After stealing the show in Captain America: Civil War, newly appointed king TChalla will be the main focus of his own solo Black Panther film that will take place in the fictional African nation of Wakanda. The cast for the film is already stacked to the brim with talent, and tappingRyan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) to direct only gave fans more faith that the finished product will be incredible.
Black Panther wont be released for another year, but fans are already hyped as the film they never dreamed would get made prepares for a worldwide release with a multi-million dollar budget.
Black Panther plot
Given the far-off release date for Black Panther, not too much is known about the plot of the film just yet. Marvel offeredan official plot synopsis as the film went into production this past January:
“Black Panther follows TChalla 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, TChallas 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.
In case that wasnt enough information for you, cast member Lupita Nyongo gave Screenrant the most detailed plot synopsis weve gotten to date.
The story of this Black Panther iswhat am I allowed to say?The story is that the Black Panthers leadership is really threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy.
This plot sounds as if it was ripped directly out of a Black Panther comic book as the king of the wealthy and technologically advanced nation of Wakanda is often defending his country and throne from both domestic and foreign threats. Its kind of the main thing he does, actually.
The two foes that Nyongo is referencing are quite likely Erik Kilmonger, a Wakandan exile who has a personal grudge against TChalla, and Ulysses Klaue, an illegal arms dealer previously seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron who eventually gets a robotic clawsee what they did there?to replace his severed hand.
Chadwick Boseman will be returning as the titular Black Panther/TChalla, while Martin Freeman will reprise his role as Everett K. Ross, a government official who sort of works as a liaison between Wakanda and other nations. Andy Serkis will also be returning as Ulysses Klaue, who you just cant leave out of the first Black Panther film.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) December 31, 2016
Black Panther will be taking place in Wakanda, a mostly new location that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has only visited for a brief post-credit scene in Captain America: Civil War. Its exciting that the film will serve as most of the worlds introduction to the beacon of black excellence, but it will also bring a lot of new faces to the mix.
For starters, it wouldnt be a Ryan Coogler film if he didnt find a role for Michael B. Jordan, who will play Erik Kilmonger, and hopefully repeat some of the magical chemistry the two have found in Creed and Fruitvale Station.
Lupita Nyongo and Danai Gurira will play Nakia and Okoye, two members of the Dora Milaje, TChallas personal security detail thats fully composedof women trained in the skills of combat and self-defense. Nakia is rumored to be a love interest of TChalla. Florence Kasumba will repriseher role as Ayo, another member of the Dora Milaje, whom viewers may recognize from an awkward-but-totally-awesome staredown with Black Widow in Civil War.
The cast is rounded out with the world-renowned talents of Angela Bassett as Wakandas Queen mother Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, an elder statesman, Sterling K. Brown as NJobu, a vaguely referenced figure from TChallas past and Daniel Kaluya, who just rocked the world with his lead role in Get Out, will play WKabi, a close friend and confidant to the king.
With the film taking place in a fictional African nation, Marvel had the perfect reason to hire a jaw-dropping amount ofblack talent for one project and add some diverse faces to a film franchise that, at one time, mostly focused on five white guys and Scarlett Johansson. To show that it’s truly committed to the cause, Marvel announced that 90 percent of the films cast will be of African descent.Only question now is how in the world are they going to fit in a Stan Lee cameo?
Black Panther rumors
The Black Panther rumor mill is really slim at the moment, with acouple rumblings dealing with which characters couldappear. After TChalla agreed to help treat Bucky Barnes in Civil War, some fans hope for an appearance of not only the Winter Soldier, but Captain America himself.
Black Panther trailer
Marvel typically releases the first set of teaser trailers for projects about six months prior to its premiere. Given that Black Panther is only a couple of months into production anyway, well be waiting patiently for the first look at whats to come.
In the meantime, you can check out this featurette on Black Panther shared by Marvel after the filming of Civil War.
Black Panther release date
Black Panther will officially celebrate its release to the world on Feb. 16, 2018.
Editor’s Note: Despite what Twitter and Reddit users may claim, the Black Panther film and character have absolutely nothing to do with the revolutionary Black Panther Party, though the movie may include a fair amount of revolution and black panthers. The character was created months before the party existed.