‘Black Panther’: It’s About Damn Time

Once in a while, the studio machine gets it right, and what was supposed to be a typical genre picture hits all the right notes and becomes a timeless classic that transcends genre. The audience, or at least a segment of the audience, responds on a visceral level to the film, and it becomes a landmark in their lives. I believe Black Panther is one such film.

Five Suggestions for the MCU

Dear Marvel Studios,
Let’s face it, the MCU is killing it lately. You’re making hit after hit, and you don’t show signs of stopping anytime soon. THOR: RAGNAROK seems like a lot of fun, BLACK PANTHER looks amazing, and you’ve still got AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR on the horizon. You’re obviously doing almost everything right.
I doubt you’re looking for advice from another random yahoo on the internet, but I have some thoughts about how you could make things even better and sustain things going forward. So don’t consider these demands, exactly. They’re more like friendly suggestions, okay? Here goes:

Guardians of the Galaxy: Eye Candy and Daddy Issues

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may be the most eagerly-awaited sequel outside the Star Wars brand, and James Gunn has delivered a winner. Some online critics feel that it doesn’t live up to the first, but I believe they are confused by the fact that the first one was an unexpected surprise they didn’t know they wanted, and this one is an eagerly anticipated treat that they are pumping up high expectations for. Since that joy of discovery is replaced by expectation, which can’t really compare, they are feeling a self-inflicted disappointment that is unwarranted. I loved it. Gunn still has some tricks up his sleeve.

Doctor Strange: Deleted Scenes

Marvel’s Doctor Strange was made available for Digital HD/3D download and at Disney Movies Anywhere on February 14, and the film will be on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand next Tuesday, February 28. The Blu-ray and Digital releases come packaged with over 80 minutes of extra features and behind-the-scenes material. As a little preview, here’s a look at some of the bonus material you’ll get.