So, maybe you’ve heard: Black Panther smashed the Hollywood box office last weekend with a take of $192 million.
That’s like, huge.
That’s bigger than Iron Man. That’s bigger than Captain America. That’s bigger than Avengers.
That’s like, HUGE.
And, for so many important reason, that’s great news for everyone who was part of the making of Black Panther and that’s great for everyone who went to see the film. (I haven’t gotten around to heading to the local theatre to see the film just yet, so I can guarantee that box office number is going to rise!)
But that news is also great for Marvel Comics – all Marvel Comics…especially the ones that somehow tie into this coming May’s Avengers: Infinity War film, the film that is the direct sequel to Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And hey! It just so happens that Marvel Comics is publishing an Infinity-inspired product tie-in comic book today! Imagine that!
Setting aside my sense of consumerist nihilism for a moment, Infinity Countdown Prime #1, a one-shot prequel to a new miniseries out next month, does sound like a lot of fun!
Black Panther arrived this weekend in a huge way. Here’s what’s went down:
Massive. That’s an accurate way to describe the debut of Black Panther at the box office this weekend. The three-day estimates are in (it’s the President’s Day long weekend in the US so four days measurements will be out tomorrow), and the film looks to have brought in an incredible $192 million. For comparisons sake, the film has had a bigger opening than Avengers: Age of Ultron, which brought in $191.2M over its first three days. Should things play out as expected, look for Black Panther to bring in $227 million over its first four days. The film has captured audiences’ imaginations, and is certainly the right movie for this time.
This summer sees a tiny team-up between two of the biggest little stars in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, when Ant-Man and The Wasp hits theaters on July 6th, 2018. The first trailer dropped today and, while it does give you much in terms of story, you do get some solid action sequences.
‘Take a look and let us know what you think.
While it has been out there in the geek ether (geether?) for a while now, the official word came down this morning that Disney shelled out a cool 52.4 BILLION dollars for FOX studios, home of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
Having caught my breath from a solid hour of geeking out and mapping out personal fan-fic scenarios uniting the characters of the two Marvel Cinematic Universes, I am now prepared to offer a short list of what I think are the five most exciting possibilities of the expanded MCU:
1. World War 2 Captain America and Wolverine
Storming the beach at Normandy side by side? Teaming up and taking down an entire Hydra unit? Maybe just Captain America being offended by the smell of Logan’s cigar… The possibilities range from the subtle to the sensational, but its a perfect way to map out a connection between the two characters. Let’s also not forget that this opens up a potential for Wolverine vs. Winter Soldier flashbacks and even Winter Soldier vs. Deadpool.
Whether its Hugh Jackman suiting up or a new, MCU proper casting for Wolverine, the stories here have my knuckles itching and “SNIKT” ringing in my ears. Read the rest of this entry
Why are the Inhumans so hated? Is it because Marvel has forced them on us because Fox keeps the mutants out of their film and television hands? Is it because we’re getting them instead of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Is it because their big screen debut had such lousy distribution? Who are Jack Kirby’s least-loved creations, and why are they so hated? The answers, and a review of the first two episodes, after the jump.
*The following post contains NO SPOILERS whatsoever.*
Besides making the phrase “I am Groot” part of the pop culture landscape, the great and lasting legacy of the Marvel Films will be the introduction of the “shared universe” concept. The idea that, within a series of films, hints and plot threads can be woven together to build to a bigger, bolder super film! From that first end of credits scene at the end of Iron Man, right through to the leaked trailer for Avengers: Infinity War; this has all been going somewhere. And wherever that place is, its full of money.
Spider-Man: Homecoming made an impact at the box office, bringing the wall-crawler back to critical and commercial glory following a series of missteps. Here’s what went down:
The first Marvel/Sony collaboration, Spider-Man: Homecoming brought in an estimated $118 million, which would make it the second highest debut for a Spider-Man film after Spider-Man 3’s $151.1 million back in 2007. That film, though, was a critical bust, while this newest one has received some of the best reviews for a superhero film.
I literally just walked out of it and I can tell you, I sat there with a grin on my face for nearly the entire run time. Tom Holland is great as Peter Parker, who skews younger here than in any other incarnation. Meanwhile, as The Vulture, Michael Keaton, is, alongside Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2, one of the greatest incarnations of a villain in any Spidey film. Being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe allows for some great jokes and cameo performances from familiar faces, but this is still a film that rests on the shoulders of the main character, not to mention the young crop of actors that do help deliver the John Hughes vibe that had been mooted for Spider-Man: Homecoming. A win for everyone involved, along with fans.
Without a doubt, the biggest movie coming out this weekend is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 from Marvel Studios. The first movie in this franchise within a franchise was a surprise hit, and one of the best of the Marvel movies. How did its sequel hold up? Meet me after the hyperspatial jump for my thoughts. Heed my warning, folks, there be spoilers ahead.
Let’s not beat around the galaxy this week. We know what movie is going to top the box office. The only question is, how much will it debut with? Here’s our prediction:
The hype machine has been going full throttle for Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, the sequel to 2014’s massively succesful Marvel Studios film directed by James Gunn and featuring some of the most unlikely heroes to become cultural icons. In the three years since its release, Chris Pratt has become a movie star, Dave Bautista has been a James Bond bad guy, and Guardians has become a franchise movie stars like Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell have wanted to be attached to. All signs are pointing to a massive opening weekend for GOTG: V2, and we’re going to go on the high side of things based on the franchise’s mass appeal. Look for a place debut with $190 million.