I’m really mad that I haven’t seen Civil War yet (which I will be seeing tonight) but I’ve been hearing nothing but great things about the movie and stand out scenes from Black Panther and Spider Man. So hopefully when 2018 comes this movie will be crazy.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe crosses the $10 billion mark at the global box office – thanks to its latest theatrical feat Captain America: Civil War – diehard comic fans and casual moviegoers are already setting their sights on winter 2018.
What makes that time frame so special? Between now and then, Marvel’s churning out anticipated titles like James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017, both of which have garnered plenty of buzz due to GoTG‘s unexpected home run in 2014 and Tom Holland’s on-point portrayal as Peter Parker in Civil War. Hell, throw in Doctor Strange and Thor: Ragnorak, and there’s plenty of superhero badassery to keep fans’ hunger satiated. But Civil War ignited a wave that many saw coming, but never expected to reach this magnitude.
Of course I’m referring to Ryan Coogler’s foray into the MCU with Black Panther. On its own merit, a film about the first black superhero in mainstream pop culture is automatically going to garner a lot of interest, especially in a time where Hollywood has a distinct affinity for overlooking black talent in cinema. But the talent behind Black Panther has surpassed many expectations. When Ava DuVernay, who earned widespread acclaim for her vision on Selma and is currently attached to direct Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, was initially on board to helm Black Panther, there was an immediate, and more importantly, positive response. But excitement turned to disappointment when DuVernay departed from the project due to “creative differences” with Marvel. I know I was skeptical as to whether or not Marvel’s unified aesthetic would scare off promising directors with their own vision of T’Challa and Wakanda.