Marvel’s Black Panther was released on Blu-ray/DVD today, May 15, 2018.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable 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 and their way of life.
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.
Black Panther was released on digital, Movies Anywhere and 4K UHD on May 8, 2018.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Marvel Studios, Marvel Studios: Hero Acts is donating $1.25 million to provide transformative experiences to strengthen the lives of children impacted by serious illness. The grant will provide $800,000 to Make-A-Wish® to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses around the world, and $450,000 to Starlight Children’s Foundation to help bring joy and comfort to children in hospitals.
Chris Evans and Tom Holland, stars of Marvel Studios’ blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, celebrated the announcement with special screenings of the film at New York’s Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai in The Child Life Zone and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The grants to both Make-A-Wish and Starlight Children’s Foundation are a part of Disney’s Team of Heroes commitment to reimagine the patient and family experience in and out of children’s hospitals.
Over the past decade, Marvel Studios has been an integral part of The Walt Disney Company’s relationship with Make-A-Wish America and Make-A-Wish International, hosting wish kids on film sets and at events around the world. Nine Make-A-Wish kids attended the April 23 world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War in Los Angeles. And in December 2017, Marvel Studios and Make-A-Wish joined forces to grant the biggest set-visit wish ever, with 21 kids visiting the Atlanta, Georgia, set of the 2019 untitled Avengers film.
Starlight Children’s Foundation will use the grant to produce more than 26,000 Starlight Gowns—the charity’s revolutionary new colorful and comfortable children’s hospital gowns—featuring artwork inspired by the suits of eight favorite Marvel Super Heroes. Marvel products and a custom Avengers-themed comic will also be added to the Disney hospital care packages that will be delivered to more than 440 children’s hospitals in the U.S. Additionally, earlier this year, Marvel Studios’ talent banded together for a social media challenge and raised $250,000 for Starlight as part of the Marvel Universe Unites campaign.
“We are proud to donate to Make-A-Wish and Starlight Children’s Foundation,” says Kevin Feige, president, Marvel Studios. “It is an honor to make a meaningful contribution to these two organizations that continually strive to enhance the lives of seriously ill children.”
“Wishes are an important part of a child’s medical care. They can have super power-like effects building the physical and emotional strength kids need to fight a critical illness,” says Jon Stettner, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish International. David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America, adds, “Thanks to the support of Marvel Studios, more kids around the world will replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope through the experience of a wish-come-true.”
“Every kid dreams of transforming into their favorite Marvel super hero—and a hospitalized child is no different,” says Chris Helfrich, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation. “Thanks to the generous support of Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company, tens of thousands of children in hospitals across the country will now have the opportunity to be transformed into Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther and other amazing super heroes with their very own Marvel Super Hero Starlight Gown.”
Strengthening the lives of children with serious illness is a focus area of The Walt Disney Company’s social responsibility efforts. Disney is dedicated to delivering comfort, inspiration and opportunity to children and families around the world. In March, Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced an innovative five-year plan to dedicate more than $100 million in cash and resources to reinvent the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals.
This weekend, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War crossed the $1 billion threshold at the worldwide box-office on Saturday, just 11 days after its release, becoming the fastest film in history to reach that mark. The previous record was held by Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which earned $1 billion in its first 12 days.
Also over the weekend, Avengers: Infinity War posted $115 million domestically, the second highest second weekend ever behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens and just the fifth film ever to post over $100 million in its second frame. It has already surpassed $714 million internationally and $453 million domestically for a global total of $1,167.3 million.
These latest milestones follow Infinity War’s record-shattering global opening weekend of $640.4 million, the highest ever—and this did not include China or Russia. The film also posted the biggest domestic opening weekend ever with $257.7 million, which included $82.1 million Saturday and $69.2 million Sunday, the highest-ever grosses for those days of the week.
The success of Infinity War caps off a remarkable decade, with all 19 films opening at No. 1, starting in 2008 with the very first Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titular hero. “The fun thing about the history of our 10 years so far at Marvel Studios is there were not a lot of expectations when we started,” said Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige. “Iron Man was our first one, where we put all of our instincts and all of our beliefs and all of what we thought would make for a good Marvel Studios movie into that and the expectations were low.”
“People weren’t sure if we’d be able to do it,” he continued. “Over the course of the years, expectations keep getting bigger and bigger, and I still would rather surprise people by having something like Guardians of the Galaxy, like Doctor Strange, like the first Ant-Man, like Black Panther. We need to keep ourselves interested and excited and surprise ourselves; and so far—10 years in—every time we’ve done that, the audience has responded in the way we’ve wanted them to. We keep things fresh, keep things unexpected.”
Robert Downey Jr. shared his unique perspective on what sets the films of Marvel Cinematic Universe apart. “This is a miracle that has occurred,” he said at the world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War on April 22. “And for any of us to take credit for that miracle would be heresy. This is an isolated incident in the history of motion pictures because none of us [in the cast] are in competition against each other. We’re all competing for each other, for you [the audience]… These movies are metaphors for the way our world should be, and one day it might be, if we’re willing to fight for it.”
Check out the brand new poster Marvel Studios released today for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the official trailer debut!
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.