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If I were to spin back the clock a few decades and point my lens to a specific neighborhood and a specific house somewhere in the south suburbs of Chicago, I would be able to see a little boy that was dreaming of bigger things. Sometimes that child would be tuned into WFLD-TV Channel 32, watching Reb Brown and Nicholas Hammond as Captain America and Spider-Man in re-runs on the UHF band. During those shows there might even be a commercial for the incredible stories being told in the pages of Marvel Comics.  It was a simpler time, and one where no one could've ever predicted how prevalent those characters would one day be around the world. Now, as the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to be released, that little boy is now a man - and one invited to walk the red carpet at the World Premiere of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War! As a guest of The Walt Disney Company and Marvel, I will be back in Los Angeles as part of a group of 25 writers, bloggers and online personalities as we experience the debut of the biggest superhero film in history as part of the #InfinityWarEvent - April 22-24, 2018! What's unique about this it that the World Premiere will mark the first time that the cast as seen the film... and like last year when the cast assembled at the D23 Expo in Anaheim to share in watching the first footage from the film together, somehow this kid from Illinois will be there with them.

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Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER is a phenomenon. Now the #3 movie of all-time, the story of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), a young African prince who takes on the mantle of King and Super Hero, has thrilled and inspired generations of moviegoers around the globe. Now, fans can bring home the phenomenon, packed with light-hearted fun, pulse-pounding action and a powerful message, and watch it over and over again, Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on May 8 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on May 15. With both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos immersive sound, 4K Ultra HD offers consumers a transformative viewing experience. See the new in-home trailer and all the specs on the new release below!

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The time has come - the much-anticipated eighteenth film in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived! Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER is now playing in theaters everywhere, and for kids and families looking to bring the Kingdom of Wakanda to life at home, there's no better destination than Disney Store and ShopDisney.com. In addition to a full range of Black Panther toys and apparel from licensees such as Hasbro and Our Universe, they also have some exclusive offerings inspired by the King-turned-Avenger. The crew over at Disney just sent a surprise package to Rock Father HQ that contained a few of them for review - here's some highlights...

This month brings forth the release of the eighteenth film in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, the highly-anticipated BLACK PANTHER. Right out of the gate, the tale of T'Challa, King of Wakanda, is being hailed as a masterpiece - the best-reviewed Marvel Studios film to-date, and one that is legitimately building Oscar-buzz (though it won't be eligible until next year's ceremony). To celebrate the release of the film, The Rock Father™ has teamed-up with The Hopping Bloggers to present readers with a chance to WIN an epic BLACK PANTHER Prize Pack. Hail to the King!

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Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

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I was just browsing the toy department of my local Meijer store the other night when I came across Hasbro's new collection of BLACK PANTHER toys in the wild for the first time. As with most of their Marvel-based collections, this one has the usual action figures and vehicles paired with an assortment of cool role play items. What's interesting this time around is that the "Black Panther Vibranium Hero Gear" just received its own commercial, and aside from a few Star Wars items, we usually don't see too many proper commercials for the role play gear. Check the new spot out below via Hasbro's YouTube Channel, and look for these toys and more in stores everywhere!

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