anonymous asked:

i've never read any black panther comics, which ones should i read to get a good understanding of his character?

Copy and pasted from a previous ask

Now i’ve not read everything but the two things that i feel you HAVE to read are

“Who is the Black Panther?” which is the first arc of the 4th volume. It’s written by Reginald Hudlin and i wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t use a lot of this story for the film.
First several pages
It’s an almost perfect introduction to the character AND Wakanda

Second must read is the Secret Invasion tie in by Jason Aaron. It has one of the best fights i’ve ever seen in a comic.
It shows just how badass T'Challa and his people are.

2nd opinions and 3rd opinions
Marvel Officially Hires Ava DuVernay to Direct Black Panther Movie
Why this is great news for Marvel in more ways than one.

Marvel made good on one of the most exciting rumors surrounding their upcoming Phase Three slate. Ava DuVernay of Selma fame will direct Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther, Marvel’s first minority-led superhero movie.

The DuVernay choice is great news for the future of the Marvel franchise not only because of the more diverse perspective she can bring to the table (she’d be the first non-white, non-male director to see a Marvel film to its completion), but also because in hiring someone with such strong vision, Marvel can combat accusations that its lucrative franchise is a creatively stifling place for directors. In the past, Marvel has employed a wide-range of creative directorial talents from Kenneth Branagh and Shane Black toJon Favreau and Joss Whedon. But it’s only been a year since Edgar Wright left the studio’s Ant-Man, a project he had been developing for the better part of a decade, over creative differences and just a few months since Whedon sounded off with remarkable candor about the “really unpleasant” storytelling battles he lost in making Avengers: Age of Ultron.


Kymera // Marvel Comics

When Magik used her time-traveling abilities to bring Iceman and Beast from the past into a dystopian future, they encountered a new squad of X-Men. One of the future X-Men was Kymera, daughter of Storm and Black Panther. Much like her mother, Kymera is a voice of reason, talking a Phoenix-possessed Quentin Quire from throwing young Beast into the sun. 

Kymera is always accompanied by an enormous black tiger-like cat with glowing stripes. (X)

1st Appearance Wolverine & the X-Men #36 (2013)

Ava DuVernay was never going to direct Black Panther. Even if she’d accepted the job, even if they’d gone into pre-production, even if they were a week out from cameras rolling, she was never going to direct Black Panther. Yet when rumors circulated that Marvel wanted her for the job, I allowed myself the delusion of thinking about what her version of the character might look like.

Naturally, that version will never exist because the only version that can be allowed to exist — regardless of who gets the directing job — is Marvel‘s. Now that DuVernay has made plain that she won’t be making the movie, Marvel can find a new yeoman filmmaker on the rise (or on the other side of the down slope) who either sees perfectly eye to eye with what they want or is willing to go along with it for the paycheck and exposure.

Kim Masters and Borys Kit made this point beautifully back when Edgar Wright left Ant-Man after Marvel handed him a rewritten script he had nothing to do with. It’s not so much that Marvel is making movies, as much as they’re making $150m big-screen television episodes where Kevin Feige is the showrunner and the directing talent is treated like they would be in TV Land: capable conduits for a singular vision (that’s not theirs).

The funny thing about creative differences is that it’s only one person that walks away. Marvel waved goodbye to Wright, they fired Patty Jenkins from Thor 2, they gave Joss Whedon hell on Age of Ultron even after he helped them bust the box office with Avengers,  Jon Favreau didn’t want to do Iron Man 3 because there was no clear vision, Alan Taylor echoed the sentiment that Marvel is “making it up as they go,” Edward Norton stopped playing The Hulk because he couldn’t get control over the character, and even directors like Kenneth Branagh who have expressed public willingness to return to the Marvel fold clashed with the studio during production.

What’s interesting is how open these actors and directors have been in criticizing Marvel after their time there. The consensus seems to be that Marvel works with too-tight budgets, too-tight turnaround on productions, and goes into a shooting schedule with incomplete scripts because of it. Elements that are typically found in a recipe for disaste"

—  Scott Beggs, “Mourning The Ava DuVernay Black Panther Movie that would never been made.” 

Black Panther in the set of Captain America: Civil War

Shout-out to Gui DaSilva, dancer, actor and stunt double in films like: Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and now seen here in Captain America: Civil War as Black Panther.

(thanks to basicstopher for giving me his name)