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Marvel’s Black Panther is definitely the number one movie in the country and hopefully the world if it continues on this historic track. Although the film is enjoyed and critically praised by people everywhere, some members of the LGBT community seem a bit ticked off at the Black Panther’s lack of queer characters.

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Apparently in the comics, two of Black Panther’s Dora Milaje  (female personal body guards and potential wives from each tribe of Wakanda), Aneka and Ayo, are in a lesbian relationship. Last year some fans were thrilled at the possibility of the Marvel showing its first openly gay couple, but when those same fans attended the Black Panther screening, they were outraged that no mention or hint at any same-sex love existed between any members of the Dora Milaje.

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Ayo and Aneka in “Black Panther” comics

Black Panther’s screenwriter has opened up about the lesbian romance which was cut from the film.

When the film was announced, fans were excited by the prospect of Okoye and Ayo,two of the title character’s bodyguards, getting together as Ayo and fellow female warrior Aneka do in the comics.

And these hopes were encouraged by reports that an early screening of the film featured Walking Dead star Danai Gurira’s Okoye staring at Ayo flirtatiously as the two danced.

The enthusiasm provoked by this turned to frustration and claims of LGBT erasureafter Marvel quickly denied the conclusions drawn by those who watched the scene.

A Marvel spokesperson reached out to clearly state that “the nature of the relationship between Danai Gurira’s Okoye and Florence Kasumba’s Ayo in Black Panther is not a romantic one.”

This sparked a movement around the hashtag #LetAyoHaveAGirlfriend, similar to the #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend campaign last May prompted by the release of Captain America: Civil War.

Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful.

In fact, in the final version of the film, Okoye is depicted as straight and in a relationship with W’Kabi, played by Daniel Kaluuya.

Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole, who has been nominated for an Emmy for his work on American Crime Story, talked to ScreenCrush about what fans have called lesbian erasure.

We are  definitely down for the LGBT community, but we do not think this should take away from the film overall. There will be other opportunities for LGBT characters to shine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What are your thoughts? Leave them in the comments section below!

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DOPE! “Black Panther,” Director, Ryan Coogler, To Produce “Space Jam” Sequel!

It is hard to believe it has been over twenty-two years since Space Jam made its debut to audiences worldwide. As many of you recall the movie was nothing short of a mega-hit as it showcased Warner Bros.’ Loonie Tunes’ characters alongside Michael Jordan to take on a group cartoonish aliens bent on enslaving them. Many were surprised that a sequel to the film did not ensue, but there is good news! Not only is there a sequel coming soon, but LeBron James stars in it AND it will be directed by Black Panther’s director, Ryan Coogler!

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It is hard to believe it has been over twenty-two years since Space Jam made its debut to audiences worldwide. As many of you recall the movie was nothing short of a mega-hit as it showcased Warner Bros.’ Loonie Tunes’ characters alongside Michael Jordan to take on a group cartoonish aliens bent on enslaving them. Many were surprised that a sequel to the film did not ensue, but there is good news! Not only is there a sequel coming soon, but LeBron James stars in it AND it will be produced by Black Panther’s director, Ryan Coogler!

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Ryan Coogler, as you may already know, is currently the highest grossing Black director, and one of the best filmmakers alive. His films, Fruitvale Station, CreedThe Sculptor, and of course Marvel’s Black Panther, are . He will definitely keep and some extra flavor to the Space Jam sequel. Ryan usually works with Michael B. Jordan in each of his films, and the two have become quite the dynamic duo. We wonder if he will make an appearance in the sequel. Anything he is in is always great!

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Ryan Coogler & Michael B. Jordan

Even more interesting are the other possible NBA players Ryan could cast in the film. The previous film had appearances from Charles Barkley, Muggsy Bogues, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, and Larry Johnson. It would definitely be great to see Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Steph Curry, and Iman Shumpert.

Space Jam is an epic, and beloved childhood film and we are so happy to revisit that world. What do you guys think? Are you excited about the sequel? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Marvel’s “Ant-Man & The Wasp” Goes Digital & Blu-Ray This October!

Marvel’s tiniest heroes are still two of its mightiest! We are super psyched as Ant-Man & The Wasp finally goes digital and comes to Blu-Ray this October!

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Marvel’s tiniest heroes are still two of its mightiest! We are super psyched as Ant-Man & The Wasp finally goes digital and comes to Blu-Ray this October!

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When we last saw Scott Lang, aka the second “Ant-Man,” he was in Captain America: Civil War, where he was recruited by Captain America to fight off Iron Man and a few other heroes to save Winter Soldier and stop Baron Zemo. However, Scott was subsequently arrested for his actions and placed on house arrest for two years, alienating himself from Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the original Ant-Man and his daughter, Hope Van Dyne. Flash forward to present day and Hope has become a superhero herself, operating with her father and utilizing a modified version of her mother, Janet’s (Michelle Phifer), Wasp suit equipped with wings and “stingers” that can fire blasts of electrical energy. Hank may have discovered a means of rescuing Janet from the Quantum Universe just as the latter telepathically reaches out to Scott. Hope and Hank reluctantly enlist Scott’s help in saving her, but a mysterious villain with quantum powers of her own, Ghost, wants their technology for herself. Scott and Hope will have to team up as Ant-Man and Wasp to not only save Janet, but keep Hank’s shrinking technology out of the government and organized crime’s clutches!

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The Avengers may be dealing with Thanos and saving the universe, but its nice to see the smaller adventures are just as action packed.  October 2, 2018 you’ll be able to digitally watch Marvel’s Ant-Man & The Wasp; and then on October 16, 2018 you’ll be able to add the Blu-Ray to your collection.  Happy viewing!

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Black Superman? Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) Reportedly Amongst Actors Looked at to Replace Henry Cavill!

This is not rumor, this is not a drill! It looks like we might finally have the chance to see a Black Superman! Sources close to Warner Bros. is looking at Michael B. Jordan, among a lst of other actors, to play the Man of Steel in a future Superman movie several years down the road. As we reported previously, Henry Cavill is on the outs with Warner Bros. after failing to make his scheduled cameo appearance in the upcoming Shazam movie and other difficulties

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This is not rumor, this is not a drill! It looks like we might finally have the chance to see a Black Superman! Sources close to Warner Bros. is looking at Michael B. Jordan, among a lst of other actors, to play the Man of Steel in a future Superman movie several years down the road. As we reported previously, Henry Cavill is on the outs with Warner Bros. after failing to make his scheduled cameo appearance in the upcoming Shazam movie and other difficulties.

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Michael B. Jordan is definitely know stranger to superhero films as he portrayed The Human Torch in the ill-fated 2015 installment of the Fantastic Four, and most recently asthe villainous  Erik Killmonger in Marvel’s Black Panther movie. As also previously reported Warner Bros. is moving forward with a Supergirl film.

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The Black Superman, Calvin Ellis

We have to say seeing Michael as Superman would be awesome, but I am not sure how well received he would be by the general populace, let alone fanboys. There is a way they could pull it off. In other universes in the DC Multiverse, there is a Black Superman named Calvin Ellis, who is not only his world’s Man of Steel, but President of The United States as well. It would be awesome to see this character brought to life. Then, there are the denizens of Vlathos Island on Krypton who were Black Kryptonians and created their own Wakanda-like paradise on the doomed planet.

What do you guys think? Would Michael B. Jordan make a great Superman? Sound off in the comments section below!

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