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.
Marvel Studios presents “Black Panther,” the story of T’Challa, a young African prince who takes on the mantle of King and Super Hero, and the centuries-old legacy that comes with it.
Long known for its revolutionary creative vision, Marvel Comics has introduced its audiences to a diverse roster of Super Heroes since 1939, most notably with the groundbreaking Black Panther character that made its first appearance in “Fantastic Four Vol. 1” Issue 52, published in 1966.
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Black Panther was soon firmly established as a fan favorite, crossing racial and cultural lines. The imagery of a regal African King and his Super Hero alter ego continued to resonate with fans over the years, resulting in multiple new “Black Panther” publications, most recently from the likes of filmmaker Reginald Hudlin and author/journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates.
In 2016, the Marvel Cinematic Universe welcomed T’Challa/Black Panther and introduced him to its massive fan base in “Captain America: Civil War,” the record-breaking hit film that pitted the Avengers against one another.
Marvel Studios president and “Black Panther” producer Kevin Feige
says, “The diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes back to the Marvel comics. I’ve always said we’re just trying to emulate what the comics have been doing so well for so many decades and one of those things is representing society as it exists. When the Black Panther character debuted in the ’60s it was a daring move for the Marvel bullpen of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to introduce this new character, an African character who is smarter than many of our other heroes and is stronger than most of our other heroes. To be able to put that on the big screen fifty years later is incredibly exciting for us.”
Over the years, plans for rolling out a “Black Panther” chapter into the Marvel Studios pipeline had been discussed, but it ultimately came to fruition when Feige opted to showcase Black Panther in “Civil War” as a springboard for a stand-alone feature film. It’s a move that garnered an immediate and thunderous response from fans who were drawn to the cool, young prince whose alter ego was an equally effective enforcer.
More importantly, it further solidified the Marvel Studios’ commitment to explore all facets of the Marvel Cinematic Universe while satisfying a savvy and demanding fan base spanning both the comic and film genres.
“It’s been a long time coming,” says Feige of Marvel Studios’ newest and most intriguing addition to the MCU. “Now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is so well-known, it is something that audiences understand, enjoy and genuinely like. I think what people enjoy most about the MCU is that they’re all different. We try to make all of these films stand apart, and with ‘Black Panther’ we have a project unlike anything we’ve done before. We are introducing a Super Hero from a country in the middle of Africa that has been shrouded in secrecy for centuries and then pulling back those layers to find this highly-advanced nation that surpasses anything on the planet.”
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 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, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
Now that we got the jist of things out of the way, lets talk about how it was. We had the opportunity to see it yesterday. I must admit that I didn’t see the trailer until a couple of weeks ago but was super excited about it when I saw the cast.
I especially loved the Warriors of Wakanda. They were fierce, funny and so beautiful.
The film had amazing effects, lots of action and I thought the costumes were amazing.
My girls and I really enjoyed it, my husband liked it a lot to but wished that the Black Panther King would have been a better fighter at times. He is such an interesting character from an amazing nation in Africa but I totally get what Myron is talking about.
We all really enjoyed it and cannot wait to see what Marvel puts out next. Be sure to stay after the show through TWO credits to see the EXTRA scenes.
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BLACK PANTHER arrives in theatres everywhere on February 16, 2018!