Ahead of the San Diego Comic Con next week, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the their annual issue devoted to the con with Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” at Marvel Studios serving as the feature story.
A bunch of new photos from the film have been released and can be seen below. At the same time new information about the project has been revealed.
As we know it’s set primarily in Wakanda, a fantastical African nation where Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa rules over a secretive society home to massive natural deposits of Vibranium which has allowed the country to make technological leaps nearly a century ahead of the rest of the world.
It has even impacted the flora such as the Heart-Shaped Herb, a Vibranium-enriched plant which grants its leaders superhuman strength.
Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger is a dissident exile and aspiring prince who has colluded with a hostile foreign adversary, Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) in a bid to bring down the rightful heir to Wakanda’s throne.
At the same time there is also unrest among the tribal leaders of Wakanda, who fear the young king is repeating his father’s mistakes by engaging too much with the outside world.
Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, a former lover of T’Challa, is described as a covert agent whose job is to stifle word of Wakanda’s secrets.
“Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya’s W’Kabi is T’Challa’s best friend and head of security for the Border Tribe who serve as the first line of defense for the country.
Danai Gurira’s Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje, has guilt over the death of the previous king and serves as a very stoic presence. The Dora Milaje themselves are dubbed as an all-female special soldiers unit and Gurira says: “These women, their strength is to preserve Wakanda. It’s more like the secret service in a sense that it’s not just military. She [Okoye] is head of intel.”
Executive producer Nate Moore describes the film as: “What I think we landed on was sort of a cross between James Bond and The Godfather. A big, operatic family drama centered on a world of international espionage. So hopefully we’re getting the best of both worlds.”
Marvel’s Kevin Feige says audiences are in for a surprise: “I don’t think people are prepared for what this movie is going to be. 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.”
“Black Panther” will debut in cinemas on February 16th 2018.