New 'Black Panther' Feature Gives a Look at the Plot (and Villains) of the Film

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - 12:42PM
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - 12:42PM
New 'Black Panther' Feature Gives a Look at the Plot (and Villains) of the Film
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As the Merry Marvel Movie Machine continues its march forward, new details for the upcoming Black Panther have been revealed, and from the sound of it, this is going to be one of the more nuanced movies in the studio's history.

Based on the trailers we've already seen for Black Panther, as well as the tease for the movie that came in Age of Ultron, we all knew that Andy Serkis' Ulysses Klaue would be turning up again to cause trouble, but now, we've learned that he's not the only villain waiting in the wings for a chance to swoop in and steal Wakanda's most valuable natural resources. Here are some amazing shots of the movie from EW:

New Black Panther pictures


An article in Entertainment Weekly lays bare the central theme of the movie, stating that the crux of the story will be around the new king T'Challa (better known as the Black Panther) fending off foreign invaders who are in search of Wakanda's precious supply of vibranium. Not only is Ulysses Klaue back (and sporting a new robotic arm made from a piece of mining equipment), but he's eager to tell everyone all about the secret Wakandan technology that hides behind the country's outward facade. What's more, we learn that Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger is similarly looking to get his hands on some vibranium, having betrayed his native Wakanda in order to ally with foreign parties that are very interested in procuring some of the stuff that made Captain America's shield.

Director Ryan Coogler sums up the situation nicely:

Opening quote
"In this movie, a lot like politics, it's a little tricky to define who's [a good guy]. The film very much plays with those concepts, looking at conflicts and different motivations, and who's with who."
Closing quote


In modern times, where colonialism is a sore subject—particularly for many nations within the African continent—the idea of a small nation fending off invaders feels particularly poignant, especially as it's a theme that we don't often see in big budget movies of this scope. Characters like Klaue are obviously villains, while even Martin Freeman's Everett K. Ross, while ostensibly a good guy, could be a danger to Wakanda's security if America becomes aware of the extent of the nation's wealth.



Marvel movies have tackled complex issues of global politics and security before—Captain America: Civil War posed the question of whether it's ethically right for American "heroes" to go about the world and get involved with local issues as much as they please. What's unique about Black Panther, though, is that we're seeing things from the perspective of the underdog. Wakanda is so secretive in large part because its neighbors have seen firsthand the danger that colonialism can wreak on a society.

There could be some real political meat on the bones of this movie—certainly more so than you'd see in your typical comic book superhero movie. Here's hoping enough of that unique perspective survives the editing process, and that Black Panther can do justice to its culturally uncomfortable subject matter.

Black Panther hits US theaters on February 16th, 2018.
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