As far as I’m concerned, Marvel’s standalone Black Panther film is already shaping up to be one of their most promising in the studio’s entire history. Featuring a cast that includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira, in addition to coming from one of the most talented filmmakers working today in Ryan Coogler – you can count me in as one of the millions of fans that’ll be there opening night to see it. Guaranteed.
Not all that much is known about the film right now though, other than that it will feature two villains (rumored to be Jordan’s Killmonger and Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaw), and focus entirely on T’Challa and the world of Wakanda.
During a recent interview with Yahoo! UK as well, Chadwick Boseman teased an interesting possibility for the solo film, that could offer some much-needed insight into the history of Wakanda:
“If you saw the tease at the end [of ‘Civil War’] in Wakanda, that’s more mystery there so I think there’s a lot to reveal about the character. There is definitely more of his origin in ‘Black Panther’. You’re going to learn about Wakanda, its culture, its traditions, the past. You can go through all the comic books and know that there’s more Panthers that have existed in the past – that’s origin.”
What’s interesting about this, is that Boseman doesn’t elaborate all that much on what he means here, if the film will just briefly explain the origin of the Black Panther mantle, or if it’ll actually show us some of the previous warriors that have put on the suit, whether we see them in action through flashbacks or if there are still some surviving Black Panthers living in Wakanda.
Typically, the mantle is passed on to whoever is the King of Wakanda at the time, which means that by delving into the history of the mantle itself, we could also be learning more about T’Challa’s family tree at the same time as well. Ryan Coogler is about the best possible filmmaker that Marvel could have gotten to handle and organize all of the material that’s available to him for this film though, so no matter how he decides to present the history of Wakanda to us, I have a feeling it won’t disappoint.
Black Panther is set to hit theatres on February 16th, 2018.
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