Did You Hear? is a weekly examination of headlines in the entertainment industry and a take on what they could mean for the future of the industry and (often), the little geeky bubble that we occupy.
Captain Marvel Trailer 2
This trailer hits the story beats of what is going to be Captain Marvel right on the head. You could even argue it potentially spoils the plot of the entire movie, if you want to. What’s nice about it, is that it lets the titular character speak more than one like (as happened in the first trailer), and there’s a cute moment with a cat. What’s not so nice is the quality of the special effects. Hopefully these are unfinished or were rendered for the trailer only because right now everything happening in space looks pretty rubbery.
The trailer was preceded by a new official poster and it’s stunning:
The Mandalorian Casts Nick Nolte
Per Variety a source has confirmed that The Mandalorian (the Star Wars live action television series), has added Nick Nolte (Warrior, Prince of Tides), to its cast. Nolte joins lead Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Kingsman: the Golden Circle), and Gina Carano (Deadpool).
At this time, Disney has not followed up with an official announcement or comment, although a statement is expected soon. We’re left to assume that Nolte will be taking on the mentor role Star Wars franchise stories are known for.
Black Panther Gets Golden Globe Nod
How much stock you put in any award show is fully up to you. However, nominations and wins do carry clout within the industry and carry compelling implications for professionals and brands alike. When The Lord of the Rings began winning awards – going on to win best picture of The Return of the King and being the first film in a trilogy and in fantasy/sci fi to take hom the accolade – it opened the door for geeky properties to be taken more seriously by quote-unquote “legitimate institutions”.
Yesterday the list of 2019 Golden Globe Nominees were announced. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse snagged a nomination for Best Motion Picture – Animated and Black Panther snagged three nominations including one for Best Motion Picture – Drama. I, personally, don’t think it’s going to win the category, but having it nominated for the Golden Globe could open the door for potential Academy Award recognition. Genre movies have long since ruled the box office and hearts of viewers and to see the recent paradigm shift now extending into award nominations is exciting.
I think it’s no coincidence Black Panther was nominated, while Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp were not. Black Panther is not only an exceptional expression of the Comic Book Movie Genre, but it embraced an Afro-Futurism that hasn’t been seen in the mainstream up to this point. It changed who can dominate a superhero movie, the type of stories that can be told about these characters, and the cultures creatives can draw inspiration from.
There’s much to be written about who was worthy or not of nominations or snubs (as there will be when the Oscar Nominations roll in), but I think we can all agree Black Panther is more than worthy of the nomination and – whether or not it wins – it’s cool to see it on the list amongst such company.
You can read a full list of the 2019 Golden Globe Nominees here.