Marvel Studios Drops ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Trailer

Wow. CCXP has been an absolute treasure trove of goodies. We already got a new trailer and official title for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. And you’d think that’d be enough to top the day. But nope! James Gunn and Marvel Studios just had to bring more goodies! We now have an official trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3!

Continue reading “Marvel Studios Drops ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ Trailer”

Hard NOC Life 293: ‘Andor’ and Holiday Specials

On the final Hard NOC Life before we go on hiatus, Dominic, Britney, and Keith rank Andor against other live action Star Wars projects, including the Holiday Special from the 1970s. Speaking of Holiday Specials, James Gunn brings the tradition back with a special Guardians of the Galaxy mission to save Christmas.

Continue reading “Hard NOC Life 293: ‘Andor’ and Holiday Specials”

‘The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special’ is a Heartwarming Stocking Stuffer

This year has been a busy blur for Marvel Studios. They’ve released three theatrical films and debuted four streaming series. But this year for Christmas, there’s something fans would really like from Kevin Feige. So if you can hear those sleigh bells coming around that Disney+ bend, then consider watching James Gunn’s The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special to mark this year’s end. Because Christmas Time has come, and that means MCU joy for everyone.

Continue reading “‘The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special’ is a Heartwarming Stocking Stuffer”

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Explores Geopolitics and Shows the MCU Can Go Further

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is, at its core, a moving drama about the grief of a nation for their lost King T’Challa and the grief of his closes loved ones. But the film also takes a deeper dive into the geopolitics of the MCU, and really our own world and how the legacy of colonialism, European slavery of Africans, Indigenous genocide, and the pillaging of resources of Black and brown countries continues to this day.

Continue reading “‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Explores Geopolitics and Shows the MCU Can Go Further”

Pom Klementieff Talks Mantis’ New Role in ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’

Christmas time has come. That means toys for everyone. And for Marvel Studios fans, it means the release of their latest Special Presentation, The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special. Director James Gunn reimagines the Christmas classic film with a bit of an MCU flair and some perfectly curated needle drops that embrace everything we love about the ragtag group and the holidays, while also throwing in a few surprises as well.

Continue reading “Pom Klementieff Talks Mantis’ New Role in ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’”

Celebrating ‘Wakanda Forever’ at Funko HQ

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently ruling the box office. And to celebrate the triumphant return of Wakanda’s greatest protector, our friends at Funko invited us to their megastore in Los Angeles for a morning of fun merchandise previews and a surprise panel with Marvel Studios’ Director of Production and Development, Kyana Davidson. See below for what Davidson had to say about the film, and for some fun photos of today’s festivities.

Continue reading “Celebrating ‘Wakanda Forever’ at Funko HQ”

NOC Review: The ‘Black Panther’ Lives On in ‘Wakanda Forever’

How do a filmmaker and his crew pick up the pieces of a story shattered by the heartbreaking loss of a fallen family member, who was both a protagonist and king? That was certainly the question left several days after the death of the incredible Chadwick Boseman, who passed away from colon cancer in August 2020, shortly after writer/director Ryan Coogler had just finished the first draft of his script for the sequel to 2018’s Black Panther.

Continue reading “NOC Review: The ‘Black Panther’ Lives On in ‘Wakanda Forever’”

Alex Livinalli on the Indigenous Story Within ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

Talocan is coming for the surface world! After decades of stories on the printed page, Namor, Namora, and powerful behemoth Attuma are finally making their grand cinematic debuts in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever this Friday! And we, at The Nerds of Color, were blessed to have gotten an opportunity to speak with the man behind Attuma, Alex Livinalli!

Continue reading “Alex Livinalli on the Indigenous Story Within ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’”

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Host Official ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Podcast from Proximity Media

No stranger to the world of Wakanda, National Book Award-winning author, journalist, and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Ta-Nehisi Coates will be making his first foray into podcasting with Wakanda Forver: The Official Black Panther Podcast launching this Thursday, November 3.

Continue reading “Ta-Nehisi Coates to Host Official ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Podcast from Proximity Media”

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’ Shows a Bunch of A-Holes Making Things Holly and Jolly

Disney has released the first The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, and it brings all sorts of good cheer to Marvel Studio fans. While James Gunn spreads joy across the galaxy, it seems that Star-Lord is still depressed about Gamora not being around. So it will be up to Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) to help lift him up with a little holiday spirit that comes in the form of a gift called Kevin Bacon.

Continue reading “‘Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’ Shows a Bunch of A-Holes Making Things Holly and Jolly”

‘Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania’ Trailer Teases First Look at Quantum Realm

Seeing the vast wonders of the Quantum Realm in the Ant-Man film franchise was inevitable. We first heard of it in the titlular film, and then Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) spent some time trapped inside of it for five years — or was it five hours — after Thanos snapped half of life away. Now the new trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania gives us a look at how unusual this realm is and how dangerous it can be when a villain like Kang the Conquerer (Jonathan Majors) intends to extend his mighty hand beyond the very tiny world.

Continue reading “‘Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania’ Trailer Teases First Look at Quantum Realm”

Jon Bass on the Parallels Between ‘She-Hulk’ and Real-Life

Television shows and movies are planned and written months in advance. So when a series is so reflective and representative of current events, audiences assume that it was written and filmed immediately in response. But that’s not how it works in real life. Marvel’s She-Hulk planned out their plot and storylines prior to the outrageous – and often misogynist – responses from “fanboys” who deemed the series as “man-hating.” Actor Jon Bass — who plays Todd, aka HulkKing, a character not far off from those commenters — was surprised at how much the series paralleled what was online in real life.

Continue reading “Jon Bass on the Parallels Between ‘She-Hulk’ and Real-Life”

Tatiana Maslany on ‘She-Hulk’ Season Finale and Potential Future Cameos

She-Hulk’s season finale premiered last Thursday with what seems to be an unconventional happy ending. Jen/She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) became the writer to her own story as she broke the fourth wall and confronted Marvel Studios — including the She-Hulk writers’ room and K.E.V.I.N. (Knowledge Enhanced Visual Interconnectivity Nexus), an AI responsible for creating all of the MCU programs. Though the conclusion was very true to the comic book character, many were left wondering about the impact of the invasion of privacy and trauma that Jen went through in the last episode.

Continue reading “Tatiana Maslany on ‘She-Hulk’ Season Finale and Potential Future Cameos”

Hard NOC Life 287: K.E.V.I.N Can Fix Himself

With Britney out this week, it’s up to Keith and Dominic to cover a week even an A.I. Kevin Feige couldn’t predict, such as the fallout from the latest MCU schedule shuffle, as well as She-Hulk lampshading Marvel’s greatest flaws.

Continue reading “Hard NOC Life 287: K.E.V.I.N Can Fix Himself”

Major Shifts to the MCU Schedule Announced

The fate of The Multiverse (Saga) hangs in the balance! Following the powerhouse showing at San Diego Comic Con this past year, Marvel Studios had everyone completely psyched to see how The Multiverse Saga would play out. Boldly announcing several projects across Phases 5 and 6, audiences were thrilled, yet skeptical about whether or not the ambitious slate of shows and films would arrive as scheduled, given the sheer volume of it all.

Continue reading “Major Shifts to the MCU Schedule Announced”

Hard NOC Life 286: Y Tu Namor También

This week, Britney, Keith, and Dominic are joined by Friend of the NOC, Catrina Dennis to break down the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer, and marvel at Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal’s ascension up the Disney ranks with Andor and Werewolf By Night, respectively. They also geek out over Daredevil’s appearance in She-Hulk and share what’s nerd poppin’ from Star Trek: Picard to Hocus Pocus 2 and “Super” Black Adam rumors.

Continue reading “Hard NOC Life 286: Y Tu Namor También”

NOC Review: ‘Werewolf by Night’ is a Bloody, Brilliant Good Time

We’ve talked at length about how Phase 4 is the most controversial of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while I’ve been perfectly satisfied with it, not everything has worked for everyone, even many of the entries I’ll proudly defend. But for the most part, if there’s one thing you simply cannot deny about this phase, it’s how ambitious it’s been; both in the risks Marvel Studios has taken, and the creative liberties it has given its directors. Case in point, the latest risk the studio has to offer, the terrific Werewolf by Night!

Continue reading “NOC Review: ‘Werewolf by Night’ is a Bloody, Brilliant Good Time”

Hard NOC Life 285: Welcome to the MC-Hugh

This episode was recorded before Marvel dropped the Wakanda Forever trailer so tune in next week for thoughts on that! In the meantime, Britney, Keith, and Dominic weigh in on Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine in Deadpool III, reported trouble on the Blade set, and the latest She-Hulk and Andor episodes.

Continue reading “Hard NOC Life 285: Welcome to the MC-Hugh”

Namor Makes a Grand Entrance in the ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Trailer

Marvel Studios has released the newest trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It’s a sequel that promises to be one of the most exciting and also most emotional as it respectfully addresses the tragic loss of the beloved King T’Challa, played Chadwick Boseman, who sadly died of cancer in 2020. But rather than recast the role, Marvel decided to pass on the title of Black Panther to a different character, one that has yet to be revealed to the world.

Continue reading “Namor Makes a Grand Entrance in the ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Trailer”

Hard NOC Life 284: ‘Andor’ Can Never Be Too Emo

The three-episode premiere of Andor is finally here, and Britney, Keith, and Dominic have thoughts! They break down everything they love about the latest, and potentially greatest, Star Wars property — including the everyone’s favorite Emo droid –and why it’s nice to finally have a Star War that f*cks. Later, Keith interviews Friend of the NOC Marc Bernardin about his various projects and his 10-year podcasting adventure and friendship with Kevin Smith.

Continue reading “Hard NOC Life 284: ‘Andor’ Can Never Be Too Emo”