Ta-Nehisi Coates: Why I’m Writing Captain America

Ta-Nehisi Coates—The Atlantic:

Two years ago I began taking up the childhood dream of writing comics. To say it is more difficult than it looks is to commit oneself to criminal understatement. Writers don’t write comics so much as they draw them with words. Everything has to be shown, a fact I knew going into the work, but could not truly know until I had actually done it. For two years I’ve lived in the world of Wakanda, writing the title Black Panther. I’ll continue working in that world. This summer, I’m entering a new one—the world of Captain America.

Captain America #1 drops on the Fourth [of] July. Excelsior, family.

What a huge development for comics fans and fans of Ta-Nehisi Coates. His work on the Black Panther books has been (comic-)world changing. His writing in The Atlantic has been mind-expanding. I expect his Captain America to be nothing less.

#CaptainAmerica #BlackPanther #Ta-NehisiCoates

Amazon Is Turning Iain M. Banks’ Iconic Culture Books Into a TV Series

James Whitbrook—io9:

Amazon’s been making some major genre plays in its original programming recently, but its latest grab is one of its grandest plans yet: An adaptation of Iain M. Banks’ iconic scifi saga, the Culture Series, starting off with Consider Phlebas.

Banks’ scifi novels, particularly the Culture Series, are some of my favorite stories of the past decade. I discovered Use of Weapons and Player of Games just before he died, so the work is a finite treasure.

I’m not sanguine about anyone making a TV series (or movie) from it. There’s just so little room to exceed what played out in my imagination, and so much room to screw it up.

That’s not to say I won’t give it a shot. I’ll just try not to think about it until it debuts.

(The article refers to Banks’ work as “iconic.” The recovery barges used by Elon Musk’s SpaceX for automated recovery of their space launch system’s first-stage boosters are named for two of the spacecraft in Banks’ stories.)

#iainMBanks #TheCulture #scifi

‘Black Panther’: It’s Exhilarating, Groundbreaking and More Than Worth the Wait

Ann Hornaday—The Washington Post:

“Black Panther” may be grounded in the loops, beats, rhymes and hooks of contemporary film grammar, but it feels like a whole new language.

Feels like, but is not. The language is ancient, not of this continent, and four centuries overdue. Somehow, Ryan Coogler has managed to weave this story together with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Panther has “epic” written all over it.

Glad I snagged my opening-night ticket two weeks ago. I’ve not been this excited about a forthcoming, novel film since, well, ever.

#BlackPanther #MCU #Marvel

Season 3 of Stranger Things Will Finally Give Poor Will Byers a Break

Sam Barsanto—AVClub:

Thankfully, it sounds like season three is going to be a little easier on poor Will Byers, with executive producer Shawn Levy telling Glamour that they’re “not going to put Will through hell for a third season in a row.”

That’s nice. Nicer still is that there will be a season three of Stranger Things. Hopefully it reaches up to the heights of season one.

#StrangerThings #TV #WillBiers #NoahSchnapp

One of the Most Moving Parts of Stranger Things 2 is Hiding in Plain Sight

Randall Colburn – AVClub:

One of the most moving parts of the Stranger Things 2 (and that’s saying something, considering the season tugged mightily on the heartstrings) was the tender, yet strained, bond between Sheriff Jim Hopper (David Harbour) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). More than just a surrogate father-daughter relationship, the union is colored by the loss of Hopper’s own daughter, who he mentions only in the most vulnerable of moments.

Read on for a very significant detail that’s been around since episode one of season one. I totally missed this.

#StrangerThings #STrangerThings2 #scifi

Production on House Of Cards Has Been Suspended Indefinitely

Katie Rife – AVClub:

One day after announcing that the upcoming sixth season of House Of Cards would be its last, Netflix has suspended production indefinitely on its original original series.

That was quick. It was announced that season six would be their last, and that a spin-off was already in development just yesterday

I guess sometimes you don’t realize how bad the news is until someone tells you so.

#HouseOfCards #TV #AVClub