Ok, I'm just going to all out pretend that the greatest superhero movie of all time is NOT being largely ignored on this site. (Haters and Trolls don't waste your time I don't read the comment section). Why is that....I don't care. You can call the sun, the moon all you want, it's not changing the fact that it's the Sun. You can pretend Black Panther isn't a global phenomenon. Anyway the real question is "WHAT ARE THOSE?!!!!!" Just kidding. The real questions are why, and more importantly, how do you follow that up?
Simply put: Fatigue. first let's clear the elephant in the room. Aside from original thought, Hollywood is deathly afraid of anything that doesn't fall into the young,slender, handsome,virile, white male category. Won't spend time defending this statement, because I don't argue about things I know to be true. Hollywood has to be forced at gunpoint to put any kind of diversity on the screen that is not targeted to a specific demographic. And it's not about black people. Aside from Karate pictures how many asian male leads to you see in big budget offerings? And any latino with a complexion darker than Jenifer Lopez's apparently doesn't exist as far as casting leading men or ladies. Indigenous North Americans, Polynesians...Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.....oh sorry.Frankly we (white people included) are tired of this script: World in peril. White guy steps in after everyone else fails, takes over, kicks butt, and gets the girl/s. Of course their reasoning is...anything else is box office poison. Well Black Panther has burst that bubble. Spoiler alert Hollywood...You can make a movie where white people are the minority and blow up the box office. Actually the term minority is a misnomer, other ethnic groups are a minority only in homogenized societies, not globally. Anyway planet earth is over The Tarzan model of movie making. The only reason stats don't show this is because we are not offered anything else to watch. I't's like... On the menu french fries, tater tots, scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, and baked potatoes. Statistically potatoes are a hit! Relax Hollywood... love and adoration isn't pie, there's enough for everybody to get some. It doesn't mean we don't love you, we just need to see other people.
Black panther 2 has already been green lighted (that didn't take long), so how do you follow up the greatest superhero movie of all time? You don't. To surpass what BP has done would take a miracle, and last I looked Ryan Coogler was still director not Jesus. My advice make a basic super hero movie. Low on plot, heavy on characters and action. Invest in fight choreography (who did the Matrix trilogy, hire him.) Wakanda is great, but make us miss it. To me the best scene was the Casino/city fight in South Korea. Don't over saturate the movie with villains, this never works. It killed the first Batman franchise, and the last Toby Maguire Spider Man movie (along with a plethora of other things). You could bring back Klaw. In the comics he's actually composed of pure sound, a side affect of messing with Wakandan tech. He could've had vibranium implants other than his hand cannon that would enable him to survive after a bullet or two. And his cronies can fish him out of whatever ravine the wakandans tossed him into ( normally how they bury hated criminals). Some people have suggested Kraven the hunter, even though he's Spidey's antagonist. That would fit into a nice European colonizer narrative about "Great White hunters" and the exploitation of African if you want to ruin a movie with more social commentary(I think BP 1 cover enough ground for now). More importantly what is DC going to do, the most reactionary studio there is. Hopefully nothing. just lick your wounds and settle for being little brother on the block for now. Patience, Marvel will botch this up at some point(see X-Men/Wolverine franchises). If you can't help yourself DC then let me offer some help. First press the history eraser button, and pretend that Steel and Green Lantern didn't happen. John Henry Irons is the best Black Super Man out there. And that hasn't been done yet. Val Zod is a wimp, and Blue marvel doesn't belong to you. Icon is a also a good possibility, he was a creation of O.J. Mcduffie, arguably the greatest black comic writer ever, and is out of the box enough to be a sleeper hit. Static Shock is way more popular but would seem redundant with the Black Lightning TV show out there. Hardware, another O.J. McDuffie creation, could also fly here. He's a mix of Bat Man, Iron Man and The Punisher. of course the character doesn't have to be black at all. Casandra Cain,Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, Arak Son of Thunder and Strong Bow(just to go waaaayayyyyyy outside the box). Whatever anyone decides to do, remember this: Just make a good movie. It won't matter what color the character's are.