Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, the story of Black Panther will take place in T’Challa’s homeland of Wakanda. T’Challa discovers political unrest and enemies that act as a threat to this technologically advanced nation which has never been conquered. The film will also serve as a connection to Avengers: Infinity War.
- There’s an interrogation scene between Ulysses Klaw and Everett K. Ross. Klaw is a known antagonist and supervillain of The Black Panther. So what does Ross and Klaw have cooked up? Is Ross gathering intel? Is he playing both sides?
- Wakanda is beautiful and is the technological powerhouse we always imagined it to be. Look familiar? It appears the production team has taken some cues from Brian Stelfreeze’s work on the current Coates run of the Black Panther comic
- Daniel Kaluuya who plays W’Kabi is escorting Erik Killmonger played by Michael B. Jordan. Killmonger is a known enemy of T’Challa’s and has a settle to score.
- Lupita is looking fierce as Nakia. She’s alone and not with her Dora Milaje colleague Okoye? Is this a hint of things to come?
- Angela Bassett as Queen Mother Ramonda, T’Challa’s stepmother looks quickly and we get just a split second of her in this frame. How much of the matriarch will we see in T’Challa’s story?
- Letitia Wright is Shuri and it’s clear she is not to be played with. Shuri in the comics eventually becomes the Black Panther herself. How much of a role will she play in this film? And possibly other films to come?
- Chadwick as T’Challa and Danai Gurirra as Okoye in the interrogation room. Okoye, who is a general and a war dog for T’Challa is there by his side. She’s his right hand, and this could play into an interesting storyline as we link their partnership in this film. Where is Nakia?
- That aerial shot of Black Panther though!
- Can I just say how FUCKING beautiful this movie is? I’m not crying. You’re crying.
Our recommended reading for Black Panther if you have not yet explored T’Challa’s lore is the Christopher Priest run which premiered on November 10, 1998. The arc includes the investigation of a girl gone missing that Everett K. Ross and T’Challa team up to investigate in New York City and all the while there is civil unrest happening in Wakanda. Many of the characters from the film are featured in this series. You can also catch up on T’Challa’s current adventures in the Ta-Nehisi Coates run of Black Panther that premiered September of 2016.
The Black Panther sizzle reel and extras are expected to debut at San Diego Comic Con and D23. D23 begins July 14th and San Diego Comic Con begins July 19th.
Black Panther is directed by Ryan Cooler and executive produced by Nate Moore. Ryan Coogler co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Forrest Whitaker as Zuri, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger.
Black Panther is scheduled to release on February 16 2018.
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Jamie Broadnax is the creator of the online publication and multimedia space for Black women called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has appeared on MSNBC's The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and The Grio's Top 100. Her Twitter personality has been recognized by Shonda Rhimes as one of her favorites to follow. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association and executive producer of the Black Girl Nerds Podcast.