‘Black Panther’ Looks To Cross ‘The Godfather’ With ‘007’

Black PantherSan Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner and the team behind Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther had no problem stepping into the spotlight for Entertainment Weekly’s special issue to give fans a new look at the characters and to set some lofty goals.

Though Hall H may be the thing on everyone’s mind for Comic-Con, it’s the Hall of Kings within the fictional African nation of Wakanda that shows what is perhaps the best look to date at the cast of Black Panther.

In what will be the country’s spiritual center, the EW image has Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero, Angela Bassett as his mother Ramonda, Lupita Nyong’o as undercover operative Nakia, Letitia Wright as T’Challa’s kid sister Shuri, The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira as Okoye, Michael B. Jordan as main antagonist Erik Killmonger, Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya as T’Challa’s best friend W’Kabi and the esteemed Forest Whitaker as a shaman/father figure in Zuri.

You can check out the image below.

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Marvel has been known to divide fans over its movie posters, often being criticized for the lack realism that goes into them and the heavy use of Photoshop. That being the case, a simple image of the cast standing beside one another in a well-lit room may just be exactly what fans want to see right now.

Going deeper than aesthetics though, it’s the vibe — not Vibranium — of the film that has been leaving many with questions. While the teaser trailer had great imagery and cool music, it lacked a great deal of plot and any specific themes. Executive producer Nate Moore solved that dilemma a bit, painting the picture of a son rising to power to fill the void left by his father while other factions compete for said power — but it’s also Marvel, so fun action won’t be left in the wind. Moore explained this by comparing Black Panther to two of the most iconic pieces of filmmaking of all time.

“What I think we landed on was sort of a cross between James Bond and The Godfather. A big, operatic family drama centered around a world of international espionage. So hopefully we’re getting the best of both worlds.”

And while that sounds like one of the more interesting crossover pitches around, President of Marvel Studios  Kevin Feige isn’t sure fans will be quite ready for what they’ll see once Black Panther hits theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

“I don’t think people are prepared for what this movie is going to be,” says 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, the film also stars Martin Freeman, Winston Duke,  Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and John Kan.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

12 Highlights From The ‘Black Panther’ Teaser Trailer

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This past Friday, after previously seeing the first poster for Black Panther, the main event came later that night. While we watched the NBA Finals, hoping to see the Warrior sweep the Cavs (Lebron wasn’t having any of that), fans were treated to the teaser trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther. Shortly afterward, the trailer was released online for everyone’s consumption.

Pretty much for the next 24 hours, the teaser has been endlessly viewed and talked about on social media as well as in person. The trailer was incredibly exciting, fun, fresh, and everything fans of the character have hoped for ever since he was first introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. We got to see T’challa, the Dora Milaje, and countless other goodies to introduce us to the world of Wakanda. The movie, with a 90% African/African American cast, will be a superhero first and give audiences something completely brand new. Hardcore fans and newbies alike were very excited for what’s in store for the new film, so let’s take a deeper look.

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