Women have always been a key part of Star Wars’ mythos, but to hear the way some people reacted to The Last Jedi, you’d think that they feel Star Wars would be better off without any female characters at all. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has identifying their real issue.
We here at io9 love nothing more than sitting down with a stack of comic books and just getting lost in the fantasy and adventure of worlds nothing like our own. We’ve always covered comics that caught our eye, but at the same time, we’ve always wanted to read, share, and spread the word about more.
After the numerous production delays it’s had, the future of Channing Tatum’s long-beleaguered Gambit solo film might seem like it’s in peril, but Fox is still confident the X-Men spinoff will be in theaters next year.
It’s been a while since we last heard from Cindi Mayweather, but the Archandroid has a new message for all of her believers. It also happens to come with a guest appearance from Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson.
Director Alex Garland’s Annihilation recently came under fire for being the latest example of a movie casting white actors as characters who were people of color in the source material. Garland has said that he wasn’t aware of the whitewashing issue and in a recent interview, actresses Natalie Portman and Jennifer…
If you were to ask basically anyone who’s excited about Black Panther why they think the film is important, you’d undoubtedly hear many an explanation about how it, unlike virtually every other superhero movie, features a cast and story that young, black kids can see themselves in.
Black Lightning is unique amongst all of the CW’s superhero series is that it began at a point in its titular hero’s life long after he’d become a crime-fighting vigilante. Jefferson Pierce is a grown man who we’ve only seen rediscovering his Black Lightning identity after a much-needed hiatus.
With just a few more days until it hits theaters, the hype around Black Panther is reaching a fever pitch as everyone prepares to see Marvel’s first film with a predominantly black cast and a black director. But with all the excitement in the air, there are some folks who don’t know that Black Panther won’t be the…
Finding a way into an entirely new universe of superheroes can be the type of herculean effort that keeps people from checking out comics from publishers they aren’t familiar with. But with Valiant High, Valiant Comics has found the perfect way to introduce you to its sprawling cast of characters.
In Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, and Yona Harvey’s most recent runs on Black Panther and World of Wakanda, Ayo and Aneka—two of the Dora Milaje—are lovers who play a pivotal role in the civil uprising that occurs at a time when Wakanda’s society is on the brink of collapse. Given the amount of screen time given to the…
In Dark Horse’s Incognegro: Renaissance, Zane Pinchback—a young black journalist and New York transplant by way of Tupelo, Mississippi—finds himself smack dab in the middle of Harlem at the height of its Renaissance during the 1920s. Zane, like Incognegro: Renaissance creator Mat Johnson, is a black man with a light…
Though Marvel’s Black Panther is about the ascension of a new Wakandan king, the film is also largely about the powerful women around T’Challa who are running the show. According to a number of the film’s female stars, their characters’ strength is a direct reflection of Wakanda’s cultural history.
A potent blend of love, lust, deception, and betrayal can turn almost any story into a sublime reading experience. This week’s best comics have them all in spades.
There are a great many things that make Black Panther a Marvel film like no other, but one of the most striking things about it is how thoroughly familiar the world of Wakanda feels. Not in the sense that you’ve seen anything like it before (trust me, you haven’t), but rather that seeing it feels like coming home.
Over the past 10 years, Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has become an awfully big place—so big that all of its heroes and villains probably won’t fit on the screen all at once during Avengers: Infinity War. To demonstrate its own vastness, the stars and directors of the studio’s movies gathered to take an epic class photo.
Though Black Panther will be Marvel’s first film with a black lead and a predominantly black cast, the Wakandan king isn’t the first black hero to take center stage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That distinction belongs to James Rhodes—War Machine—a character who almost got his own solo movie.
It’s only fitting that at a time when we’re not sure just who’ll portray Batman in Warner Bros.’ future DC movies news would break that the studio was looking for another actor to play the Joker. This time around though, the buzz is about who WB wants to star in the non-DCEU, standalone Joker film.
It’s entirely understandable if you don’t remember too many details about Joe Wright’s 2011 thriller Hanna. As fascinating as it was, it’s the kind of movie that somehow manages to slip back into the recesses of your memory very easily. That might be why Amazon has decided to reboot it as a streaming series.
We’re getting to a point in Dick Grayson’s career where he’s spent more time galavanting around the world as a world-renowned spy than he has as Bruce Wayne’s successor to the cowl. But one of the things writers like Gail Simone and Grayson’s Tim Seeley (who also writes the current Nightwing Rebirth series) made a…
After months of secrecy and uncertainty about just what Sony’s Venom might look and feel like on the big screen, the first trailer has finally dropped.