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Black Panther is officially in theaters and we have some juicy tidbits to gleam from it for epic upcoming battle with Thanos. If you want to know what Black Panther means for Infinity War, you have come to the right place. Spoilers ahead.
Final warning: Spoilers are coming.
What Black Panther means for Infinity War
We learn through N’Joba’s story, how Wakanda came to be. That out of the 5 tribes that settled there, only 4 decided to live together and be united. The fifth tribe, refusing to join, stayed in the mountains. Their current leader is M’Baku, who not only saved T’Challa’s life but also came to his aid in the battle to save Wakanda from Killmonger.
In a blink and you might miss it moment, we see that T’Challa has managed to accomplish something no one in the history of Wakanda has- he has united all 5 tribes. M’Baku is shown in T’Challa’s throne room in a seat of honor, reserved for tribal leaders.
Watching the Infinity War trailer for the millionth time, I paused it at the point where we see T’Challa standing in front of the Wakanda army. And look who I found, M’Baku is there, ready to show Thanos and the Black Order what the mountain tribe is capable of! M’Baku is such a great character and definite scene stealer. I’m excited to see him back in action.
We also see Steve and Bucky to T’Challa’s right. And I would bet that is Okoye standing directly behind him.
The biggest WTH I heard about this movie was the seemingly obvious lack of the soul stone. I was alsmot 100% positive we would see the last of the Infinity Stones in Wakanda. The credits rolled, the two bonus scenes aired all with the Soul Stone still missing. Or is it? Hear me out.
Wakanda’s heart-shaped herb is the source of Black Panther’s powers, and it has some pretty intense properties. In the movie it is neon purple, glowing with a mystical quality, and possesses a lot of spiritual (soul) power. The Soul Stone, in comics canon, has esoteric powers, including the ability to send souls to an alternate dimension. Ancestral plane anyone? It also is able to reveal the deepest, most hidden parts of a person, something else we see in T’Challa’s visit to the ancestral plane.
I don’t think the herb is the stone. It wouldn’t work based on what we have seen happens when human beings come in contact with Infinity Stones. However, I think it is completely plausible that the plants are growing on top of whatever is holding the Soul Stone. Which would also explain why it only grows in the one, ethereal area of Wakanda. It’s as if the stone itself, is somewhat leaking into the ground, imbuing the plants with a sliver of its power.
The White Wolf
We know from the new comic Avengers Infinity War Prelude, that Shuri has cured Bucky of his Hydra programming. In the final bonus scene of Black Panther, we see Bucky awake and looking at peace for the first time in, well, forever. He is not sporting a new arm yet, but my money is the one we see in the Infinity War trailer is a sick new vibranium one designed by Shuri.
The children call him the “White Wolf.” In the comics the White Wolf is Hunter, T’Challa’s adopted brother and leader of Hatut Zeraze, Wakanda’s Secret Police. The White Wolf is a formidable warrior and was always willing to aid Wakanda and T’Challa when needed.
The Genius of Shuri
Shuri is one of my favorite characters of Black Panther. Her knowledge and technological advances are going to be needed in the fight with Thanos. Black Panther’s new suit has the nanotechnology that we find in Tony’s Prime Armor. We know Tony is smart, but so far none of the other 47 different armor suits show this kind of tech. Maybe Shuri is the one who helps push his design to new heights.
At any rate, I know he is going to love her lab and all the innovations she has come up with. And I for one am so ready to see her put Tony in his place. It’s going to be amazing. Side note: I also hope Rocket equally drags Tony’s egotistical butt when they meet, like he does in the comics.
Want to talk more about Black Panther? Join my geeky friend, Jana of Whisky + Sunshine, and I over on Twitter for #MarvelMondays! Find us at @ThatAshleyErin and @WhiskynSunshine!
Avengers Infinity War is in theaters May 4th 2018!
Valentine’s was spent with my favorite people and my favorite mice- Mickey and Minnie of course! Check it out with our Disney On Ice Presents Frozen recap! Plus grab a discount to save $5 on your tickets below!
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Before the show, we got a chance to say hi to Mickey and get our faces painted. It was the perfect way to kickoff a night of Frozen themed fun!
This is one happy kid. Who wouldn’t be with some Frozen-inspired hot cocoa?!
Our hosts for the evening, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with several other familiar faces, introduced what this show is all about: Discovering that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all! How perfect we saw it on Valentine’s Day right?
After a stunning opening number it was time to be transported to Arendelle, where Elsa is to be crown Queen. But nothing goes smoothly, and soon Elsa transforms the kingdom into one of eternal winter.
And yes Hans is there too, up to no good obviously.
Finally able to be true to herself, Elsa skates around, dazzling the crowd with her Let it Go number. Anna, with the help of Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven soon catch up to her on the North Mountain. Things don’t go too well, and Elsa refuses to come back. Even striking Anna, on accident, with her powers. To make her point of “GO AWAY” clear, Marshmallow comes out to chase everyone away.
Elsa is eventually captured. Before Hans could execute her, Anna saves her life. Completely Frozen, the only thing that will save her is an act of true love. Elsa’s love for Anna thaws her frozen heart and they embrace. The crowd cheers and sunny skies return to Arendelle! Everyone is saved, except Hans who gets a punch in the mouth and sent packing back to the Southern Isles.
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I screened Black Panther last night (it opens in theaters Friday) and let me tell you, it more than lives up to the hype. It was nothing like we have seen in the MCU so far. The story-telling, the setting, and the characters are amazing. The stand-outs to me were the women. So I’m sharing all about the women of Wakanda along with my no spoiler review, is it for the kids, and post credit scene info!
“Surround yourself with people you trust”
T’Challa has returned home to Wakanda and is sworn in as the new king. Life is far from easy. He must figure out what kind of king he wants to be. He loves his father but that doesn’t mean he can’t forge his own path and lead Wakanda in a new direction.
Not only does T’Challa do some soul searching in this film for his new mantle as both a king of a nation and a superhero, he must deal with the consequences of the actions of others. When Erik Killmonger shows up in Wakanda, everything begins to collide. T’Challa, with the help of his sister, Shuri, the Dora Milage, Nakia, and an unlikely ally, fights to save not only Wakanda but the rest of the world as well. It’s good practice for him. After all, he will be joining the Avengers in saving the world from an even bigger threat in Infinity War.
I can sum up my viewing experience with this: If you don’t leave wanting to yell Wakanda Forever I won’t believe you actually saw the movie.
The Women of Wakanda
The guys of Wakanda are cool and all, and sure they are great fighters but to me they pale in comparison to the Dora Milage and the other ladies. The women of Wakanda are smart, strong, and fierce. I think they stole the movie away from the guys. Sorry T’Challa.
We first met Okoye in Civil War when she showed up like a boss. And she is. She’s the general of the Dora Milaje and you do not want to cross her. Okoye is the greatest warrior in Wakanda that doesn’t call themselves Black Panther.
She is more than just a bodyguard to the king. Okoye is deeply involved with the inner workings of the kingdom, she makes choices, her council is sought after, and T’Challa knows she is a trustworthy friend.
I can’t wait to see her and Widow on the same side in Infinity War. I think they could end up being close friends.
If I had to give a MVP of Black Panther is it Shuri, T’Challa’s younger sister. She is not just a Princess of Wakanda, Shuri is the smartest person in the entire country. Share is the top scientists and innovator behind the new and improved Black Panther suits and technology. Her tech would make Tony Stark fall at her feet. I wonder if she helps him design his Prime Armor (talking MCU not comics)?
She is also ready to school T’Challa anytime, anywhere. Their relationship is built on love and sass, and it’s perfect. Plus I adore her because, based on the comics leading up to Infinity War, she fixes my darling Bucky’s mind. Forever grateful.
Nakia marches to the beat of her own Wakandan drum. Her battle prowess matches that of the Dora Milaje and she is a super spy. She feels a loyalty to T’Challa and her people but also feels like some of the older traditions need to change.
Nakia is fearless and willing to take risks to help those in need. She’s stubborn and that makes her not only great future Queen material (if she chooses that path), but also the ideal match to T’Challa.
Women need to see this movie. Your daughters (if old enough) need to see this movie. I left feeling like I could take on the world if I needed. It was empowering to see women not just serving as a love interest or damsel in distress but as warriors, leaders, and innovators. If you love watching Black Widow kick butt and take names, you’re going to LOVE the women of Wakanda.
I think Black Panther is important for children to see, especially girls, but parents should be informed going in. The film has a lot of hand-to-hand combat with weapons like spears (albeit very advanced spears). You will see someone with a spear head sticking out of their body and other wounds throughout.
Language: The S bomb is dropped 2x and it is very clear what is being said. Not like Sam in Winter Soldier when he says Shhhhii and it gets cut off/fight scene is happening around him.
Humor: The humor is less Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and more just fun banter.
If your child has watched other marvel films and you are okay with the fighting, then I say go for it.
Visually nothing like we have seen before in the MCU.
From the futuristic, awesomeness of the technology to the richness of the African countryside, Black Panther is stunning. The Ancestral Plane or as I call it The Lion King moment, is beautiful and serene. The costume designer looked to the whole continent of Africa and a variety of the people from the Maasai to the Suri for inspiration. The end results were designs steeped in African culture with fantastical elements befitting the mysterious country of Wakanda.
I could see Wakanda making it’s way to Animal Kingdom at Disney World. I’m so in for a Wakandan expansion!
2 Post Credit Scenes
Earlier in the film, T’Challa declares they will no longer turn their backs on the world. Fast forward to the first scene and we see T’Challa addressing the UN as the new King of Wakanda. He announces that Wakanda is willing to work together with other nations. Of course they think Wakanda is just a farming culture and can provide them with nothing. Hah. They will learn. All of this is foreshadowing to the fact that every nation, every tribe, will have to come together or Thanos will wipe them out.
The final stinger was one that made me so happy. It is also the one thing I was banking on seeing in this film. If you know me and know my Marvel tastes you can probably figure out what or whom was shown in this one. I squealed. No shame either, not even a little.
Long Live The King. Black Panther is in theaters February 16, 2018!
The all new Avengers Infinity War trailer is finally here! I’ve been watching the other one so much, if it was an old school VHS tape it would be worn completely out by now. This may just have been another tease, I’m hoping for another trailer showing before Black Panther, but it did give us some more insight into Infinity War. Lets breakdown the new Avengers Infinity War spot.
Deep breaths. Okay, lets talk about this. In just 30 seconds, we see some important things.
1. Tony Stark, Peter Parker, and Doctor Strange are looking at something, with a blueish glow. I’m thinking the Guardians, with Thor in tow, are here to help fight Thanos.
2. Scarlet Witch and Vision look like they are having an intimate moment, but she definitely seems concerned. Is she drawing out the mind stone’s power or trying to sense something in Vision?
3. Loki is staring at someone with extreme contempt and hatred. Ahem, Thanos.
4. Speaking of Spidey, he didn’t think that attacking the portal thing through. Thanos’ portal has taken to the sky and he seems unable to breathe. Maybe Tony saves him thanks to the tracker in his suit.
5. Cap and Black Widow are back in town with an injured Vision and Scarlet Witch. Sorry guys I don’t think that’s Captain Marvel walking being Cap. The fact that Vision is injured tells me that this is post fight with The Black Order. Cap and Widow likely jumped in and fought off The Black Order (the scene we see in the first trailer), to save Vision’s life. I don’t think Thanos would have left him alive.
6. “Get this man a shield.” Was my favorite part of the first Infinity War trailer and now we see Cap sporting his new Wakanda-style tech shields. I’m hoping he also gets his round shield back but these new ones look pretty sick. And there is comic book canon to back up his use of a different shield.
7. Iron Man in his Prime Armor. This armor has built-in nanotech that allows the suit to shape-shift at his will. The scales on the outside of the suit can shape themselves into weapons like cannons, guns, and so much more. Force field anyone?
Along with the new footage, fans were also treated to the 10th Anniversary Class Photo.
So much awesome in one picture.
The class photo features 79 actors and filmmakers from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I don’t know about you but it gave me feels. This has been such a massive project and looking back over the 10 years, just wow!
Avengers Infinity War is in theaters May 4th 2018!
Valentine’s Day is coming up and I don’t know about you but I’m not ready. I need to fill out the kids’ valentine’s day cards and I should probably get my husband something. So as I started to search around for some ideas I thought why not share it with you all too. I hope I’m not the only one needing last minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas!
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Black Panther Gear on Amazon. My guy is going to look great in this shirt from Fifth Sun.
Star Wars accessories on Amazon, like this Millenium Falcon bottle opener.
Okay, so I also found some things that I would want. Just in case my husband is reading!
Fifth Sun’s Lion King shirts, available on Amazon.
7 Dwarfs Mini Lipstick Set, available on Amazon.
You will love these stacking mugs of Princess Leia and Han Solo. I know. Get them at Hallmark or on Amazon.
Couple Mouseketeer LOVE T-Shirts from ShopDisney.com. These would be perfect not only for Valentine’s Day but also for your next park visit.
For the Kids:
Belle and the Beast from Build-a-Bear.
Disney Baby: I Love You This Much available at local retailers and on Amazon.
Vee is for Valentine get it today on Amazon or at your local retailer.
These gifts aren’t just for Valentine’s Day. Use this guide for Easter, Birthdays, or whatever you might be celebrating in the coming months!
Do you give Valentine’s Day gifts to your family?