First 'Black Panther' Poster Shows a Glimpse Of His Royal Throne

Friday, 09 June 2017 - 6:20PM
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Friday, 09 June 2017 - 6:20PM
First 'Black Panther' Poster Shows a Glimpse Of His Royal Throne
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Marvel certainly hasn't missed a beat when it comes to Black Panther. King T'Challa's first solo movie has only barely wrapped filming, but already the studio has a neat poster ready, and a teaser trailer that'll drop later tonight.

The Photoshop usage is fairly obvious in this first glimpse at the movie, but that's kind of charming in an oldschool, painterly way. It isn't deliberately hearkening back to the old days of more elaborate movie posters, but it has a sheen to it that makes it feel ever so slightly otherworldy in tone.




Thus far, we've not seen an awful lot of T'Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) and his kingdom in the fictional nation of Wakanda. From Captain America: Civil War, we learn that it's very misty, has lots of jungles and a big statue of a panther, but apart from this, we've only seen the secret laboratory where the Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes is currently having a nice, cold nap in suspended animation.

The big challenge for director Ryan Coogler is to make Wakanda feel real. Kenneth Brannagh's Thor relies a little too heavily on CGI, and as such, the whole of Asgard feels like a collection of shiny sets rather than a place that people actually live (this was improved upon in the sequel). It's hard to ignore the similar design to the Wakandan throne room in this poster, and there's a danger that, if we don't get enough context in the movie, Wakanda will similarly feel very artificial.

Considering that the plot synopsis we've been given focuses primarily on Wakanda, it's safe to say that this will be a crucial element of the film:

Opening quote
"'Black Panther' follows T'Challa who, after the events of "Captain America: Civil War," returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa's mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk."
Closing quote

That said, we know that the movie won't spend its entire runtime in T'Challa's homeland. A big car chase scene has been filmed in South Korea, suggesting that this'll be a globetrotting adventure, which gets around some of the difficulties of setting an entire movie in a fictional science fiction country.

Either way, considering that Black Panther was the coolest new character introduced in Civil War (Spidey's fun, but T'Challa's got style), as long as the new movie builds on the existing framework, the Black Panther film should turn out just fine.

Black Panther comes out February 16, 2018.
 
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