black panther

the new disney announcements

…Or that’s how it felt? Like my first thoughts weren’t “Wow a load of new toys!” but “How the hell am I meant to find time to watch THAT MUCH STUFF, especially if I want to keep up with the basic MCU story?” I’m getting old.

That being said…

  • Marvel’s What If looks pretty good. It’ll be nice to see Yondu again.
  • The I Am Groot shorts and the GOTG Holiday Special excite me, but since the Special is coming out in 2022 I guess that’s confirmation we won’t see GOTG 3 until 2023 at least. Also, how on Earth are they going to do it without Gamora, who is still AWOL in-canon? :/
  • I guess the third MCU Spider-Man really will be a multiverse and I don’t know how to feel about that.
  • Fantastic Four? In this economy?
  • omg Xochitl Gomez (Dawn from The Babysitters Club) is playing America Chavez! I’m super unfamiliar with the character but she’s such a good young actress, I’m so happy for her!
  • Oh a Buzz Lightyear thing! I guess that means Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (I used to love that show as a kid) isn’t canon anymore? That’s a shame. I am pettily delighted that Chris Evans has basically taken over from all-round asshole Tim Allen though.
  • Honestly the news that T’Challa won’t be recast is kind of really saddening, to me at least. That means he as a character is dead in-universe, after cheating death a couple of times already. He was a great character even without the superheroics and now he’s just gone. I get it but man, how absolutely crushing.
  • Oh wow a Tiana/Princess and the Frog show! Wow finally Disney are paying attention to her. It only took what, ten years after the movie?
  • Obviously Hayden Christensen back as Anakin is the big exciting news!! for me, but the other Star Wars stuff looks good too. It’ll be nice to have a Lando show. (I was kind of hoping it’d be Old Lando looking for his daughter rather than Young Lando though.)
  • I wonder if they can sneak Hayden into the new Ahsoka show as well.

Note that all these announcements happened around 1am my time.

Chadwick Boseman tribute art

It’s been just over a week since Chadwick Boseman’s passing. The sense of unfairness hasn’t gone away. I thought I’d post some of the tribute art I found on Reddit and Facebook.

(Boseman was all set to play this role, now it won’t happen, sigh.)

Chadwick Boseman

Oh man. I just woke up to the news. This is awful. It’s a loss to cinema I can barely comprehend and it’s so unfair.

Fuck cancer, especially fuck colon cancer, and fuck 2020. This is so terrible for his family and friends. Fucccck.

Here’s a scene from Black Panther which I think is probably one of the most important in the whole of modern-day movies.

Happy anniversary, Endgame

On this day last year, Avengers: Endgame came out. I saw it in a theater with a bunch of other cheering fans, a situation I’ve never really been in before, and it was so much fun.

Loki got the biggest cheer of all (there was one group of dudes who seemed to be big Loki fans), I cheered for Gamora because heck if Loki’s getting a cheer she gets one too, everyone went nuts when Cap caught the hammer, when the Black Panther crew appeared and at “Assemble!”

I know not everyone likes cheering in a cinema, but it was really honestly quite electrifying for me.

Happy International Women’s Day!

To celebrate the occasion, here’s some of my favourite ladies from fiction!


Row 1: Amy Pond (Doctor Who), Sephy Hadley (Noughts and Crosses), Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Rose Tico (Star Wars), Elsa (Frozen/Disney), Melissa Chartres (The Last Man on Earth)

Row 2: Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings/Middle Earth), Quinn Ergon (Final Space), The Thirteenth Doctor (Doctor Who), Princess Bubblegum (Adventure Time), Jane Foster (Thor/MCU), Amy Santiago (Brooklyn 99)

Row 3: Brook Soso (Orange is the New Black), Nebula (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Erica Dundee (The Last Man on Earth), Kitty Winter (Sherlock Holmes), Rose Tyler (Doctor Who), Briony Tallis (Atonement)

Row 4: Meredith Quill (Guardians of the Galaxy/MCU), Missandei (Game of Thrones), Rey (Star Wars), Donna Noble (Doctor Who), Carol Pilbasian (The Last Man on Earth), Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame/Disney)

Row 5: Sansa Stark (Game of Thrones), Ash Graven (Final Space), Tiana (The Princess and the Frog/Disney), Sophia Burset (Orange is the New Black), Misty (Pokemon), Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)

Row 6: Bill Potts (Doctor Who), Mary Brown (Paddington), Mako Mori (Pacific Rim), Gwen Stacy (Spider-Man), Jackie Tyler (Doctor Who), Ursula Ditkovich (Spider-Man)

Row 7: Yaz Khan (Doctor Who), Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man), Marceline (Adventure Time), Michelle (10 Cloverfield Lane,), Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow/MCU), Mantis (Guardians of the Galaxy (MCU)

Row 8: Eponine Thenardier (Les Miserables), Mabel Pines (Gravity Falls), Sandra Kaluiokalani (Superstore), Padme Amidala (Star Wars), Martha Jones (Doctor Who), Jasmine (Aladdin/Disney)

Row 9: Beru Whitesun (Star Wars), Nakia (Black Panther/MCU), Diana (Wonder Woman), Chummy Browne (Call the Midwife), Rosa Diaz (Brooklyn 99), Leia Organa (Star Wars)

And now, Terry Gilliam’s thoughts on the MCU

Ah, slowly we’re working our way round all the directors. Okay. Let’s see what he has to sa-

I’m not remotely qualified to unpick any of that beyond my god, the bad taste in my mouth, but honestly I feel this… this is mean in the way only a certain strand of racist, very rich, never-held-accountable white men can be.

(Also, it was FILMED IN Africa.)

“Despicable”

There are other things going on in the world right now, far more important things. To be talking about some old men having an opinion on some popular films seems like an exercise in futility, and yet…

Francis Ford Coppola’s comments on Marvel movies, and Martin Scorsese’s ones before that, they irritate me no end. Coppola’s especially, because here’s what he apparently said:

When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.

This comes off as very hypocritical considering his positive comments on the MCU’s big hit Black Panther. Ryan Coolger specifically asked for his opinion and showed him an early cut of the movie. Now it seems he’s changed his mind. What a way to treat someone who looks up to you, don’t cha think?

But I digress…

I love the MCU and superhero movies in general. There’s a few of them I feel like I could say “This movie was made for me.” But, you know, they’re not made for me. The people behind them I feel are fundamentally making them for children, giving children good role models and good lessons. I mean, say what you want about Marvel movies as cinema, but they do generally contain the sort of thing you’d want your children to learn, you know? “Bad people should be stood up to” “Respect your friends even when they’re having problems” “Seek help whenever you need it”… yeah?

Like, take the ending of Black Panther. That’s an amazing scene and frankly I think a lot of real-life world leaders ought to take it on board.

And I think everyone can take something away from “I don’t like bullies, I don’t care where they’re from.”

Morally I don’t think the Marvel movies are despicable, not remotely. Disney as a company… I suppose you could debate til the cows come home about what their morals actually are besides money, but also I think it’s fair to assume that the individual directors of the various MCU movies probably came into the enterprise without any ill intentions. (Or, y’know, hopefully at least.)

Speaking as a former child, I love that more kids are getting the sort of stories I longed for as a 12-year-old… stories with women and girls in leading roles especially. Look at this fabulous list of Marvel heroines, and that’s only a handful of them.

And speaking as an adult, I look very forward to seeing the sort of things a generation raised on MCU movies will create. I suspect only some of them will be to my taste but I know what I’m not gonna label the ones I don’t like.

Some Black Panther II speculation

The release date for a new Black Panther movie was officially announced at D23! See?

But apparently “Black Panther II” is just a placeholder title, with the real one to come along later. And I’ve been wildly speculating…

What if its title is “Black Panther and Captain America?” Not old Cap, new Cap. Sam Wilson.

This guy.

Here’s all the bits and pieces which made me speculate that speculation:

  1. The upcoming Falcon and the Winter Solider show is called just that, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, when really Sam’s new name should be Captain America now. He was given the shield, so the codename is his. Apparently the show is going to be partly about Sam learning to take on the mantle, and…
  2. Falcon and the Winter Soldier reportedly might be leading into a MCU Phase 4 or 5 film….. like Black Panther for example…?
  3. On the most serious note, Sam being the first black Captain America is obviously very important. That’s something I can very much see Ryan Coolger and the other Black Panther creators wanting to tackle. Especially since Sam was the first ever black Marvel superhero. Him being Captain America now is a Huge Thing, and honestly I don’t think the story of him claiming the new title could be done by anyone better.
  4. Sam has already encountered T’Challa and been to Wakanda, so a movie could jump straight into the action without having to do introductions all over again.
  5. Marvel loves team-up movies (apparently the Doctor Strange sequel will be a team-up too, with Scarlet Witch) and titles with “and” in them!
  6. And finally, I refuse to believe Sam won’t be on the big screen ever again.

Obviously I could be totally wrong, and probably am! But considering no-one really knows anything about the movie so far except its release date… here’s to quietly crossing my fingers?