Marvel Studios' latest film, Black Panther, will mean different things to different people. For director and co-writer Ryan Coogler, it was a way to explore some of his deepest personal thoughts on identity and culture, but through the highly accessible entry point of a superhero movie.
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Over the past 10 years, Marvel's Cinematic Universe has become an awfully big place - so big that all of its heroes and villains probably won't fit on the screen all at once during Avengers: Infinity War. To demonstrate its own vastness, the stars and directors of the studio's movies gathered to take an epic class photo.
Black Panther presented director Ryan Coogler and his team with the task of bringing the iconic character to the big screen, but that wasn't the hardest part. The hardest part was creating an entire country, more technologically advanced than anywhere on the planet, based around an indestructible super-metal that doesn't exist in the real world. The process started with a single question.
"James Bond meets The Godfather." That's how executive producer Nate Moore describes Marvel Studios' latest film, Black Panther. It's not the answer we expected, but it accurately describes a high-tech spy adventure, set in an insular world where warring factions vie for leadership. But, last year on the Atlanta set of the highly anticipated superhero film, we learned there's much, much more going on.
We don't really know all that much about Forest Whitaker's role as Zuri, one of T'Challa's closest advisers, in Marvel's soon-to-be-released Black Panther. But that hasn't stopped the actor from dropping what could be a very cool hint about the places the movie could go - namely, places well beyond the borders of Wakanda itself. We're talking about outer space.
Suggest to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige that the Thor movies aren't as beloved as his other films and he points to the reviews. "I remind you that Thor 1 is Certified Fresh and Thor 2 is Fresh," he said. But if those films were as revered as the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Taika Waititi wouldn't have made Thor: Ragnarok.
Thor: Ragnarok is the third film in the God of Thunder's franchise, the fifth film in Marvel Phase Three, and the 17th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So even though it's something of a stand-alone story, you could probably still use a refresher on everything that's happened in the MCU that leads into the movie -- and the mythological event that spells not just the end of Asgard, but all the nine realms.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn't handled its own timeline very well, and Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming somehow managed to convolute it even further. Now, Infinity War is on the horizon, bringing in more of the MCU characters together than ever before. But the timeline is nowhere close to being put on the right path, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige still doesn't have a clear answer of how to fix it.