There Might Be a Death Star Hidden in MCU’s ‘Black Panther’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ryan Coogler, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan smiling at the camera

It is widespread data that Disney owns each Star Wars and Marvel, for higher or for worse. Some say the synergy introduced every franchise to new heights, whereas others say there’s an excessive amount of of a company sameness operating throughout all of the Disney properties. 

The crossover between the franchises certainly has its enjoyable facet too. Fans have noticed what they assume is a Star Wars reference with Black Panther characters

Ryan Coogler, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan smiling at the camera
Ryan Coogler, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan | Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan through Getty Images

That’s no moon. It’s an area station

On Reddit, a fan posted an image from a scene from Avengers: Infinity War, writing, “The Hologram of Earth that Okoye is holding looks like the Death Star!:” And it does quite resemble the infamous house station that might wipe out a complete planet with a concentrated laser blast. But is it actually a Death Star reference?

The scene of Okoye holding a hologram that appears just like the Death Star strongly resembles a second close to the top of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, when Count Dooku appears at a hologram of the Death Star, and one of many different villains says, “If they find out what we’re trying to build, we’re doomed.” 

Other Reddit followers weren’t fully satisfied it was a deliberate reference to the Death Star, though most allowed that what Okoye is taking a look at does seem like the technological terror. A Google search of “Black Panther Death Star” yields no concrete proof both approach. But it’s true that Marvel and Star Wars share quite a lot of different commonalities. 

How Star Wars and Marvel overlap

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One of the obvious methods the franchises share DNA is within the actors, with two of essentially the most outstanding actors being Samuel L. Jackson and Natalie Portman. Both labored on the prequel trilogy earlier than shifting on to the MCU. But they’re hardly the one two. Others embody Paul Bettany, Benicio Del Toro, Lupita Nyong’o, Mads Mikkelsen, Andy Serkis, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, and Donald Glover.

Besides all that some MCU actors have expressed eagerness to be in Star Wars, particularly after it was introduced that Marvel chief Kevin Feige would produce a future Star Wars film. Chris Evans and Brie Larson had been fast to post on social media saying, in essence, signal me up. 

But as a lot as Marvel guidelines the roost now, it closely echoes the affect of Star Wars, whether or not it means to or not. Even if that’s not likely the Death Star in Infinity War, Star Wars was the seismic film occasion of the ’70s that altered the Hollywood panorama for good, as studios grew to become obsessive about making the subsequent nice hit. That has run unabated for 43 years, and never even the pandemic will sluggish that down. 

Is Marvel seeping into Star Wars

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On a unique Reddit discussion board that contemplated who ought to direct the subsequent Avengers film, one candidate talked about was Taika Waititi, who made Thor: Ragnarok and has Thor: Love and Thunder on deck. Another was Jon Favreau, who kickstarted the MCU with Iron Man and likewise made Iron Man 2. 

However, as one fan identified, each Taika and Favreau are “clearly being tasked with fixing star wars for Disney at this point.” That fan was referring to the truth that Lucasfilm lately introduced that Waititi would direct an upcoming film and that Favreau was one of many major inventive forces on the primary live-action Star Wars collection, The Mandalorian

Many followers felt that Avengers: Endgame caught the touchdown in ending a protracted story arc in a approach that The Rise of Skywalker didn’t. So there’s a notion that Marvel personnel are out to buoy Star Wars. As beforehand talked about, the uber-successful Feige is ready to provide a Star Wars film too, though that doesn’t essentially imply it’s the one Waititi would direct. For now, each franchises are on maintain with the pandemic, however each are poised to come back again with Black Widow and season 2 of The Mandalorian. 

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