Black Panther Will Be A Hit, Don't Worry

Black Panther Will Be A Hit, Don't Worry

"Black Panther" is not in any danger of bombing, nor should it be seen as a race-based film - it's really just an MCU movie.

After his debut in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, the hype was built for the upcoming Black Panther solo film. From the first trailer, the movie gathered a ton of press and overwhemingly positive fan reactions. And it totally should – the movie is about one of Marvel's famous heroes, as well as being the first mainstream post Iron Man superhero movie to have a black lead (2015's Fantastic Four was more about Reed Richards than it was Johnny Storm). Many have said that everybody should go out and see it so it'll make enough money for Marvel and Hollywood in general to make more nonwhite superhero movies. But in reality, movements for people to go see the film are missing a major point – no matter what, Black Panther is going to be a hit, and contrary to the movements, nonwhite superhero movies are in no danger.

The character himself first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 in 1966. Created by the “dream team” of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Black Panther was an instant hit, and appeared in several more titles before getting his own series in the 1970s, but it was canceled after 15 issues. There would be several other volumes of the title, and the character would appear in other comics (the current ongoing comic is really good, I highly recommend it). During the 1990s and early 2000s, a film adaptation was in the works, though it would be canceled then put back on repeatedly, not unlike Wonder Woman's failed film adaptations before the blockbuster last year. Once the Marvel Cinematic Universe was proven to be a hit and the rights to the character were confirmed to be owned by Marvel, due to his Fantastic Four history, talks began on making a solo film for the MCU. Avengers: Age of Ultron introduced his homeland of Wakanda, and villain Ulysses Klaue, and by fall 2015, Chadwick Boseman was cast in the role, to appear in Captain America: Civil War, which would introduce both Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU. The solo film was announced as well, and production began, bringing us to now, a mere weeks away.

Now, as stated earlier, I do not think it really matters if people of any race go see the film. Yes, representation is important, and kids of all backgrounds should be able to see themselves in a movie (within reason, don't add diversity for the sake of doing it). However, at the core, Black Panther is not a movie made for the purpose of being a black-led superhero movie, it's really just the last movie before Infinity War, and will likely be setting up the reunion of Captain America and Iron Man, as well as continue off the story from Civil War. It's a Marvel movie, and a Marvel movie coming out during a pretty slow month for moviegoing anyway. Add in the Infinity War hype and the possibility that we could see the last of the Infinity Stones in the film, and it's a guaranteed hit. There is nothing to worry about over the movie making money or even getting good reviews – because if a movie gets negative reviews, it's not a big deal, I mean come on, they're making at least four Harley Quinn movies to spin off of Suicide Squad. Then again, this is an MCU film and there hasn't been one that got anything less than a 60% on Rotten Tomatoes, not counting television projects like Iron Fist and Inhumans. This is a company that made a movie about a talking tree and raccoon teaming up with aliens to save the universe, I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter who the hero is, the movie will make a massive profit for the company.

Regardless of how Black Panther does, there will be more superhero movies starring minority leads. The upcoming Spawn reboot focuses on a black hero, though I wouldn't say Spawn is a great movie to bring the kids to. We have shows in production like Black Lightening and rumors circulate about a possible Blade reboot within the MCU. While his solo film was taken off the main calendar due to production issues, DC has not ruled out doing a Cyborg movie after Flashpoint (which may just act as a reset for the DCEU anyway). Marvel's own Captain Marvel may lead the way to a Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel project, and Sony Animation is releasing the Miles Morales Spider-Man movie, Edge of Spider-Verse this winter. Of course, we would see more with the success of Black Panther, but even still, there are still plenty of media projects lined up. I'm not opposed either to casting a nonwhite actor in a role that's based on a white character – Michael B. Jordan in Fantastic Four, for example, was a great casting choice, but they removed the family and we're-all-relatives aspect of the team by just saying Susan Storm was adopted, thus changing the dynamic of their relationship. But as I said, Hollywood is working on more films and television shows, and even if in the off chance the film bombs (it's MCU so it won't), they're not going to stop.

I get why people are excited for the movie. We haven't seen a major superhero movie like it since the last Blade movie. I'm hyped too, because I like the character. But we need to stop thinking it might fail, and we have to be honest. If it's not good, it's not good. Nothing wrong with that, look at the Thor movies – the first one was good, second was passable, and I still haven't seen the third but it's getting great review; the Wolverine trilogy was bad, alright, and amazing. Granted, this is an MCU movie. It's going to make the money, it's going to be a major hit, and people are going to love it, regardless of race. If a white kid wants to see it and dress up as Black Panther for Halloween, let them. If a black kid prefers Ant-Man, that's fine too. Forcing people to see and like a film because of the content only ruins the overall experience. Rumors say the first cut is four hours, and that's going to be cut down to two or under – most movies are like that, it's just how it works. So just let the movie come out, make almost a billion dollars, and wait until after Phase 3 ends for the sequel. Because knowing Marvel, he's getting another film and will replace one of the Avengers going forward. At least, we'll have to see Infinity War first.

Cover Image Credit: Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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