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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken us to many amazing places–most of which defy logic. Just think in the course of its history we have visited far away planets, floating cities filled with gods, and alternate dimensions. Still, it’s most interesting jewel is none other than the tiny African nation of Wakanda, Earth’s most advanced civilization, ruled by its monarch and superhero, the Black Panther!

Black Panther is easily one of Marvel’s most anticipated films to date, and easily its most anticipated stand alone film to date!

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The story begins with the retelling of Wakandan history, and how a meteorite of vibranium–the strongest, most valuable, and rarest metal on Earth–fell to Africa and changed the surrounding areas plants and animals. Millions of years later, the humans that settled formed five warring tribes who only found peace when a chieftan, the first Black Panther, blessed by the Panther god, Bast, united them under one nation. The tribes used the vibranium to shield their country from the outside world and defend its borders; avoiding invasion and colonization like other African countries.

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Chadwick Boseman as “T’Challa/Black Panther”

Flash forward to the 21st Century and the story line picks up shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War. T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to Wakanda to take his rightful place as king, following the death of his father, T’Chaka. He soon learns all too well, however, that “heavy is the head that wears the crown.” This means the revelation of family secrets, state affairs, and even questioning Wakanda’s position in the world.

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Michael B. Jordan as “Eric Killmonger”

Unbeknownst to T’Challa his entire world–and to an extension the world at large–are about to be threatened by the unholy alliance of Ulysses Klaw a murderous thief obsessed with stealing vibranium and Eric Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), a Black militant with his own personal connection to Wakanda. T’Challa has to really his own inner strength, face the mistakes of the past, and rally his family and closest allies to once again save the world!

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Black Panther is truly a marvel–pun intended–with so much action and adventure that you’re average moviegoer will find themselves in heaven throughout the film. HOWEVER, the REVOLUTION went cinematicwith this film with its messages of Black empowerment, militance, history, female empowerment, and nation building. The annotations of the Middle Passage, the oppression of African people throughout the world, and a call to action are boldly planted in this film. In a way you feel a sense of camaradarie, family, and togetherness as a person of color when you gather in the theater to see Black Panther. T’Challa may be just another black superhero to some, but to many Black people he is a powerful example of what is inside of each of us–a king or a queen, but always a warrior! The fight for what is right and even an equal playing will always be arduous, but after seeing this movie I have never felt more hopeful.

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Be sure you check out Black Panther in a theaters everywhere nationwide today! Bring a friend and your family with you–#WeAreWakanda!

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“Don’t Let Go”: The Supernatural & Thrilling Movie Premiere!

This new suspenseful, supernatural thriller is not one to miss! “Don’t Let Go” is sure to be a hit at the box office, as it thrills the Bronze Lens Film Festival.

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This new suspenseful, supernatural thriller is not one to miss! “Don’t Let Go” is sure to be a hit at the box office, as it thrills the Bronze Lens Film Festival.

As the tenth year anniversary for the festival, this film sure did set the tone for the rest of this annual event. Kicking off the festival, this supernatural film stars actors David Oyelowo from “Selma” and Storm Reid from “A Wrinkle in Time”. Oyelowo plays the role of Jack Radcliff. Jack is a detective apart of the L.A.P.D. who receives an unexpected phone call from his recently murdered niece Ashley, played by Reid. Crazy thing is, he receives the call two weeks after her death. 

As the story unfolds, we discover that throughout figuring out the mystery of the murder, Jack reconnects with his niece in quite the supernatural way. However, with him only being able to accept incoming calls from her, he finds himself experiencing random flashbacks.  

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David Oyelowo and Storm Reid in “Don’t Let Go”

As he navigates through the both realities, Jack realizes that in order to save his niece, she has to retrace her own steps & follow his direction. The film is truly reminiscent of the term “trans-temporal projection”. It relates to the transcendence of time, time travel & both the influence and communication of the lapse in time. The film was written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes.

Without giving too much away, this is truly one film that will leave you wanting more. With the countless amount of cliff hangers, this film makes the mind wonder, and keeps you guessing. From the level of acting, to the script writing, it’s an amazingly thrilling body of work. The film releases in theaters everywhere on August 30. Make sure you get your tickets, because this is going to be one for the books. 

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Sad Day! Marvel Studios Loses Rights to Spider-Man, After Deal Dissolves…

Fans everywhere rejoiced as Disney bought out Twentieth Century Fox subsequently gaining movie rights for the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, and a few other Marvel and superhero properties. Just a few years beforehand the Mickey Mouse company reached a deal with Sony to add Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with rave reviews, even making him an Avenger. Those days are seemingly behind us as Sony has decided to no longer allow Marvel Studios to use the Webslinger in anymore of its films as the two companies have failed to come to a licensing agreement.

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Fans everywhere rejoiced as Disney bought out Twentieth Century Fox subsequently gaining movie rights for the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, and a few other Marvel and superhero properties. Just a few years beforehand the Mickey Mouse company reached a deal with Sony to add Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with rave reviews, even making him an Avenger. Those days are seemingly behind us as Sony has decided to no longer allow Marvel Studios to use the Webslinger in anymore of its films as the two companies have failed to come to a licensing agreement.

Apparently Disney was only making five percent of the take from Spider-Man films released under Marvel Studios, and were now seeking to make it a 50/50 split in revenue. Sony has trashed the deal.

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via The Los Angeles Times

Kevin Feige, the president of Disney-owned Marvel Studios, will no longer produce the “Spider-Man” movies released by rival studio Sony Pictures after the two companies failed to come to a new agreement, according to three people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment.

Disney, which had a major hand in producing megahits “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and its recent sequel “Far From Home,” wanted to take a 50% co-financing stake in future “Spider-Man” films, these people said. But Sony, which is riding high on the success of the Spider-Man movies, was unwilling to give up such a large portion of its most valuable franchise.

Another major factor in negotiations was the growing demands on Feige’s time, said people with knowledge of the situation.

Disney wants the highly successful producer to focus on the Marvel characters it owns, which recently expanded to include the “X-Men” characters. Disney acquired the “X-Men” rights as part of its purchase of 20th Century Fox. Feige also has been tasked with shepherding a significant lineup of original Marvel Studios shows for the company’s all-important streaming service Disney+, which is expected to launch Nov. 12 in a high-stakes gamble to take on Netflix.

Also on Feige’s plate: building the next phase of Marvel movies, including the long-anticipated “Black Widow” feature and a fourth “Thor” film. It’s unclear how, exactly, Spider-Man would have fit into the next round of Marvel Studios movies if the studios had been able to reach a deal.

This is really upsetting to fans everywhere. We wish Sony could have budged a little on this agreement, especially since its previous Spider-Man films have been so lackluster in comparison to the recent ones under Marvel’s prodction. Get back to the drawing board Marvel and Sony we need Spider-Man in the MCU!

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MARVEL PHASE 4: Mahershalah Ali Cast as “Blade,” Natalie Portman Cast as “Female Thor,” Sequels, New Disney+ Shows, Mutants, & The Fantastic Four!

Marvel Phase 4  has been announced at San Diego Comic Con and we are ecstatic! The next phase of the latest set of Marvel films introduces us to five new series on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, a new Blade, as Mahershalah Ali has been cast in the role of the half-vampire superhero, sequels to Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Stranger, Guardians of The Galaxy, and Thor, movies based on The Eternals, Black Widow, Shang-Chi, and the Fantastic Four, and mutants finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

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Marvel Phase 4  has been announced at San Diego Comic Con and we are ecstatic! The next phase of the latest set of Marvel films introduces us to five new series on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, a new Blade, as Mahershalah Ali has been cast in the role of the half-vampire superhero, sequels to Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Stranger, Guardians of The Galaxy, and Thor, movies based on The Eternals, Black Widow, Shang-Chi, and the Fantastic Four, and mutants finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

The blerd in us is screaming at the above mentioned news as even more superheroes are coming to the screen. The Disney+ shows will feature shows based on Hawkeye, Captain America & Falcon, Loki, The Scarlet Witch & Vision (WandaVision), and What If? The latter will be animated and is based off the line of Marvel Comics of the same name showing what would happen if certain heroes or villains made other decisions in events, instead of what we originally saw play out.

The news of Mahershalah’s casting as Blade is genius. He has the look, build, and acting chops to be the vampire bad ass we grew to know and love in the late nineties and early 2000s. His inclusion with Doctor Strange shows Marvel is definitely including the supernatural and more magic in their roster. This is not Mahershalah’s first bout in the MCU, however, as he portrayed the crime lord, Cottonmouth in Netflix’s Luke Cage during its first season. In other casting news for Marvel, Natalie Portman has been cast as the female Thor! As you may recall, a couple of years ago in the comics Thor became unworthy to wield Mjolnir and Jane Foster (Natalie’s character, and Thor’s original love interest) was worthy and became the new Thor! This should all play out in Thor: Love & Thunder! Perhaps there will be a love triangle between he, Valkyrie, and Jane–if the former is not cast completely as a lesbian, but bisexual instead.

We are not surprised to hear that Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Doctor Stranger, Guardians of The Galaxy, and Thor are getting sequels. Each of these characters are now headliners in the MCU, especially with the retirement of Captain America (Steve Rogers) and the demise of Iron Man and Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame. Black Widow’s standalone film will be a prequel and The Eternals is a new film altogether that may explain Thanos’ origins and introduce us to characters like Mentor (Thanos’ father), Eros (Thanos’ brother), and Sersi. The latter two are know Avengers in the comics.

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Perhaps the most anticipated news of the new phase is the mention of the Fantastic Four being introduced, along with the introduction of mutants. Retconning the Fantastic Four’s origins and adding them to the MCU should be easy. The mutants, however, are a different thing. Even if mutants are just now being discovered, how do we explain older mutants like Wolverine, Magneto, and Professor X sitting out the cataclysms the Avengers have protected the world from? All in all, we are so excited about the future of the MCU! What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments section below.

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