Before Sony and Marvel cut a deal to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the next Captain America film, the world was set to be introduced to an iconic Marvel character known as Black Panther. The king of the isolated nation, Wakanda, had never been seen in live action before. Once the Marvel Cinematic Universe got the ball rolling, Black Panther was a property that loyal fans wanted to see happen.
In Captain America: Civil War, rising star Chadwick Boseman (42, Get on Up) donned the vibranium-laced suit and gave fans an amazing performance as his character went through his own conflict among the main plot. After that, Black Panther was announced in Marvel’s Phase 3 of the universe. Yesterday, fans were gifted the first poster for next year’s superhero film.
Along with the poster, during Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Marvel dropped the first teaser for the eighteenth film in Marvel Studios’ film universe.
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to Wakanda, but soon finds his sovereignty challenged by factions within his own country. When two enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom, T’Challa must team up, as the Black Panther, with C.I.A. agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and members of the Dora Milaje – Wakanda’s special forces – to prevent a world war.
The teaser doesn’t go deep into the plot, but the film looks amazing and providing a glimpse into the African nation of Wakanda. Based on the premise, it looks that T’Challa’s will have a tough beginning as king within his own nation. While this film is based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I like the smaller scale of this film, showing that there are conflicts in smaller – or in Wakanda’s case, isolated – corners of the universe and how this could affect the world.
Director Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) will definitely have his own touch on this Marvel film, which definitely interests me after being a fan of his two previous films. Along with Chadwick Boseman, Coogler has assembled a star-studded cast including Coogler vet Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, and Angela Bassett. Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis reprise their previous roles as C.I.A. agent Everett Ross and Ulysses Klaue, respectively.
Black Panther leaps into theaters on February 16, 2018.