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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.

via Pink News

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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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YES!!! “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Arrives on Digital 2/26 and 4K, Blu-ray & DVD 3/19!

The Academy Award® Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, swings onto Digital February 26 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on March 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation. From Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the uniquely creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, the film offers a fresh vision of the Spider-Man universe with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind.

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The Academy Award® Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, swings onto Digital February 26 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on March 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation. From Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the uniquely creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, the film offers a fresh vision of the Spider-Man universe with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind.

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, a film that has grossed over $350 million in theaters worldwide to date, introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the iconic mask. “One of the most rewarding experiences in recent months has been to hear that children are telling their parents that they see themselves in Miles, or that they want to grow up to be like Spider-Gwen, anyone can be a hero. Thats why we made this film, and we hope that feeling of empowerment is something that both audiences young and old can take away,” say Directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman.

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Spider-Ham

The out-of-this-world voice cast includes Shameik Moore as Miles Morales alongside Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) as Peter B. Parker, Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Gwen, Mahershala Ali (Green Book) as Miles’ Uncle Aaron, Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”) as Jefferson Davis, Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) as Aunt May, Luna Lauren Velez (“How To Get Away with Murder”) as Rio Morales, Zoë Kravitz (“Big Little Lies”) as Mary Jane, John Mulaney (“Big Mouth”) as Spider-Ham, with Nicholas Cage (The Croods) as Spider-Man Noir, Kathryn Hahn (Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation) as Doc Ock and Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) as the villain Kingpin.

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SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE arrives filled with engaging bonus materials that are fun for the whole family and give fans even more of the unique comic book style action that they loved in theaters with over 90 minutes of bonus content. In his very own original short,  Spider-Ham: Caught In a Ham, fan favorite Spider-Ham defeats his greatest foe, delivers sidesplitting puns, and get sucked into another dimension! It actually can get weirder! Don’t miss the thrilling Alternate Universe Mode where fans can view the film in an entirely new way to discover alternate scenes, plotlines, characters, and more with the filmmakers as their guide. Also included is The Spider-Verse Super-Fan Easter Egg Challenge, where fans are challenged to find every single Easter Egg hidden within the Spider-Verse (and there are a lot of them!).  Explore the character design in the visually stunning film including specific looks at the now-iconic Spider-Ham character as well as the classic villains who inhabit the Spider-Verse. Additional special features include a celebration of the diversity in the film and the idea that anyone can wear the mask in a feature called We Are Spider-Man, a featurette called Spider-Verse: A New Dimension, where fans can hear from the artists and filmmakers who pushed the boundaries of the comic book artform to create a visual experience unlike anything done in animation before, a showcase of all the amazing fan favorite characters featured in the Spider-Verse and the actors who bring them to life, and  a touching tribute to comic legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who originally created the Spider-Man character. Other bonus materials include two lyric videos featuring “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee and “Familia” by Nicki Minaj and Anuel AA (feat. Bantu).

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Contest! Win Your Own Free Tix to See “Captain Marvel!” (@captainmarvel)

We are living in the age of superheroes, thanks mostly in part to the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which currently include Spider-Man, The Avengers, and The Guardians of The Galaxy. However, in March 2019 one of its most powerful superheroes will make her cinematic debut–Captain Marvel! So how can you see Captain Marvel for yourself? By competing for your own tickets to next week’s advanced screening!
To get your own tickets is simple. All you have to do is be one of the first five people to answer the following questions and instructions correctly and you and one friend can enjoy the advanced screening together!

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We are living in the age of superheroes, thanks mostly in part to the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which currently include Spider-Man, The Avengers, and The Guardians of The Galaxy. However, in March 2019 one of its most powerful superheroes will make her cinematic debut–Captain Marvel! So how can you see Captain Marvel for yourself? By competing for your own tickets to next week’s advanced screening at Regal Cinema Hollywood 24 in Chamblee, GA!

To get your own tickets is simple. All you have to do is be one of the first five people to answer the following questions and instructions correctly and you and one friend can enjoy the advanced screening together!

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Brie Larson as “Captain Marvel”

  1. What is Captain Marvel’s real name?
  2. What branch of the military did Captain Marvel originally work in?
  3. What are the names of the green aliens Captain Marvel fights against in the upcoming film?
  4. True or False? Rogue, from The X-Men, stole Captain Marvel’s powers in the comics.
  5. What does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for?

Now all you have to do is answer each question CORRECTLY, e-mail themto heymikeyatl@gmail.com, and follow @heymikeyatl and @theheymikeyshow on Instagram! Good luck and happy viewing! E-mail your answers to heymikeyatl@gmail.com. 

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Oops! Black Panther to Return to Select AMC Theaters, Courtney B. Vance Spills News on “Black Panther 2!”

We are headed back to Wakanda next month–for a few weeks–as Marvel’s Black Panther movie is returning for FREE to select AMC theaters nationwide. The decision comes on the renewed buzz around the film thanks to its many nominations during award season including a big win at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. You can check AMC theaters website to see if a theater near you is running this special event. In other Black Panther news, Angela Bassett’s husband Courtney B. Vance spills the news that the ENTIRE cast of the hit film, including Michael B. Jordan’s “Killmonger,” will return for the sequel!

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We are headed back to Wakanda next month–for a few weeks–as Marvel’s Black Panther movie is returning for FREE to select AMC theaters nationwide. The decision comes on the renewed buzz around the film thanks to its many nominations during award season including a big win at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. You can check AMC theaters website to see if a theater near you is running this special event. In other Black Panther news, Angela Bassett’s husband Courtney B. Vance spills the news that the ENTIRE cast of the hit film, including Michael B. Jordan’s “Killmonger,” will return for the sequel!

via ET Online

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he talented actor and husband of Black Panther star, Angela Bassett, did not tiptoe around some questions about the superhero film’s upcoming sequel at Sunday’s 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

Vance, 58, joined his wife on the carpet ahead of Black Panther’s big wins, and the couple spoke with ET’s Nischelle Turner about the importance of the film and the highly anticipated second installment. 

When asked if “everybody” would be coming back for the sequel, Bassett replied, “I would assume so.”

Vance quickly cut her off, noting, “Yes, just go ahead and say it, yes! Everyone will be there, including Michael B.”

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Michael B. Jordan as “Eric Killmonger”

Michael B. Jordan’s villainous character, Eric Killmonger, seemingly died in the first film, but Bassett, 60, notes, “[We didn’t technically see him] go into the ocean, no.” 

Jordan has previously confirmed to ET that director Ryan Coogler will be back for Black Panther 2, adding, “I know nothing else about it!” Could this also mean that even more presumed dead stars will be back after 2018’s epic final scene of Avengers: Infinity War? Possibly. How about including Vance in the MCU?

“Yeah, he could come into Wakanda!” Bassett declared of her husband. 

“I just like the way it changed society,” Vance said of the film. “It was all about Wakanda forever. And those kind of films, when they come around you’ve got to lift them up… For me, that movie changed society, so give it what it’s due.”

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Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance at 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Bassett agreed, noting, “A movie of this style, it has a hard time. It’s accepted by the audiences, of course it’s a global sensation, all of that, but the award [shows] tend to push them to the side. But it’s such a well-crafted, well-made, beautiful story — big moments, big themes, and I think it’s so utterly worthy.”

Thanks for the spoiler Courtney! We are sure Marvel Studios is going to change some things around at this point thanks to this news. We also doubt he will make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since he cannot keep his mouth shut. Then again, there’s always room for him in Wakanda, he’s no “colonizer.”

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