Yesterday it was reported that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler was detained by police after he was mistakenly accused of trying to rob a Bank of America location in Atlanta. Now, the body cam video has been released.
You’ve seen the box office numbers, right? Marvel’s Black Panther is a record-breaking, massive success — so it shouldn’t come as any surprise to learn that the King of Wakanda is getting his very own sequel. At this point, it would only really be news if Marvel lost their damn minds and decided not to make a Black Panther sequel. I mean, it’d basically be definitive proof that we live in the Bad Place.
At this point, it might be more productive (and would probably take less time) to list all the Marvel stars that won’t be in Avengers: Infinity War. If you thought Captain America: Civil War (so much WAR) was stacked with talent, the third Avengers film is primed to blow that number out of the water with the biggest super-ensemble yet. And today brings yet another name into the fold as The Walking Dead star and MCU newcomer Danai Gurira has joined the roster.
Every good superhero needs a super-villain. Or two. Or if you’re making a Spider-Man sequel, like six. Marvel is slowly putting together its cast for Black Panther’s solo film, directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman as the Wakandan hero. They’ve already lined up Michael B. Jordan to play Erik Killmonger, who you know is a bad guy because his name is Erik Killmonger. And Lupita Nyong’o is playing Nakia, also known as the baddie Malice, who you know is a baddie because her name was Malice. But that’s not enough!
Unlike Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, there are a few Avengers who never got an origin movie to introduce the non-comics-reading world to their characters. Captain America: Civil War recently added Black Panther to Team Avengers With No Origin Movies, which left a lot of his character a mystery for those not in the know. Does he have superpowers or special abilities? Where do they come from? What’s Black Panther’s job when he’s not out avenging? Where did he get that sweet (digitally enhanced) suit? Chadwick Boseman assures us that we’ll soon learn more of T’challa’s origins in the Black Panther solo film.
Here’s another mind-boggling tidbit from the fascinating Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray commentary. Every shot of Black Panther in Civil War is CGI. Not just the obvious ones, like where Panther’s chasing the Winter Soldier on foot or he’s in a hand-to-claw fight with Captain America. Every. Single. Shot.