I Finally Watched ‘Infinity War’

Disclaimer: Spoilers for days, son. Act accordingly.

So, I finally saw Avengers: Infinity War, man. All I know is, as a diehard comic book fan, I’m ashamed of myself for taking so long, fam. In any case, after watching that dope ass movie, I have a couple of follow-up thoughts in bullet form. With that being said, let’s skip the pleasantries and get down with the getdown, bruh.

1. Thanos has a point, but he’s TRIPPING: Ok, yes, population control can be an issue. Limited resources can be an issue. However, that doesn’t mean that homie needs to wipe out half of the universe, son. I mean, maybe he needs to come up with a better environmental strategy. Good Lord, man, let the people cook!

2. Star-Lord fucked up the plan: *Sigh* Why did Star-Lord have to ruin the play, fam? Look, while Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Drax, Mantis and Nebula are fighting Thanos, they almost get the Infinity Gauntlet off of his arm. That’s until Star-Lord finds out that Gamora is dead and loses his fucking mind. From there, he stupidly attacks Thanos and Thanos is able to free himself and continue kicking ass. *Sigh again* Smart move, dude.

3. Doctor Strange bitched up: Listen, I know the situation is dire, bruh. I know the entire scenario looks improbable. But, that doesn’t mean that Earth‘s mightiest heroes should willingly give up one of the Infinity Gems. Well, that’s exactly what Doctor Strange does when he hands over the Time Stone to spare Iron Man’s life. On the real, even Iron Man is confused by the move, son. All in all, there’s no need to make it easy for Thanos, man.

4. Thor could’ve bodied Thanos’s entire army dolo: Fam, when Thor finds his way to Wakanda with his new Stormbreaker weapon, he starts whooping ass IMMEDIATELY! Real talk, he doesn’t need any of the other Avengers to get busy, bruh. Keeping it a buck, he could’ve handled the entire enemy army himself while the rest of the team protects Vision and the Mind Stone. Alas, that isn’t what happens, son.

5. Scarlet Witch kills Vision for nothing: So, the entire team believes that if Scarlet Witch destroys the Mind Stone, then Thanos won’t be able to use it. In any case, she destroys the gem, killing Vision in the process, and they think all is well. That’s until Thanos puts Vision back together and takes the gem out of his head. *Sigh* Basically, Scarlet Witch deals with the agony of killing her lover, only to realize it was for nothing. That’s SUPER wack, man!

6. Bring back Black Panther: Look, I know Thanos kills half of the universe, fam. However, who told Marvel Universe that Black Panther is fair game, bruh? Listen, bring back the king, ASAP! That is all.

7. Captain Marvel is coming: In the post-credits scene, during the aftermath of Thanos’s destruction, we see Nick Fury trying to send out a distress signal. Moving on, we then see him disintegrate before he knows if the message went through. Anyway, the ploy seems successful and a symbol appears on his device. By and by, that symbol is for Captain Marvel. Now, let’s see if she can help undo all of Thanos’s fuckery, son.

In the end, this movie is fantastic, man. Ultimately, I don’t know what else to say, fam. All I know is, I’m probably going to see this film two or three or five more times. At the end of the day, I suggest that everyone out there does the same. Good day. LC out.

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I Understand Erik Killmonger

Disclaimer: There are copious amounts of spoilers in this post. Don’t say I didn’t give a warning.

So, I, like everyone else, saw Black Panther this weekend. I mean, there was NO WAY I was going to miss this movie, son! Shit, I wouldn’t care if I was crippled and stricken with leprosy. All I know is, Lawrence Charles was going to the cotdamn theater, man! Now, with all of that being said, the movie was awesome, fam! However; I’m not here to talk about that, bruh. Frankly, we all knew the movie was going to be dope. Instead, I want to talk about the film’s “villain,” Erik Killmonger. All in all, while he may have committed some WILD atrocities, I actually understood him, folks. In any case, let’s talk about the mindset of a madman.

Ok, before I continue, let me get the obvious out of the way. Now, Killmonger did A LOT of fucked up shit, son. Hell, he shot his girlfriend, killed Zuri, roughed up a bunch of elders and countless other moments of fuckery. But, he was operating from a place of unadulterated and calculated fury. On the real, he’s the quintessential example of the forgotten Black child. The child that was left to fend for himself/herself. The child that could’ve used some resources and guidance. The child that simply needed to know what love felt like. Instead, their hearts became hardened and they want to take their pain out on everyone.

Now, as Killmonger grew older, he realized that there were people who could’ve helped him. In his world, T’Chaka and his Wakandan brethren could’ve come to his rescue. However; they were more interested in preserving their way of life than helping a perceived outsider. Real talk, that’s no different than the number of successful Black people who do NOTHING for the Black community in America. Keeping it a buck, a lot of people with means don’t like to help, man. Either because they don’t feel like they owe anyone or because they’re scared of losing their affluence. By and by, it’s creates an environment that could breed individuals with Killmonger’s rage.

Look, contrary to Killmonger’s master plan, I don’t think an armed revolution is the move. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t believe that Black people should be armed. I ABSOLUTELY believe that as Black people we should be able to protect ourselves effectively. However; conquering the world for the sake of ruling would make us no better than our oppressors. So, in that regard, I don’t agree with Killmonger. Besides that, I believe that he was absolutely right about taking care of our own. At the end of the day, if we don’t lift ourselves up, no one else will do it for us.

In the end, Killmonger may have taken things too far, but I understand why, son. Ultimately, he was a damaged man who saw how his life could’ve been different. In my eyes, I see Wakanda as the Talented Tenth. All I can say is, what’s the point of being successful if we don’t pave a better path for our people? The way I see it, that’s exactly the lesson that T’Challa learned by the end of the movie. LC out.

P.S. Killmonger also had the best quote in the film, man. “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage” might be the greatest statement ever made in a movie. That is all.

A Letter To ‘Black Panther’ Haters

Dear Black Panther haters,

Eat a diiiiiiiiiiiiiiick, son! On the real, y’all are nothing but a bunch of miserable carpetbaggers who want to fuck up a good thing. All I know is, is takes a special level of loser to launch a campaign designed to ruin a movie’s approval rating. With that being said, I’m glad that Rotten Tomatoes caught on to the bullshit, man. All in all, there ain’t no way to stop this Wakanda parade, fam. It’s T’Challa over everything, bruh!

Ok, before I continue, let me get this straight, son. So, y’all really formed a Facebook group with the intention of giving Black Panther a bad score on Rotten Tomatoes? Wait, y’all tried to do this nonsense before with Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Why? Because y’all are angry about the critical response to those trash ass DC Comics movies? Man, if y’all don’t get the FUCK outta here! Look, there wasn’t a conspiracy to flame those terrible Warner Bros.-produced movies. They were just awful, fam. Man of Steel sucked. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sucked. Justice League sucked. Now, NONE of this is anyone’s fault but Warner Bros., bruh. Real talk, if they made better movies, no one would be trashing them, folks.

In the end, you paint-sniffers can go back to whatever hole y’all climbed out of. Your hate won’t stop this train from rolling, son. Right now, we’re about two weeks away from the Black Panther premier, and we can’t wait, man! Ultimately, the revolution will be televised in IMAX, fam. By and by, y’all should either get down or lay down. There’s no other choice, bruh. That is all.

Sincerely,

A dude who’s about to show up to AMC Theatres with kente cloth on when Black Panther drops

I’m HYPED For ‘Black Panther’!

So, I don’t want to waste any time, son. I’m fucking AMPED for this Black Panther movie, man! Listen, T’Challa has been around since the 1960s and he’s FINALLY getting his just due, fam. All I know is, I have full faith in Ryan Coogler and Chadwick Boseman, bruh. With that being said, February 16, 2018 can’t come soon enough, people. All in all, I know Black folks are going to show out when the movie comes out.

Ok, I won’t lie, son. I have a complicated history with the Black Panther character. Now, I started reading comic books in the late 1980s and I was never a big fan of T’Challa. Keep in mind, this has nothing to do with the character itself. Frankly, Marvel Comics did a terrible job of writing stories for him. Shit, despite the fact that he’s the king of Wakanda, one of the smartest men in the world AND insanely rich, Marvel never made him interesting. Real talk, they always made him a sidekick or gave him some bland ass storyline.

In any case, it seems as if the powers that be are finally trying to get the character right. Between this film and Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ comic book reboot, T’Challa is staring to get the love he deserves. On the real, as soon as Coates’ series dropped, my wife and I made sure we got our oldest son a copy. Side note, shout-out to my homie Mitch for hooking my little boy up with a first edition, son. Anyway, all I can say is, I’m happy to see the first Black superhero get his proper shine.

In the end, enough of my rambling, man. Everyone should just watch the trailer below. Ultimately, anyone who isn’t moved by this footage has no soul, fam. By and by, I shall be ready with my tickets when the movie is released, bruh. Viva la Black Panther! LC out.