Following his introduction in Captain America: Civil War, Wakandan character T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) has his own MCU chapter with Black Panther, which will be introducing the kingdom of Wakanda and the new conflict that he’ll have to face now that he is king.
As the synopsis below states, T’Challa will be “drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk” when a powerful old enemy reappears. Michael B. Jordan plays the supervillain Erik Killmonger.
The details of the plot are still being kept under wraps, but never mind that; the first trailer hints at plenty and shows off a ton to get excited about. The overall look and design of the film immediately catches the eye, marking a refreshing visual and perhaps slight tonal change for the cinematic universe. With the recent Doctor Strange, Taika Waititi’s upcoming Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther, the new phase of the MCU is looking colourful, exciting and original. Let’s hope this juggernaut franchise continues to ace it.
And just to add further cred, the film is directed by Ryan Coogler, who is reuniting with Jordan following Fruitvale Station and Creed.
Black Panther, also starring Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis, opens in U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.
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.