Up until now, Marvel films have featured stories that clearly define things as black and white in the battle of good vs. evil but in the phase 3 preview of the MCU featured on both the digital and Blu-ray release of Doctor Strange, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler dished on the gray area Marvel will begin to explore in Black Panther:
“Panther exists in a grey area. In addition to being a soldier, he has a more important job as a politician. He’s constantly making these choices in the fog of politics and the fog of war.”
Production on Marvel’s Black Panther is currently underway in Atlanta, Georgia. The film which is set to release just a year from now will follow T’Challah after he returns home from the events in Captain America: Civil War as he begins to balance the dual identity of both King and superhero as he ascends to King of Wakanda.
President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige conveyed his excitement to explore royalty here on Earth rather than the royal family of Asgard:
“We deal with royalty, we deal with royal families, but unlike our other films, it’s right here on Earth. We get to explore different cultures and different aspects of our world.”
Feige also expressed his confidence as he praised the cast and crew of the project led by Coogler:
“Black Panther is a hugely important Marvel character, hugely important in the history of comics. We put together a cast and crew among the best that we’ve ever assembled, led by director Ryan Coogler.”
Marvel’s Black Panther features a star-studded cast including Chadwick Boseman in the title role as T’Challah aka Black Panther, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabe, Winston Duke as M’Kabe aka Man-Ape, and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue aka Klaw.
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Black Panther hits theaters February 18, 2018.