The new Black Panther trailer and key art are out and they make this project look like the best comic book movie ever made. The teaser arrived in June but in the new cut, the crown prince of Wakanda returns home to claim his throne and we get a better look at the plot and supporting characters. Apparently, the film picks up where the post credit scene of Captain America: Civil War left off. The mystical African nation of Wakanda and her citizens do not disappoint when it comes to vibrant color and surreal beauty. Michael B. Jordan’s character is revealed in greater detail and it looks like he will be a challenger to the future King T’Challa’s throne. Forest Whitaker, Lupita N’yoingo, Angela Basset and others also make appearances.
Marvel is breaking ground with Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station and Creed) and featuring a predominately Black cast. The movie depicts the fictional African nation as the only source of the material called Vibranium, a metal used in Captain America’s shield. Black Panther’s suit is made of the nearly indestructible substance and the superior technology of Wakanda is based on using Vibranium. The country is cloaked in an invisible force field that protects it from the outside world.
Anticipation was high before the full trailer dropped and now it is going through the roof. This movie not only has the potential to set records at the box office but it is breaking the mold of how superhero and science fiction films are produced. Black Panther also stars Andy Serkis (Gollum from the LOTR series, Snoke in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII and Baloo in The Jungle Book) Danai Gurira from The Walking Dead, Sterling K. Brown (who will also star 2018’s The Predator sequel), Daniel Kaluuya of Get Out fame, and Empire’s Phylicia Rashad. Chadwick Boseman plays the title character and is currently starring in Marshall, the Thurgood Marshall biopic, now showing. Black Panther hits theaters February 16, 2018.