New “Black Panther” Trailer Shows Feature on Wakanda, and Korean International Teaser

We’ve talked a lot about Avengers: Infinity War these past days, so let’s change topic to the other MCU film coming out earlier in 2018, next month in fact. Black Panther is eagerly awaited by many, and is part of a rising trend of African-American superheroes in film and TV.

With February coming ever so closer, the trailers, previews and special features being put out by Marvel Studios to hype Black Panther grow even more. The latest snippet to release online is a primer on Wakanda, the secretive African homeland of T’Challa, and what all BP newbies need to know.

Disney’s Movie Surfers goes about the extensive sets of Black Panther, talking to two of the primary cast: Letitia Wright as Shuri and Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Black Panther himself. While a bit obliged by the studio not to spoil too much, they do manage to spill some in-universe trivia.

For MCU fans that haven’t been comic book savvy, Wakanda is an African nation in the continent’s interior, an absolute monarchy and very isolated from the world. But while outwardly appearing as a third-world state, it’s actually a highly advanced utopia with tech powered by the alien mineral called vibranium.

As a line of dialogue from a film scene added to the feature says: “[Vibranium] powers [Wakanda’s] cities, it powers their tech; they sew it into their clothes.” The power potential of vibranium has spurred Wakandans to keep its secrets to themselves; but as the trailers show, that will change.

Also included in the feature is an international teaser for Korea (scenes from trailers indicate parts of Black Panther happen in Busan). In it, Boseman and Wright discuss the nickname Koreans have given the Black Panther character: “Busan Panther.” Hilarity ensues when Letitia feels left out without her own nickname.

Black Panther premieres February 16.

Chris Evans Autograph Teases Possible Codename Change by Steve Rogers in “Avengers: Infinity War”

There weren’t any new film footage seen from the latest preview given of Avengers: Infinity War, that being the Japanese-release international trailer. Only the bare minimum of the movie plot is set in stone. Namely, Thanos (Josh Brolin) is finally coming, and the separated Avengers are hard-pressed to stop him.

One plot bit we do have is that Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), more unkempt and bearded, will return to the open once again to help in the struggle, despite being labeled a war criminal following Captain America: Civil War. Now an Instagram post sheds more light on his upcoming characterization.

A fan theory goes that Steve abandoned the Captain America identity after fleeing Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) with his friend Bucky/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Here’s an Instagram post showing a photo of a prop Cap shield in Arizona’s Ace Comic Con, signed by Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan.

What’re interesting are the character names they added to their autographs on the shield. Evans wrote “Cap” and “Nomad”, with Stan adding “I’m with Nomad” to his Winter Soldier ID. “Nomad” is an integral part of Steve’s comic-book history, and his autograph implies it’s being used in Avengers: Infinity War.

At one point in the comics, Steve was disillusioned with the US government and discarded his Captain America costume and name. He assumed a new alter ego, the motorcycle-riding vigilante Nomad. Just as Evans’ movie-Steve is similarly disillusioned by the international regulation of superheroes, becoming Nomad seems an appropriate reaction.

Of course, that’s just an autograph done by the actors outside of actively promoting the film, so we’ll still need more info from any forthcoming trailers and any plot detail reveals to get the whole story. Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, premiering on May 28.

First International Trailer of “Avengers: Infinity War” for Japanese Audiences

Avengers: Infinity War isn’t just highly anticipated by fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe stateside. It has quite a strong following in other countries as well. The first preview for the film, released close to the end of the previous year, is the most-watched trailer in 24 hours on YouTube.

The views for that video must probably come from many corners of the world. But now Marvel is ready to bring its marketing to a truly international level with the first iteration of that trailer with foreign subtitles. First to come out is the International Japanese trailer for Infinity War.

This trailer with Japanese subtitles and narrative voiceover offers no new imagery that hasn’t been seen in the original American-audience preview. But it does switch around the order that some scenes were presented, and in doing so have slightly altered the overall atmosphere of the trailer for the Japanese market.

For instance, the original line uttered by Samuel l. Jackson’s Nick Fury from the first Avengers (2012), reprised in voiceover by all the Avengers actors during the first Infinity War trailer, was replaced by a Japanese narrator. They also pushed back the actual appearance of Thanos (Josh Brolin) until later.

And then, the scene where Thor (Chris Hemsworth) meets the Guardians of the Galaxy, which came at the end of the titles and served as a humorous hook, was moved back to within the trailer proper, where it’s sandwiched between Thanos’ voiceover lines and becomes unexpectedly more ominous in nature.

The grouping together of the action scenes where Thanos beats up Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) also add to the gravity of the situation in the Japanese preview. It thus makes the battle scene in Wakanda seem even more of a “Bolivian Army” moment than before.

While there’s nothing in the Japanese edition that we haven’t seen before, it’s hoped that the release of this trailer, kicking off a succession of international previews, will soon shed more light into the circumstances of the MCU world as of Avengers: Infinity War. The movie premieres on May 4.

Hyping “Avengers: Infinity War,” Chris Evans Says Marvel “Doesn’t Miss”

It’s the year 2018 and we’re so incredibly close to the marking of the first ten years for the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Marvel Studios. In that timeframe we’ve seen solo heroes rise, then assemble into a team, then fall apart in conflict. And that’s just the ones from Earth.

On the verge of its first decade the MCU has seen 17 films across three “phases,” and while their themes varied one element remains a near-constant in them: “fun.” One way to interpret that is the pervading sense of humor in the movies, so much that sometimes that seems all.

With Avengers: Infinity War coming this May and close to the heels of Black Panther, there’s been a bit of discussion among fans regarding the thematic direction of the MCU. Considering that this and February’s Black Panther are markedly serious in tone, some opine that the humor should finally stop.

But such concerns are far from the mind of actor Chris Evans, who has portrayed Steve Rogers, aka Captain America in three feature films and several others. During a panel at Ace Comic-Con he opined that every MCU installment was successful and he was proud to be part of it.

“Marvel doesn’t miss. They haven’t missed yet. They’re batting a thousand,” Evans noted. ““I don’t know how they do that…[To] see all these actors come together from all these other franchises that I’ve seen as fans be exchanging dialogue with me was overwhelming and really just so satisfying because really truly, there’s not one bad apple.”

The actor hinted that Infinity War, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, will more than fulfill fan expectations. This important owing to the ongoing narrative reaching a climax here and in the yet-untitled Avengers 4, already finished filming and set to premiere in 2019.

It’s been said sometimes that the Captain America films are some of the highest points in the MCU film series. This was touched upon during Evans’ panel time at the Ace Comic-Con in Arizona, where he was accompanied by co-stars Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier) and Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon).

Not putting down Black Panther with Chadwick Boseman, but with Avengers: Infinity War’s 4.39/5 rating at Comicbook.com, it’s been thus far the most highly-anticipated installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Join Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, and many others for when this climactic film hits cinemas on May 4.

Campaign on GoFundMe Hopes to Get Children Harlem Tickets to Watch “Black Panther”

Black Panther, as past articles prove so ably, is on every MCU fan’s brain right now, with every week elapsing before its great February premiere. The greatest buzz of interest of course belongs to the African-American community, many of them looking forward to seeing the adventures of a “black superhero.”

The sheer importance to this community to be able to see the Marvel Studios film, starring Chadwick Boseman and a slate of prominent African-American actors and actresses, is so utterly important that Frederick Joseph of New York has opened up a campaign on GoFundMe, which he called “Wakanda Forever!

Said campaign endeavors to fund as many tickets for Black Panther’s premiere as to allow children of color living in Harlem will be able to go and watch this latest installment of the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe in cinemas. “Wakanda Forever!” takes its name from a line mention in the trailers.

The 29-year-old Joseph says the idea formed from his wanting to do something for the color community of Harlem, especially the children. “I said to myself, how can I get as many children as possible to see this film and see themselves as a superhero or a king or queen?”

“Wakanda Forever!” on GoFundMe had a rather modest goal of making $10,000. Ten days after the campaign started, it has accumulated three times that amount. Of the over 700 people who have contributed, some include director J.J. Abrams and even former Presidential daughter Hillary Clinton.

The funding will go into two expenditures, as many tickets to Black Panther as can be bought, along with in-movie snacks for both the lucky children and their volunteer chaperones. Whatever’s left after the film showing will be donated by Joseph in turn to the Boys and Girls Club, a charitable organization based in Harlem.

“Representation and inclusion are legitimately essential pillars to creating dreams for yourself,” remarks Joseph. “The children are the future. It starts with them. We’re just vessels trying to make a change.” He’s also partnered with GoFundMe to encourage the opening of similar campaigns to benefit other communities in the country.

“Black Panther” Holds New Record in First-Day Advance Ticket Sales for MCU

Here’s more updates for the oh-so-close (and coming closer) premiere of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. No more words that we could say here on Disney Movies List could further describe the excitement and anticipation that comic-book followers and fans of the ideal of a black superhero have for this movie.

Marvel Entertainment has already done its share of preparing moviegoers for the world of T’Challa, King and Black Panther of Wakanda in Africa, by compiling some of his more recent comic stories in a handy digest, Black Panther: Start Here. Even without that though, anticipation for the film’s very strong.

Strong in fact, that Black Panther’s first day for selling advance tickets to its February release has set a new record in terms of day-one advance ticket sales where a movie with a Marvel super hero is concerned. The eagerness of audiences to see the MCU film is utterly tangible.

According to Fandango, advance tickets of Black Panther sold as of Wednesday, January 10, have since surpassed the first-day sales of the previous record-holder, Captain America: Civil War last 2016 Incidentally, that was the first appearance of the titular character, played by Chadwick Boseman, for the Disney-Marvel Studios’ MCU verse.

Directed by Ryan Coogler of the Rocky series spinoff/sequel Creed, Black Panther follows up from the events of Civil War as King T’Challa struggles with keeping his highly-advanced nation concealed from the world while confronting hostile challengers to his rule. The film’s also expected to set up Avengers: Infinity War.

The rush to buy advance tickets for the MCU is lamp-shaded by cast member Lupita Nyong’o, who noted it on Instagram while grousing her difficulties in getting a ticket. No actual figures in day-one sales were put up by Fandango, but note that Civil War’s opening take was $179 million.

Black Panther also stars Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett. The movie premieres February 16, the first MCU film showing in 2018.

Revived “Exiles” Marvel Comic Book Features a Valkyrie Character Inspired by Tessa Thompson’s Role in “Thor: Ragnarok”

One of the interesting elements in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Marvel Studios, especially if you’ve been a fan from the original comic books, is seeing how the characters and events are adapted into film. Thus far, most opine that the MCU is a decent adaptation of a comic-book universe.

Another curious development that came to prominence with the “live-action comic book universe” is the concept of “synergy” or making character/event alterations from the movies return to the base comic-book versions. Thus Captain America: Civil War, a loose adaptation of the 2007 comic storyline, spurred a Civil War II title.

The latest instance of Marvel movie-comic synergy to be noticed comes in the wake of Thor: Ragnarok which premiered November last year. The film featured the Asgardian warrior called Valkyrie, a blonde character in the comics but played by dusky Tessa Thompson (American of Afro-Panamanian and Euro-Mexican descent) in Ragnarok.

While fans of a “purist” mindset may have decried the adaptation skin-color change, none can deny that Thompson’s portrayal of Valkyrie alongside Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk was highly effective. It’s understandable therefore that Marvel’s recursively adapting this Valkyrie as a new character in comics.

Marvel is reviving the popular 2000s comic series Exiles starting this April. They’ve already put together a roster for the dimension-travelling alternate-universe superhero team. This latest Exiles run will be written by Saladin Ahmed with artwork by Javier Rodriguez, and they’re both excited to introduce a comic-book take on “Tessa!Valkyrie.”

Valkyrie Comic Book CR: Marvel

A statement by Ahmed elaborates on how different this Valkyrie is from the “main-universe” comic Valkyrie. “Our Valkyrie is known as the Lone Defender of Asgard,” he says. “She’s a tankard-draining, maiden-wooing, giant-slaying thunderbolt of a woman.” Ahmed adds that while she’s not the exact MCU character, she does take on the characteristics of the Thor: Ragnarok Valkyrie portrayed by Thompson, “turned up to 11.”

It should be noted that this Valkyrie “wooing maidens” is a shout-out to the implied film characterization of Valkyrie as a bisexual. Tessa Thompson notes that a movie flashback was cut showing a female lover leaving her character’s room. The only hint left of Valkyrie’s orientation in Ragnarok is her look of grief as a fellow female warrior dies in front of her by the hand of Hela (Cate Blanchett).

Issue #1 of the new Exiles will be published by Marvel Comics on April 11.