Donald Glover explains how director Ryan Coogler approached him to get his comments on the Black Panther script, and that his actual contributions to it were the comedy bits
Buzz about Black Panther has been positive since its world premiere, and in the weeks since, the overwhelmingly good word of mouth carried the film to the record books. It scored the fifth largest opening weekend of all-time, and its 4-day total of $242 million is second only to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, it's officially Rotten Tomatoes' Best Movie of All-Time, edging out Wizard of Oz and only the second superhero flick to nab an A+ CinemaScore. Several Hollywood personalities have expressed their support for the movie, such as Justice League star Ray Fisher, Oprah, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, and a slew of Marvel folks like Captain America Chris Evans, Captain Marvel Brie Larson, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, and star Chris Pratt.
Chatting with ET during Atlanta's season 2 premiere, Glover opened up about his and brother's, Stephen, input on the Black Panther script that earned them special credits from the film. As reported a couple days ago, it was revealed that the Glovers were consulted on the film's script by Coogler and now, Solo: A Star Wars Story actor is sharing how that came to be:
“[Director] Ryan [Coogler] was gracious enough to be like, 'Will you take a look at this script? Which was really cool. Marvel locks things down, so we had not as much time as I would've wanted. We had a couple of hours to punch up some jokes and stuff like that. It was already there anyway. They had already done a great job, so it was really cool to just get our fingerprints on there a bit.”
Marvel films are known for their certain brand of comedy that their demographics love, but there are times the jokes can be forced or jarring, taking people out of a sequence. And while Black Panther still has that signature Marvel humor, it felt like it was peppered at the right moments in the movie. Coogler was able to identify when scenes need to be straight-up serious; when the tension should be broken by a joke; and when to execute some laugh-out-loud moments. Chances are that we'll never know which specific scenes the Glovers helped on, but that standout "sandal/sneakers" bit between T'Challa and Shuri sure feels like the two's type of banter.
It cannot be stressed enough what Black Panther signifies in terms of Hollywood diversity and racial representation in these big blockbuster movies. But for the MCU alone, it proves their offerings still have room for growth while playing by the rules Kevin Feige's blueprint established many years ago - especially when Marvel gives their filmmakers wiggle room to tell whatever narrative they want. Now that Coogler's film illustrated big franchises can deliver thought-provoking movies and people will support them, Marvel, and other blockbuster series, should be more thoughtful about the kind of stories they tell moving forward.
Source: Entertainment Tonight
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