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The Wakandan Royal Portrait offers clues to the dangers within the fictional nation


“What makes him different from other superheroes first and foremost is he doesn’t see himself as a superhero,” says director and co-writer Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed). “He sees himself as a politician. That’s the first thing on his mind when he wakes up in the morning. ‘How am I going to fulfill my duties as king of this place?’”

That means not just fighting external foes, but keeping the citizens of his nation happy. He’s a king, but not a tyrant. And Wakandans don’t speak with only one voice. There are many political factions, many clashing points of view. Some are ready for revolution. Some are being pushed.

“He has to keep harmony between the tribes within his country, and that means managing expectations and doing things that are unpopular,” Coogler says. “At the same time, he is the protector of that nation.”


Angela Bassett costars as Ramonda, once the queen, now the mother of the king.

“She is one of the advisors that he would look to,” Boseman says. “He has to look to her for some of the answers of what his father might want or might do. She may not be exactly right all the time, but she definitely has insights. She is the queen mother. And she’s that for not just him, but for everybody.”

Bozeman laughs. “She’s has her hands in everything — even his love life.”


“The one thing I will say about all the female characters in this movie is that they are very strong,” Boseman says. “It’s a very matriarchal society.”

One of them is Wakanda’s undercover operative Nakia, played by 12 Years a SlaveOscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o. She may actually be the closest thing to 007 in this movie, and she’s a former lover of T’Challa’s.

“She is a departure from what she was in the comic book,” Nyong’o says. “Nakia is a war dog. She is basically an undercover spy for Wakanda. Her job is to go out into the world and report back on what’s going on.”

She also boasts some unique weaponry. “We call them her ring blades,” says Moore. “The ones Lupita carries while in the green outfit are based on traditional African weaponry. However, she does get a hi-tech upgrade later in the film, compliments of Shuri.”


Letitia Wright plays T’Challa’s kid sister, who is no one you want to face in battle either. “She is also a genius and runs the entire Wakandan design group,” says producer Kevin Feige, whose also president of Marvel Studios and one of the chief architects of its interlocked universe. “She’s responsible for all these amazing technological advances that Vibranium has brought about from Wakanda.”

Here she is pictured with twin, panther-shaped weapons. It’s not clear yet what they do exactly, but it probably hurts.


She’s not technically family, but she’s just as close. This character played by The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira is the head of the Dora Milaje, the all-female special soldiers unit that protects the kingdom (and the king) from harm.

“They are a very powerful force,” she says. “They are not utopic, but what Wakanda has down well is it has allowed people to function within their strengths. These women, their strength is to preserve Wakanda. It’s more like the secret service in a sense that it’s not just military. She is head of intel.”

Okoye has guilt over the death of the previous king, and she’s generally a stoic presence. But she’s not unfeeling. “She can be serious, but she also has an unexpected sense of humor,” Gurira says. “She has a heart, but for her country and for her people. She’s not a person who doesn’t connect to human beings as a result of what she does.”


There is an enemy in this portrait.

In the comics, he was once a Wakandan known as N’Jadaka, but he took on this “death-dealing” nom de guerre when he became a dissident, then an exile, from his homeland.

Michael B. Jordan’s character is one of the antagonists of the film, allied with the mercenary Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis, reprising his role from Avengers: Age of Ultron), an arms dealer who has plundered Vibranium before and plans to do it again. He’s addicted.

In The Godfather terms, Killmonger has sided with this outsider against “the family,” his brothers and sisters of Wakanda. “I think Killmonger has his own opinion on how Wakanda has been run and should run, and what I think Michael brings to the table is sort of a charming antagonist, who doesn’t agree with how T’Challa is running things, frankly,” says Moore. “I think that puts T’Challa in a difficult situation. Killmonger is a voice of a different side of Wakanda.”


Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya plays T’Challa’s best friend, who is also a member of one of the most vital groups in the nation. “W’Kabi is the head of security for the Border Tribe,” says Moore. “They live on the borders of Wakanda and serve as the first line of defense for the country.”

In other words, he helps maintain the disguise that Wakanda is just mines, farms, and woods.

“To outsiders they appear to be what people would ‘expect’ of a small provincial African nation – but the truth is they are some of the fiercest warriors in Wakanda, intent on protecting the secrets of their advanced nation at all costs,” Moore says.

Now that T’Challa is king, he asks W’Kabi to join him as a palace advisor.


Another vital voice of reason for the young king is Forest Whitaker’s shaman, a longtime advisor to T’Challa’s father and the keeper of the Heart-Shaped Herb, a plant that grows only in Wakanda and absorbs the Vibranium-rich minerals. When consumed, it gives the new leader superhuman strength. (But in the comics, it only works on members of the royal bloodline.)

“He’s somewhat a religious figure or spiritual figure,” Coogler says of Zuri. “Spirituality is something that exists in Wakanda in the comics, and it’s something we wanted to have elements of in the film. Forest’s character, more than anything, is a major tie-back to T’Challa’s father. Zuri is someone he looks to for guidance.”

As wondrous as Wakanda seems, it can also be treacherous. For all the talk of honor in The Godfather, the families were compulsively driven to destroy each other. 007 may venture to the most beautiful places (and people) on Earth, but there’s always a villain determined to wipe those places off the map. If Black Panther owes thematic inspiration to those predecessors, the danger comes hand in hand with the beauty.

But that’s where the similarities will end. When the Marvel Studios movie debuts Feb. 16, the story will remain on Earth, but its creators pledge to take fans to a world they’ve never seen before nonetheless.

“I don’t think people are prepared for what this movie is going to be,” says Feige. “Not just Black Panther, but the Dora Milaje, and Killmonger, and the entire design of Wakanda – both its traditional African-inspired elements, but also the Vibranium inspired techno-elements. I can’t think of a blend that has happened like that before in movies.”

There’s only one Black Panther, after all.

No matter who wants to lay claim to his throne.

anonymous asked:

Legion of Superheroes is a pretty interesting selection(I love these Dead Fandom posts). Chris Sims described it initially hitting it's mark so well in the Silver Age because even in it's "kiddy" beginnings, it managed to relate to kids in part because they were all kind of assholes, like real kids but unlike fad-chasing Archie knockoffs. The way it "grew up" rather reminds me of Harry Potter. On a final completely tangential note, the post-Zero Hour Legion is my favorite comic book ever.

I avoided discussing the Adventure Comics incarnation of the Legion of Super-Heroes not because it was “bad” (I love Jim Shooter’s stories) but because the fandom really hit “critical mass” and assumed the form it ultimately did in the 1970s with the Dave Cockrum and Cary Bates backups in Superboy. Perhaps that was a mistake, because as you mentioned, the unusually strong sense of identification that ended up creating a hardcore fandom came in with the 1960s, when the theme of Legion stories was young people who seek a sense of belonging. Chris Sims has it half-right: it’s not about the Legion being realistically assholish at times, but that the theme of the stories was people who want to belong.

The best example of that would be the 1960s stories involving Bouncing Boy, who has a really dumb power and a goofy look, and the other Legionnaires point that out when Bouncing Boy wants to join. ACTUAL Quote: “Yeah, you bounce, but…so what?” Of course, Bouncing Boy was more than just his unimpressive power. He was a smart, perceptive, a quick thinker, good in a crisis, and underappreciated…for instance, he was the one who identified how Universo managed to hypnotize the entire earth in the Outlaw Legionnaire story. To expand your very good Harry Potter comparison, he was the Neville Longbottom character. 

And you are absolutely correct about how Legion raised the stakes as it went on in a way just like Harry Potter, going from whimsical stories about space superheroes in the 1960s involving the “Moby Dick of Space” to absolutely terrifying space battles over half the universe. The Legion’s greatest archenemy is literally Voldemort, a terrifying dark sorcerer who’s chief property is an obsession with escaping death. It must have been beyond surreal if you picked up an issue of the early pre-Shooter Adventure years…and then picked up Legion again during Earthwar, where the United Planets were losing a war of extermination to the Khund Empire and a 500 foot tall unstoppable demigod Mordru creates black storms over the entire planet earth and pledges to create a new nightmare age of darkness. 

When people ask me when to start reading Legion, I usually tell them to start with the Jim Shooter years, but if they like, they can start from the beginning. The pre-Shooter Adventure Comics years are kind of like the less than perfect first two seasons of Star Trek: the Next Generation: uneven, but still worth seeing because there’s “payoff” to all of this later when it all really gets good. 

On the subject of the Zero Hour reboot, Mark Waid is one of my favorite comic writers, but I was always baffled by the fact that his Legion reboots (and by this point, Waid was the architect of two Legion reboots) were centered on the Adventure Comics years. That’s like if they ever did a Parks & Recreation movie, and there was no Ben Wyatt or Rob Lowe, but instead, they had that one civic planner guy who was there the first couple years.

anonymous asked:

🔥 su rubies

hooooooboy ur about to open a big can o worms here:

rubies as a whole get some of the worst treatment, and it’s ironic for a show that spends SOOO much time talking about how Gems are not what HW stigmatizes them as and are deserving of respect (PEARLS) the way they seem to ignore this concept entirely when it comes to them. no one in the narrative EVER seems to adequately stick up for them (save for sapphire):

• our ruby gets written off as a hysterical “problem” when she’s been seriously wronged and expresses her emotions about it

• the ruby squad as a whole gets branded as “dumb” for not knowing the classified/plot information that our heros only know by chance, literal “alien” Earth customs, for trusting the word of Jasper’s own staff, they get held to the standards of actual villains when they’ve LITERALLY just been hired as a 5-pilot UBER for a celebrity they’ve never met

• i could go ON for HOURS about how skeevey it was for them to leave them to die in space despite: having the means to rescue them, admitting degree of guilt and awareness that its fucked up, hitting them with their own ship and SAYING THEY WERE GONNA THEN NOT DOING IT, admitting to leaving them to rot to Navy after she fucking crashlands to earth and pledges her allegiance to them

• Navy’s actions being branded as unreasonable when she could have EASILY flown them into space and stranded them there like they did to her and the crew (which i woulda done lmao), she just jerked them around and called them on their bullshit while doing a sick flip to go save her gals

and its not just an “i’m mad this happened in the story” its that the writing never goes to justify in any way that the rubies are worthy of the respect and love they deserve or to imply any degree of subversion of the stigmas they impose on them, no one (save for sapphire on the rare occasions we see her and only in reference to her own gf) goes “rubies arent dumb and disposable” or “wow it was fucked up what we did to them we kinda had this coming”, you’re supposed to see them as dumb and irrational /or as villains and it still pisses me off because they are SO GOOD and really need some justice

The Un-asked Question

So we’re currently experiencing a Tory conference with the most aggressive anti-immigration rhetoric I’ve ever heard in my brief 20 years on this earth.

It’s being pledged by Amber Rudd that she will find businesses who fail to employ British workers and then ‘name and shame’ them. Couple that with businesses being asked to keep lists of foreign workers in their employment and you have a disgustingly toxic environment for foreign nationals living in the UK.

So this brings me to the question. Universities are, of course, educational institutions but like many things in life, everything is business.

So will universities be included in the list of businesses that will be required to hire British lecturers and researchers ahead of any foreign specialists?

Because as a student of languages I couldn’t possibly imagine anything worse. Being taught by native speakers doesn’t just teach me the language it also teaches me the mindset of the culture of which I’m learning the language of.

Now if that’s answered with “well of course we’ll employee foreigners at universities, they are experts in their field” then my next question is where do you draw the line?

Should a foreign specialist engineer not get the job because he’s foreign?
What about a doctor?
Construction worker?

And of course if they backpedal and say 'yes all of these are fine’ then that’s a direct contradiction of the rhetoric used at the Tory conference. Their entire stance is mere pandering to UKIP and brexiteers.

I’ll finish up there but leave you with a rather interesting article.

Question being: If 'British is best’ then why are a French company being used for trident’s renewal?

Let me know your thoughts!

Ultimate Control

Part 13 of Heaven, Hell, and Humanity

Original request by @floralbrocade

Summary: You leave the bunker for supplies and Dean takes advantage of that

Word Count: 1763

Warnings: None

Unseen WorldUpper HandDistrust and Scars – Drastically DeadlyTone of FinalityBlind SpotGood IntentionsFleeing InhibitionsRoundabout ConversationsSimple, Straightforward, and StupidFirm and Secure – Lingering Effects

It had been a week and a half since you and Sam disappeared into the bunker. A week and a half with no inkling of what you were planning. Surely you had to come out sometime for a supply run. Fresh air. Anything.

Keep reading


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It doesn’t mean you don’t like kissing me, though. And I don’t mind being told to shut up like that. Not by you, anyways.

You’re infuriating, god.. [starts with her lips, then runs a thumb over where she’s talking about] You have these full lips; with this gorgeous natural colour to them. I enjoy them on mine. They taste like strawberries or watermelon or something. And you’re like the dimple Goddess, I swear. I’m jealous of your hair. Your bone structure is flawless, and your eyes have this..slightly darker brown ringlet or whatever around the pupil, which makes the rest of your eye look almost golden when the sun hits or something. I can’t stand how I’m not able to just kiss you, but find it all very much worth it when I do get to. I don’t know whether to compare you to Aphrodite, Artemis, or Athena. Or Medusa - which hold on, because I know what you’re thinking, and there are many stories on how it happened, but basically, Medusa was the most beautiful mortal said to walk on earth. Pledged herself as a maiden to Artemis, and then allowed Poisedon to seduce her and slept with him in Artemis’ temple, and the snake thing was her curse.

And hell, you put up with me. Which isn’t something everyone does. I know next to nothing about you, but here I am, wanting to know more and even admitting that. I’m not saying I’m anything special, Laura, but it’s a special thing for me to admit that shit. Declyn knows me better than anyone; even including my sisters and brother. She knows. I’m an ass. I don’t befriend many or make friends easily. So you can trust me when I say, if you weren’t worth it? I wouldn’t be sitting here right now, going on about shit I’d sooner carve my own gravestone than openly admit it to people. You,’re something special.