Before it premiered this past weekend, Marvel’s Black Panther was breaking records for pre-sales and getting ready for one of the most lucrative opening weekends in MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) history. The hype surrounding the film has been intense. However, the movie absolutely lives up to all of it. This film deserves to break records. It is a film that sets new standards of excellence within the MCU and within movies in general. It is also a movie that accomplishes much more than making lots of money for film makers and the Disney Empire. This is a movie that is important to the time in which we live. It is a film that speaks to the current racial tension in America and around the world. It addresses the misrepresentation of entire people groups on a systematic level. It showcases representation in media and empowers in many ways a group of people that, though scattered throughout the globe, have all continued to feel an oppression that began hundreds of years ago. It opens the door for better representation not only of blacks, but of all minorities around the world. Possibly most importantly, this is a movie that reminds all of us of the responsibility we have to people around the world who are less fortunate than ourselves, those outside of our own communities, economic and privilege circles, and personal bubbles who could benefit from what we have to offer, but are often unwilling to give.
In this Golden Age of superhero films, TV networks have cashed in and created their own superhero empires. CW has the Arrowverse, featuring four difference superhero shows from DC. And they are adding a fifth this month. ABC and Netflix both have shows tying in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And in Fall of 2017, Fox brought a brand, new X-Men spin-off series called, The Gifted. Though this new series takes place in an alternate time-line to Fox’s X-Men films, it is still very much tied to the history and notoriety of those heroes. And while the series has its strong points, it somehow fails to quite live up to the legend of its predecessor.
Here’s what you need to know about the superhero films coming to theaters this Summer:
See trailers for all three of these upcoming movies below.
What superhero movies are you looking forward to during the rest of 2017? Will any of them top Logan? And how long do you think this “Golden Age of Superhero Movies” will last? Let me know in the comments.
Netflix has become a force to be reckoned with in the TV wars. The service–which isn’t technically a network but has earned the right to be treated as one–has set a standard for television programming that the regular alphabet networks often find it tough to compete with. Then Netflix upped the ante even more with their Marvel team-up. Daredevil was a hit with it’s dark feel and gritty action sequences. Jessica Jones took things to a totally new level with an anti-heroine and the creepiest villain we’ve seen in quite some time. Then Luke Cage turned social commentary into one of the most compelling series of the year. Now there’s Iron Fist… and it’s okay. I guess.
Don’t get me wrong. Iron Fist is a good show. The problem is that its older siblings are great shows. And Iron Fist, while a decent time, doesn’t manage to keep up with the big kids.
Doctor Strange is simultaneously the same comic book movie fair we’ve seen from Marvel in the past and an exciting new chapter in superhero movies. It’s the story of an arrogant man who is forced to become humble and transforms into a hero in the process… just like Iron Man… just like Thor. However, this time it feels and looks different.