NY Times reports that Serial Box, a digital service that delivers books in weekly chapter instalments, will collaborate with Marvel to publish original content with its iconic characters.
Former global digital director of Penguin Random House Molly Barton (Not related to Hawkeye / Clint Barton) created Serial Box in 2015. Since its inception, the company has gained recognition for applying the TV series distribution model to its books. Readers can purchase “episodes” or entire “seasons” at affordable prices: think $1.99 for the e-book and audiobook versions of any individual episode.
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“We are really focused on the commute and the idea that people have a short window of time in their day where you can make your content fit that window,” Barton told NY Times.
Serial Box currently has two dozen series available, its genres ranging from fantasy and sci-fi to mystery or procedurals. Thor will be the first Marvel franchise to receive the serialized book treatment in the summer, followed by releases for Black Panther, Black Widow, and Jessica Jones.
Also, although Serial Box has yet to release its official announcement, Barton has stated that some of the company’s series would be adapted for television. Whether or not this includes the Marvel Serial Box titles is unknown, but they would be a great addition to the upcoming MCU shows that will reach Disney’s streaming service. And we can hope.
Returning to Wakanda on December 5th, we will be delving into one of Black Panther most skilled and multi-layered characters Killmonger. The vengeful yet captivating character caught the attention of the audience and had them questioning what side they were really on. The excitement from the movie has not died down but have only fueled the need for more stories from the Black Panther series. Marvel has announced that the fatherless boy, the vengeful man, long forgotten by Wakanda, will be getting his own solo comic. The comic, written by Brian Edward Hill and illustrated by Juan Ferreyra, will be a five-part mini-series, going into detail of the tragic life Killmonger.
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The comic will explore how the choices we make can cause a domino effect. It explores the consequences of those choices as well as the failures that follow. When backed into a corner, no more choices and only what is here and now. The book is full of tragic moments, shady people and difficult choices.
The comic seeks to paint a picture of those forgotten by the beautiful and enchanting Wakanda, those who have been tossed to the streets, to fend for themselves. The world has failed him, and everyone like him. Erik Killmonger will be fleshed out in full glory as we are shown a new perspective of Wakanda through the eyes of Killmonger. Be sure to pick up a copy of Killmonger when it is published on December 5th.
Black Panther’s sister, Shuri, is getting her moment in the spotlight this Fall with the release of the Black Panther spin-off series, Shuri.
The tech-savvy character has been a favorite character among comic book fans for some time and has become even more popular since the recent adaptation of the series hit the big screen. Fans are bound to be thrilled to see more of her character in action with the release of Shuri. According to Marvel, the series will explore Shuri’s leadership skills when her brother’s absence forces her to take charge and be the leader Wakanda needs. In a press release Marvel wrote:
Shuri will bring a domestic conflict to the princess’s table — while she is the most at home in her lab, working to keep her country at the forefront of science and technology, Wakanda is missing its leader. Without T’Challa around, Shuri will have to decide if she will forego her own passions in order to stand up for her nation.
The Shuri series will be written by Nnedi Okorafor, a Nigerian-American author of African-based stories spanning Sci-Fi, fantasy, and magical realism genres. Okorafor is no stranger to Wakanda having written Black Panther: Long Live The King, a comic book series published by Marvel. Okorafor will team up with illustrator Leonardo Romero, an award-winning artist who has previously illustrated Marvel’s Immortal Hulk series.
[Shuri is] an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she’s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda. The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she’s super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more. She’s a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me.
The Shuri comic book series will debut in October 2018.
While Black Panther continues to dominate theaters everywhere, fierce feminist duo Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o are putting their spears down and leaving Wakanda for Americanah.
Written by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah follows two young Nigerian immigrants who leave behind their home filled with political tension and try to reinvent themselves in different parts of the world, forced to accept that their journey for freedom and opportunity drives them towards separate paths. As they settle into their new surroundings, they endure struggles with adapting to new cultures all the while maintaining their identities.
Adichie’s award-winning novel will be adapted into a mini-series written by Gurira, with Nyongo signed on to play the lead role of Ifemelu. Both actresses will also be executive producers.
Excitement for the upcoming adaptation has been brewing for quite some time; Nyong’oannounced that she acquired the book rights nearly four years ago. With the positive energy surrounding Black Panther, it appears that Nyongo perfectly timed Americanah’s production.
The duo’s incredible performances in Black Panther clearly shows their compatibility on-screen, but if you’re worried about their compatibility off-screen, don’t be.
The ass-kicking duo collaborated previously when Nyongo starred in Gurira’s broadway play, Eclipsed. Gurira’s impressive script clearly complimented Nyongo’s acting skills, as the former earned a Tony for her performance.
Further information on casting, production schedules, and release date is yet to be known. In the meantime, if you haven’t seen Black Panther yet, go see it!
Lee’s Black Panther introduced the first mainstream black superhero, creating (and inspiring) superheroes that people of color can identify with and be inspired by. This representation can be incredibly beneficial for audiences, particularly youth.
As Rolling Stone put it, “An entire generation of children will now know that a black superhero, society, imagination and power can exist right alongside Peter Parker, Steve Rogers and Bruce Wayne.”
Audiences aren’t the only ones benefitting from the film, however. There is another group Wakanda has helped, and it comes in the form of furry felines.
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According to tumblr user gallusrostromegalus, the success of Black Panther has led to an unexpected demand for black cats in shelters near Durango, Colorado.
“Unexpected Benefit of Black Panther:My local pet shelters went from having something like 50-60 black cats between them to having NONE, because they’ve all been adopted out and named after the characters.”
If the success of Black Panther has indeed inspired the adoptions of black cats then that is a pretty big deal.
This may be due to cultural views on black cats, who have historically been characterized as unlucky and associated with supernatural phenomenon, including witches and Halloween, but this negative association may see a turning point thanks to Chadwick Boseman’s positive portrayal of Black Panther.
In a followup post gallusrostromegalus wrote that while one shelter owner disagreed with the idea that Black Panther inspired people to adopt a cat, she did think the film inspired potential cat owners to choose black cats over white cats. They said:
According to Mary who runs the cattery, these cats are mostly being adopted to people who were looking to adopt *A* cat in general, then see the black kitties and go “LIKE BLACK PANTHER” and take them home, so for once, black cats are being adopted first.
Not only has the love for Black Panther inspired potential owners to adopt black cats, but it has inspired the names in which they chose.
“‘T’challa’ is the most popular, but there are a fair number of ‘Okoye’s and ‘Shuri’s as well,” they wrote.
So if you live near Durango and see an adorable black cat roaming the streets, don’t hesitate to call out ‘T’challa’.