Disney Donates $1 Million to Youth STEM Program in Celebration of ‘Black Panther’

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) thanks you for your repeat viewings of Marvel’s Black Panther — The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, has announced that it will be donating $1 Million to expand Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s youth STEM programs, “supporting the high-tech skills that were a major theme in the plot of Black Panther and are essential in helping youth succeed.”

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and is highlighted by the Department of Education as having an inadequate number of  few American students pursuing expertise in STEM fields and ultimately a limited pipeline of teachers skilled in these subjects. By helping to expand STEM programs in underserved communities across the United States with a piece of Black Panther’s box office success, Disney has beautifully paralleled a lesson from the film.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America will use this one-time grant to further develop its existing national STEM curriculum, and establish new STEM Centers of Innovation in 12 communities across the country. The curriculum and new centers will serve and inspire kids and teens, with an emphasis in the following communities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Harlem, NY; Hartford, CT; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Watts, CA.

A new STEM Center of Innovation in Oakland… Sounds familiar!

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Wakanda Forever! More from the Walt Disney Company here: https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/disney-donates-1-million-youth-stem-program-celebration-black-panther/

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Black Panther — An estimated $400 million in 10 days domestic box office

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a new crown jewel in it’s film roster — and the movie didn’t even feature an Infinity Stone. Black Panther has pulled in an estimated $400 million in it’s first 10 days in the Domestic Box Office.

BuzzFeed News & Box Office Mojo specifically have highlighted how in the first 10 days, Black Panther has outperformed even the last three major Avengers movies — The Avengers (2012), The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Captain America: Civil War (2016).

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The diverse cast & production team of Black Panther and the success the film has already achieved in just two weeks are reshaping Hollywood expectations to say the least. But reshaping perspectives is nothing new at Marvel — It’s been has been highlighting diversity since Marvel brought Luke Cage to Netflix in 2016, and of course since the comic origins of Black Panther. Here is how Cottonmouth from Luke Cage responses when he hears that superhero content with a black cast won’t be successful:

How many times have you seen Black Panther? How does that compare to the number of times you went to see the other recent Avengers movies? Let us know your count in the comments below.

More from Buzzfeed directly: https://www.buzzfeed.com/adambvary/black-panther-box-office-second-weekend

Marvel Studios 10th Anniversary

This year marks the ten year anniversary of the release of Marvel’s Iron Man, the first release of Marvel Studios. Back then, Marvel Studios was taking a total gamble with it’s first release. The executives were certain that they would be unable to support a full slate of films if their first was not a success. Now of course, Marvel Studios has become the dominate player in the film industry — with a franchise box office total that has outpaced Star Wars, Harry Potter, James Bond and the like.

To celebrate the anniversary of the studio, Marvel gathered it’s leading creative contributors this past October for a once in a lifetime photo shoot.

To save us all some time Googling, one internet user labeled the photo for us — and highlighted a few key players that were missing:

Did they get everyone right? Who else might have been unable to attend this historic photo session? Comment below and brag about your good eye sight!