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‘The History of Marvel Comics: Black Panther’ Podcast: A Nation Under Our Feet

Creators Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Evan Narcisse, and Senior Editor Wil Moss discuss their influential comic runs with host Nic Stone in the fifth episode of the acclaimed podcast series The History of Marvel Comics: Black Panther. They dis

Creators Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Evan Narcisse, and Senior Editor Wil Moss discuss their influential comic runs with host Nic Stone in the fifth episode of the acclaimed podcast series The History of Marvel Comics: Black Panther. They discuss BLACK PANTHER (2016) and 2018, as well as Narcisse’s RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER (2018), a revamped origin that expands Wakanda’s mythos.

This six-episode documentary podcast is hosted by New York Times best-selling author Stone, who delves into the origins of the Black Panther in comic books through interviews with the creators who shaped T’Challa’s journey, while also celebrating Wakanda’s innately Afro-Futuristic world and analyzing the character’s larger impact. In a definitive tell-all of how T’Challa became Black Panther and how he and Wakanda have progressed since, both new and long-time fans will get a behind-the-scenes look.

 

 

PICKING UP THE REIGN ON TA-NEHISI COATES: 

COATES, TA-NEHISI: I’ve read a lot of Priest. Reginald Hudlin was one of my favorite authors. [Jonathan] Hickman was probably my biggest influence. Because he was working on an Avengers novel in which T’Challa was practically the main character. So I spent a lot of time thinking about and dealing with his T’Challa. 

STONE, NIC: Learning how to write for a visual media like comics, on the other hand, can be a steep learning curve. 

COATS FROM TA-NEHISI: It was difficult. Learning to tell stories using graphics was difficult. And that was one of the major obstacles. There’s no assurance that you’ll be successful in comics just because you’ve had success elsewhere. 

NIC STONE: This is where the artist enters the picture. Wil Moss, Ta-editor, Nehisi’s understood it would be a difficult road ahead, so he paired him with a comic veteran. After all, success is bred from combinations! 

WIL MOSS: Brian Stelfreeze is a true professional. An illustrator who also happens to be a comic book artist. So when it came time to cast BLACK PANTHER, I immediately thought of Brian as the ideal actor for the part. Someone who can come in and completely revitalize the Black Panther and Wakanda universes. So that was one of our goals when we invited Ta-Nehisi to come on, who had never written a comic before. We felt having someone like Brian, who was such a good storyteller on his own, would be beneficial. 

IN THE 2016 RUN, WAKANDA’S POLITICAL SHIFT: 

COATS FROM TA-NEHISI: When you think of monarchy, you think of a nation of people who are constantly on the move. A country where the people do not always have a say in how their government is run. And [T’Challa] was always leaving Wakanda when I read about him. He was constantly on the move. As though that was something that happened all the time. He enrolled in college. He was leaving to go on an adventure. Everything. And part of his gripe with Shuri before the uprising, and even before that, was the fact that he hadn’t actually been around, you know? 

NIC STONE: Basically, Wakanda’s shambles are on display for all to see. The Dora Milaje is the first to be mentioned. 

TA-NEHISI COATES: I’ve always found the Dora Milaje’s headquarters in Wakanda to be fascinating. And I thought it was fascinating that in this evolved civilization, you had this model of female bodyguards, complete with uniforms and everything. And I was simply fascinated by their personal lives. I was curious as to how they felt. 

NIC STONE: During Coates’ tenure, two Doras, Ayo and Aneka, have doubts about their allegiance to the throne after Aneka is arrested for killing a local chief. In the absence of T’Challa, he is a man whose aggression against women goes unchecked. Ayo, Aneka, and many other Doras abandon the order, become Midnight Angels, and form the “No One” faction as a result of incidents like these. No One is short for No One Man, a reference to their dissatisfaction with the monarchy’s absolute control in Wakanda. 

WIL MOSS: [Ta-Nehisi] did a fantastic job introducing Ayo and Aneka. They made their own decisions about what it meant to serve Wakanda. And what their responsibilities were to T’Challa, the king, themselves, and their community. “A Nation Under Our Feet” is a fantastic story with enough of meat on the bones in terms of things to ponder. In terms of how societies function, monarchies are monarchies. However, it also managed to be a thrilling action story.

 

ON WAKANDAN TECH’S OPERATIONS: 

“Hey man, I don’t know tech,” Ta-Nehisi stated at one point. BRIAN STELFREEZE: “I don’t do all that stuff,” he says flatly. “This is my lane.” And, of course, I said, “Well, I adore technology.” I’m not interested in politics.” So he was basically like, “How does Wakanda’s technology work?” And I accomplished something similar with Wakanda’s technological advancement. I’ve got a bunch of friends that work at Texas A&M and MIT, and I was telling them about vibranium and how it works. And it was then that I had the idea that instead of vibranium being a substance that absorbs kinetic energy, it would be better if it was a battery that could absorb one form of energy and return another. And I told Ta-Nehisi that if he wanted to punch it, he could. However, it can be transformed to electricity after that. The energy can then be redistributed as kinetic energy. “But what if he redistributed everything at once, so the whole ‘Panther pulse’ is kind of going,” Ta-Nehisi added. So here’s this idea I came up with, which was extremely cool. Then this creative genius comes in and says, “Well, here’s something else you didn’t think of with this technology.” STONE, NIC: Vibranium is one of the most powerful resources in the Marvel Universe, but Brian wanted to give the celestial metal a deeper meaning. It’s more than simply a power source or a money magnet; it’s a method to bring Wakandans together. BRIAN STELFREEZE: It was one of the things I thought was significant, particularly in light of the African diaspora. To say that vibranium wasn’t just this rock in Wakanda was a great metaphor for me. However, there is vibranium in the air. There’s vibranium in the soil. The plants contain vibranium. And just like we all have copper and iron in our blood, Wakandans have vibranium in their blood every time they leave Wakanda. That vibranium, which is constantly present, bonds them to the mother. And I think it personifies the sense of belonging that all Africans have, as well as the sense of belonging to the mother, that no matter how far the diaspora extends, we’re still all connected in some manner.

 

THE SCIENTIST ON BLACK PANTHER: 

EVAN NARCISSE: One of the themes that I wanted to focus on throughout Ta-run Nehisi’s was T’Challa’s desires clashing with his responsibilities as king. And while this isn’t unique to Ta-Nehisi, he made it a priority during his campaign. So it’s his love of science and desire to travel, combined with a wanderlust fuelled by those desires, that draws him out of Wakanda. I wanted to convey in RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER what it is that generates that in him. Also, his family—you know, Ramonda was a huge part of Ta-campaign, Nehisi’s but she isn’t his biological mother. He was raised by her. However, there is a character named N’Yami who is his biological mother in the universe. Isn’t it true that she died during childbirth in the old stories? And I’d like to learn more about her. And part of my reasoning was that we already knew who T’Chaka was. He’s appeared in a number of previous stories. He’s a king, a strategist, and someone who oversaw the safekeeping of Wakanda during his rule. We also know he died terribly. So we know what personality traits T’Challa gets from him, but I was thinking to myself, “Well, we’ve never seen T’Chaka as a scientist.” He’s never been the guy in the lab before. T’Challa’s proclivity comes from where? When I was thinking about it, I drew on my own experience because my daughter enjoys reading. And I’m sure it’s because of me that she enjoys reading. And I thought to myself, “What if T’Challa received his passion of science from his mother, who was a scientist herself?”

 

Black Panther: The History of Marvel Comics brings together authors, artists, and historians to weave a story that only Marvel can tell. Exclusive interviews with prominent artists like as John Ridley, Joe Quesada, Christopher Priest, and others are included on the podcast. 

The series will be available on the SXM App and Marvel Podcasts Unlimited on Apple Podcasts exclusively at first. One week later, episodes will be widely available on Pandora, Stitcher, and all major podcast platforms in the United States. Visit siriusxm.com/blackpanther for additional information.

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Doctor Strange 2 : Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Deleted Fight Scene – FanArt

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stunned fans straight away by revealing that the Scarlet Witch will be the film’s principal adversary. This res

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stunned fans straight away by revealing that the Scarlet Witch will be the film’s principal adversary. This resulted in some really fantastic battle sequences between the MCU’s two most powerful magic-wielders, but there’s been a lot of talk about more of it appearing in deleted scenes.

The majority of that attention has been focused on the sequel’s abandoned opening scene, in which Wanda Maximoff would have killed Earth-616’s Baron Mordo. She would have decapitated him and gave Strange the severed head when they first met at the farm, leaving little mistake about who Strange would face during Doctor Strange 2.

Over the last several months, concept art has also hinted more deleted sequences, including a flashback to Strange losing his sister at the lake and a tease showing the wicked Nightmare in action. Fans can now see more deleted Scarlet Witch action, which would have pitted her against Strange once again early in the Multiversal sequel.

Doctor Strange 2’s Deleted Scarlet Witch Battle Illustrator David Allcock released a collection of storyboard drawings including a previously uncovered deleted sequence from Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness through Twitter user @itsjustanx. This scenario would have pitted Doctor Strange against the Scarlet Witch as Strange and America Chavez jumped across the Multiverse after leaving Kamar-Taj.

Strange uses his magic to free Chavez from the Scarlet Witch’s grasp while Chavez opens one of her star portals.

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

The scene when Chavez falls through with the blue light from her portal around her in-frame seems very similar to what appeared in the final cut of the film.

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

It would have had the Scarlet Witch really pursue Strange and Chavez into the star gate, employing images similar to those seen before when the villain was pushing through mirrors.

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

Along with Wanda pursuing the heroic team, they would have encountered other demons while traversing the Multiverse. There was even a chance they’d run across one of the more sinister Strange Variants, akin to how Earth-616’s good doctor confronted Sinister Strange at the conclusion of the narrative.

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

As the Scarlet Witch pursued Strange and Chavez, she would release more of her actual power, which she had garnered while delving into the pages of the Darkhold.

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

In her chase, the villain would have seized Chavez by the wrist, however it’s uncertain whether the action would have progressed as it did in the final edit of Doctor Strange 2.

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

Marvel Parallels Avoided With Deleted Scene?

New Doctor Strange 2 Art Reveals Deleted Scarlet Witch vs. Strange Fight

With Doctor Strange 2 clocking in at little over two hours, it’s hardly unexpected that so many deleted scenes and concept art have been published now that the film has come and gone. This sequence would have certainly added a couple of minutes to the running length, although it’s unclear whether it would have come with the universe-jumping scene or taken its place entirely.

Furthermore, given Marvel’s vast history, this deleted battle has some resemblance to another sequence seen by fans in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, which starred Thor, Loki, and Hela. This three got into a similar brawl when Loki summoned the Bifrost to transport him and Thor to Asgard, prompting Hela to leap in and fling them over the rainbow bridge into the uncharted realms of space.

In the end, it looks that this confrontation between Doctor Strange and the Scarlet Witch was never even pre-visualized, since this is the first time fans have seen this scene shown in public. While it would have undoubtedly provided another fantastic combat scene to the already packed film, leaving it out maintained some of the emphasis on Strange and America as they began their first journey across the Multiverse.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now available to watch on Disney+.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Extended Cut Trailer Is Now Available

Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third-highest-grossing MCU film ever, is poised to return to cinemas across the globe in the coming weeks. Sony and Marvel are

Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third-highest-grossing MCU film ever, is poised to return to cinemas across the globe in the coming weeks. Sony and Marvel are preparing to send fans back to the MCU’s first real Multiversal event, “The More Fun Stuff Version,” when Tom Holland’s third and largest solo Spidey trip takes a second run on the big screen.

The extended edit of No Way Home will feature 11 minutes of material that did not make the initial theatrical release in December 2021, according to reports. More material starring Charlie Cox’s “very smart lawyer,” Matt Murdock, as well as other exchanges with Holland and the two other Spider-Men, portrayed by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, are possible.

The advertising tour for the new No Way Home extended cut began with a new poster that included all three Spider-Men, as well as all five villains and a scattering of supporting characters. This promotional tour now continues with a new trailer for the film, however it doesn’t exactly include any…new stuff.

New Trailer for No Way Home Extended Cut

Watch: Spider-Man: No Way Home Extended Cut Trailer Released

Sony Pictures has published a 30-second clip for Spider-Man: No Way Home’s theatrical re-release, which begins on August 31 in Indonesia.

Surprisingly, despite the promise that fresh material would be added in this edit, this teaser has no new footage.

The commercial focuses mostly on Peter’s struggles with the film’s five Multiversal antagonists, including Happy Hogan’s phone conversation in which he asks Peter who they are all. The closing scene of the teaser depicts Peter leaping into fight against the criminals, with the other two Spider-Men cut out, but the Lizard is still hit by the air, exactly as he was in the second trailer.

The whole trailer is available below:

Sony is back with another Spider-Man trailer.

Sony Pictures rocketed to the top of the entertainment business with the original release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, despite a difficult couple of years of releases. The studio had its most successful film ever, shattering box office records and generating over $2 billion in its first run.

Despite the hype for the “More Fun Stuff Version,” Sony made no attempt to tease anything new that would be presented in this new edit of the threequel. The studio didn’t even bother to replace the scene of all three Spider-Men leaping into fight on the Statue of Liberty, instead settling for the error-filled picture in which the Lizard is assaulted by a secret figure.

Regardless of these gaffes, anticipation is growing for what Sony and Marvel have in store with material not included in the initial December 2021 edit. And, if nothing else, the threequel is still one of the most popular superhero films in history, which should be plenty to entice fans to return to the big screen a few more times.

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Marvel’s Biggest Multiverse Reveal Is Wasted

This article contains Edge of Spider-Verse #2 spoilers.Marvel Comics squandered their most significant multiverse disclosure. Multiverses may be trendy rig

This article contains Edge of Spider-Verse #2 spoilers.

Marvel Comics squandered their most significant multiverse disclosure. Multiverses may be trendy right now, but Marvel Comics has been using the notion for decades. The finest multiverse tales allow you to ponder the question “What If…?” – to picture universes where heroes were beaten instead of triumphing, planets were broken, or entire new champions created. Sometimes these “What If…?” tales help to establish concepts that will ultimately make their way into the regular comic book narrative, and maybe even into the movies themselves. In the comics, Jane Foster initially appeared as Thor.

Edge of Spider-Verse #2 features “A Single Thread,” a short narrative by Dan Slott and Paco Medina that has just been used to change the history and nature of the entire Marvel world. The universe started untold billions of years ago, long after the ancient Elder Gods were expelled, according to Edge of Spider-Verse #2. Gaea and Oshtur started producing new gods and demigods, and they entrusted the construction of the universe to the early spider-goddess Neith. She fashioned the Web of Life and Destiny, which is centered on Earth-001. Finally, the Spider-hidden Verse’s genesis has been exposed.

Marvel has just rewritten the structure of the whole multiverse.

It’s odd, though, that Marvel practically squandered such a big disclosure. The real nature of the universe is introduced in what seems to be a tangent or side-story to the main event, rather than in a large ” event ” issue with a great amount of hype behind it. This choice is even more astounding considering the importance of multiverses in popular culture, and Marvel Comics’ own multiverse is now serving as inspiration for the MCU’s. Spider-Man: No Way Home, like the comics, has established spider-characters as prominent players in the universe.

Marvel Wastes Its Biggest Multiverse Reveal

To be fair to Marvel, Edge of Spider-Verse #2 does have some backstory. The first Edge of Spider-Verse miniseries debuted with the original Spider-Verse storyline in 2014, and its second issue featured the famous Spider-Gwen. Marvel may have decided to make the second issue of this new Edge of Spider-Verse miniseries seem just as important – but if so, the comic book publisher could have pushed it more aggressively.

It’s enthralling to discover the real genesis and nature of the MCU’s cosmos. The important issue is whether it will survive much longer; this tie-in is tied with the End of the Spider-Verse event, implying that the multiverse’s laws are going to be altered. Marvel’s universe has been defined, but it may not last.

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