So, this blog was going to be about E3 (the video game and computer game conference happening on the West Coast this weekend), but Marvel released a teaser trailer for the Black Panther movie coming in 2018. You can find the teaser trailer here: Black Panther Teaser Trailer.
I’m very interested in this movie as I was introduced to the Black Panther via a Marvel Comic that talked about the various gadgets and costumes of Marvel heroes in the early to mid 80s (it was the same comic that described the Mandarin’s rings and Falcon’s wings/jet propulsion system) and mini-series done about the character when I was in High School in the late 80s/early 90s. However, I discovered that the movie will debut next close to my birthday, so I feel that it will be a great movie to see as a present to myself, so I’m already “sticking a pin in it” as the expression goes. I hope it turns out as well for Marvel and the creators as well as Wonder Woman has turned out for DC this year. I will keep it on my radar.
This weekend marks the kickoff to the E3 Conference. I am a very big fan of video games and video game narratives, and this is where the newest games and technologies are mostly announced for the upcoming year. E3 used to be about selling games and software for Christmas, and while it still has some of that element, mostly its about things that will be coming out in the next year and building anticipation for things even further out (a year and a half to two years). Electronic Arts’s Press Conference kicks things off later today, and then tomorrow will be Bethesda. Ubisoft and Sony will round out Monday’s coverage and then the show will begin in earnest with games out on the show floor. EA’s press conference (or EA Play Event as they technically aren’t doing “Press Conferences per se since last year) is scheduled to kick off at 1pm Eastern time (9am Pacific Time) and I plan on watching that before digging into some yard work that I’ve put off for too long. If there’s anything fun and relevant to the blog, I’ll probably talk about the things that were announced that I find most interesting (games are doing some pretty neat and novel things in the narrative space these days). In between the conferences, I hope to get some writing done over this weekend as well.
Have a great weekend!