We don’t know about you, but as soon as we were introduced to the Wakandan Prince T’challa in Captain America: Civil War, we were hooked. His Black Panther alias left goose bumps on the skin as he flipped his way onto our screens with his feline prowess that many of us were in awe of — some may even say jealous.
And in 2018, just like Captain America, Thor and Ant-Man he gets his very own film. It’s set in the aftermath of Civil War and with the king now dead, Prince T’challa must take his rightful place as King and travel back to Wakanda, but you don’t expect it to go smoothly, do you? Let’s face it, is it really a Marvel film without a little rivalry?
So, what do we know so far? His suit is bulletproof, he has a made a solemn vow to protect his kingdom, no matter what the cost and after Civil War, he has made some powerful enemies. At Comic-Con, Nyong’o had this to say about the storyline, so far:
“The story of this Black Panther is – what am I allowed to say? – that the Black Panther’s leadership is really threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the CIA and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy,”
However, the new trailer shows the mystery that surrounds his home country, many think that it is in plain sight but the truth is much deeper. Wakanda holds a treasure of advanced technology and an army of highly trained warriors, but very few know where it’s hidden, and the Black Panther intends to keep it that way.
As you may have noticed, the standalone Marvel films so far, haven’t been very… diverse. We still haven’t seen a solo film from a female character and this film will be the first non-white protagonist lead role in their feature films.
The returning cast includes Chadwick Boseman as the Panther, Martin Freeman (and his American accent) return as Everett K. Ross and of course Stan Lee will be making an appearance at some point, as always. Andy Serkis is playing Ulysses Klaue aka Klaw, a supervillain mastermind who is an enemy of The Black Panther who we previously met in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The rest of the cast will be new to the team with Michael B.Jordan as Erik Killmonger, another nemesis of the Panther, who also starred as the Human Torch in the 2015 adaptation of The Fantastic Four, which, unfortunately, wasn’t a box office hit. Other stars include Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars) and Danai Gurira.
The film had a big presence at this year’s SDCC where they revealed a brand-new poster and trailer, unfortunately, it has been reported that they will not be releasing the trailer online.
This is exciting territory for Marvel and we hope it opens them up to a more diverse universe, maybe we will see a Black Widow movie at some point? Here’s to hoping. But for now, we will settle for the amazing Prince T’challa returning to our screens in the UK on February 9, 2018, and in the US on February 16, 2018.
<Story by Sophie Ogden>
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