Marvel CEO Didn’t Want ‘Black Panther’ & ‘Captain Marvel’ To Be Made

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Disney CEO Bob Iger has revealed that Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter didn’t want Black Panther and Captain Marvel to be made.

Black Panther and Captain Marvel proved to be two of the most successful entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the former garnering major awards recognition and both ascending to the billion-dollar club. However, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige encountered resistance to the idea of greenlighting Black Panther and Captain Marvel during the period when the studio was not yet a separate entity from Marvel Entertainment.

In his memoir The Ride of a Lifetime, Disney CEO Bob Iger explained that Kevin Feige was in full support of producing a Black Panther film but a New York executive for Marvel Entertainment raised objections. The executive pointed to the outdated idea that films with black leads underperform at the worldwide box office, which prompted Bob Iger to call Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter and order him to instruct his team to cease obstructing the production of Black Panther and Captain Marvel:

“I’ve been in the business long enough to have heard every old argument in the book, and I’ve learned that old arguments are just that: old, and out of step with where the world is and where it should be. We had a chance to make a great movie and to showcase an underrepresented segment of America, and those goals were not mutually exclusive. I called Ike and told him to tell his team to stop putting up roadblocks and ordered that we put both Black Panther and Captain Marvel into production.”

Marvel Studios was eventually separated from Marvel Entertainment, granting Kevin Feige more creative control of the Marvel Studios film series without having to report to Ike Perlmutter.

Now, Marvel Studios is developing sequels to Black Panther and Captain Marvel. Details on the Captain Marvel sequel are currently unknown, though Brie Larson is set to reprise her role as the titular heroine. Meanwhile, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is signed on to write and direct the second film.

Marvel Studios’  future features with Disney also include Black WidowThe EternalsShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel 2 and Black Panther II.

Source: The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company (via ScreenRant)

New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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