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Kingdom Come – Enter The Black Panther

Kingdom Come – Enter The Black Panther

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With roughly a month remaining before Marvel’s highly anticipated blockbuster, Black Panther hits national theatres I can’t help but think of how crazy a time this is for something that has been for so long a dream for by so many. I look at the various reactions across social media, the tweets of joy, the Facebook posts organizing movie screenings all across the nation and it’s a powerful moment.

I see this building hype in momentum in two vital parts. First and foremost I saw this from the position of a near lifelong comic book fan who wondered if such a film would ever be created. The question of if the Black Panther would ever make it to the big screen and why had he not made it there  yet has been on the minds and on the lips of comic book fans for years. So, for many of us, this is a dream come true. This is a long time request, hell a demand finally being realized.

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On the flip side, you have the contingent that is excited that we are seeing an all-black powerhouse cast put together with no expenses being spared for essentially what folks have dubbed The Blackest movie ever created. Yes there’s a whole lot of black in that last statement. It’s a lot of black, blackity black, the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice, once you go black you never go back. Anything that you can imagine that encompasses the joy and the pride of being black within this world is being showcased right now through the presentation of Black Panther.

For many, it’s much bigger than just a really good comic book being turned into a movie. This is a chance for people for a race of people that have forever and always contributed creativity created art and push culture to the limits each and every day finally getting something that showcases just how Grand are people are. An All-Star once in a lifetime cast no expenses being spared the Black Panther is.

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As I look at these two sides preparing for the release of this film I don’t want the moment to be lost solely on the Black Panther. Don’t get me wrong, the story of the Black Panther in itself is amazing but for those who did not come up in the comic book world who were not begging for this movie 10 years ago, I want you to stop and take a second to add some perspective. Google it yourself, talk to your comic geeks’ friends and get familiar with the history of Black characters in the comic world. It’ll add even more joy to the moment. Learn about Indie legends like Brotherman, trendsetters like Milestone, learn how Dwayne McDuffie made Jon’s Stewart’s Green Lantern the face of the Green Lanterns to millions of kids via the Justice League Cartoon. Do the knowledge of Luke Cage prior to his Netflix debut. There is a rich history out there. We’ve always been here and hopefully, in one month we take center stage and never give it back.

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Long live the King!!

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The Current State of The Omega Nexus

The Current State of ‘The Omega Nexus’

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Good Afternoon Omega Nexus Fans & Supporters

This Jason Francis aka The Social Media Samurai. I’m one part of the creative minds behind the Omega Nexus and Head of Social Media & Promo. After receiving a recent wave of inquiries about the status of the Omega Nexus I felt I needed to address the people. This is my open letter to y’all. This wasn’t approved by my partners. This is 100% Jason.

First thing’s first I want to give a massive show of thanks to all of you who have purchased books, shirts, wristbands, etc and truly put faith in the idea and concept of the Omega Nexus. It blew my mind how many people took a true interest in what we were doing. Nothing fuels creative energy like the positive response of the people. From the lower 48 states back to the island of Barbados folk loved the story of the Slade Brothers.

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We made the commitment and investment to present the Nexus at AnimeCon 2012, in Barbados, the home of the creators Roger & Jerry Reese. The reaction was memorable to say the least and I can’t wait to return.

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Then as upstarts in the fiction entertainment world you guys pushed us to our first award when we were voted East Coast Black Age of Comics Fan Favorite 2013.

Things were looking great but then life happened, human error happened and long story short, things kind of grinded to a halt.

If I’m being honest is was at this point that I feel we let you all down. We promised a new force in the game and he gave you a tease. It wasn’t intentional but that’s how it happened. Understand that from a creative stand point if you locked us in a room for a week to do nothing but create, we’d have books, movies & TV shows for days. The story making has never been an issue but getting it out to you properly has not been as smooth as I would have liked it. This isn’t about blame but just the reality of where we are. My mentality became one of frustration that even other business partners and friends close to me could feel. They sensed it in my silence. When something I would speak on and push everyday went unmentioned it set off red flags. You can only stand on potential for so long and I think we have realized this.

I took a stance that as the guy at the forefront of pushing the Nexus marketing & promotion wise, I would not continue doing the same thing and expecting a new result. I essentially offered up a challenge to my teammates. We have to prove that we can put out books. The one Omega Nexus piece is nice but there must be more and it must be continuous.

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So that’s what is on deck. We’re not here to bring you just another Ascended: The Omega Nexus book. We want to welcome you to the Ascended Universe. For the first time since I was still in school I can say that NEW Omega Nexus material is on the horizon. As the majors in the industry continue to roll out more and more “tried & true” content with their trusty stable of characters we will make good on our original goals to bring inclusion and diversity to story telling while giving the youth heroes that look like them to root for.

I’m fully confident that you will all be blown away with the story we are about to share with you. I can understand if this message is met with degrees of pessimism. I don’t blame you but I give my word that bigger and better days are ahead.
Thank you for your patience, encouragement and support!

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Marvel Unveils “Phase 3” with Long Awaited Black Panther Film

Marvel Unveils Long Awaited Black Panther Film – Will This Finally Bring Change?

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The Tricks and Treats don’t get going until this Friday but Marvel president Kevin Feige decided to let a gang of blockbuster treats loose on the public at the special Marvel Live event at Disney’s El Captain Theatre in Hollywood , Ca yesterday. Reaching all the way out to 2019, Marvel made is cinematic plans known for its Phase 3 round of films. Breaking the 6 movie per phase outline that had been in place, Phase 3 is packed with 9 projects. We will see the return of Captain America and Thor along with a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. The Avengers will top off the Phase with “Infinity War Part 1 & 2 in 18′ and 19” respectively. In addition to the familiar faces from the past films, Marvel is releasing new character works with Dr Strange, Captain Marvel, Inhumans and the much anticipated, highly demanded Black Panther.

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This signals the first solo feature films for a woman and a person person of color in the Marvel universe since Elektra and Blade. The announcement of an official Black Panther movie is the answer to requests that have existed since Marvel took to the big screen to reintroduce its characters a decade ago. Black Panther fans and fellow creators of ethnic characters have longed for the day where representation of them was done right on the biggest of stages. Now as the plots of all the respect franchises prepare to converge, T’Challa the Ruler of Wakanda is being thrust right into the center of things. As one of the most important characters in Marvel it would have been a total injustice not to make this movie, but as a black fictional writer myself I can speak to the skepticism that was felt every time we heard a Black Panther movie rumor.

Black comic fans watched as DC elected not to stick with a Green Lantern story line that featured John Stewart but rather follow the Hal Jordan plot origin. This was in spite of the fact that most people, especially the kids, were more familiar with Stewart due to his role in the highly acclaimed Justice League animated series. If it wasn’t last-minute changes of heart, Black characters were often presented with some type of flaw that kept them from being seen as completely human. They were malcontent drunks like Hancock, laughable buffoons like Handy Man or Meteor Man or the undead/semi living like Spawn or Blade. We couldn’t just get  a strong, attractive, intelligent leading character.

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Chadwick Boseman who is most own for his portrayal of Jackie Robinson will take on the huge responsibility of bringing the Panther to life. The success of the BP flim will have far-reaching ramifications beyond just Marvel’s bottom line. There is a gigantic community of comic loyalists who as people of color want to see what the Panther represents displayed to the masses. There are writers and content creators who are still getting told from the larger businesses that “black heroes don’t sell”. And most simply there are kids who want to see movies with lead stars that look like them.

After hearing Marvel’s Co-President Louis D’Esposit, following a Comic Con 3 yrs ago, I seriously doubted that this movie would ever get off the ground.

“He has a lot of the same characteristics of a Captain America: great character, good values… But it’s a little more difficult, maybe, creating [a world like Wakanda]. It’s always easier basing it here. For instance, ‘Iron Man 3’ is rooted right here in Los Angeles and New York. When you bring in other worlds, you’re always faced with those difficulties.” – D’Espoit on the “Difficulties” of making BP 

Not long after releasing Thor to record attendance with its completely fictional and man-made environments this man looked us all in the face and lied horribly. Yet, years later here we are.

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I have confidence in the team that Marvel has working on their movies and I see no reason to doubt that T’Challa’s introduction into the Marvel cinematic universe will be anything short of amazing. Hopefully with his emergence into the mainstream people will look on and ask will we now see more characters of color stepping out to hold down their own franchise brands? Will we finally see someone from the vast independent comic circuit strike success in crossing over into a lead role. Will the diverse range and scope of our people be given the fair chance to showcase itself.

Jason Francis | The Social Media Samurai

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