The long-take action shot has moved from an auteur move to a special-effects showcase

Extended, single-take shots are like a magic trick. As moviegoers, our eyes have grown so accustomed to jump cuts and other editing techniques that when a single take goes on for more than 60 seconds, we become a bit mesmerized. For the first time, the film is reflecting what it’s like to experience the world through…

Trevor Noah had a cameo in Black Panther that people are only just noticing

Here’s something we’ve come to realize of late: There’s always a cameo. If you’re watching a modern big-budget movie, there’s a good chance that some A-lister is hiding on the fringes, whether it be Daniel Craig and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Last Jedi, Kevin Smith in The Force Awakens, Matt Damon in Thor: Ragnarok, …

Ryan Coogler reveals what happened to Killmonger's mom

Black Panther’s Erik Killmonger has quickly emerged as one of the most fascinating entries in the MCU’s rogues gallery, a group of characters who—with a few notable exceptions—had mostly previously been home to flatly drawn C-listers like Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Ronan The Accuser and whatever Corey Stoll’s deal in …

A visit to the new Marvel museum exhibit, where the MCU movies are the real heroes

Anyone who’s read Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story or Blake Bell and Michael Vassallo’s The Secret History Of Marvel Comics knows there’s a rich background and involving narrative surrounding the creation of some of our most iconic and enduring superheroes. But a new exhibit makes a simpler argument:…

Black Panther-inspired WakandaCon is coming to Chicago, rather than Wauconda, IL

This summer, a Black Panther-inspired convention called Wakandacon is coming to Chicago, with a press release calling it “a first of its kind” event that will celebrate “Afro-futurism, tech, and entertainment” as well as “black superheroes in film, gaming, television, and comic books.” The convention was founded by…

Last O.G. Tracy Morgan pitches his own black superhero movie to old pal Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show

On The Tonight Show ostensibly to promote his new comedy series The Last O.G. (premiering on TBS on Tuesday at 10:30 Eastern), star Tracy Morgan, instead, spent much of his time complaining to host and former Saturday Night Live co-star Jimmy Fallon that he got to that whole “black superhero” thing long before Black…

Black Panther’s Seth Carr tells all his friends about hanging out with Michael B. Jordan

After five weeks atop the box office, and a record-breaking gross of $637 million (and counting) making it America’s highest-grossing superhero film, it’s safe to call Black Panther a phenomenon. Which is great news for Seth Carr, whose small but impactful cameo as a young Erik Killmonger is making him the envy of all…

11 of the year's 12 box office weekends have been dominated by films with diverse casts

There’s been an increased recognition in recent years—spurred by movements like #TimesUp and #OscarsSoWhite, and also the real, blood-and-sweat work of actual, non-hashtag human beings—for the importance of diversity and representation in the world of Hollywood blockbusters. The need for non-white men, and women of…

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Black Panther's badass Dora Milaje are getting their own spin-off comics

The Black Panther movie was full of awesome people doing awesome things, like T’Challa’s cool superhero stuff, Shuri’s cool science stuff, and Killmonger’s cool shirtless scenes, but it’d be tough for any of them to be as badass as the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s army of female warriors. That team, which was led by Danai…