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Ryan Coogler Is Developing a Series About Wakanda for Disney+

The Black Panther creator has new partnerships with Disney+ in the works


When Black Panther came out in February 2018, it was an instant hit.

As part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film's success was expected, but helmed by a majority Black cast and not directly tied to the continuous storyline, the scale of its success was in question. However, the film shattered all expectations — partly because of the fervor of Black audiences, partly because of the fanaticism of Marvel stans, but mostly because it was just a really good movie.

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Can Marvel Defeat the "Fantastic Four" Curse?

Will the MCU magic translate to the newly announced film, or are we in for another terrible Fantastic Four movie?

Fantastic Four | Official Teaser Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

At Disney's 2020 Investor Day event, the media giant announced a huge slate of announcements involving Star Wars, Pixar, Disney+, and — of course — Marvel Studios.

Along with trailers for Loki — a series following Tom Hiddleston's Norse god of mischief — and the bizarre throwback sitcom Wandavision, Marvel announced plans for a movie starring "Marvel's first family," AKA the Fantastic Four. There's only one problem: Fantastic Four movies are always terrible.

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Black Panther movie poster KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

Photo by Faiz Zaki (Shutterstock)

Wakanda isn't real, but neither is direct democracy in America, so why not freely devote ourselves to the Black Panther nation, anyway?

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Baby Yoda Is Emo, and We Love That

Thanks to the Twitter account @emo_yoda, our favorite galactic infant now comes with your favorite sad tunes.

Photo by: Maksym Tymchyk / Unsplash

By now, we've already discussed in detail why internet celebrity (and my ideal offspring) Baby Yoda is so great, to a degree that he should probably run for president.

A lot of us haven't even watched a single episode of The Mandalorian, the Disney+ Star Wars spinoff that gave Baby Yoda a platform to steal our hearts, but that doesn't mean we can't participate in enjoying memes of the robed green creature. Naturally, many such memes have centered around music, whether little Yoda is bumping "Get Low" from the cockpit of his spaceship or proudly holding Charli XCX's Pop 2 mixtape.

This week, a Twitter account by the username @emo_yoda joined in on the fun for a specific lane of music lovers. In the wake of viral Instagram accounts like "Chandler Holding Ur Fav Album" and "Drake Loves Ur Fav Album," where different album covers are edited into the hands of either Chandler from Friends or Drake from Drake and Josh, @emo_yoda is where your favorite emo, pop-punk, and indie records are all beheld by the baby himself.

It all started a few days ago when Baby Yoda started listening to Modern Baseball's Holy Ghost. While he certainly enjoys the classics—the header photo is Baby Yoda superimposed over the cover photo for American Football's 1999 debut—he enjoys many newer records, as well, like Joyce Manor's Never Hungover Again, Snail Mail's Lush, and PUP's Morbid Stuff. The latter band responded, saying, "Just noticing your profile photo, which is totally f**king unhinged." The photo is unhinged, indeed: a shot of Pope Francis lifting a chalice, except the Pope's face is edited over with PUP frontman Stefan Babcock and the chalice is—you guessed it—Baby Yoda. Imagining Baby Yoda would headbang to PUP or cry to American Football is a true delight, and we're thankful for all iterations of the meme to keep him alive in his adorable glory forever.


Taking "Frozen 2" Too Seriously: Race, Reparations, and Revisionist History

Disney comes close to transcending the Happily Ever After pitfall–and then fails.

Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell Receive Frozen-Inspired Dolls

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If you've seen Frozen, then you know that being a person of color these days is sort of like having magic powers—if you live in a society (like Arendelle) where people with magic powers are vilified and run out of many towns out of fear and misunderstanding of the foreign and unknown.

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Marvel's "Black Widow" Trailer Is Designed to Sell Funko Pops

How many Funko Pops can you count in the new "Black Widow" trailer?

Screenshot from Marvel Studios' Black Widow - Official Teaser Trailer / Marvel Entertainment

After way too many years of waiting, Black Widow is finally getting her own movie.

And in the same way that a Russian assassin with a distinctly non-Russian accent deals with her targets, Marvel quietly dropped the first Black Widow trailer in the middle of the night.

Marvel Studios' Black Widow - Official Teaser

So, first things first––yes, even at a point when many of us are super burnt out on superhero movies, it really is great to see Black Widow finally getting her own feature.

At the same time, though, I've started to experience a weird phenomenon every time a new superhero movie trailer comes out. I watch the trailer and I think to myself, "Dang, there are so many Funko Pops here."

Allow me to explain.

For anyone who lives under a rock, Funko Pops are those big head, dead-eyed, ten-dollar figures that are sold literally everywhere. Every time a new superhero movie comes out, they release an absolutely endless stream of tie-in figures. Every tiny variant is a new Funko Pop. And if you know what to look for in a trailer, you can literally spot them. I'll show you.

We open on Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow staring at herself in the mirror. She's wearing a tank top. Black Tank Top Black Widow? That's gonna be a Funko Pop.

Flashback to young Black Widow training as an assassin. Young Black Widow? Yeah, that'll be a Funko Pop.

Another flashback. Black Widow in a Leather Coat. Funko Pop. Black Widow in her classic Black Suit. Not only will that be a Funko Pop, but I guaran-f*cking-tee there's going to be a hanging variant where she seems to be dangling on a rope with guns out. At least two Funko Pops.

Oh man, Black Widow is fighting her sister now? Nice! Black Widow's sister, Yelena, is definitely getting a Funko Pop. We're also probably going to see a Black Widow Fighting Her Sister Funko Pop Movie Moment (yes, that is an actual thing).

Cut to Black Widow and her Sister on a motorcycle. Oh yeah, I'm thinking that'll be a Funko Pop Ride (yes, that is also an actual thing).

Quick shot of Black Widow posing in a slightly different leather outfit. Need a Funko Pop of that for sure.

OOOOOOOOH. WHITE OUTFIT BLACK WIDOW. WHITE OUTFIT. Funko Pop. This one is going to have a few variants, too. I'd put money on Glow-In-The-Dark White Outfit Black Widow Target Exclusive.

Taskmaster enters (Daaaaang son). He's going to have a Funko Pops for sure. Probably two––one standard, one with his bow and arrow out.

There's Rachel Weisz playing another former Black Widow in her battle suit. Funko Pop.

Hey, there's David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov. He's Red Guardian! We get a whole lot of shots of him, and that's actually going to be four distinct Funko Pops––Alexei Shostakov Casual Prison Uniform, Alexei Shostakov Shirtless, Red Guardian, and Red Guardian Maskless where they reuse the same head from Alexei Shostakov Shirtless.

Family dinner. Black Widow's sister has a battle suit, too. Funko Pop that sh*t.

Close on a helicopter jump scene. Black Widow is being shot at by some generic soldier. Not sure what organization he's from, but it doesn't matter. He's getting a Funko Pop.

So from that two-minute trailer, I think we can safely count on there being at least 19 Funko Pops. Revisit this article around the movie's release. See if I'm right.

I promise I am.