Some consider 2015 to be a mixed year for comicbook films. Avengers: Age of Ultron was generally well received, but got some mixed reactions from a noticeable amount of fans. Thankfully, Ant-Man was a pleasant surprise with a great amount of critical acclaim. One comic book film that people like to forget about from that year is Fantastic Four. Fox’s second attempt at getting Marvel Comics’ first family right on the big screen fell flat to a majority of audiences. With a current 9% critics approval and 18% audience approval on Rotten Tomatoes- it was definitely one of the larger film upsets of the year. Many thought the grounded more realistic approach would work for the film based on trailers and promotion. It was later revealed that behind the scenes fiascos and conflicts evolved the film into something else that was not originally envisioned by Chronicle Director Josh Trank. However, many people did come to the consensus that the cast was fantastic and showed great potential for the future. Time has now proven that a sequel to the film will not be in the works any time soon. It is now known that this did not stop Michael B. Jordan from pursing a future in comicbook films.
When Marvel Studios announced that Jordan would be playing the role of Black Panther’s antagonist Erik Killmonger in his solo film- many fans were greatly surprised. The actor has a very strong resume that has no room to remind people of the missed opportunity that was Fantastic Four. Many thought the cast and crew behind Black Panther would provide Jordan with the perfect space to shine. Fast forward to the present and all of the promotion and footage from the film makes it seem like these people are going to proven right. The excitement could not currently be higher for this sure to be historical comicbook film.
Promotion is currently in high gear with the release being less than a month away. ScreenRant recently sat down with Jordan to discuss his work on the film. Conversation quickly turned into reminiscing on 2015’s FF. With two years having already passed, there is nothing wrong with looking back on the film in a limelight. ScreenRant brought up the fact that Jordan was added to the cast later than in the usual process. This of course added to many of the fan surprise. He was then asked that if coming off the wheels of FF added any hesitation to joining another comicbook film. His answer may take many by a delightful surprise.
Zero hesitation to do another comic book movie. I guess I got brought in later in the game because that was the natural process – we and Ryan still talked everyday, and I still, still kind of in an unofficial capacity, had always been part of it. No hesitation, really, to do another comic book film. I’m a geek, I love this world, I love being able to play in that fantastic kind of space. I looked at it as another shot to get it right, to do it again, and especially teaming up with (Director of Photography) Rachel (Morrison) again and Ryan, it’s a very comfortable space with me. It’s the perfect space for me to take another risk like this, so it was no hesitation on my part.
Jordan’s positive attitude should be greatly admired. If one were to put themselves in his shoes, they would find it very easy to discard the past and be spiteful about it. Jordan instead looks back on it as growing experience. With there being so many comicbook films a year now, some are bound to not be as good as others. The cast of FF found themselves in a very unique situation and did the best they could to still put out a complete product to audiences. Jordan’s lack of hesitation to join another film of the same genre just shows how much of a good sport he is. This should be more than enough to gain the respect and love from fans everywhere. His inclusion in Black Panther obviously has to do with the fact that his friend and long time collaborator Ryan Cooler is directing, but the point still stands that his previous experience with the genre was enough for him to still say no.
Looking back on FF now sure does bring some mixed memories. The cast had so much potential, but was brought down by the side effects of studio interference. Thankfully, this does not seem to be the case for BP. Come February, Jordan will shine as the man who will challenge Black Panther’s right to the Wakandan Throne.
Check back for more updates on Black Panther and the MCU leading up to it’s release in February- Andrew J. Salazar (@yokis101 on Twitter)
BLACK PANTHERBlack Panther releases in theaters on February 16th, 2018After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman