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Marvel Announces Black Panther and Lego Movie Mashup

Chadwick Boseman in ‘Black Panther’/Image © Marvel Studios

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Legos and “Black Panther”? Indeed! It’s coming our way. This, the fate of Disney’s “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and more in today’s Daily Blunt.

The inaugural “Black Panther” movie isn’t even out yet, but Marvel just doubled down on its inevitable success by consenting to a Lego spinoff called “Trouble in Wakanda,” which will playfully follow the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” This won’t be a theatrical release, which is actually good news since the landscape of upcoming superhero blockbusters is already quite cluttered, and a lighthearted plastic adventure will nicely complement the two new Black Panther comics Marvel has announced for this winter. (Not to mention the inevitable Lego playsets, which are sure to be coveted items this Christmas.)

Meanwhile, we’ve seen a stumble for Disney’s extended fairy tale universe as the company announces it has pulled the plug on its Jack and the Beanstalk movie “Gigantic,” a version in which the hero befriends a giantess. The Hollywood Reporter claims they’ll be working on a new original feature instead, and in the meantime the “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph” sequels will rake in all the cash they could possibly need. Kids today will have to make do with “Mickey and the Beanstalk,” just like we did.

Those braving the two-plus-hour running time of “Blade Runner: 2049” deserve a cookie, and a bathroom break, and probably also this handy guide to all the film’s references. From film noir to Kafka to Paradise Lost, The AV Club’s primer will give you all the ammunition you need when explaining to haters why they didn’t really get the film. You could end up doing this for many years, as Indiewire has declared the film is on its way to becoming something even better than a blockbuster: a cult classic.