Bow down to T’Challa!
ABC debuted the primary secret trailer for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther amid Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. The sneak look gave fans their first take a gander at the blockbuster before the motion picture paws its way into theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.
“Dark Panther takes after T’Challa who, after the demise of his dad, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the secluded, innovatively propelled African country to prevail to the position of authority and assume his legitimate position as lord. Yet, when an intense old foe returns, T’Challa’s determination as ruler—and Black Panther—is tried when he is drawn into an impressive clash that puts the destiny of Wakanda and the whole world at hazard,” Marvel Studios said in an official statement. “Confronted with injustice and risk, the youthful lord must rally his partners and discharge the full energy of Black Panther to annihilation his enemies and secure the wellbeing of his kin and their lifestyle.”
Chadwick Boseman returns in the part of T’Challa/Black Panther; the character made his onscreen make a big appearance a year ago in Captain America: Civil War, where he at first clashed with Captain America (Chris Evans) and different saints, just to acknowledge they’re on a similar side.
Before Black Panther hits theaters, here are five quick realities fans need to know:
In addition to Boseman, Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o, Phylicia Rashad, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker and Letitia Wright make up the ensemble cast. And don’t be surprised if at least one other character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe pops up. After all, Black Panther will be part of Avengers: Infinity War, premiering just two months later May 4, 2018.
2. Black Panther Has Been in Development Since 1992
Wesley Snipes announced his intention to develop and star in a movie based on the comic book character 25 years ago. Various delays, ranging from script issues to Snipes’ involvement in the Blade series, plagued the project until it was shelved indefinitely. At long last, in October 2014, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced Black Panther would be released on Nov. 3, 2017, with Boseman in the leading role; the release date was later pushed back three months.
Good luck finding Wakanda on a map—it doesn’t exist. To the uninitiated, the imagined African nation was created in 1966 along with the titular character. Principal production on the movie began on Jan. 21, 2017 at EUE/Screen Gems Studios and Pinewood Atlanta Studios. Additional filming took place throughout South Korea. Filming ended after three months on Apr. 19, 2017.
4. Ludwig Göransson Is Composing the Score
Coogler has worked with Göransson—a.k.a. Ludovin—twice before, on 2013’s Fruitvale Station and 2015’s Creed. His other movie and TV credits include Warner Bros.’ Central Intelligence, Yahoo’s Community, ABC’s Happy Endings, Fox’s New Girl and Warner Bros.’ We’re the Millers.
Marvel Studios has several films in the pipeline after Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, including Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018), Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019) and an untitled Avengers film (May 3, 2019). Once Phase Three is over, two other movies—Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (July 5, 2019) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBA)—have been announced. Beyond that, the film studio has not announced which—if any!—of its franchises will continue.