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Avengers Film Begs a New Look at ’16 Black Panther Comic

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Black Panther has taken the world by storm.  In fact, it is so popular, the new Avengers: Infinity Wars film was moved up from its original release date of May 4 to April 27 and a new trailer featuring more of the beloved characters from the film has appeared on television and across social media. With the success of the film and its star Chadwick Boseman’s hilarious portrayal of T’Challa on SNL, Marvel’s Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 (written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant) deserves a new, more introspective look. It would be unfair to say that he’s arguably one of the most important…

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With the Projected Billion Dollar Success of ‘Black Panther,’ Underrepresented Superheroes Are Finally Taking Center Stage

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We’re all used to the typical superhero story by this point. A man struggling with his identity also struggles to save the world. Think Spiderman, Superman, Batman. Three iconic heroes who all have to come to terms with the way their abilities affect both their lives and the well-being of those around them. We’re seen this narrative play out in multiple ways: dark and gritty, like Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman. Surreal and fun, ala Tim Burton. But no matter how these heroes are portrayed, they always have a couple things in common, specifically that they’re white and male. But that narrative is slowly changing, and lately we have a front row seat to the cultural shift that’s taking over…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: A Jumanji First-Look; Ghost Rider on Agents of SHIELD; Bruce Springsteen’s New Memoir

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Time for a mid-week book news roundup! Each week BookTrib is bringing you quick commentary regarding news from across the web, from TV to comics to books galore, if it has a literary twist– it’s on our radar. Take a look at this week’s book-related picks: Jumanji is happening folks, deal with it. Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s picture book sure has had an exciting run, and it’s still inspiring new works 36 years later. The 1995 film starring the late Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt and a young Kirsten Dunst, became an instant classic; one I wish they never touched—but still, a continuation is underway. The newest film will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and everyone’s (OK, my)…

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Did You Love Agent Carter? Try These 4 Books to Get Over the Cancellation

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There’s nothing worse than when your favorite TV show gets canceled. You spend years invested in the characters and love stories, waiting for that happy ending you know is coming. But when the network decides to cancel the show prematurely, you’re left to wonder and speculate as you pray for that rare 10-years-from-now-wrap-up-movie (here’s looking at you, Veronica Mars). It’s especially heartbreaking when it seems like another network might save it from cancelation, only to have your hopes dashed at the last minute. I recently had this experience with Agent Carter, which ABC canceled after just two seasons (sob, sob, sob). For a while it looked like Netflix might pick up the female-driven show, but as of August 2, they’ve…

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Comic Books Collide: Does Superman Have Any Place in Supergirl’s World?

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Yesterday, The CW announced that Tyler Hoechlin is joining the cast of Supergirl as her famous crime-fighting cousin, Superman. This follows the news that the female-driven show will be moving from CBS to The CW to join the Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow DC family. There are already plans in place for an epic crossover event with all four shows. We. Can’t. Wait. But in the meantime, we’re still trying to digest the news that Superman is becoming a permanent fixture on the girlpower-centric Supergirl. Hoechlin is best known for playing Derek Hale on Teen Wolf, and there’s no denying that he has the type of chiseled jaw we’ve come to associate with one of the most famous superheroes of…

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5 Things We Hope to See from Netflix’s Daredevil Season 2

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Alert the media! Marvel’s Daredevil is upon us, and it’s bringing a few familiar faces to the comic book lovers of the world. Who’s interested in seeing what Daredevil himself Matt Murdock and idealistic best bro Foggy Nelson are up to when we return for the second season of the Netflix original series? I know I can’t wait to revisit Hell’s Kitchen and Karen Page (how could we forget about Karen Page!?) and the intrigue it has to offer our favorite Marvel gang. Season 2 will hit the Internet on March 18, so we expect you’ll be coming up with an epic excuse to skip work and jump into binge-watching mode. So, will Season 2 deliver a superb second installment? That remains…

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From Captain America to Batman v. Superman: Superheroes Are Taking Over

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Forget about Hillary vs. Bernie. Never mind Trump vs. Carson. The real action online is in a slew of geek-tastic movie trailers that are dropping faster than late-Autumn leaves. Last week saw the release of the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War, a movie that may as well be titled Avengers 3. As with most trailers, the cuts are quick, the action is lightning-fast, and you are compelled to watch it over and over and over again (Holy crap—it’s Black Panther! No! What happened to War Machine? And just what the heck is up with that crazy shield duet that Cap and Bucky are playing on Iron Man’s noggin?).     And then, just as our hearts were starting…

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Before You Plug into Netflix, We’ve Got Your Jessica Jones Cheat Sheet

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I’ve been waiting months for the premiere of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix and the debut of our first female comic-book anti-hero. As much as I dig Agent Carter, Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, their heroics lean towards the squeaky-clean. Jessica Jones will be our first female hero with some grit under her nails, dirty laundry lying around the apartment, and the smell of alcohol on her breath. Up until now, flawed heroes were limited to men—Wolverine and Iron Man, to name a couple. Jessica will be our first 3-dimensional female superhero. And it’s not just because of the conventional noir trappings of too much hard living and hard drinking; it’s the character herself. She’s deeply damaged and powerfully conflicted.…

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Move Over Breaking Bad, Here Comes Jessica Jones on Netflix

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Is America ready for a superheroine whose story might make Breaking Bad look like a family sitcom? As someone who was lucky enough to see the first episode of Marvel’s Jessica Jones at New York Comic Con, the answer is an unequivocal, “yes!” Recently I mused as to whether Jessica could escape the Strong Female Character trope where she’s just there as a foil for the male hero. Well, the brand new trailer should leave little doubt that Ms. Jones (as well as Krysten Ritter) is a badass in her own right. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has frequently expressed his plan to create unique movies that just happen to contain superheroes, rather “superhero movies.” With Jessica Jones Marvel…

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Will Marvel’s Jessica Jones be More Than Just Another Strong Female Character?

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Still waiting for Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel to anchor a major comic book movie? Tired of seeing female superheroes shunted to the sidelines? (Hey, I’m talking about you, Black Widow and Storm.) Well never fear, Jessica Jones is here. Yes, Marvel and Netflix just dropped the teaser trailer and release date (November 20) for the newest superhero series that fits in the acclaimed Marvel Daredevil universe.   Just one problem. Who the hell is Jessica Jones? I’ve been reading Marvel comics since Sue Storm was in pigtails and yet all that I know about Jessica is that she married Luke Cage, aka Power Man. And therein lies a problem. Is Jessica Jones just one more Strong Female Character (SFC)…

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Four Quartets Better Than the Fantastic Four

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Friday marks the opening of Fantastic Four, the latest movie version of the publication that launched the Silver Age of Comics, which established Marvel as a major force in the medium, and began the decades-long run of the periodical that billed itself as “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine!” What made FF such a classic? Was it how much we loved the characters—Reed Richard’s nerdiness, Johnny Storm’s fiery personality, Sue Storm’s sweetness or Ben Grimm’s heart of gold? Was it their cool powers? After all, who wouldn’t want to streak across the sky, leaving a trail of flames in their wake? Or turn invisible? Or have the strength of 100 men? Or…stretch like Reed? (OK, the stretching thing has always been…

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The Nexus of Nerdom: From Paul Rudd to Zoe Saldana

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During a recent conversation at BookTrib, we started to notice that there is some serious overlap when it comes to nerdy movie franchises. “Benedict Cumberbatch is in Star Trek, Sherlock Holmes AND The Hobbit,” someone said. “Well, John Barrowman is in Arrow and Doctor Who,” said another person. “Speaking of Doctor Who, Arthur Darvill used to be a companion, but now he’s going to play Rip Hunter on the new CW show Legends of Tomorrow, which is in the same universe as Arrow.” This went on for a while, until we realized something key: all roads lead back to Zoe Saldana. Yes, Zoe Saldana is the Kevin Bacon of the sci-fi world. Just take the new Marvel movie, Ant Man,…

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Ant-Man: Do You Know the Huge Origins of this Tiny Hero?

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OK everybody—let’s get small. If you recognize that as an obscure reference to a Steve Martin comedy album recorded nearly 40 years ago—POINTS! But that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about Friday’s release of Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man, the comic-book behemoth’s latest offering and the 12th entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Does Ant-Man arrive with the goofiest concept of any comic-book movie we’ve ever seen? Possibly. An ex-con is recruited to fight bad guys by stealing a suit that gives its wearer the power to shrink down to insect size and communicate with ants. Yeah, that’s pretty weird. But it’s only the latest in a long, long line of literary and cinematic tales with teeny-tiny protagonists. In…

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Marvel’s courtship of Ava DuVernay: Is Hollywood finally waking up?

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The American Civil Liberties Union isn’t happy with Hollywood right now. The ACLU has called for an investigation into the “systematic failure” of the film industry to hire female directors. In response to this, The Directors Guild of America blamed networks and studios for the “deplorable” lack of women directors in Hollywood. But of course, actions speak louder than words. In a positive step for women in film, Marvel is courting Selma director Ava DuVernay; according to the report, she will either helm Captain Marvel or Black Panther. The former picture is Marvel’s first solo female superhero film, and The Black Panther is the first movie that boasts a hero of color in the leading role. If one considers DuVernay’s work in Selma, one could hazard a…

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Comic fans, welcome the rise of the superheroine

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Batman. Superman. Spiderman. There’s no denying that when we think of superheroes, our minds conjure up a vision of a man in a cape, swooping in to save his city. But what about the female heroes? From Batgirl to Wonder Woman, we know they’re out there – and it’s way past time for superheroines to get their fair share of the glory. Luckily, the rest of the world seems to agree. From television to books, it seems like superheroines have been popping up everywhere recently. Take Arrow, for example. The CW show about the classic DC Comics hero, Green Arrow, started as a crusade by one masked man. But since it first aired in 2012, the show has grown to…

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Think Marvel is only for superhero fans? Think again

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We here at BookTrib don’t like to peek at spoilers, so we don’t know exactly what you’re going to see when Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on Friday. But whatever it is, it won’t be a superhero movie. Wait…what!? Will it be filled with costumed super-beings laying the smackdown on the bad guys? Yeah, it’ll have plenty of that. But what has made the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) so brilliant is that its offerings go well beyond the adventures of the costumed crusader du jour. MCU movies aren’t really superhero movies—they’re movies from very specific genres with very specific messages that just happen to have superheroes in them. The hero that kicked things off for the MCU is a perfect…

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