‘Black Panther’ writer criticizes Marvel Studios: “I just don’t like him”

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the Black Panther what follows is always a well-wrapped secret. The project came to a devastating halt last year when King T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman tragically lost his battle with colon cancer. While Kevin Feige and director Ryan Coogler have said the role of T’Challa will not be recast, the question remains how Marvel Studios will rework the film. Many Marvel fans are expecting to see Boseman’s onscreen sister, Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, take on the role of Black Panther.

While we wait Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, however, MCU fans can reunite with hero Wakandan in Ta-Nehisi Coates Black Panther comic series. But, despite his five-year tenure as a Marvel Comics screenwriter, Coates released a damning report on Marvel Entertainment’s most important division, the popular Marvel Studios.

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First appearing in Marvel Comics in 1966, Black Panther was created by Marvel legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The character made his on-screen debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Captain America: Civil War (2016) where he reunited with Steve Rogers’ friend and ally (Chris Evans), Bucky Barnes AKA the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Actor Chadwick Boseman reprized his Avenger in a solo superhero film, Black Panther (2018) who took the world by storm not only for his role in the great Marvel Universe, but also for what he did for black communities in terms of portraying black superheroes. The film starred Michael B. Jordan (Creed) as the villain, Erik Killmonger, Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah), Angèle Basset (Soul), Lupita Nyong’o (12 years of slavery) and Danai Gurira (The walking dead), as leader of Dora Milaje, Okoye.

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Coates’s Black Panther The comic book series explores the wills of the Wakandan people during the reign of their leader, the Black Panther. The fictional African nation is well known for its advanced technology, and Coates’ story reveals a dramatic upheaval in the very center of Wakanda.

In light of the Black Panther success of the film, it would suggest that these legions of fans would turn to stories like Coates’ modern Black Panther adventures to overcome them, but a new interview suggests an element of the writer’s disgust towards the Marvel film studio.

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In a recent interview with Polygon, the Black Panther The writer discussed his place in the Marvel business and his hopes for better recognition. When asked if Coogler’s film, and therefore Boseman’s T’Challa, affected his own writing process, Coates replied:

“No. I wish there was better integration, in terms of… the people who were very excited about the movie. I wish they’d try to turn, say, 2% of them into readers of the movie. comics.

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Coates shared his criticism of Marvel Studios and their lack of compensation for comic book creators.

“… Here are people who make a living from comics. And I wish Marvel would find better ways to pay the creators who helped make Black Panther Black Panther. I wish they could find better ways to compensate the people who made Captain America Captain America. “

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He added :

“I wish they could find ways to reward the author of the greatest Winter Soldier stories you’ll ever read.” I don’t like there being a Falcon and Winter Soldier show on TV and I hear Ed [Brubaker] who he can’t even get in touch with… I just don’t like it. I do not like it. Look, I had a great time. I had a great time writing for Marvel. I am indebted to Marvel.

Coates is clearly talking about the Disney + show, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which was created for television by Malcolm Spellman and directed by Kari Skogland. It has seen the return of Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier. The latest entry into the MCU has become a fan favorite and topped the streaming charts around the world. Coates commented on the success of the MCU:

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“… to see people making billions in addition to billions, and for my man [Ed Brubaker] to say he can’t pick up a phone call. I don’t know what the relationship will look like in the future, but as a creator you are thinking about it. You think about the way people treat other people. You think about the way companies treat others. And I just don’t like it.

As Coates’ time with Marvel is over, his claims about their treatment of comic book creators are likely to cause future friction between him and the entertainment powerhouse. It will be interesting to see if his report brings about a change in the areas of compensation. We saw recently that The Walt Disney Company is facing backlash from various authors who claim #DisneyMustPay, after reporting that they are withholding royalty payments for certain projects.

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Regarding the next screen visit to Wakanda, Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever will be released on July 8, 2022 – continuing the legacy of Chadwick Boseman – with the launch of director Ryan Coogler’s Wakanda Disney + series in the near future, although a release date is yet to be confirmed. Recent reports also indicate that Okoye star Danai Gurira is getting his own Disney + origin show.

Wakanda Forever, indeed.

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