Black Panther Review: A Superhero Movie We Can All Love

Black Panther Review: A Superhero Movie We Can All Love

Black Panther crushed box office records with $400M+ debut over the holiday weekend and we can see why. Marvel Studios has always excelled at bringing comic book superheroes to life on the big screen in a way that leaves superhero fans chomping at the bit for more by the time the credits roll. However, Black Panther sets itself apart from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with its timeliness, empowering messages, and diversity.

Black Panther is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is returning home after his father’s death to take up the mantle of King. Throughout the movie, we follow T’Challa’s journey toward upholding Wakanda’s traditions while at the same time realizing some of those traditions need to be revisited in a different light. While Wakanda appears to be the “poorest country in the world,” it is anything but. Hidden behind a force field is an incredible, technologically-advanced country thanks to vibranium, a rare ore found almost exclusively in Wakanda. It turns out, Wakanda has been protecting this massive store of vibranium to ensure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. But there are some, like Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) who know of the vibranium and want to get it out into the world.

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Supporting our main hero is a cast of really strong, empowering characters who all had their moments to shine, particularly the women. The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira kicks ass and takes names as Okoye, the head of the Wakandan King’s women-only security force, while Lupita Nyong’o uses her stealth and her desire to help those who are less fortunate as Nakia. Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett add considerable gravitas as a Wakandan spiritual guru and T’Challa’s mother, respectively. Then there is Letitia Wright, who nearly steals the spotlight in every scene as T’Challa’s little sister Shuri. Shuri is a tech genius who spends her time building weapons and armor for Black Panther, but her sarcasm and wit adds a wonderful touch of humor to the movie.

The movie has an engaging storyline filled with non-stop action while also paying extra special attention to world-building. We see Wakanda filled with culture, traditions, and ancient rituals, which isn’t something we tend to see focused on in Marvel films. It was refreshing to really be able to explore the world of Wakanda and its culture.

Overall, the movie is a wild ride and Marvel has really stepped it up a notch with the latest installment into their cinematic universe. After watching the movie, we are left to wonder how vibranium will appear and be used in future Marvel movies and how it may or may not affect the Avengers. Then there’s also the matter of the final Infinity Stone — the Soul Stone — and its whereabouts. While it didn’t make an appearance in Black Panther, according to Colliderthere were some major clues in Black Panther that lead us to believe the stone is in Wakanda.

Hopefully, we’ll find out if those clues are right when Avengers: Infinity War Pt I hits theatres this May.

Phoenix Comic Fest Director of Programming Receives The Bill Shover Leadership Award

Phoenix Comic Fest Director of Programming Receives The Bill Shover Leadership Award

Joe Boudrie with Bill Shover, his wife Murny Shover, and Michelle Dubow, who acted as on-site coordinator for United Blood Services for several years.

Square Egg Entertainment, Inc.’s Director of Programming, Joe Boudrie, was awarded The Bill Shover Leadership Award by United Blood Services. The award was created to honor individuals for their outstanding service to United Blood Services (UBS).

Joe Boudrie received this award at United Blood Services’ annual gala luncheon for his years of dedication to host one of Arizona’s largest annual blood drives, held at Phoenix Comic Fest.

Joe had a vision to one day host one of the largest annual blood drives in Arizona. With the full support of his staff, and with encouragement from founder Matt Solberg, Joe offered indoor space to United Blood Services to host an annual 4-day blood drive.

In the last three years of this blood drive at Phoenix Comic Fest, UBS has collected more than 1,946 blood donations. In addition, Joe also offered outdoor space for UBS to display and promote their annual Volkswagen raffle and, in 2017, Joe provided UBS with 6,000 free admissions to help boost high school and college blood drives.

To see the full award presentation, please see the video below.

Phoenix Comic Fest’s Exclusive Interview with Pierce Brown

Phoenix Comic Fest’s Exclusive Interview with Pierce Brown

On January 20, 2018, Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ was overrun by a legion of fans of the Red Rising series, aka Howlers, patiently waiting to meet Pierce Brown. It has been nearly two years since the release of Morning Star and fans have been eager to get their hands on the next installment in the Red Rising saga, titled Iron Gold. Iron Gold is set ten years after the events of Morning Star and gives us a look into what happens after you break the chains of the Society.

Phoenix Comic Fest co-hosted Brown’s signing at Changing Hands Bookstore and we were able to get a few minutes to talk with Howler One, himself. While there, we also spoke with a few member of the Howler legion waiting in line for the signing. Check out our exclusive interview below.

Iron Gold is available now at all book retailers. Get your copy today!

About Iron Gold:

They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade ago Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever:

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp, and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe, and Iron Gold is the story of the creation of a new one.

Learn more about Pierce Brown and the Red Rising saga at piercebrownbooks.com

New Ready Player One Poster Released!

New Ready Player One Poster Released!

A new poster for Ready Player One dropped today and we are hyped! The poser gives us a few references to some of our favorite fandoms and a look at the main cast. Which references do you recognize?

 

About the Film

From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.

 

The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

 

Spielberg directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. The film was produced by Donald De Line, Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris deFaria and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers.

 

Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan (X-Men: ApocalypseMud), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying GirlBates Motel), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One–A Star Wars StoryBloodline) and T.J. Miller (DeadpoolSilicon Valley), with Simon Pegg (the Star Trek movies, the Mission: Impossible movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of SpiesDunkirk).

 

Behind the scenes, three-time Oscar winner Spielberg (Schindler’s ListSaving Private Ryan) reunited his creative team from Bridge of Spies, including Oscar-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List,Saving Private Ryan), Oscar-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn (Saving Private RyanRaiders of the Lost Ark) and Sarah Broshar (The Post), and costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone (Moonrise Kingdom). The music is by Oscar-nominated composer Alan Silvestri (the Back to the Future films, Forrest Gump).

 

Warner Bros. Pictures and Amblin Entertainment present, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, an Amblin Production, a De Line Pictures Production, a Steven Spielberg Film, Ready Player One.

 

Slated for release on March 29, 2018, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Check out the latest trailer from Warner Bros. Pictures and be ready to enter the OASIS on March 30, 2018.

Official Venom Teaser Trailer Released

Official Venom Teaser Trailer Released

The first teaser trailer for Sony Picture Entertainment’s Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy, has landed. Not much is given away, which is to be expected; it’s a teaser, after all. Venom marks the beginning of “Sony’s Marvel Universe,” though there’s not much information about what that means other than that there will potentially be other spin-off movies focusing on side characters in the Spider-Man universe.

According to an interview with Sony executive Amy Pascal and Marvel Presiden Kevin FiegeVenom and other spinoff movies are “adjuncts” to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Whether or not that means Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will make cameos into these movies, however, remains to be seen. Perhaps we will find out when the movie releases on October 5, 2018.