Marvel fans rejoice! The breakout star of Black Panther, Shuri, is getting her own novel! The superhero sister of the eponymous Black Panther, Shuri was brought to life by Leitita Wright onscreen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She proved to be extremely popular among audiences, both for her witty, humorous personality and representing an intelligent woman of color onscreen. Now, the character will expand from the big screen to a children’s novel centered around her.
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The novel will kick off a new partnership between Scholastic and Marvel to make new original stories for young readers around beloved superheroes. Shuri will be written by Nic Stone and a second Marvel book is already in the works: Avengers Assembly by Preeti. This is very exciting news for Marvel fans, especially with the break between Avengers: Endgameand the next set of films in the Marvel library. The Vice President of Scholastic, Sara Amanat, had this to say on the deal:
“Marvel’s characters mean so much to our fans because they inspire us to embrace our individual power. As the first title we’re launching with Scholastic, Shuri is the perfect character to highlight this message. She may be a Wakandan princess, but what makes Shuri the ultimate hero is her unique sense of intelligence, responsibility, and determination, ideals that resonate with all of us.”
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The synopsis for Shuri is this: “Starring one of the most beloved and respected characters in the Marvel Universe, Shuri: A Black Panther Novel follows Shuri as she races against time to rescue the nation of Wakanda. For centuries, the Chieftain of Wakanda (the Black Panther) has gained his powers through the juices of the Heart Shaped Herb, which grows only in Wakanda. Much like Vibranium, the Heart Shaped Herb is essential to the survival and prosperity of Wakanda. But something is wrong. The plants are no longer growing, and their supply is running short. It’s up to Shuri to travel from Wakanda in order to discover what is killing the Herb, and how she can save it.”
Nic Stone has cited he is extremely excited to work on the project, citing Shuri as his personal favorite character when he saw Black Panther in theaters. The book will hit shelves in summer 2020 and we couldn’t be more excited! What do you think? Tell us in the comments!
So Spider-Man is dead, again. He was dusted in Infinity War, he was brought back in Endgame, and stuff happened in Far From Home (you should check out that movie), but now it seems he’s been dusted from the MCU.
But honestly, it was a miracle that the movie rights deal between Disney and Sony even became a reality in the first place.
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Let’s go back in time.
Back in the 90s Marvel was having money troubles. The guys in charge of marketing comics were put in charge of the creative team and made a series of terrible decisions. The most infamous was expanding the Spider-Man: Clone Saga to the point that the original team had all quit by the time it had finished.
That, and with a host of other problems, Marvel needed money or they would go bankrupt.
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Step in Avi Arad. He came up with a plan: Marvel would sell the movie rights to many of their iconic characters. The details of these deals remain murky, but the general formula is this…
StudioX would get the movie rights to CharacterX. If they they didn’t make a movie in X amount of years, then Marvel gets the CharacterX back.
In the case of Spider-Man and his related characters (villains and friends), Sony bought the character under the agreement that they would make a movie featuring the character every five years, otherwise the rights would go back to Marvel.
That’s why Spider-Man was rebooted so soon after Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 was cancelled; if they waited any longer, Sony wouldn’t be able to make a new Spider-Man movie. This is why Marvel started their cinematic universe using ‘B-characters’ such as Iron Man and Captain America.
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Because of these deals, some strange, confusing, and amazing things have happened. For instance, the character of Ego first appeared in a Fantastic Four comic and thus was owned by 20th Century Fox. James Gunn, believing Marvel still owned the character, completed the script for Guardians Vol 2with the character. Thus, Marvel was forced to buy back Ego, which they got fairly easily since 20th Century Fox was making Deadpool. See Deadpool features a character called Negasonic Teenage Warhead who is very different from her comic book counterpart.
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In the comics, Negasonic Teenage Warhead has the power to foresee terrible events. That’s it. The super-creative writers of Deadpool wanted to make her into a living warhead.
But here’s a problem: If 20th Century Fox wants to make drastic changes to a comicbook character, they needed Marvel’s approval. And the last time Marvel signed off on 20th Century Fox making drastic changes to a comicbook character, we got this:
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20th Century Fox was nervous, but so was Marvel. So they struck a deal! 20th Century Fox got Marvel’s approval to change Negasonic and Marvel got the rights to use a planet with a face.
Back to Sony.
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Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t do so hot. It made money, but has a 52% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 5.81/10. Plus, fans weren’t too pleased with the Sinister Six tie-ins, the fact that Harry Osborne believed he was going to die any moment because he has the ‘Osborn curse’ even though his Dad lived to be in his sixties and he’s only in his twenties.
Sony was backed into a corner: everyone knew their Sinister Six movie was probably going to suck and they needed something.
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Well, turns out Kevin Feige was emailing Sony about Amazing Spider-Man 2 before it came out, giving his take and advice on how to improve the movie. Those emails are… weird… to say the least. He basically said everything every critic and fan said after they saw the movie, and Sony ignored him.
What was Sony to do? Remake Spider-Man again? Go ahead with their Sinister Six movie? Make the Aunt May prequel movie?
Luckily, Marvel has always been clamored to get all their characters back and, since this was a time before the Disney/Fox deal was made, they were still thirsty as hell.
They were so eager that Kevin Feige begged Amy Pascal, Chairperson of Sony Pictures Entertainment, to sell him the rights the iconic Marvel character. Wall Street reporter Ben Fritz wrote in his book, The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies, that:
Ms. Pascal was so offended…that she threw her sandwich at him and told him, only half-jokingly, to ‘get the f*** out.’
Things got better. Instead of everything going to high hell, Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige respectively, struck a deal: Spider-Man would be swapped between the two studios in a total of five movies. He would appear in three movies made by Marvel, and two movies made by Sony.
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To call this deal historic would be an understatement. For reference, Universal Studios owns the rights to a solo-Hulk movie. That’s why Ed Norton’s Incredible Hulk is a Universal movie set in the MCU.
That deal went so well that Marvel and Universal have never worked again. To keep that story short, Universal really wanted Ed Norton and got him under the condition he had script approval. He then changed the Incredible Hulk script once he was cast, and Marvel was scared that if he was cast in an Avengers movie he’d want to change that script too.
Think about that: they cast one guy which made two movies studios hate each other with a passion.
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This Marvel/Sony deal was a match made in heaven.
But there was one condition: Marvel Studios only got 5% of the first dollar box office gross from Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home. In exchange for this low number, they got the merchandising rights to Spider-Man. Heroes are made into toys, and toys bring in most of the money.
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So now we’re in the present day. Spider-Man: Far From Home was a smash hit, Marvel and Sony had to renegotiate. But the times had changed. Amy Pascal left Sony, and Marvel’s parent company, Disney, had bought Fox and gave Marvel back the X-Men and Fantastic Four, and thus wanted a bigger slice of the pie: 50/50 to be exact.
They also wanted to be in charge of the Venomsequels, Morbius, and all other live-action Spider-Man media.
But Sony wanted to keep the deal they had. After all, Marvel would keep the merchandising rights and Disney has become so big they can do anything they want. Sony needs the money, not Disney.
Disney dared Sony to step back. Why would they? Far From Home ends with Spider-Man basically needing the rest of the MCU, so how could they move forward?
But Sony stepped back.
The question now is will any of the studios cave? With headlines like “Sony pulls out of MCU over profit sharing dispute,” it would seem that Sony would be likely to cave. But Sony is right, does Disney/Marvel really need the money? After all, they put a lot of their stock in Spider-Man being the next Iron Man. Granted, Marvel seems to be focusing on more character-centric movies as opposed to overarching-story based movies a la “The Infinity Saga.”
Disney has said that they hope the situation “might change in the future.”
Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him—including all their newly added Marvel properties—do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.
Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. (1/3)
According to NPR, there is big news in the publishing world for bookseller Barnes & Noble. Eight months ago, Barnes & Noble revealed it was exploring possible avenues for a potential sale. Now, Barnes & Noble revealed in a press release on Friday that it had reached an agreement with Elliott Management and will be sold to the corporation for 683 million. This move will mean Elliott Management will own the largest bookseller in the United States, which unfortunately has been suffering as of late. Much like other physical bookstores, Barnes & Noble is facing stiff competition from online competitors: primarily Amazon, which today dominates the book world. Amazon regularly sells over 50% of books, leaving bookstores such as Barnes & Noble in the dust. For the past several years, Barnes & Noble has seen its revenue slid downward slowly but surely, presenting numerous challenges for Elliott with this newfound sale to the corporate giant.
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James Daunt will act as the CEO for Barnes & Noble. Recently, he helped British bookstore Waterstones turn its profits around and pull itself from a similar slump to the one Barnes & Noble has found itself in. Elliott’s financial backing, with 34 billion at least in store, should prove a boon for the struggling giant in booksellers. In any case, the deal will be finalized in September, and we’ll see if the deal pays off.
What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments!