Chadwick Boseman thought he already had a sense of how significant the Black Panther is to the fans who love him. But it wasn’t until Saturday afternoon, while he was on stage at the Marvel Studios panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, that he got hit with the full weight of the love and enthusiasm surrounding…
Seriously, it’s a big one.
Yesterday, articles went up all over the nerd internet focused on the revelations that explained the original Captain America’s sudden and controversial status quo shift. But don’t let the “I told you so” chorus drown out one crucial fact: the what of this big change is far less important than the why.
For months now, a Korean-American teenager named Amadeus Cho has been wielding the power of the Hulk. Nobody’s seen or heard from Bruce Banner during this time. This week, we see what one of the smartest men in the world gets up to when he doesn’t have a raging leviathan inside of him.
Marvel Comics’ second Civil War is in full swing now, with the main miniseries and multiple tie-in issues out in the wild. Civil War II started with a major character death and superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis explains why it had to happen that way.
Marvel’s most important black superhero has evolved a lot over 50 years. The Black Panther has gone from being an under-utilized figure in the background of Avengers group shots to arguably being the most fearsome strategist in the Marvel Universe. His elevation to Marvel’s top tier is a fascinating meta-story.
So, I think the man responsible for hawking fried chicken to millions of people worldwide is, like, a reserve member of the Justice League now.
It’s long been unclear who is the worse reporter: Clark Kent, who lies to his readers daily by not mentioning that he’s the guy he is always writing about, or Lois Lane, whose ability to recognize Kent’s true identity is kryptonited by a pair of glasses.
UPDATE (7/13, 4:06pm): Presumably realizing that the official version looks way better than that off-screen leak, Warner Bros. has uploaded the Suicide Squad trailer. Watch here:
Eight years ago, in a Marvel Universe far, far away, Spider-Man was married. Then Marvel editorial had him make a deal with the devil—a villain called Mephisto—and he wasn’t a husband anymore, like it had never happened. It was stupid. People hated it. This week, Marvel’s teasing fans with the a world where that…
Let’s all be glad Stan Lee is still alive. Let’s all be sad that the words “Stan Lee” are still appearing in front of new things.