Nerd Round-Up: Black Panther, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Silver and Black

Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things circulating in the world of nerdom. We break down these down, anything ranging from superheroes to Star Wars, and every other geek-centric thing in between. We analyze the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important and worthy of dicussing. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is still definitely worth talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week installment of Nerd Round-Up.

Black Panther has already been demolishing the box office, and it's only early Saturday afternoon! It made $25.2 million dollars in its Thursday night screenings, doubling Deadpool's February record of $12.7 million back in 2016. On Friday, it made $75.8 million, having the eighth largest opening day ever, just topping Captain America: Civil War's opening day of $75.5 million. Black Panther is heading towards a $200 million dollar domestic opening weekend, which only four films in history have done. This is absolutely insane. We all knew Black Panther was going to be a big success, but I don't think any of us thought it reach these numbers. It is looking to be one of Marvel's most successful films, including their Avengers movies. I will be posting an article on Monday about the movie's total weekend gross, and I'll get into a lot more specifics there, but in short right now, this is just incredible to see. I am watching the movie myself tonight, and will be posting a spoiler-free review later in the weekend, with a spoiler-filled discussion coming later in the week. If you've seen the movie already, please jump into the comments section and let me know what you thought. No spoilers, of course. 

It came out this week that Jon Favreau would be voicing an "important alien character" in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Favreau responded to the report by posting a picture of the alien in the photo above, who was seen in the trailer for the movie. You can watch that trailer here. Favreau is clearly a talent. While I prefer him more as a director than as an actor, he's clearly a great addition to any movie. He was one of my favorite (and most surprising) parts of Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, I don't know how large of a role this alien will have in the film, nor do I think it really matters that much to the actual movie that Favreau is voicing it. What this does bring up, however, is the long-lasting question of whether or not Favreau will direct a Star Wars movie. I have always thought the answer is yes. Disney clearly loves him, from the Iron Man movies to The Jungle Book to The Lion King. Plus, his style very much falls in line with the type of tone these Star Wars movies have. It just makes complete sense for him to eventually direct a film at some point down the line. And the fact that Favreau is now voicing a character in a Star Wars movie only adds more fuel to that fire. 

With Venom hitting theaters later this year (watch the trailer for that movie here), Sony has another Spider-Man-less movie about Spider-Man characters on the horizon with Silver and Black, focusing on the characters Black Cat and Silver Sable. The film is being directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, and now new writers have been brought on to work on the script. Chaos Walking's Lindsey Beer and Captain Marvel and Tomb Raider's Geneva Robertson-Dworet have been hired to write Silver and Black. While I can say they do have an impressive filmography, none of their movies have come out yet. In fact, neither Beer nor Robertson-Dworet have written a movie that has been released, ever. So there's nothing to refer to to see if they are actually quality writers. Now, the projects they have lined up are certainly impressive names. I am incredibly excited to see Captain Marvel, and while I am nervous about Tomb Raider, I'm still interested in seeing it. And Chaos Walking is a movie that really intrigues me due to Doug Liman directing. Right now, it's hard to tell if these additions to Silver and Black are for the best of the movie, but considering the projects they have lined up, I'm willing to give Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet the benefit of the doubt. 

So that's our Nerd Round-Up for this week. What do you think? What are your thoughts on the news articles? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nathanael Moln├ír
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