The 'Black Panther' star is keen to join an ensemble of female heroes in a future MCU movie.
Artist Nikkolas Smith unveiled a new mural honoring “King Chad” that is currently on display at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim.
After attending his memorial over the weekend, Nyong'o posted a social media tribute to the actor, who died Aug. 28, at age 43, after his secret, four-year battle with colon cancer.
More than a week removed from Chadwick Boseman’s death, Lupita Nyong’o has paid tribute to her late “Black Panther” co-star, saying that thinking of his passing is still a “punch to the gut every morning,” but called him “ageless” and a “quiet, powerful presence” in her short time knowing him.Nyong’o said of her on-screen love-interest Boseman, who died last month at age 43 after suffering from colon cancer for four years, that he always put in the work on set, would never complain and helped to create an ego-free environment.“His large hands would descend on my shoulders and give them a squeeze that relieved me of the tensions I did not realize I was holding. Chadwick’s hands were storng enough to carry the weight of the film and free enough to clasp mine when I needed it,” Nyong’o wrote. “I think he understood the power of words and chose to manifest power through his word. He used his mouth to build, to edify, never to break. And he used it tell some regrettably lame dad jokes.”Also Read: Watch Letitia Wright's Touching Tribute to Chadwick Boseman (Video)Nyong’o similarly praised Boseman’s ability to do his own stunts, drum at his own parties and even how he mastered martial arts. And she further celebrated his conviction to take films and champion stories that were meaningful, saying that she wanted to be better and “more purposeful” when she was around him.“He was fueled by love, not fear. He moved quietly, deliberately and without imposing himself or his ideals on others. And yet he also made damn sure that his life meant something,” she said. “We are all charged by his work as a result, by his presence in our lives. His power lives on and will reverberate for generations to come. He used his life force to tell meaningful stories. And now we tell his.”Check out Nyong’o’s full post from Tuesday on Twitter below and here.For the beloved ChadwickBoseman. TakeYourTimeButDontWasteYourTime pic.twitter.com/PZ6opeoYUl— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) September 8, 2020Read original story Lupita Nyong’o Calls Chadwick Boseman ‘Ageless’ and a ‘Powerful Presence’ in Tribute At TheWrap
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Chadwick Boseman cannot be replaced, but the Black Panther must live on. Wakanda Forever.Once the initial shock of Boseman’s death passed, the conversation among fans and admirers inevitably turned to the question of what happens next for his most famous role — King T’Challa in “Black Panther.”As Black Panther, Boseman, who died Friday at age 43 after a 4-year battle with colon cancer, not only led an enormous hit film franchise, he also became an icon of Black culture in America in the process. Suffice to say, this has sparked an often intense debate about how Marvel Studios and Disney should proceed, both with the franchise itself, and the lead character who has become synonymous with his actor.Also Read: ABC Scores 6 Million Viewers With Commercial-Free 'Black Panther' Airing in Honor of Chadwick Boseman“Black Panther 2” was intended to be a major part of Marvel’s Phase Four, which also includes “Eternals,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “Captain Marvel 2,” and it’s still slated for release on May 6, 2022, a release date that has remained firm even during the coronavirus pandemic. Disney did not respond to a request for comment.But filming has not yet started on the film, and director Ryan Coogler said in his tribute to Boseman that he was still in the script phase, having “spent the last year preparing, imagining and writing words for him to say.”Here’s a look at some of the options Disney will no doubt consider.1\. Recast the role King T’Challa with another actor. By all accounts, this is a non-starter and would lead to a fan revolt. Fans have been adamant that Boseman’s role as King T’Challa should not be recast and that his panther claws could pass on to another, even as others on the web have criticized them for discussing the franchise’s intellectual property too soon after his death.Marvel in the past has not been shy about recasting major roles between films, be it Edward Norton with Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk or Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle as War Machine. But the circumstances of those re-castings were nothing like this and as Boseman’s portrayal of the character meant so much to so many people, it’s hard to picture anyone else playing the part.Plus, as many fans have noted, Boseman was integral to the character of T’Challa, something director Ryan Coogler talked about at length in a tribute he posted Saturday. Among other things, Coolger said a big part of why he took the job directing “Black Panther” was because of how Boseman and actor John Kani advocated for their characters to speak in traditional Xhosa and with an African accent. And there’s no question Boseman’s influence (who also worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter and producer) would’ve been enormous on the creative direction of the sequel.Also Read: 'Black Panther' Director Ryan Coogler Honors Chadwick Boseman: 'I Haven't Grieved a Loss This Acute Before'“We would often speak about heritage and what it means to be African. When preparing for the film, he would ponder every decision, every choice, not just for how it would reflect on himself, but how those choices could reverberate. I haven’t grieved a loss this acute before,” Coogler said in part. “It leaves me broken knowing that I won’t be able to watch another close-up of him in the monitor again or walk up to him and ask for another take.”Coogler also noted that one of the film’s most iconic moments — when a dying Killmonger tells T’Challa “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage.” — also sprang from a suggestion Boseman made.It’s also possible, though extremely unlikely, Coogler and Disney decide there is no continuing the “Black Panther” franchise in any way without Boseman involved. And besides, no one wants to see the “Black Panther” series gone by any means. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.2\. Pass the Black Panther mantle to another character.With recasting likely off the table, Letitia Wright’s character Shuri has become a popular name among many fans for who should become the next Black Panther. Shuri’s ascension to the throne even has some precedent in the comic books. Shuri, T’Challa’s sister, first took up the mantle in the first issue of the “Dark Reign” era of the “Black Panther” series from 2008. As Marvel explains, after T’Challa was brutally attacked by Doctor Doom, Queen Orono took over leadership of Wakanda and designated Shuri with the powers of the Black Panther.“Black Panther isn’t just a character. It’s an ideal. This role needs to live on so that black people, children in particular, can see themselves as powerful. So many of our dreams die. We can’t let a black superhero be one of them,” The Atlantic contributor Jemele Hill wrote in a tweet Saturday. “‘Black Panther’ was too necessary to the culture. We knew it was important, which is why we celebrated it the way we did. That celebration shouldn’t stop. And I don’t think Chadwick would want it to. The best way to honor his legacy is for it to continue.”Also Read: Danai Gurira Pays Touching Tribute to Chadwick Boseman: 'How Do You Honor a King?'3\. Use CGI or archived footage to accomplish either 1 or 2The only situation that even comes close to this is Carrie Fisher, who died before filming her role in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and Paul Walker and the “Fast and the Furious” franchise. For Fisher, director J.J. Abrams used footage from “The Force Awakens” to include her in the final of the film of the trilogy. For “Furious 7,” Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody were used as stand-ins and Walker’s face was superimposed in.There is no way to know if any archival footage exists and if the fans feel this strongly about re-casting the role, the idea of editing in old footage to a new movie won’t go over well either.Of course, there’s also a possibility that we haven’t heard the last of Boseman’s T’Challa, as there’s a Marvel animated series that’s meant to arrive on Disney+ next year called “What If…” That series exists outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and imagines alternate scenarios and universes that would go against the stories we’ve come to know from the movies, and it’s expected that some of the actors who made those roles iconic would still return for the animated series. Representatives for Disney and Disney+ did not respond to a request for comment on whether Boseman had already recorded a voice role for the series.While it’s still too early to say anything with confidence, Marvel boss Kevin Feige hinted in his own statement that Boseman can’t so easily be replaced.“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend,” Feige said in his statement about Boseman’s passing. “Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life. He was as smart and kind and powerful and strong as any person he portrayed. Now he takes his place alongside them as an icon for the ages. The Marvel Studios family deeply mourns his loss, and we are grieving tonight with his family.”Brian Welk contributed to this report.Read original story The Future of ‘Black Panther': What Can Disney Do to Continue the Franchise At TheWrap
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Director Ryan Coogler released an emotional tribute in honor of Chadwick Boseman, the "Black Panther" star who died on Friday after a four-year battle with colon cancer. In a lengthy statement made Sunday morning, Coogler mourned the loss of someone he calls "a special person" who has left an "incredible mark." Boseman had never spoken […]
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“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” actor Anthony Mackie called on Marvel to do better with diversity on its films and said it’s “more racist” that the only film to feature a black cast, director and crew was “Black Panther.”“It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white,” Mackie said as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors video segment. “But then when you do ‘Black Panther,’ you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else.”He continued: “Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?”Also Read: Check Out This First Look at Marvel's Disney+ Shows in This Hero-Heavy Super Bowl TrailerMackie spoke in conversation with “Snowpiercer” star Daveed Diggs and said that, like Diggs, now that he’s finally the star of his own show with the Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” he can push higher ups to practice more diverse hiring.“My big push with Marvel, with everyone, is, hire the best person for the job,” he said. “Even if it means we’re going to get the best two women, we’re going to get the best two men. Fine. I’m cool with those numbers for the next 10 years. Because it starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their résumé to get them other jobs. If we’ve got to divvy out as a percentage, divvy it out. And that’s something as leading men that we can go in and push for.”Mackie made his MCU debut back in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” back in 2014.Check out the video clip of Mackie talking with Diggs here, and check out the rest of his interview in Variety here.Read original story Anthony Mackie Says It’s ‘More Racist’ That ‘Black Panther’ Is Only Marvel Movie With Black Crew At TheWrap
Anthony Mackie has attacked the lack of diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, saying that he especially has issues with how the studio approached Black Panther.
Terry Gilliam doesn’t like “Black Panther.” He really, really doesn’t like “Black Panther.”In an interview with IndieWire about his long-awaited film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” Gilliam criticized the dominance of Marvel Studios in Hollywood, echoing comments made by fellow filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola about fears that they are creating a monoculture of blockbusters. But specifically, he targeted Ryan Coogler’s Oscar-winning, Best Picture nominated film “Black Panther” for extra ire.“I hated ‘Black Panther.’ It makes me crazy. It gives young black kids the idea that this is something to believe in. Bulls—. It’s utter bulls—,” he said. “I think the people who made it have never been to Africa. They went and got some stylist for some African pattern fabrics and things. But I just I hated that movie, partly because the media were going on about the importance of bulls—.”Also Read: Martin Scorsese Expands on Marvel Movies Comments: 'Theme Park Films' Are 'a New Art Form'Gilliam, however, is incorrect about the “never been to Africa” part. Coogler traveled with several key members of his team to Africa to do research and aerial shots for the film. Production designer Hannah Beachler and costume designer Ruth Carter recounted in an interviews with TheWrap how Afrofuturist architecture from the continent and from the attire of tribes like the Masai were core influences when building the world of Wakanda. Both women won Oscars for their efforts.Like Scorsese and Coppola — the latter of whom called Marvel films “despicable” — Gilliam feels like the series is accelerating an arms race in Hollywood that prioritizes tentpole blockbusters and low-risk/high-reward microbudget horror films to the detriment of everything else.Also Read: Disney CEO Bob Iger and Martin Scorsese to Meet Over Marvel Comments“There isn’t room or money for a greater range of films. You make a film for over $150 million or less than $10 [million]. Where’s all this other stuff? It doesn’t exist anymore,” he said. “I make films where I’m trying to make people think. I mean, I try to entertain them enough that they don’t fall asleep on me, and they’re there to make you think and look at the world in a different way, hopefully, and consider possibilities. Those films don’t do that.”He went on: “Where’s the gravity, where’s real gravity? Because [in superhero movies,] everything is possible. It’s the limitations that make life interesting. Okay, so your suit burns up. So you get another suit because you’re Tony Stark. It’s not enough. They dominate so much.”If you’re in the anti-Marvel boat with Gilliam, you can check out “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” which is streaming on Crackle and available to rent digitally on Amazon. If not, you can always check out “Black Panther” on Netflix… and the rest of the MCU on Disney+.Read original story Terry Gilliam Trashes ‘Black Panther': ‘It’s Utter Bulls—‘ At TheWrap
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Disney CEO Bob Iger was the latest to leap to the defense of Marvel movies in the recent civil war among filmmakers over the blockbusters, pointing to Ryan Coogler’s Best Picture-nominated “Black Panther” as worthy as being called “cinema” as any film Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have made.Iger got heated on the subject as part of the WSJ Tech Live event Tuesday night after both Scorsese, Coppola and a handful of other auteur filmmakers have criticized the movies, with Coppola most recently calling the films “despicable.”“I’m puzzled by it. If they want to bitch about movies it’s certainly their right. It seems so disrespectful to all the people who work on those films who are working just as hard as the people who are working on their films and are putting their creative souls on the line just like they are,” Iger said of filmmakers’ comments. “Are you telling me that Ryan Coogler making ‘Black Panther’ is doing something that somehow or another is less than anything Marty Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have ever done on any one of their movies? Come on.”Also Read: Jon Favreau on Scorsese and Coppola's Marvel Criticism: 'They Can Express Whatever Opinion They Like'Iger says he holds Coppola and Scorsese in “the highest regard,” but he took issue with Coppola’s characterization of the films as “despicable,” and that he’d only reserve that word “for someone who had committed mass murder.”“When Francis uses the words ‘those films are despicable,’ to whom is he talking? Is he talking to Kevin Feige who runs Marvel, or Taika Waititi who directs or Ryan Coogler who directs for us or Scarlett Johansson,” Iger said. “I don’t get what they’re criticizing us for when we’re making films that people are obviously enjoying going to because they’re doing so by the millions.”Scorsese recently doubled down on his comments when he said that Marvel movies were not cinema and compared them to “theme parks.” He ultimately said that Marvel’s films were “invading” movie theaters and replacing what young people’s idea of cinema is, even driving out smaller films and more human stories from the popular culture.Also Read: After Coppola Slam, James Gunn Defends Marvel Movies as Cinema (Again)Ken Loach, the British director behind “Kes” and the recent “Sorry We Missed You,” more specifically attacked the commercialism of Marvel films rather than their content specifically.“They’re made as commodities like hamburgers, and it’s not about communicating, and it’s not about sharing our imagination,” Loach told Sky News. “It’s about making a commodity which will make a profit for a big corporation – they’re a cynical exercise. They’re a market exercise, and it has nothing to do with the art of cinema. William Blake said, ‘When money is discussed, art is impossible.'”Iger however had a response for that as well, saying that there’s a mutual benefit in the success of the Marvel films and other blockbusters that allows movie theaters to exhibit movies that otherwise wouldn’t be as financially successful.Check out Iger’s full comments via WSJ.Read original story Bob Iger Compares ‘Black Panther’ to Scorsese and Coppola Films in Defense of Marvel Movies At TheWrap
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A year and a half after the release of “Black Panther,” people are still talking about how the Ryan Coogler-directed Marvel movie smashed box office expectations. Star Lupita Nyong’o has her own theories about why the film, which grossed $1.347 billion in global box office, was more of a commercial success than Hollywood thought it would be — and it has to do with avoiding using “the struggle through having dark skin” as “clickbait.”“In ‘Black Panther,’ I felt that the African experience was allowed to exist aspirationally,” Nyong’o said in Vanity Fair’s October cover story. “I think it’s more common in America to hear of the struggle of black people than it is to hear of the success. It’s more of a sensation to have a headline about a struggle, you know? The struggle through having dark skin is clickbait. So when ‘Black Panther’ came along … it was so refreshing to work on an African narrative that did not lead with the struggle of being African.”Nyong’o says she signed on to the project on the strength of Coogler’s pitch alone, as the script from Coogler and Joe Robert Cole didn’t exist yet — and Marvel wouldn’t have let her see it even if it had. And though Coogler and Cole wrote the film while Barack Obama was still president, it came out one year into Donald Trump’s presidency.Also Read: 19 Stars Who Went to Comic-Con in Disguise, From Ben Affleck to Lupita Nyong'o (Photos)“Ryan was speaking to a future relevance that he could not have predicted,” the Academy Award winner told Vanity Fair.Nyong’o explained what made her take the role based on the pitch alone — and why she takes any role in the first place.“As I prepare, I have to articulate to myself why I’m doing this,” Nyong’o said. “The secondary thing is definitely the people. When I choose projects, I want to have faith that as an artist it will speak to a time when it is needed as much as it speaks to me at the time that I make it. I really understood this with ‘Black Panther,’ when we were making that movie in such a different political climate than the one in which it came.”Read original story Lupita Nyong’o Says ‘Black Panther’ Avoided Using the ‘Struggle’ of Having Dark Skin as ‘Clickbait’ At TheWrap