Set to hit movie cinemas in February 2018, Marvel’s “Black Panther” already looks like an incredible new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on teasers, trailers and images made available by Marvel, there are so many reasons to be excited about “Black Panther.”
“Black Panther” will be the first Marvel film to feature a mostly black cast
Writer and director Ryan Coogler has assembled an absolutely first-rate black cast for this film, headed up by the young Chadwick Boseman. You probably know Boseman best for his role as Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall” or as Jackie Robinson in the critically acclaimed “42.” He’s also going to appear in two upcoming Avengers movies, including “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018, where he will also play the role of T’Challa (the real name of Black Panther).
But just check out some of the other high-profile cast members set to star aside Chadwick Boseman. There’s Lupita Nyong’o in the role of Nakia, Forest Whitaker in the role of Zuri, Angela Bassett in the role of Queen Mother Ramonda, and Michael B. Jordan in the role of the villain Erik Killmonger. In the “Black Panther” comics, Nakia was both a lover and enemy of Black Panther, so it will be interesting to see Lupita Nyong’o in this role – based on the trailer, she is as beautiful as she is fierce, and she’s going to be a very powerful on-screen presence.
“Black Panther” will showcase the techno-utopia of Wakanda
The home of T’Challa (Black Panther) is Wakanda, which looks from the teaser videos and trailers to be a combination of techno-utopia and African tribal kingdom. There are futuristic space ships flying around, some high-tech weapons and also people dressed in outfits that are reminiscent of African tribes. Some of the scenes from the movie – such as what appears to be a coronation scene at the Warrior Falls – are absolutely breathtaking. And the Royal Guard protecting the royal family at Wakanda – known as the Dora Milaje – looks amazing: it’s essentially a super collective of beautiful warrior women.
“Black Panther” will reveal the secrets of T’Challa’s super powers
In the “Black Panther” comics, Wakanda was the home of the valuable metal vibranium, which was used to make the high-tech suit used by Black Panther. With this suit, T’Challa is able to deliver short pulses of fantastic (and lethal power) as well as to scale large buildings. In the comics, this body suit was the equal of the suit worn by Iron Man, so you can get a real sense of the types of super powers that Black Panther will have in this movie.
“Black Panther” will feature some riveting action and combat scenes
Some of the highlights from the trailer were all the combat scenes, both between Black Panther and his enemies, and between those who are trying to usurp power in Wakanda. T’Challa is returning home to Wakanda, and there is plenty of political intrigue. For one, his father, the king T’Chaka, managed to make enemies across Wakanda. Secondly, there are plenty of rivals to the throne who view themselves as the mental and physical equals of T’Challa – and that’s going to invite some open rivalries to emerge.
It looks like there will be at least several internal pretenders to the throne, with the most powerful of them being Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan). In the comics, he was often able to compete one-on-one with T’Challa, and the trailer teases what appears to be an epic showdown at Warrior Falls between T’Challa and Erik Killmonger.
“Black Panther” is going to show us the trials and tribulations of T’Challa as he becomes king
One of the best lines from the trailer is, “It’s hard for a good man to be king.” Lupita Nyong’o speaks another great line, “You get to decide what kind of king you are going to be.” That apparently foreshadows some of the trials and tribulations faced by the new would-be king. Yes, his father bequeathed him a marvelous kingdom, but there are plenty of warring factions and even some who appear to be the physical equal of T’Challa – not easy, considering that he’s the superhero Black Panther.
Plus, a voice in the trailer keeps intoning about a potential revolution. So you can appreciate the epic challenge facing T’Challa. Add in the prospect that his love interest – Nakia – might not be who she claims to be, and the choice of who might become the future queen to rule after the Queen Mother Raymonda (played by Angela Bassett) hands off her duties is not so clear-cut.
“Black Panther” is going to include a diabolical plot from T’Challa’s traditional enemy, Ulysses Klaw
The one evil villain that Black Panther fans can’t wait to see on screen is Ulysses Klaw (played by Andy Serkis), who has always been the traditional sworn enemy of Black Panther. According to the film narrative, this villain is once again up to no good. This time, he’s trying to steal the precious metal vibranium, which can be used to make superhero suits like the worn by Black Panther. This villain plot line is especially important because it is the narrative plot that connects the story of political intrigue in Wakanda with the events happening in the “real world.”
“Black Panther” is already creating a huge social media buzz online
One of the biggest hits thus far on social media has been an epic YouTube mash-up video created by a Black Panther fan who has spliced together clips from the “Black Panther” trailer with scenes from a variety of “X-Men” and “Wolverine” films. In this YouTube viral hit, Black Panther is seen doing battle with Wolverine in a truly epic showdown.
That scene, of course, won’t appear in the real “Black Panther” movie, but it shows you how excited fans are becoming. Black Panther has always been one of the least-known Marvel comic book heroes, and it’s clear that the fan anticipation is building to a fever pitch,
Best of all, it looks like director Ryan Coogler is just as much of a fanboy of the “Black Panther” comics. Fans have studiously dissected every scene from the trailer and found hints and clues to Black Panther plotlines that have appeared throughout the nearly 50-year history of this beloved comic book hero. Seeing it all come alive on big theater screens starting in February 2018 is just going to be incredible.