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Can ‘Black Panther’ Reverse Dwindling Blockbuster Merchandise Sales?

The “Black Panther” cultural juggernaut has shown it can sell movie tickets, but recent examples show that blockbuster films don’t always match their box office with toy sales.

Disney has launched the largest product line ever for a Marvel non-sequel, including expanded categories, such as performance wear and high-fashion collaborations. Stocks of popular toys are low at stores, and fans on Twitter are reporting that in some cases they can’t find enough stock to satisfy their love for Wakanda.

However, some toy industry analysts say that box office success is not always a harbinger for strong merchandise sales, given the track record of two of 2017’s top-selling films: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Wonder Woman.”

Those films were among the highest-grossing movies of last year, but toy sales for “The Last Jedi,” which has made $1.3 billion at the global box office, were a major disappointment for Hasbro, which has a licensing pact with Disney.
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James Gunn Explains Yondu’s Surprise Appearance In The Thor: Ragnarok Extras

Picture the scene: you’re immersed in Thor: Ragnarok and silently awaiting Skurge’s execution when all of a sudden, Yondu Udonta wanders onto set, bringing production to a temporary halt as he makes his way through a crowd of extras.

Turns out that’s exactly what transpired on the set of Ragnarok, as a recently-revealed bonus scene showed Michael Rooker’s Ravager interrupting Skurge’s latest execution – much to the delight of Marvel’s pool of extras, who looked to a fully-costumed Yondu with a mixture of shock and confusion.

It’s a wonderful slice of fan service that managed to find its way onto the Ragnarok Blu-ray, and thanks to Guardians director James Gunn (h/t Cinema Blend), we now have an explanation as to why Michael Rooker was on set in the first place.

For those of you asking me how a Yondu deleted scene is on
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Michael Rooker's Yondo Showed Up and Shot a Scene For Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is currently available to buy as a digital download. There is a surprising deleted scene that is included in the special features that include Michael Rooker's Yondo from Guardians of the Galaxy!

As you all know by now, Yondu sacrificed himself saving Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. So why what he on the set of Thor: Ragnarok shooting a scene? Well, he was just having a little fun. So no... Yondu is not coming back from the dead.

The deleted scene is not online for you to watch yet, but in the scene, Yondu shows up on Asgard while Hela (Cate Blanchette) and Skurge (Karl Urban) are about to start killing people when they refuse to tell Hela where Heimdall is hiding with the other Asgardians that have escaped.

It's at this intense moment that Yondu steps up and interrupts the execution of an Asgardians citizen and says,
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Spoilers: Director Ryan Coogler discusses his original ending for Black Panther

Warning. Spoilers for Marvel’s Black Panther follow…

As Black Panther continues to tear up the box office going into its second weekend, director Ryan Coogler has been chatting to Empire (via Collider) about his original plans for the ending of the Marvel blockbuster. The filmmaker has revealed that the movie was going to close with T’Challa at the United Nations, but the decision was made to shift it to the credits in order to focus on scene of the kids playing basketball in Oakland.

“It was [almost the ending],” said Coogler. “We played with a lot of different ways to end it. We went back and forth about the U.N., and we had a version where it was the U.N. before the scenes in Oakland at the end. But we really kind of settled on how do we want the movie to end? And it came back to that symmetry,
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Black Widow Movie Trailer, Cast, Every Update You Need To Know

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow was introduced in 2010’s Iron Man 2, and fans immediately began to ask for a solo film. Although Marvel seemed receptive, for years there was no real news; until May 2015, when Kevin Feige committed the studio to the film. He suggested that it would happen in about four or five years’ time, after the buildup to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. In January 2014, with production on both those films finally complete, Marvel hired Blacklist screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to work on a script.
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Weekend Watch McU Edition: Philosophy of Killmonger, McU 10-Year Class Photo, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ & More

Welcome to Weekend Watch, where we highlight some of the best nerd-related videos released throughout the week. Whether it be short films, behind the scenes videos, or video essays, the only requirement is that they are about–in some shape of form–our favorite movies and TV shows!

In this special Marvel edition of Weekend Watch, we start with cool video that delves into the philosophy of ‘Black Panther‘, video that showcases the first McUClass Reunion”, along with an older video that celebrates start of ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘ filming just over a year ago. Plus, we have a fun director’s intro from the upcoming ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ home video release, and finally a fun video where Benedict Cumberbatch invites you for a spot of tea and a chance to attend the ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘ premiere. So, without further adieu, let’s jump into it!

Starting off, this video from
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Details on How Peter Parker Might Fit Into Sony's Venom Film

About a month ago, a rumor broke that Tom Holland's Peter Parker is going to appear in Sony Pictures' solo Venom film with Tom Hardy. There were no details on how the character would fit into the story, but Screen Rant seems to have some insight on how he might fit into the story if he's actually going to be in the film.

We have heard from a source with knowledge of the production that a scene was filmed inside the Atlanta building which doubled as the Life Foundation featured Riz Ahmed’s character, Carlton Drake, leading a field trip. While our source did not see or have knowledge of Tom Holland being on set that day, it is worth noting that the filming took place on private property, making it very difficult for anyone outside of the cast and crew to have access to the set to capture pictures or video.
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Marvel’s Black Panther enjoys the second-biggest four day opening in history

Given its record-breaking pre-sales, and the fact that tracking from box office analysts was increasing by the day for the past few weeks, there was a lot of expectation that Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster Black Panther would open big. However, I don’t think anyone really expected it to open quite so big…

On Sunday, it was revealed that the Chadwick Boseman-headlined solo movie had set a pre-summer record three-day weekend of $201.7 million in North America (blitzing the previous record of $132.4 million set by Deadpool in 2016).

However, the Presidents Day Monday numbers are now in, and Black Panther has surpassed December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi to claim the second-biggest four-day weekend in history, its $242 million beaten only by Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $288 million (The Force Awakens actually grossed $248 million in its first three days). Throw into that the biggest Monday gross ever of $40.2 million, edging
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Is Black Panther's Killmonger The Best Villain in the McU?

If you've been on social media at all this past weekend, there's a good chance that you've seen a lot of fans talking about Black Panther. A lot of them are talking about Michael B. Jordan's character Killmonger and how he is the best villain in the McU so far.

Audiences are absolutely loving Black Panther. Even Marvel Studio president Kevin Feige says that it's the best Marvel movie. Personally, I think he needs to go back and watch some of their past movies and be reminded of what they've done because there are some pretty amazing films that I think are still better than Black Panther. That's just my opinion, though.

As far as Killmonger being the best villain in the McU, Marvel has had issues with their villains in the past. I think any Marvel fan will admit to that. But, do you think he's the best?
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Yondu Breaks The Fourth Wall In Thor: Ragnarok Bonus Scene

“I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!”

Turns out Yondu (Aka everyone’s favorite Ravager) cropped up during the production of Thor: Ragnarok in the most unsuspecting way.

As revealed via Ragnarok‘s release on Digital HD (h/t ComicBook.com), Michael Rooker’s fan-favorite actually interrupted one of Asgard’s public executions, as below you’ll see Yondu moseying his way through a crowd of extras. Their facial expressions really tell the story, too, as Taika Waititi’s haggard Asgardians look to Rooker with a mixture of shock and confusion.

And so, after bringing a halt to Skurge’s (Karl Urban) execution, Yondu asks to be pointed in the direction of Kevin and Lou’s office – for the record, he’s likely referring to Marvel producers Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito – and below we’ve included a screengrab of the moment when Michael Rooker shatters the fourth wall. Alas,
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Chris Pratt has given a glowing review of Marvel’s Black Panther

So how much did Chris Pratt like Marvel’s Black Panther? It turns out quite a bit. The Guardians of the Galaxy actor sounded off on Twitter today with quite possibly the most enthusiastic review of the film so far — he uses lots of capital letters — and he also makes some interesting parallels.

You can read his thoughts below:

The Hype Is Real!! Woke up thinking about #BlackPanther It’s like a Bond movie meets Shakespearean tragedy. Great action. Stunning visuals. Exceptional performances all around. Thought provoking And Funny! @chadwickboseman @letitiawright @michaelb4jordan @DanaiGurira

— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) February 19, 2018

Black Panther most definitely has some 007 in its bones; especially during that fantastic scene in Seoul. One can only guess which Shakespeare play Chris Pratt was reminded of which watching the film, although many have been making comparisons to Hamlet and Macbeth (hopefully not in the theater itself).

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Shuri dons her own Black Panther costume in unused concept art from the Marvel blockbuster

A piece of concept art has arrived online from Marvel’s Black Panther: The Art of the Movie which sees Letitia Wright’s Shuri, the sister of Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, wearing her own alternate take on the Black Panther suit. Check it out here…

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In the comic books, Shuri has taken on the mantle of the Black Panther for a time when T’Challa was incapacitated, so perhaps this is something we might get to see playing out in the inevitable sequel to the box office smash.

Asked about that very possibility by Comic Book, Wright responded: “I hope, whenever the time is right if it’s meant to happen, I would happily do it. But you can’t have a Shuri movie without T’Challa and you
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Kevin Feige says Black Panther is the best movie Marvel has ever made

Marvel Studios has scored a major success with its latest superhero offering, with Black Panther proving to be a resounding hit with critics and audiences alike, propelling it to one of the biggest opening weekends of all time, and the second-biggest superhero movie launch of all time after The Avengers.

Speaking to ABC News in the wake of the movie’s monster debut, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has sung the praises of the film, describing it as the best movie that Marvel has made, as well as explaining why he believes it is resonating with the audience.

“The movie finished, and I looked over at Ryan, I said, ‘that’s the best movie we’ve ever made,'” said Feige. “Clearly you have anticipation from an audience that has never seen themselves portrayed like this before. Circumstances in the world have changed drastically since we started working on this movie four years ago.
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Did Chris Evans Just Confirm the Black Widow Movie?

Did Chris Evans Just Confirm the Black Widow Movie?
Did Chris Evans just confirm the Black Widow movie? Marvel fans have been begging for Scarlett Johannson to get her own Black Widow movie for a very long time and, officially speaking, it still hasn't happened. Kevin Feige and everyone at Marvel Studios is keeping their lips sealed, but the movie is reportedly being actively developed right now and could potentially be ready to go as one of the early Phase 4 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Now, it looks like Johansson's McU co-star Chris Evans has confirmed the Black Widow movie in a new interview.

Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in the McU and will be rocking the Nomad persona from the comics in Avengers: Infinity War this summer, was recently interviewed in honor of Black Panther arriving in theaters. Like many others around the world, Evans was singing the movie's praises. He speaks a bit about Marvel in more broad terms,
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Kevin Feige Says Michelle Pfeiffer Gives and "Iconic and Amazing" Performance in Ant-man And The Wasp

I was so excited when I first heard that Michelle Pfeifer was going to play Janet van Dyne in Ant-Man and The Wasp. I've been a fan of Pfeifer for a long time... ever since she played Catwoman in Batman Returns! She was so great in that movie and it's so cool that she's now going to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

During an interview with Vulture, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explains what it is like to have the actress as a part of the McU crew, and says that her performance in the film is iconic and amazing:

“I don’t want to say too much, but I will say that’s she’s every bit as iconic and amazing in this part as you would imagine. People ask sometimes about movie stars and star power and who’s the most exciting person to be around,
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Kevin Feige says Michelle Pfeiffer is ‘iconic and amazing” in Ant-Man and The Wasp

During a discussion with Vulture about the prominence of female characters in the McU, head honcho Kevin Feige has been talking up Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance as Janet Van Dyne in Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp.

The wife of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and mother to Hope (Evangeline Lilly), Janet is currently lost in the Quantum Realm, so as you can imagine, Pfeiffer’s role will underpin a lot of the emotional beats of Peyton Reed’s sequel, and Feige has confirmed as much by revealing “I don’t want to say too much, but I will say that’s she’s every bit as iconic and amazing in this part as you would imagine,” going on to add that “People ask sometimes about movie stars and star power and who’s the most exciting person to be around, and the truth is that once you get to know them as people,
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Kevin Feige Says That Black Panther is the Best Marvel Movie Ever Made, Do You Agree?

Black Panther is a freakin' great film. I loved how it turned out. It told a great complex story with dramatic layers and it was also a blast. But... is it the best Marvel movie ever made? Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige says it is! During an interview with ABC, that you can watch below, Feige said:

"The movie finished, and I looked over at Ryan [Coogler], I said, 'that's the best movie we've ever made.'"

That's quite a bold statement from Kevin Feige, but... I have to respectfully disagree. Everyone is going to have their own opinion on this matter because everyone has different tastes. There's really no right or wrong answer to this.

After watching Black Panther I went back and watched The Winter Soldier and Civil War, and those films are still so amazing. Those along with Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy films I
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Kevin Feige Addresses Those Leaked Captain Marvel Costume Photos

Nearly a month after leaked set photos revealed star Brie Larson in a Captain Marvel costume that wasn’t exactly what fans anticipated, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has addressed the pitfalls of filming in public, and what the images really show.

Speaking with Vulture about the women of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Feige said the studio understands that, “If you want to film out in public — and Captain Marvel has a lot of scenes that will be shot on location — it’s gonna happen,” referring to leaks.
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6 Huge Records That Black Panther’s Now Broken

There really is no stopping T’Challa at the moment, as he continues to claw his way into the hearts of moviegoers everywhere and right to the top of the box office charts. With tons of positive reviews in the tank, not to mention an A+ CinemaScore and a tremendous amount of positive buzz, all signs point to Black Panther continuing to dominate for some time to come, and given how excellent the film is, that’s great to see.

As you surely know, Ryan Coogler’s spinoff posted a massive opening weekend haul of $192 million, which places it fifth on the list of all-time biggest domestic openings. But on its way to that total, the pic broke a few significant records, some of which were clinched even before it hit theaters. And the folks at Screen Rant have now compiled a list of 6 of the biggest, which you can see below.
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The 'Black Panther' Revolution

Norman Jean Roy for Rolling Stone

Two years ago, Chadwick Boseman was in a movie called Gods of Egypt. It was not a very good movie. But in addition to its not-goodness, it also became infamous for whitewashing – casting, as ancient African deities, a white guy from Scotland, a white guy from Denmark and at least seven white people from Australia. Boseman, the sole black lead, played Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom and inventor of mathematics. Before the movie came out, an interviewer asked him about the criticism, and
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