine. Thanks to @efelsenthal, @samlansky, @kellyconniff, @ohmgee, and the rest of the @TIME team for making this happen. The opportunity to write about @theblackpanther, an important film emerging at an important time, was invaluable. https://t.co/rCjs4AWgTn
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) February 8, 2018
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.
@JamilSmith explains in @TIME why I’m so excited for this. He also communicates why dismissing it as ‘just a superhero film’—as a few white friends have said to me after I’ve mentioned my excitement—does it a big injustice (and misses the point entirely). https://t.co/ljzDmuqHkw
— (((Aaron Chandler))) (@ajc84) February 8, 2018
This Marvel Studios class photo is unreasonably large
After 10 years of Marvel movies, (most of) the team got together to take one big happy family photo.
Like, really big. Go ahead and click on this photo below to expand it and try to find some of your favorite actors and filmmakers from the Marvel cinematic universe:
Along with the giant photo, Marvel released a short video that showed a little bit of the behind-the-scenes process of getting all of the 79 actors and filmmakers together for a class photo.
The photo doesn’t include absolutely everyone who worked on the dozen plus Marvel movies that came out since 2008, unfortunately, but it has a whole lot of them.
Here is the full list of people in the photo, starting from the left side of the front row:
Sean Gunn, Hannah John-Kamen, Scott Derrickson, Trinh Tran, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Victoria Alonso, Zoe Saldana, Angela Bassett, Jon Favreau, Chris Hemsworth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Stan Lee, Kevin Feige, Scarlett Johansson,Louis D’Esposito, Kurt Russell, Danai Gurira, William Hurt, Alan Taylor, Karen Gillan, Brad Winderbaum, Emily VanCamp, Louis Letterier, Jon Watts, Sarah Finn, Tessa Thompson, David Grant, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, James Gunn, Dave Bautista, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Chris Pratt, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Joss Whedon, Paul Bettany, Mitchell Bell, Frank Grillo, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Letitia Wright, Jeffrey Ford, Peyton Reed, Laurence Fishburne, Linda Cardellini, Jonathan Schwartz, Sebastian Stan, Ty Simpkins, Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson, Michael Douglas, Stephen Broussard, Ryan Coogler, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeremy Latcham, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Nate Moore, Benedict Wong, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Michael Rooker, Vin Diesel, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Taika Waititi, Jeff Goldblum, Erik Carroll, Ryan Meinerding, and Craig Kyle.
In another 10 years, Marvel may need to rent out an airplane hanger to get everyone together.
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