Marvel says fuck your "popular movie" category, is still pushing Black Panther for Best Picture

Although it’s been six months (and one big, universe-altering finger snap) since it smashed its way into theaters, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther remains one of the most talked-about movies of the year, breaking numerous box office records, steering months worth of cultural conversation, and posing itself as a strong…

Here's what's coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in September

September is going to be a pretty big month for Netflix originals, with Norm Macdonald’s talk show and Josh Groban’s cop show premiering, Iron Fist and American Vandal both getting new seasons, and Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold The Dark making its debut, but—no offense to that stuff—the streaming service is really getting a…

Black Panther's Rachel Morrison reminds us pregnancy is not some magical impediment to making awesome films

If we had to sit here and list all the ways, subtle and overt, that the working world is systemically titled against women, we’d be here all day. (But just to do a dab of due diligence: Unequal pay, sexual harassment, constantly getting talked over, double standards…It’s an unpleasantly unceasing list.) One of the…

Celebrating Black Panther, Afrofuturism, and black creativity at the first-ever Wakandacon

This weekend, hundreds of Black Panther fans from around the country gathered in Chicago, braving excessive heat and a Michigan Avenue crowded with Lollapalooza hooligans to attend the first ever Wakandacon. Founded by a group Chicago residents—Ali Barthwell, David Barthwell, and Matt Barthwell (you may recognize Ali…

Here's what Michael B. Jordan has to say about a Thanos-Killmonger fight

Michael B. Jordan’s time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is probably over, barring some flashback scenes in the Black Panther sequel or a weird side effect of the snap heard ’round existence at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. But his raw and powerful performance as Erik Killmonger (a.k.a N’Jadaka) earned him lots…

The best films of 2018 so far

Conventional wisdom holds that the best movies of any given year tend to arrive sometime between Labor Day and Christmas—those few weeks annually and unofficially designated as “awards season.” But while the major studios and their indie subsidiaries do tend to hold their big prestige titles until at least early…

Chadwick Boseman gave his Best Hero MTV Award to real-life hero James Shaw Jr.

Tonight’s broadcast of the MTV Movie & TV Awards has already been largely dominated by Marvel’s Black Panther, but star Chadwick Boseman took it a step further by proving why he deserves to be the king. Boseman won the Best Hero award—beating out Emilia Clarke, Gal Gadot, Daisy Ridley, and Grant Gustin (who should be…

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:…

Here’s what you need to know going into Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War is the beginning of the end, one of two films (the second coming in May 2019) which mark the conclusion of “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a universe that began a decade ago with the first Iron Man. Marvel has been very clear that these movies will mark a decisive endpoint to…

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…