With D23 Expo and San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, the hype for Black Panther has reached epic levels.
The idea of seeing Wakandan king T’Challa in his own standalone film has been something comic book fans have wanted for years.
As part of Entertainment Weekly’s comic-con cover story, executive producer Nate Moore described the film as a cross between two classic movie franchises.
“What I think we landed on was sort of a cross between James Bond and The Godfather,” said Moore. “A big, operatic family drama centered on a world of international espionage. So hopefully we’re getting the best of both worlds.”
To showcase that drama the story featured a royal family photo with most of the cast.
King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) stands front and center, dressed in his Vibranium Black Panther suit. He’s joined by his mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett); Wakanda’s undercover operative Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o); his younger sister Shuri (Letitia Wright); head of the Dora Milaje, Okoye (Danai Gurira); the film’s central villain Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan); T’Challa’s best friend and head of security for the Border Tribe,W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya); and longtime advisor to T’Challa’s father, the shaman Zuri (Forest Whitaker).
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discussed how this film will surprise fans and show them something new.
“I don’t think people are prepared for what this movie is going to be,” said Feige. “Not just Black Panther, but the Dora Milaje, and Killmonger, and the entire design of Wakanda – both its traditional African-inspired elements, but also the Vibranium inspired techno-elements. I can’t think of a blend that has happened like that before in movies.”
Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Forrest Whitaker, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis, Black Panther claws its way into theaters February 16, 2018.
T’Challa/Black Panther and Wakanda will then be seen in Avengers: Infinity War, which opens May 4, 2018.
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Source: Comic Book Resources