Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (In theaters September 3rd, 2021)
Eternals (In theaters November 5th, 2021)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (In theaters December 17th, 2021)
Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness (In theaters March 25th, 2022)
Thor: Love and Thunder (In theaters May 6th, 2022)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (In theaters July 8th, 2022)
The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (In theaters November 11th, 2022)
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (In theaters February 17th, 2023)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (In theaters May 5th, 2023)
Looks like there is going to be a lot of interweaving of the MCU films and television shows, which should make things very interesting!! Definitely no shortage of engaging content for the next couple of years!!
Closing out this month on Jaya’s Pop Culture Minute, BFF intern Jaya dives back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with an analysis and some commentary on the Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier!!
With the ending of Wandavision, Marvel was set to release its latest series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, a show following two characters that when all is said and done we do not really know. But as the episodes started coming out there became a clear divide between the praise Bucky Barnes was sent and the lack of praise and comments for Sam Wilson. Essentially Sam Wilson is being treated as an accessory within his own show.
As the show ratings progressed, it became known that Sam Wilson was not the reason why the Marvel fandom liked the show. This is nothing new, Black superheroes are constantly pushed behind their white counterparts, and are treated less than by a majority of the marvel fandom, (mostly from dudebros and uneducated fans). What most of the fandom lacks in seeing is what they deem Sam Wilson is worth. Within a week of the first two episodes Sam Wilson was at the bottom of polls conducted by various fan run sites and pop culture news outlets. For example, one had Sam polling at 11% while Zemo was at 20% (according to Fandom Wikipedia). This is a noticeable difference. It was not until the fourth episode that Sam Wilson started to gain traction as a result of John Walker, the government appointed Captain America bludgeoning an innocent person to death (episode 3). It’s almost as if Sam had to prove his worth in the eyes of the Marvel fandom in order for him to gain credibility.
As a Bucky and Sam fan myself, I noticed how Bucky polled very high early on in the show, while Sam stayed low. Interestingly enough, in the first few episodes Bucky had more lines than he did in the MCU movies, but this does not mean he was better in any way than Sam. Time and time again this pattern repeats itself, Black superheroes whether they have their own movie, or show, constantly have to prove their worth or earn their credibility in the eyes of a majority of the Marvel fandom. An early example of this is James Rhodes and Tony Stark. Through the Iron Man franchise Rhodey is treated as a sidekick or an accessory to the playboy philanthropist. We get very little backstory about Rhodey and he’s treated almost like a filler character. This continues even in the Avengers movies where Rhodey is seen as the sidekick. Even now, decades later after the last Iron Man movie, the Marvel fandom still treats him as a sidekick and not his own character due to Marvel’s lack of character development.
After watching the finale it seems even more obvious that Sam had to prove himself as a character for people to like him more, whereas Bucky was already well liked. Additionally, the finale received the lowest ratings, which is interesting because this episode is the first time we see Sam really step into his role as Captain America. On Instagram only a DAY after Sam took up the mantle people were making their own edits of Sam in the suit, along with tweets of who should be the next Captain America after as if Sam did not just become Captain America. This further proves how much Sam Wilson is treated as a side character/ accessory in his own show. As stated earlier, the Marvel fandom has shown this pattern time and time again. This is an issue that Marvel writers must deal with moving forward. A step in the right direction would be to hire more diverse writers so we can stop this pattern, because as a Black Marvel fan this constant pattern is tiring and irritating.
Let me start out by saying…Wow!! One thing is for sure, television and film has definitely bounced back even in the midst of a pandemic. These days streaming television shows and films is a whole new experience! And these new trailers are proof that there is definitely not going to be a shortage of content anytime soon!
See for yourself the new films and television series set to premiere in the coming weeks!
*Warner Bros. Mortal Kombat (Set to hit theaters and HBO Max on April 23rd)
*Netflix Yasuke: The Black Samurai (Streaming begins April 29th)
*Marvel Studios’ Black Widow (Set to hit theaters and Disney+ [Premier Access] on July 9th)
*Warner Bros. Space Jam: A New Legacy (Set to hit theaters and HBO Max on July 16th)
*Season 4 of Star Trek: Discovery (Streaming on Paramount + in late 2021)
Looks like we gonna have a great Spring and Summer!!
As always you know I got you covered if you missed last night’s episode of “Conversations with Beloved and Kindred” check it out below:
Our second conversation discusses the Netflix film See You Yesterday!! This episode tackled everything from representation within the diaspora, high school science fairs, time travel, the importance of family, and so much more!!
Next month, we will continue our conversation and discussion of the Lovecraft Country series with Episode 3: “Holy Ghost” and Episode 4: “A History of Violence” !! And trust me you do not want to miss it!!
Over the past few months, we have been struggling through a global pandemic—one that has disproportionately affected Black and Brown communities—while also trying to find some sense of comfort and happiness. However, we as country and even the world have recently witnessed a national outpouring of anger, frustration, passion, and protests in response to the ongoing pain of racial injustice and police brutality. With the recent national attention regarding the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd, it is essential to create dialogues about these events and how we make meaning of them to invest in a better society.
As stated by Black feminist and civil rights activist Audre Lorde, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” Thus, as we continue to have discussion in our schools, churches, community events, and our homes it is important that we engage in these differences, while simultaneously equipping ourselves and others. Having the knowledge can lead to fruitful conversation and some sort of change.
This knowledge can be found in a variety of resources, tools, books, films/documentaries, and community efforts.
Below you will see a guide that seeks to equip us with the knowledge in hopes to bring about change:
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture online portal- “Talking About Race”
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice (2018) ~Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins,and Ann Hazzard
Saturday (2019) ~Oge Mara
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist (2017) ~Cynthia Levinson
Each Kindness (2012) ~Jacqueline Woodson
“Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice” (2018) ~Veronica Chambers
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (2020) ~Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (2020) ~Damian Duffy & John Jennings
March [Trilogy] (2016) ~John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
The Hate U Give (2017) ~Angie Thomas
‘Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans’ ~Roland Laird w/Taneshia Nash
Skin Like Mine (2016) ~LaTashia M. Perry
I Am Enough (2018) ~Grace Byers
Hair Love (2019) ~Matthew Cherry
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (2017) & Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History (2019) ~Vashti Harrison
I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
The Hate You Give (2018)
Get Out (2017)
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (2018)
Dear White People [Film (2014) & Netflix series (2017-2021)]
13th (2016) [Netflix]
When They See Us (2019) [Netflix]
Seven Seconds (2018) [Netflix]
Time: The Kalief Browder Story [Netflix]
See You Yesterday (2019) [Netflix]
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (2016) ~Carol Anderson
How to Be An Antiracist (2019) ~Ibram X. Kendi
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (2018) ~Monique Morris
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (2016) ~Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Between the World and Me (2015) ~Ta-Nehisi Coates
So you want talk about race (2019) ~Ijeoma Oluo
White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism (2018) ~Robin Diangelo
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race (2017) ~Beverly D. Tatum
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the age of Colorblindness (2020) ~Michelle Alexander
Parable of the Sower (1993) ~Octavia E. Butler
‘Choke Hold’: Policing Black Men (2018) ~Paul Butler
Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) ~Claudia Rankine
Bad Feminist (2014 ) ~Roxane Gay
Heavy: An American Memoir (2019) ~Kiese Laymon
Racism Without Racists: Color-blind racism and the persistence of Racial Inequality in America (2017) ~Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2018) ~Richard Rothstein
No Ashes in the Fire (2019) ~Darnell L. Moore
‘When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir’ (2020) ~Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
‘Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower’ (2019) ~Brittney Cooper
‘Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism’ (2018) ~Safiya Umoja Noble
This is not an end all, be all list, but meant to ignite and continue dialogues that can be difficult, but are very necessary. Hopefully, this list will also lead to the creation of building other resource guides that can be used in the fight against anti-Blackness and anti-racism.
“We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.” ~Ella Baker