(Lainey: this post was supposed to go up yesterday but I had to be a dick. Black Panther tickets went on sale. The film has already set a record for advance ticket sales which is why, like an asshole, I didn’t want to post about it because I was trying to buy a block of tickets online – 10 tickets, VIP theatre, pre-selected seats all together – because we’re going as an entire team to see it! For some reason, the Cineplex site wasn’t taking my payment all day yesterday. So I’ve just sorted it out, we have the tickets and now I’m telling you to get your tickets because it looks like they’re going fast. Like, I originally wanted the back row and I went to pee before paying and four seats in the back row disappeared so I had to go for another section. Was I selfish for not posting this yesterday because I didn’t want to lose my seats? Yes. Did I end up losing seats for it anyway? Sort of, yes. Here’s Sarah’s post.)
We are five weeks away from Black Panther. Are you ready? You can get ready. Tickets just went on sale. A new trailer premiered last night during the college football championship just to mark the occasion. We’re at the point in the marketing cycle where most of the “new” footage is recut from previous trailers, but that’s okay. Because there is more of T’Challa walking around Wakanda, looking stern, and the Dora Milaje looking f*cking badass and I could watch this all day long. Everyone’s anticipating the inevitable Avengers/X-Men crossover after the Disney/Fox deal is complete, but you know the only comic book crossover I care about? Black Panther and Wonder Woman. I really, REALLY want the Amazons to meet the Dora Milaje.
I do want to know, though, what kind of voodoo ritual Martin Freeman conducted to get his ass into two of the biggest Marvel movies to date: Civil War and Black Panther. Him? How? “We have two roles for white dudes in Black Panther. One has to be Andy Serkis because he’s the villain. The other is TBD.” You know Sebastian Stan thought he had that sh*t on lock. But no, it’s Martin Freeman. And I legit wonder what Ryan Coogler, Chadwick Boseman, and everyone else thought of Martin Freeman before, during, and after filming. Freeman has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth. He has said some dumb sh*t, including dumb sh*t about race and racism. On my list of Stuff To Pay Attention To During The Magic Weeks of Black Panther Press, Martin Freeman isn’t high on the list. But he is on it. I wonder if this experience will have changed his perspective at all. I am SO ready for this movie to change a lot of perspectives.
Here's Lupita Nyong'o with Black Panther co-star Daniel Kaluuya and Jordan Peele at the National Board of Review Gala Awards last night.