Marvel Announces New Wave of Superhero Movies

Potential new franchises include ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Inhumans’


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Marvel Studios has announced its new phase of superhero movies, including new films featuring Black PantherCaptain MarvelDoctor Strange, and the Inhumans during a fan event in Hollywood on Tuesday that easily rivaled many of its Comic-Con presentations in San Diego.

The superhero powerhouse also revealed that the third “Avengers” will be broken up into two films, called “Avengers: Infinity War,” set for May 4, 2018 and wrap up on May 3, 2019.

That double-pic strategy has paid off for other film franchises, including “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” and is being embraced by the final installments of “The Hunger Games.”

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed plans reported first by Variety that the third “Captain America” would launch the Civil War storyline from the comicbooks and pit Chris Evans’ Captain America against Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.

However, Marvel had some more news up its sleeve with the casting of Chadwick Boseman (“42″) as T’Challa, otherwise known as superhero Black Panther, with the character playing a large role in “Captain America: Civil War.” Boseman recently played James Brown in the music biopic “Get On Up.”


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Boseman appeared onstage alongside “Captain America: Civil War” stars Evans and Downey inside Disney’s El Capitan Theater.

Marvel later introduced concept art for Black Panther’s design for the films, including a standalone movie dated for Nov. 3, 2017.



The hour-long presentation was packed with updates on Marvel’s upcoming release slate, whose dates were previously announced, but hadn’t yet had a film to fill their slots.

“Captain Marvel” will be Marvel’s first film to star a female character. In this case, the character is Carol Danvers, a member of the United States Air Force who has gone by a variety of names in the comicbooks, including Ms. Marvel. She gains superpowers after her genes are fused with that of the alien race, the Kree.

“This film has been in the works almost as long as ‘Doctor Strange’ or ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ before it came out, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it,” Feige said. “Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm.”


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With “Inhumans,” about a 7,000-year old group of humans that were experimented on and given powers by the Kree, Marvel has a new set of heroes to introduce. The film will be Marvel’s 20th.

“November 3, 2018 will introduce dozens of characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Feige said. “We really do believe the Inhumans can be a franchise or a series of franchises unto themselves. They have dozens of powers and an amazing social structure. We wanted to continue to refine what that universe is about.”

The third “Thor” installment will be called “Thor: Ragnarok,” with the subtitle meaning “the end of all things,” according to Feige, who added that the film, that stars Chris Hemsworth, “is a very important movie for us in Phase 3. We plan on taking Thor to another level. It picks up where we leave Thor in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and impacts everything that comes after.”

The two films that will make up the third “Avengers” will deal a battle against supervillain Thanos that’s been established through Marvel’s movies so far. The character had a larger role in this summer’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

“We’ve always had a plan since Nick Fury broke into Tony Stark’s house and told him he’s part of a bigger universe,” Feige said. “‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 1′ is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before.”

If Marvel’s presentation looked like one of its Comic-Con presentations, that wasn’t accidental.”We wanted to do this at Comic-Con this year,” Feige said, but had to change its plans after it still needed to work out the Civil War plot, find its Black Panther and see if “Guardians of the Galaxy” would find an audience.

“We really do want the fans to be on the front lines of as much of the information as possible,” he said.

As for the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, or the hiring of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors Joe and Anthony Russo for the third “Avengers” films, Feige wouldn’t comment. “Anything that wasn’t revealed today is either not true at all or still rumor until it’s worked out,” he said. “When we have information to reveal, we reveal it. Sometimes it’s on a random Tuesday at 11 a.m.”


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No I.D. Speaks On Success In The Streaming Era

No I.D. Speaks On Success In The Streaming Era

Exclusive: “Those with the most and best songs will prevail in the future,” No I.D. says. “It won’t really be just about the marketing.”

Speaking with HipHopDX at an album listening session for Def Jam artist and songwriter Elijah Blake, producer No I.D. addressed how a music market dominated by streaming will affect the relationship fans have with artists and their music.

Explaining that an musician’s name recognition and audience will need to grow even more to be successful in the streaming era, No I.D. said, “We have to turn it into a world market.”

“All of this, everything we doing with music, it’s gotta reach billions of people and not millions,” he added in a clip that premiered as a part of today’s DX Daily (October 21). “You know, sometimes that makes people say, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ But, what to do is we let it come out and let people get into it. Then we keep putting it out until accidents happen like all the luck in the world lines up and you just have this smash. Then all of a sudden people go back and research everything and then they become fans, especially as we moving into a streaming era, where music is going to be streamed. That means you just gotta have enough good music that people like and want to listen to. Being an executive now also seeing where we’re going and knowing what I think is going to be necessary. Those with the most and best songs will prevail in the future. It won’t really be just about the marketing.”

Rally in Ferguson Today Expected to Draw Thousands In Anticipation of Grand Jury Decision in Mike Brown Death

With unnecessary leaks and other information finding its way to mainstream media, it is clear by many that there is an aggressive attempt to smear the name of Mike Brown while heralding the person responsible for his death a hero. While a grand jury has yet to return a decision on whether or not Darren Wilson will be prosecuted for the shooting of Mike Brown, many believe that the process has already failed do to the subjective release of details of the grand jury proceeding that appears to be favorable to Wilson.

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Heading for 1 Million Sales Debut

Taylor Swift, 2014

Sarah Barlow 

Swift set to become first act to earn three million-selling weeks.

Taylor Swift‘s 1989 just keeps getting bigger.

Industry sources now forecast the album to sell at least one million copies in its first week. That would make 1989 just the 19th album to sell a million in a single week since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991, and Swift the first act to earn three million-selling weeks.

Plus: 1989 will be the first album released in 2014 to sell a million copies.

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The new album is Swift’s fifth studio effort, released through Big Machine Records on Oct. 27. Its sales forecast is for the tracking week ending Nov. 2. It could mark Swift’s third million-selling debut in a row, following 2010’s Speak Now (1.05 million) and 2012’s Red (1.21 million).

Two weeks ago, forecasters pegged the new album to sell 750,000 in its debut frame. Then, a week ago, it was upgraded to 800,000. By mid-day Oct. 27, the album’s release day, its projection grew to over 900,000.

Now, after its first day on sale, forecasters are confident 1989 will cross the magic, one-million sales threshold. 1989‘s official first-week sales, as tabulated by SoundScan, will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 5. That same day, Swift will most likely also debut atop the new Billboard 200 albums chart with 1989, giving her a fourth chart-topping set.

If 1989 sells over a million, Swift will notch the biggest sales week for an album since her own Red registered the last million-selling week: when it debuted nearly two years ago (in the week ending Oct. 28).

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1989 will also instantly become 2014’s second-biggest selling album after just one week on sale. Currently, the top two sellers this year are the Frozen soundtrack (3.2 million) and Beyonce’s self-titled album (787,000). They are followed by Lorde’s Pure Heroine (767,000) and Coldplay’s Ghost Stories (737,000). The latter is 2014’s biggest-selling album released this year, as FrozenBeyonce and Pure Heroine came out in 2013.

Sources say 1989 is performing extraordinarily well in the iTunes Store and Target, with the latter carrying an exclusive version of the album with bonus tracks.

Swift has been in full-on promotion mode this week in support of 1989. On Oct. 27, stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s The Voice, and also participated in iHeartRadio’s multi-platform show “Taylor Swift’s 1989 Secret Session with iHeartRadio.” The next day, she was scheduled to visit The Voice again, along with a stop on CBS’ The Late Show With David Letterman. On Oct. 29, she heads to ABC’s The View. The following day, she’s slated to perform a concert on Good Morning America.

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