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“Black Panther” Star Danai Gurira Acclaims Marvel Studios for Progressive Storytelling

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Black Panther star Danai Gurira has praised Marvel Studios producers for their progressive storytelling.

She said the appreciation, as well as the success of the Ryan Coogler-directed blockbuster, was “deeply nourishing.”

“And even more so than we could have been anticipated or expected,” Gurira told the Los Angeles Times. “We definitely put all our heart and our soul into it. We were all seeking the most authentic, the most truthful, the most alive and connected version of the story we could all tell. And the beauty in that was a collective perspective.”

Danai Gurira continued on her respect for the crew behind Black Panther movie.

“It’s deeply rooted in Ryan, but it was not just Ryan,” she said. “It was all of us. He put around him an amazing team enhancing that core he brought. We were able to work in a great unit. And Marvel was really great in embracing that we came in with the whole perspective and deep desire to say many things in the African language.”

“They also allowed us to feel like collaborators, as, of course, did Ryan. So as a result, we all feel collective ownership, which is really special,” said Danai Gurira.

As for the massive success of Black Panther.

Mostly set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, the most technologically-advanced nation on Earth, also led by a predominantly black cast, the blockbuster Black Panther earned more than $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office in 2018. The film emerges as the highest-grossing domestic winner of the year with $700 million – just the third movie in history to pass the milestone.

Black Panther has since earned a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, which Danai Gurira remarked is “beautiful.”

“It is really cool,” she said. “I just saw the list of all of us. And I was like, ‘That is really beautiful.’”

During an interview, Danai Gurira was asked if there was ever a depiction of Africa in movies that was as “positive and progressive” like the one seen in Black Panther.

Then she answered, “I don’t think so. I really don’t think so.”

“That’s what drove me to start writing. Like, ‘This can’t be the way my people are portrayed in a cinematic form.’ For me, it was a theater at the time. That is my medium,” said Danai Gurira, an accomplished playwright who has since launched well-received play The Convert, headlined by the Black Panther co-star Letitia Wright.

“It’s really that dearth. Every time I saw a film. And not all, there were many interpretations of the continent that I found really disturbing and limited and from a perspective that was not ours. To all the ways Black Panther counters that just by telling an excellent story excellently was deeply heartening. And I think it was a first.”

With Black Panther helping increase on-screen representation in Hollywood, the Okoye actress said: “one can hope this is about climate and not weather. That is what I keep saying.”

“It is about a shift that is happening because that is how it should be. There has been an openness that prevailed around these types of stories being told, absolutely,” Gurira explained.

“We have seen some higher-ups in this industry speak powerfully around how you do what makes sense. That means you tell them a variety of stories from a variety of perspectives, and with authenticity.”

Danai Gurira is now expected to reprise the fierce Wakandan warrior in Avengers: Endgame, out April 26. Meanwhile, Ryan Coogler was officially signed to return as writer-director for Black Panther 2, yet to be dated by Marvel Studios.

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“Black Panther” Wins the Oscar’s Best Production Design

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Black Panther did transport viewers inside the world of Wakanda. And it seems that the film has earned a pretty big accolade for it.

The Marvel Studios movie just won the Academy Award for the Best Production Design at Oscar. The category also included The Favorite, Mary Poppins Returns, First Man, and Roma.

However, this is just the latest award that Black Panther has gotten for its production design, with the film also winning the Critics Choice Award in the same category. And it is pretty easy to see how the movie is taking home the Oscars, considering the huge amount of work that went into bringing Wakanda to life.

For production designer Hannah Beachler, she was the first to depict Wakanda, giving her an opportunity to create a whole new world.

During an interview with The Frame back in 2017, she talked about creating the world of Wakanda.

“It was a challenge for us,” said Beachler. “For Ryan [Coogler] and I, we saw the opportunity to create something with Marvel that they have not done. You know, the way I look at how I would utilize the money is that I had more of an opportunity to bring the place to it and be more detailed about it. Because it was not a place that existed or it had really been defined in any other film – I am talking about Wakanda – we could really play with that. We wanted to do lots of practical builds. We did not really want to use a lot of blue screens.”

As Beachler revealed, building the advanced African utopia with limited VFX and blue screen was certainly a challenge. The looks of Wakanda have shown a rich, dense urban landscape complete with flying vehicles and soaring architect. However, Beachler was able to achieve the Afrofuturistic setting with real sets.

“We had a lot of extensions,” she explained. “I’d build so far, and I would extend it. But we tried not to put the VFX in front. Pretty much every single set is practical. And the bigger world outside of that would become an extension.”

And for her, making Wakanda real was about more than wise use of money or limiting VFX. Beachler felt like she had a responsibility to truly represent Wakanda as an untouched nation it was written.

“As for me, it was always understanding that Wakanda had been there for 10,000 years. Then what does it look like now?” the designer said. “It’s supposed to be a place that was never colonized too. So what does that look like?”

What do you think about the world of Wakanda? Share with us in the comments!

And once again, congrats to Black Panther with other Oscar-wins!

Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films include Captain Marvel on March 8, Avengers: Endgame on April 26, and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5.

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“Black Panther” Wins the Oscar’s Best Original Score

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Official news: Black Panther has won the Best Original Score at the 91st Academy Awards!

Congrats to Ludwig Göransson, the film’s composer, on winning his first Oscar.

The Marvel score even beat out BlacKkKlansman (Terence Blanchard), Isle of Dogs (Alexandre Desplat), Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman), and If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell) to become the first superhero movie to win the award. Black Panther, in fact, is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe even to be nominated for Best Original Score.

Ludwig Göransson is definitely having an awesome 2019 ahead.

Recently, in addition to becoming an Oscar-winner, the composer has won two Grammys. Göransson won Best Original Score for Black Panther as well as Best Song for Childish Gambino’s “This is America.”

The composer also spoke about the creative process behind making the music for Black Panther during a recent interview.

“The most important thing for me and Ryan Coogler [director] in making the music for the film was to have that score rooted in the traditional African music,” Göransson shared with SlashFilm. “That was the number one the most important thing. Actually, I went to West Africa right after I read the script. Then I told Ryan, ‘The only way that I can score this movie is to go to Africa to do my research and immerse myself in that culture.”

Göransson continued to explain how much he loved the film. He even called it the “Star Wars of our generation.”

“It was incredible. It was such an experience,” Göransson expressed. “I was so moved by it. But after I saw it, immediately I understood in order for me to really make the music work, I need to use this African music and all of those instruments. But I also need to put the elements of this cinematic sweep of the orchestra, and modern hip-hop production. So the most difficult part of this was to figure out how to infuse the traditional African music with an orchestra, but still keep it sounding African.”

Göransson then went on to explain how he made it all work together.

“So what I did, instead of just focusing on the melody and harmony, I kinda used each different section of this orchestra as a different rhythmical element, as a different drum. For example, in an African drum circle, there is djembe, there is the dunun, and the bara drums; and they all have different parts. They all have different rhythms that they play, and together they make on composition, one song. So I kinda used an orchestra as an African drum circle.”

Ludwig Göransson now has 60 composer credits to his name. Alongside Black Panther, he also helmed the music for Venom, Creed, Creed II, Central Intelligence, and so many more. Furthermore, the next big project for the composer is Star Wars: The Mandalorian. That makes Göransson one of the few people other than John Williams to write the music for Star Wars.

In addition to Best Original Score, Black Panther is also nominated for the Best Picture, Best Original Song, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.

Once again, congrats to Ludwig Göransson and Black Panther for the big Oscar 2019 win!

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Marvel Studios Reacts to “Black Panther” Academy Awards Nominations

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The 2019 Academy Awards nominations are out now. And blockbuster Black Panther is setting a Marvel movie milestone, with 7 Oscars nominations, including Best Picture.

Obviously, Marvel Studios is feeling some kind of pride because they now make Oscar-level films along with the box office record-breaking ones.

Here is the official statement from Marvel, in recognition of what Black Panther has achieved.

Black Panther continues to become an unprecedented success for Marvel.

Since the movie came out in February 2018, it went on a marathon run at the box office for several months, for its total haul of $1.3 billion. What is even more impressive is the fact that Black Panther is the rare case of a major blockbuster that earned more domestically ($700 million) than it did globally ($646 million). The film is one of the only Marvel standalone superhero franchises to hit the billion-dollar mark. Not even Avengers: Infinity War made that kind of mark at the domestic box office. (though Marvel is perhaps still happy with that film’s $2 billion-dollar international haul).

On the critical front, Black Panther has surpassed the usual trend of Marvel films only getting the mention in visual or sound effect categories during awards season. Director Ryan Coogler has made it onto many critics groups top director lists for 2018, as Michael B. Jordan did for his performance as Black Panther’s villain, Erik Killmonger. Black Panther wracked up four Golden Globes nominations alongside these seven Oscars, proving that the film’s critical appeal reaches overseas, as well.

At present, we are still waiting for Avengers: Endgame to clear the stage for the next big phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including what the plan is for Black Panther sequel.

In the meantime, Avengers: Infinity War is already available on Netflix. Other MCU films will be hitting the theaters.

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One Deleted Killmonger Line Could Change ‘Black Panther’s Entire Ending

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Certainly, the ending of Black Panther was amongst the most celebrated of 2018. Since Killmonger died watching the sunset on Wakanda (which he said he would never let it happen), T’Challa took his rival’s words to heart. Then he began reaching out to help the rest of the world. This ending brought everything full circle. But as it turns out, that was not the original ending Ryan Coogler did shot.

In an interview with Cinemablend, the editor of Black Panther, Michael Shawver, revealed that Killmonger’s final line was different. And that caused some problems for T’Challa storyline. So Ryan Coogler cut the line and added an extra scene in reshoots, changing the movie’s ending for the better.

“With reshoots, Ryan [Coogler] wanted to do a new thing, and it is a whole bigger thing with the scene where Killmonger dies,” Michael Shawver began. “What we shot originally, and also in the script, was that Killmonger said ‘It is beautiful. But what are you gonna do for everyone in the world who can’t see this?’ And it was great. It was powerful, and awesome. But it’s problematic for a few reasons. First, we realized that just as a character, for the journey of T’Challa, he cannot get the answer to the film and what he needs to do from the villain – like straight-up exactly what he needs. And that is kind of what was happening. Second, it was a great performance. And [Michael B. Jordan] brought it. It was painful to watch, you know, because you kind of do not want this guy to die. But it did not fit his character.”

That scene in question is the very last one in Black Panther before the credits roll, when T’Challa takes Shuri to Oakland, revealing that he is turning Killmonger’s childhood home into an outreach and learning center.

“Ryan Coogler went off in his lab and did the brilliant work that he does as a writer. Then he wrote the final scene in Oakland where he goes with Shuri and shows the Royal Talon fighter to these kids, and specifically a kid that kinda looks like a young Killmonger,” continued Shawver. “Basically, him showing them that, and buying these buildings, and the Wakanda Outreach Program was in spirit what originally we had Erik Killmonger tell him. ‘If people can just see this, if they can see their own potential, things would be different.’ And that was done in a new scene, where we see what T’Challa has done. Then, at the very, very end, the last line is that kid looking at him, saying ‘Who are you?’ And that’s the theme of the movie, of identity. Who are you? And he does not need to answer it. Because he just answered it for us.”

In order to find the right ending, Ryan Coogler and his crew had to study what are considered to be the best film ending of all time.

The movies like The Godfather really helped influence the direction of Black Panther’s ending.

“One thing that we did is looking at all these top 10 lists of best endings ever for movies. Then we found in a lot of these videos it was one of two things. It was either the twist of ending or The Godfather,” Shawver said. “Basically, the first time you meet Michael, he is with Kay. And he is telling her he is not like his family. ‘That is not me, Kay. That is them.’ The last scene we see him, he is telling Kay he is not like his family. But then he walks, the door shuts. And you know everything is different. But it is the same conversation. And so it is the circular nature why these kinds of endings fell like closure even though it is open-ended.”

So, are you glad that Ryan Coogler eventually changed the Marvel’s Black Panther ending? Share with us in the comments!

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“Black Panther” Star Michael B. Jordan Explains Why He Does Not Say “Wakanda Forever”

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Marvel’s Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan typically avoids the “Wakanda Forever” salutations as his jaded Erik “Killmonger” Stevens grew up in Oakland, California, far from the utopia African kingdom ruled by native King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman).

When asked if he continued to receive the greeting almost a year after the blockbuster’s release, Jordan told Jimmy Fallon during The Tonight Show, “Yes. Yes, they do.”

“But they do not understand. I am not from Wakanda, technically. That is a Chadwick thing. So when they said ‘Wakanda Forever,’ low-key I am still in character, like, ‘Nah, that ain’t me.’ *laugh*.”

You can watch the full video below.

Erik Killmonger, born N’Jadaka, the son of Wakandan Prince N’Jobu (star Sterling K. Brown) – the radicalized younger brother of then-King T’Chaka (star John Kani, Atandwa Kani) – the deadly Killmonger grew up resenting Wakanda. Later he returned to disrupt the kingdom and overthrow its freshly crowned king as part of a plot to use the country’s resources, enacting his own form of brutal retribution on an oppressive world.

Despite the fact that Jordan doesn’t typically say “Wakanda Forever,” he still loves the movie.

Killmonger character has not embraced the Marvel Studios blockbuster’s famed catchphrase as much as co-stars Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke and Letitia Wright – whose characters are Wakanda-born. But Jordan is proud when Black Panther was embraced the world over, particularly in the black community.

“The movie, honestly, what it did, and the impact that it made in the community over the world, especially for our culture – is just representation, man. Being able to see yourself up on a big screen in a positive way that is not stereotypical. That is a position of power, royalty, regular family dynamics. Having history, that culture, that mythology there was extremely important,” said Jordan.

“Especially Halloween. You know, used to see all those memes. And you see all these costumes and little kids, these little boys with permanent marker beards looking like Killmonger. Then you see all these little girls dressed up like [Wakanda special forces] Dora Milaje, with those bald caps on, stuff like that. I think, just having that sense of pride of where you come from, your sense of identity, is really powerful.”

Meanwhile, the blockbuster Black Panther went on to earn $1.3 billion worldwide, making it the ninth highest grossing movie of all time.

It’s the third highest grossing earner of all time domestically. And the film is the biggest domestic champion for 2018 at $700 million, making it the third film that reaches that financial milestone in history.

Furthermore, Michael B. Jordan and his co-stars received a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Black Panther emerged as the first superhero movie to earn a Best Picture – Drama nomination at this year’s Golden Globes.

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Stan Lee’s Final Animated Cameo Airs On Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest

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It is no secret that Stan Lee had a penchant for his cameos in both live-action and animated properties. This weekend, the great late publisher of Marvel Comics will have his final appearance in animation air in an episode of Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest.

On the official Marvel site earlier today, Stan Lee’s cameo will air during an episode titled “T’Chanda,” featuring Black Panther (James C. Mathis III) as he uncovers secrets about his grandfather. Set in the 1940s, the voice behind Army General is Stan Lee. After Captain America and Agent Carter apprehend Arnim Zola, his character gives a speech on hatred and intolerance.

“Hate does not make you strong,” says the character of Stan Lee. “Hate makes you weak.”

You can view his entire Black Panther’s Quest cameo in the clip below.

Recently, it was revealed that Stan Lee did appear in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse beyond his vocal cameo. Thanks to the movie’s animators, Lee made multiple non-verbal cameos in the film. As we now realize, his animated cameo in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was not his last.

According to one executive of Marvel Animation, the message Stan Lee’s character sends in his last animated cameo is particularly poignant.

“This particular episode [of “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest”] has personal meaning for me,” said Cort Lane, Marvel Animation SVP. “I believe it is his last recorded appearance in animation. It is bittersweet. But I am so glad we were able to capture a message that was very true how Stan Lee felt about the world. And that inspired him to write lots of the stories as he did.”

Cort Lane continued, revealing that when Stan Lee was in the studio to record his Black Panther’s Quest cameo, Star Wars star Mark Hamill was also in there recording a part for the show. Suffice to say, both voice actors were in awe of each other.

“Stan Lee created a real bond with his audience in the bullpen,” Mark Hamill mentioned. “He had the snarky humor. He’d give out ‘No-Prizes,’ because people were always pointing out boo-boos and mistakes. He had a personality that came across over the page. He was sort of the avuncular uncle you wish you had. On television, it’s Walt Disney. And in comic books, it’s Stan The Man.”

Although this Black Panther’s Quest appears to be the late creator’s last cameo in animation properties, Stan Lee is still expected to have his cameos in both upcoming Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. As for now, it remains unknown whether or not he took part in cameos for X-Men: Dark Phoenix or The New Mutants for Fox.

Stan Lee may be gone. But his voice and the words he spoke will never be lost.

It goes without saying that Stan Lee was a marvel. He passed away back in November of last year. So, that means the time for seeing new cameos from the comic book genius would soon start disappearing. Fortunately, they have been captured for perpetuity. While tributes and homages for one of Marvel’s brightest stars will likely continue, Stan Lee has still not been far from our hearts.

For those still wanting to tune in live, Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest will air this weekend, Sunday, January 13 at 9:00 pm ET on Disney XD.

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Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman Explains How His Accent Was Not Initially Well Received by Marvel Producers

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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman said he was turned into bringing a sense of culture and history to his Wakandan ruler T’Challa, whose authentic African accent was not initially well received by Marvel producers.

“I think the thing for me was the compass for me. As I wanted to make sure that there’s the most truthful representation of my African culture that we could do in a movie like this, with a country that is not real, with a past that’s not real,” Chadwick Boseman told Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen during his appearance on Variety’s Actors on Actors series.

Chadwick Boseman, who first appeared as the African alongside John Kani as father and then-king T’Chaka in Captain America: Civil War, explained that he was left to navigate the intricacies of an authentic accent long before starring alongside other African actors in the Ryan Coogler-directed Black Panther.

“I had to start it separate from them. To start in Civil War,” said Boseman.

“I had to make sure that, okay, what’s this guy going to sound like, if he has an accent? And that’s a thing not necessarily well received at first by the filmmakers and the producers because they were afraid of, what is an audience going to think about?”

The star also explained the different accents enforce engagement, with audiences having to “lean into it because they are like, ‘Oh, I have never heard that before,’” Chadwick Boseman added. “People love it.”

“It’s a thing of, for me, how do I find that sense of culture?” Chadwick Boseman continued of embracing African dialects. “How do I grab from my own history and past and DNA? And I used everything I could. You know what I am saying?”

Chadwick Boseman previously revealed that he had to fight against Wakandans having American or British accents, which would be more palatable for audiences, as he told The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast back in September.

“They felt maybe that [an African accent] was too much for an audience to take. I felt the exact opposite,” said Boseman.

“It’s like if I speak with a British accent, what is gonna happen when I go back home? It feels to me like a dealbreaker. And having gone through similar situations before where I was willing to. It’s like, standing up for it I was like, well, here we go again. So for them, I do not think it was that deep. I think it was an opinion.”

The real-life Xhosa language that T’Challa and his people spoke is “such an important factor,” Chadwick Boseman continued. “That if we lose this now, what else are we going to throw away for the sake of making others feel comfortable? So yes, that’s a huge thing. Once we decided to do it, we’d went for it.”

We will see Chadwick Boseman next returns as T’Challa in upcoming Avengers: Endgame, out April 26 next year.

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“Black Panther’ Coming Out on Top 2018 as the Highest Grossing Domestic Film of the Year

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Though Avengers: Infinity War may have dominated the worldwide box office in 2018, it is not coming out on top in North America. While less than two days left in the year, it is safe to say the big domestic winner is obviously none other than Black Panther.

“It is (almost) official. 2018 domestic box office revenue is landing at $11.8B – $11.9B, eclipsing the record set with $11.4B in 2016,” tweets Pamela McClintock, a senior film writer at The Hollywood Reporter. “A final stat will be released this week. The biggest movie of the year in North America – Ryan Coogler’s #Black Panther ($700M).”

Meanwhile, Avengers: Infinity War managed to take away an impressive $2,048,709,917 worldwide. But its $678,815,482 take in North America could not top Black Panther. According to Box Office Mojo report, Black Panther took in $1,346,913,161 worldwide. But the film managed a whopping $700,059,566 domestically, which means 52% of the profits came from North America alone.

In the domestic, the third place winner of the year is Incredibles ($608,581,744). The fourth spot belongs to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($416,769,345). Deadpool 2 follows as the fifth ($318,491,426).

As for the worldwide chart, the third and fourth places are swapped with the Fallen Kingdom taking in a total of $1,304,944,060 alongside Incredibles 2 earning $1,242,513,600. Meanwhile, Deadpool 2 is knocked down to the eighth place in the global list with $741,547,413 and coming in strong at the fifth spot is Venom with $855,156,907. Currently, Mission: Impossible – Fallout stands in the sixth place with $791,017,452, and Aquaman follows as the seventh with $748,785,000. However, with Aquaman still doing well in the theaters, there is a good chance it could rise in the ranks.

Back in February, the release of Black Panther has become a cultural phenomenon as well as one of the superhero films receiving the greatest critical acclaim that ever made. In fact, it is the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to become real Awards Season contender.

Black Panther currently has three Golden Globe nominations, the most impressive being Best Drama Motion Picture. It is also up for Best Original Score for Ludwig Göransson and Best Original Song for Kendrick Lamar, Mark Spears, Anthony Tiffith, Solana Rowe, and Al Shuckburgh.

Moreover, Black Panther is also nominated for eight Grammy Awards. That includes the Album of the Year, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

The Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman in the titular role alongside Michael B. Jordan. With co-stars Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, and Andy Serkis.

Black Panther is available for home viewing currently. Other MCU films will be hitting theaters.

  • Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019
  • Avengers: Endgame on April 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5th, 2019.
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“Avengers: Infinity War” & “Black Panther” Push IMAX to Record-Breaking $1 Billion Year

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Official News: IMAX hit a record $1 billion global box office in 2018, bolstered by Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, Deadline reports.

IMAX’S global tally, expected to reach $1.002 billion by the end of Christmas Eve, does mark the first time in its 50-year history that it has bypassed the $1B milestone.

Currently, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther earned the most from IMAX showings with $143.5 million and $81.1 million, respectively.

Meanwhile, Universal’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the third ($66.7M), followed by Paramount’s Mission: ImpossibleFallout ($53.6M), with Warner Bros.’ Ready Player One ($52.1M) alongside Aquaman ($43M), and Sony’s Venom ($42.8M), WB’s Fantastic Beasts sequel ($40M), Disney-Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp ($32.1M), and WB’s The Meg ($29.9M).

DC’s Aquaman, just released to domestic theaters earlier in the weeks, is projected to overtake the fourth place by adding another $20 million for a $63M IMAX haul by December 31.

Six of those top 10 highest-grossers all featured “IMAX DNA,” indicating they were either entirely shot in the premium format or featured its expanded aspect ratio that offers moviegoers up to 26% more picture than standard screens.

Directors Anthony & Joe Russo filmed Infinity War and its upcoming sequel, Avengers: Endgame, entirely in IMAX. That made the former the first-ever film to be shot with IMAX cameras.

“It is our first time using these new Arri 65 cameras in the IMAX format, and it’s beautiful. Once we saw the 20 minutes the 20 minutes of footage that we had shot, that is when we decided to do both movies of the Infinity War in it,” Joe said about filming Captain America: Civil War, which featured “about 20 minutes” of IMAX-shot footage.

“The scale is appropriate for superhero storytelling. There is a lot of characters in those movies, a lot of characters who are tall. These big characters who are much taller than regular humans,” he said.

The Russos added the “beautiful IMAX top and bottom frame” would create “a much grander format for a film like that to be viewed in.”

“I feel like the thing that distinguishes movies right now is the wide-screen format and difference of why you leave your house to go to the theater; it is to have that experience that you cannot have at your house,” they said during an interview in 2015.

“For us, we want to really deliver on the promise of those movies. There are 20 movies behind them, so they are the culmination of 20 films. And it needs such a big beautiful format to tell that story.”

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“Black Panther” Star Chadwick Boseman Almost Broke Andy Serkis’ Ribs During Filming

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As we know, the Korean car chasing scene in Black Panther is one of the movie’s most memorable moments. And now it’s revealed that Andy Serkis nearly had to walk away from the sequence with a broken bone or even two.

While filming the scene for the first time, Chadwick Boseman did land on Serkis’ chest with so much force that latter’s ribs nearly cracked.

“This chase ended up with T’Challa, Chad’s character, chasing me and catching me,” Serkis revealed to PeopleTV’s Couching Surfing. “It was a night shoot. The very first take he kneed me so hard in the chest because he could not really see his mask on. I felt like he had broken my ribs in the very first take.”

Even so, Black Panther became a pleasant box office entry for Marvel Studios. It grossed over $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. The Ryan Coogler-helmed film hauled in $700 million in domestic box office receipts alone, making it the highest grossing superhero movie to hit the United States ever.

Suffice to say, it will be but a matter of time before a sequel to Black Panther is officially announced. Recently, Coogler went on record to share his thoughts on a potential sequel.

“I think the pressure is kind of always going to be there,” he said. “I have had a chance to make three feature movies. Each one of them had its own specific type of pressure. In the process, it feels insurmountable each time.”

“When it comes to making a sequel, I have never done it before, a sequel to something that I have directed myself,” Coogler continued. “So I think there is gonna be a lot of pressure there. But what we are going to try to do is just focus on the work, like we always do. We really try to go step by step and quiet everything else around us. Really focus on trying to make something that has some type of meaning.”

So, what is your favorite action sequence in Black Panther? Let us know in the comments!

In the meantime, other Marvel Studios films are on the way.

Captain Marvel: March 18, 2019
Avengers: Endgame: April 26, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home: July 5, 2019.

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Michael B. Jordan Was Depressed After Playing as Killmonger in Black Panther

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When you have the perfect pairing between an actor and the role, the result is amazing. But sometimes the actor’s process and the persona of the character could take a major toll. It seems to be the case with Michael B. Jordan and his role as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther.

Michael B. Jordan has become a standout villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to his captivating on-screen presence and justifiable motivations. However, he recently admitted that he’s kind of messed up and depressed after filming. Fully embracing such an intense role left lasting effects on Jordan, it did take him nearly a month and even therapy to leave his character Killmonger behind.

“It’s one of those things that I didn’t know what was going on,” Michael B. Jordan told The Bill Simmons Podcast. “I never was in character for that long of a period of time. I was, I guess, that dark, that lonely, and painful. So when coming out of it, I thought, ‘Oh yeah, business as usual. Now I can just go back home. I will cut my hair off. And everything will be back to normal.”

In the movie, Killmonger aimed to overthrow T’Challa as the King of Wakanda, revealing that he hailed from the nation and hoped to use the nation’s resources to seek justice against their oppressors all over the world. So many fans connected with Killmonger’s motivations that the #KillmongerWasRight hashtag spread all across social media. Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan admitted that embodying the character was not an enjoyable experience at all.

“I did find myself kind of in the routine of being insolated and went out of my way making sure I was by myself, and I didn’t say too much more than the usual,” he continued. “Once I got finished wrapping the film, it took me a period of time to talk through how I was feeling & why I was feeling so sad and like a little bit depressed.”

It seems like playing Killmonger had a profound effect on Michael B. Jordan. And it did get him into a funk that took a while to shake. He thought that finishing the movie, getting back to his normal life would allow him to step out of the darkness that the character required. But it was not that simple. The outcast Wakanda was full of anger and pain. To play Killmonger, Jordan had to feel, and those are not emotions you can just turn off with the flip of a switch.

Every actor has his or her recovery process, but for Michael B. Jordan, he revealed that he had to receive professional help sorting through his emotions. Fortunately, he was finally able to begin feeling like himself again. That allowed Jordan to feel present with those closest to him.

“Not just being in the room, but also being present and engaging,” he noted. “And just talking things out that I have never really kind of talked through.”

As for these films like Creed and Fruitvale Station, Michael B. Jordan gets used to playing characters who audiences root for. But with his first turn as a villainous Killmonger, it took a toll on his identity.

“I was just doing what I felt was right,” he said about his process. “Whatever got me emotional to the place I needed to be, that’s what I did.”

Killmonger is a villain. But he’s someone in a great deal of pain, who had a justified sense of anger at the injustice in the world, also the sins of the past. That’s what made him become a compelling villain. And Michael B. Jordan’s approach to his character delivered on that.

Well, this is not the first time we have heard about the dark side of filming or a character having an emotionally difficult experience for the actor. It often goes hand in hand along with great performances. Meanwhile, you can see Michael B. Jordan back to the good guy in Creed II now playing.

Since the film’s ending saw Killmonger’s demise, the popularity of the character could mean he finds a way back to the MCU. That might require Michael B. Jordan visit that dark place one more time. For now, his official return is still a question mark.

Would you like to see Killmonger back to the MCU? Let us know in the comments!

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Letitia Wright’s Shuri Confirmed to Return for Avengers 4 and Black Panther 2

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The big news for Marvel fans, though, the fact that Letitia Wright confirmed to reprise her role as Shuri in both Avengers 4 and Black Panther 2. Probably it doesn’t come as much of a surprise. However, seeing as the character’s fate has left a mystery at the end of Avenger: Infinity War, this is still good to know.

Recently via Deadline’s report, which revealed that Letitia Wright would be starring alongside John Boyega in Mike Cahill’s sci-fi romance, Hold Back the Stars. The report also mentions, Wright “will reprise [her role as Shuri] in the Black Panther sequel and most recently wrapped the Avengers film coming next summer.”

For some Marvel fans, this will surely be a surprise, as Shuri was one of the few Marvel characters whose fate was left up in the air at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. While she made her debut as Princess Shuri in that film – attempting to help sever Vision’s connection the Mind Stone – she didn’t appear in the massive montage of characters whether fading into dust.

Granted, this news might not entirely spell out Shuri’s fate in Infinity War, but it does hint that audiences wouldn’t see the last of her in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it will probably support the ever-growing theory that Shuri could suit up as the Black Panther since the absence of her brother T’Challa, one of Thanos’ casualties.

It’s so early to tell what Shuri’s role will be in Black Panther 2, but there are some possibilities when it comes to Avengers 4. Following the battle, the Avengers will likely be trying to prevent Thanos’ actions, and Shuri may be on call to help. Some fans also theorized that after her brother has currently gone, she may be the acting ruler of Wakanda. After all, Shuri would be technically next in line for the throne.

Whatever the case, it’s good to know that we’re getting more Shuri. And it will be nice to see her return when Avengers 4 hit theaters on May 3 next year.

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