Brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen—several months of set leaks, filmmaking tweets, and last-minute character additions are almost upon us.
At least, that’s likely to be what we’ll get if the filming of Black Panther is like any of the other recent Marvel movie production periods.
For a while there last summer it seemed like Tom Holland couldn’t scratch his nose without fans flying into a speculative rage over the inclusion of some new character. Perhaps Holland’s nostrils had been assaulted by cat hair from a secret Kraven the Hunter cameo, or maybe the Webhead would have a new costume made entirely out of itching powder?
Things were no better on the set of Thor: Ragnarok, when everyone involved appeared to be going out of their way to reveal as many spoilers as possible on Twitter, including spoiling the post-credits scene of Doctor Strange by revealing that he’d be appearing in the third Thor film.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 got away relatively free from set leaks, but this was probably due to James Gunn’s hatred of spoilers, and the fact that the science fiction movie was filmed almost entirely on soundstages and in front of green screens, like a quirky, pop music-filled Revenge of the Sith.
Now, it’s time for Black Panther to be torn apart by any wannabe paparazzo with a drone and too much time on their hands. As the movie enters production, get ready for blurry photos which tease the appearance of Man-Ape, Killmonger, and all the other utterly stupid villains that T’Challa has faced over the years.
Get ready, too, for director Ryan Coogler to fail at containing his excitement at making a big budget portfolio piece Marvel movie—his social media posts will no doubt give away more than he ever intends as he foolishly tweets out the first page of the script, or a photo of Chadwick Boseman in full costume that fans will pick apart until there’s not a single surprise to be had in the movie.
A few months later, we’ll get a trailer, which is 30% irreverent humor, 25% explosions, 3% serious acting, and 42% CGI.
Then, two more trailers, a round of press junkets, and a range of merchandise releases, all of which are capped off when the movie is finally unveiled to the public.
It’ll be a formulaic Marvel movie, and as such, it’ll be light, fluffy, enjoyable, but ultimately lacking in any kind of innovation. It’ll get around 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, because, as all DC fans know, Marvel bribes reviewers, and pays off the Warner Bros-owned website.
And then the cycle starts all over again as Chadwick Boseman and a new, fresh-faced director prepare for the sequel.
All in all, it’s just another brick in the Marvel wall.
But dude, Black Panther was awesome in Civil War! This is going to be the best comic book movie yet!
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