While DC Films struck the first crucial blow in giving the world the first female superhero movie directed by a woman, Marvel is not to be outdone in the diversity stakes. They’ve got the first black superhero movie lined up — no, “Blade” doesn’t count as it wasn’t done by the studio. Anyway, we’ve got the first footage from the anticipated flick, and it looks pretty solid.

At first glance, this plays like a who’s who of today’s black showbiz talent (though Morgan Freeman and Samuel L Jackson would beg to differ). It’s got Ryan Coogler who did a fantastic job on “Fruitvale Station” directing, while the cast is led by the likes of Chadwick Boseman in the titular role, Coogler regular Michael B. Jordan as main baddie Eric Killmonger, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, and Angela Basset just to name a few. Then there’s Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman in a reunion of sorts (Gollum and Bilbo!), with the former shaping up to be quite a cool secondary villain. I’m digging the costume designs, as they feel appropriately African-inspired while having that distinct Marvel feel. Wakanda is after all, the world’s most technologically advanced nation. Not so convinced with the last action shot, but I am sure the CG will be polished up in time for next year’s release. Oh, and dope track, yo.

Here’s the official synopsis and production details: “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, reprising his Captain America: Civil War role, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker and, returning from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Andy Serkis.

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay, based on the Marvel Comics character who made his debut in 1966 during Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s epochal Fantastic Four run.”

“Black Panther” premieres 16th February 2018.


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