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'Black Panther' Already Set an Impressive New MCU Record

Long live the king. Marvel’s next highly-anticipated movie Black Panther, which isn’t due for theaters until February 16, has already broken an impressive record: It is now the number one presale movie in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

On Wednesday, movie retailer Fandango announced Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the warrior-king of the African nation Wakanda, broke the presale ticket record within 24 hours of the sale, which began on Monday night, January 8.

To become the new king of the mountain, Black Panther toppled the previous record holder, Captain America: Civil War, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Boseman made his debut as T’Challa/Black Panther in that jam-packed superhero movie, as his character was recruited to the side of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) for the big superhero battle.

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Fandango didn’t disclose exact numbers, but Civil War opened to a monstrous $179 million when it was released in theaters in May 2016.

To say Marvel fans are excited for Black Panther is an understatement. Although Black Panther is not a founding Avenger, the character is renowned for being one of the first major black superheroes in comic books. As the Marvel movie franchise has been predominantly white, with few characters of color in supporting roles, many moviegoers are looking to Black Panther to break the mold as a major blockbuster in the era when superhero blockbusters reign supreme.

Chadwick Boseman, as "T'Challa," in Marvel's 'Black Panther.'

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, Black Panther debuted as an uneasy ally to the Fantastic Four in issue #56 of Fantastic Four. Since then, Black Panther starred in several volumes of his own comics, which has seen T’Challa struggle with ruling the most advanced kingdom on Earth while being a superhero. His current series is written by The Atlantic journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Marvel’s Black Panther will be released in theaters on February 16.

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Kylo Ren’s New Helmet in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Might Be a Secret Twist

Everyone assumes Kylo will don his old helmet again, but there could be something much more interesting happening.

Helmets are a big deal in Star Wars. They surround the heads of popular characters, penetrate our psyches, and bind the merchandising galaxy of Lucasfilm together. In some ways, the entire popularity of Star Wars is connected to sweet-looking helmets. Which is why the rumored return of Kylo Ren’s old helmet in Star Wars: Episode IX is such a big deal. In The Force Awakens, Kylo rocked a Darth Vader knock-off helmet, but after getting teased about it by Snoke in The Last Jedi, he broke the thing into little pieces. Now, in leaked photos, it looks like Kylo’s helmet is back for Episode IX, but what if there’s a twist here? What if the helmet is back, but Kylo Ren isn’t wearing it?

'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Release Date, Trailer, Plot, and More

The superheroes of The Umbrella Academy have work to do to save the world.

A new group of superheroes just arrived on Netflix in The Umbrella Academy, and maybe you decided to use the holiday weekend to binge all 10 episodes of Season 1. If you did, you’re probably wondering when you’ll get to see Umbrella Academy Season 2 and the resolution to that insane cliffhanger.

'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Needs to Answer This Mystery About Ben

Netflix introduced your next superhero obsession with one of its latest original series, The Umbrella Academy, but there’s a major mystery surrounding one of its main characters. What happened to Ben/The Horror? Not even the original comics hold the answer, but Umbrella Academy Season 2 might.

Spoilers for The Umbrella Academy Season 1 below.

Adam Warlock in 'Avengers: Endgame'? Here's What One Marvel Director Said

Speculation that Adam Warlock could appear in Avengers: Endgame cropped up this week, but this isn’t the first we’ve heard of Marvel’s plans for a movie version of the comic book character. Eight hundred years ago Last year, former Guardians of the Galaxy series director James Gunn teased what Adam Warlock’s role would look like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Prior to his forced exit from the franchise, Gunn had a plan for the cosmic superhero that went beyond Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.