We all knew 2018 would be a big year for Marvel, and it’s already starting incredibly strong. And we’re not even talking about Avengers: Infinity War yet. Black Panther released a new TV spot Monday night, featuring a ton of new footage and a song from Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples. It was a fantastic trailer that somehow made the movie look even better than everything we’d seen before it. It was also the official announcement that tickets were on sale, and I guess it worked. The movie has already hit a major ticket sales record.
Fandango announced that Black Panther pre-sold more tickets than any Marvel Studios film in history. The previous record holder was Captain America: Civil War, and Black Panther surpassed its presale total in less than 24 hours. The news came from a tweet by Fandango Managing Editor, Erik Davis.
Davis elaborated in a press release (per Variety), “Black Panther is riding an incredible wave of momentum right now. “It’s one of the biggest and most anticipated movies to ever open in the month of February, and its trailers have electrified the internet. Tickets have been going fast ever since pre-sales started on Fandango late Monday.” It makes sense. How do you not rush to get tickets for this.
With so many people buying their tickets early, it’s no surprise that many have had trouble finding a non sold out screening on opening day. What is surprising is that it’s even affected one of the stars of the movie. Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakia in the movie, says she couldn’t get a ticket after they sold out so fast. She posted a video to Twitter describing an ordeal that ‘s familiar to everyone trying to buy tickets to a popular movie when they go on sale: Fighting through site errors and server crashes only to find that they’re all sold out.
What’s especially striking is how long it took. “Fifteen minutes later, I kid you not, 15 minutes later, I was trying to purchase tickets, and they were sold out. Sold out!” Nyong’o says in the video. Yeah, it turns out a ton of people want to see this movie.
Looking beyond this year, Marvel announced another development that should mean exciting things for the future. They’re finally making that Black Widow movie we’ve been asking for since 2010. Ever since Scarlett Johansson debuted as the character in Iron Man 2, fans have been begging for her to get her own solo feature. Now, that’s one step closer to actually happening.
Variety reports the Marvel studios has hired writer Jac Schaeffer to write the script. The movie is still very early in development, but hiring someone to write a script is the farthest Marvel has gotten with the project. Before making the decision, Marvel executives met with Johansson to hammer out exactly what they wanted to see from a Black Widow movie. Schaeffer has mostly written comedies in the past, meaning we should expect at least some humor, along with the expected spy action.
There’s no expected release date yet, but it’s good news that we’re finally (probably) going to get a Black Widow movie. Until now, the closest we had were a couple good scenes in The Avengers and a decent arc in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This also means Black Widow should be safe in Avengers: Infinity War. With so many actors’ contracts expiring after the Avengers 4, it’s thought that at least some of our heroes will die. It’s a nice comfort that Black Widow won’t be among them. We hope.
Speaking of the next two Avengers movies, production continues on both, and a few actors have been spotted on set. JustJared published two set photos featuring Mark Ruffalo in full motion-capture gear, Chris Evans wearing his classic Captain America costume, and Paul Rudd in full Ant-Man gear. They’re just goofing around on set, so there’s no way to tell what’s going on in the scene they’re filming. They sure look like they’re having fun, though.
I wonder who said whatever’s making them all laugh so hard. I bet it was Ruffalo.
Over in Sony’s MCU-adjacent Spider-Verse, the Venom movie is closer to being a reality. The film is currently on a break from shooting, and will resume at the end of the month. In the meantime, IGN got some behind-the-scenes details, including a first look as Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock. He looks really great as the on-the-job reporter.
Though we won’t know for sure until we see a trailer, the photo is a promising sign that Hardy will make a believable Brock as well as a scary Venom. We know Hardy can do scary and intimidating, but it’s also important that he can play the anxious insecurity of Brock. Hardy’s a very talented actor, and there’s no doubt that he can do both. In this photo, Hardy looks very much like Eddie Brock, and not at all like Venom. That’s a very good thing.
The film will adapt the “Lethal Protector” arc from the comics, following a reformed Eddie Brock living as a reporter in San Francisco. It’s set to hit theaters this year on October 5.
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