Recent Marvel movies have done a fair bit of world building to set up Black Panther. The fictional country of Wakanda was clunkily introduced in Joss Whedon’s bogged down Avengers: Age of Ultron along with minor antagonist Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis). Then in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman made his first appearance as T’Challa / Black Panther, who along with his father King T’Chaka (John Kani) played a crucial role in the proceedings involving the Winter Soldier. Boseman was outstanding in the role and that successful introduction should bodes well for the first solo big screen outing for the character.
While this is a solo film, it’s expected that it might have to do a bit of heavy lifting to set up Avengers: Infinity War with this being the final film before the Russo’s gargantuan team up movie. There’s certainly some ties in place with Martin Freeman reprising his role of Everett Ross, Commander of the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre. Looks like he’s essentially the new Coulson but without the charm There’s also the small matter of some of the Aveners being stranded in Wakanda having been granted asylum during the events of Civil War. This film will most likely have scenes set before the events of that film as well as after as T’Challa takes on his role as King of Wakanda.
Black Panther also stars Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger (subtle), Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Angela Bassett as Ramonda and Forest Whitaker as Zuri. Ryan Coogler (Creed) directs a script written with Joe Robert Cole based on the characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Black Panther arrives in theatres 16 February 2018.