Make way for a new kind comic book based story. Marvel’s Black Panther, which is set to set for national release on Feb. 16, recorded the best-first day advance ticket sales for any Marvel film, according to Fandango. Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War now moves to second place in that list after grossing $179M in its first 24 hours in the summer of 2016.
New trailers, film stills, and clips are drawing buzz around the King of Wakanda played by Chadwick Boseman. Within 31 days, audiences will see a powerful futuristic African society raise a new superhero in a film largely devoid of white actors. Marvel’s Black Panther is headlined by black actors and actresses, and the female characters who are not assistants nor solely love interests. As the Panther battles to save the world and his people, fans are going to experience a generational cinematic event akin to DC’s Wonder Woman that shows Hollywood a minority superhero in a minority society can sell at the box office.
THE PUNISHER STAYS IN NEW YORK
Reports indicate production of Netflix’s The Punisher season 2 is likely to remain in New York. Season 1 starring the NYC based, gritty, rage-fueled comic book anti-hero hit Netflix in November 2017. Marvel can’t be more pleased with the reception the show received. Netflix released Frank Castle’s (played by Jon Bernenthal) story late in 2017. Upon release, The Punisher received a 62% from critics on RottenTomatoes (93% fan rating). While Marvel is bringing other vigilantes together (aka The Avengers), The Punisher seems most likely to exact justice as a one-man band. Castle can just as easily endanger his friends as he does his enemies. However, that doesn’t mean the gun-wielding ex Marine won’t fight alongside former ally Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and others if given the opportunity.
Berenthal was asked recently at ACE Comic Con in Arizona about who he would like to appear on screen with. His answer revealed Cox and Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter.
“You know, I love Charlie [Cox]. I’ve worked with him before and I’d work with him again on anything in a heartbeat. He’s the reason I’m doing this.He brought me into this and his performance is what made me want to do it.” Berenthal said on Cox.
“I’m a huge fan of Krysten’s [Ritter] too. She’s killer and I’d love to work with her as well.” Berenthal said on Ritter.