Black Panther premiered in Los Angeles on January 29, 2018, and was released theatrically in the United States on February 16, 2018. That is almost a month ago now, but there is still palpable buzz about the movie in the air, and across the Internet. This is well deserved, of course, and I am very much among the people who absolutely loved the movie. It has also been a big financial success, as of a couple of days ago, Black Panther had grossed 940.
I’ve been dipping in and out of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for years. I’ve always thought it was an intriguing show, and fearless in the crazy stuff it has been willing to try over the years, but I’ve never tuned in for an entire season before. In the end, no matter what cerebral concepts it was toying with, I always ended up drifting away. The subjects this show has put on screen have included; a Matrix like immersive computer environment, artificial intelligence, and a trip to a parallel universe.
I’ve just started reading Doctor Aphra, and like most things I’m late to the party. Doctor Aphra first appeared in the third issue of the Darth Vader comic book. I have been aware of the Darth Vader book and Doctor Aphra for a while, but although I was intrigued I didn’t immediately check it out. One reason I haven’t checked out the Star Wars comic books, including Darth Vader, is that we live in a golden age of sci-fi, where spaceships and superheroes are welcomed into the mainstream like never before.
I saw Black Panther yesterday and it lived up to my high expectations, then handsomely exceeded them. All of the elements that are important to me in a superhero movie were done beautifully well, and there were some nice surprises, too. This is my review of it, and if you have seen the trailer this is pretty-much spoiler free. The lead performances were excellent, which was no surprise. I had already seen a couple of trailers, so I was not worried about the acting.
I’m reading The Champions today, a comic book about a team of teenage superheroes. It’s a popular book and has been well received by critics. When it was released, there was an article and interview in Entertainment Weekly, and The Hollywood Reporter, which hints at it being something special. The writer says the team are intended to be very socially conscious, very activist-minded, and very positive about being superheroes, which I much prefer to grimdark interpretations of superheroes, like the recent Superman movies.
Because the Black Panther movie is coming out very soon and because this is a sci-fi blog, I’m writing today about Afrofuturism. One big caveat I feel compelled to mention before writing another word on this subject is that I am a white male. I consider myself woke, but I would never claim to be any kind of expert on a subject like this. I’m not saying a white dude can’t, theoretically, become expert in this field, I’m just saying that I am most definitely not that guy.
Altered Carbon and The Punisher are both shows that have recently premiered on Netflix. I have watched all of The Punisher, but only the first three episodes of Altered Carbon, and I’m writing this post because I noticed a few similarities between the two shows. On the surface, they are quite different. Altered Carbon is a cyberpunk series based on the 2002 novel of the same name by English author Richard K.