The Black Panther is King

Published June 10th, 2017 - 10:03 GMT
The Black Panther in "Captain America: Civil War." (Marvel Studios)
The Black Panther in "Captain America: Civil War." (Marvel Studios)

Back in 2016, Captain America: Civil War (dir.: Joe and Anthony Russo) came-out and introduced one T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the prince regent of Wakanda and (spoiler alert) later king who also moonlights as a crime fighter in a panther costume.

You'd think a regent would have less time on his hands, but who am I to judge?

Anyway, T'Challa now gets his own film, entitled Black Panther, which will focus on T'Challa's return to Wakanda, where political forces threaten civil war in the fight for the throne (maybe due to aforementioned moonlighting as a crime fighter and a lack of sleep? And what's with the Black Panther's penchant for civil wars, anyway?). It’s a bit like Game of Thrones, except with Captain America potentially rolling in.

Directing Black Panther is Ryan Coogler. The film will also star Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Fruitvale Station), the guy who played the Human Torch in the recent Fantastic Four reboot. This is the third collaboration between Coogler and Jordan; they previously worked together on Creed (2015) and Fruitvale Station (2013).

All my teasing aside, we're all actually quite excited, despite less-than-stellar Photoshop work on the poster:

 

Above: The Black Panther looks royal. The Photoshop work does not. (Marvel Studios)

Which is admittedly better than the Spider-Man: Homecoming poster—at least it has a design:

Above: Baby's First Photoshop. (Sony Pictures)

Anyway, here's the teaser trailer. I have to say I'm pleased the film seems to be mostly set in Wakanda.

The Black Panther will be taking names starting February 16, 2018.


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