Marvel's Black Panther is now officially in production, bringing acclaimed director Ryan Coogler (Creed) and one of the most high-profile lineups of black actors ever cast in one movie (Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Sterling K. Brown, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker, to name a few..).
Beyond the beyind-the-scenes trivia is the fact that Black Panther/T'Challa has grown into the one of the most badass and beloved characters in the Marvel Universe. With all the pieces for the cast and story in place and cameras rolling, let's talk about 5 Things We Expect to See in Marvel's Black Panther movie.
The Glory of Wakanda
Wakanda has become one of the most prominent and pivotal locales in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a fantastic world unto itself.
Even though we've only seen it in green screen CGI, we expect that Marvel will make Black Panther's exploration and world-building of Wakanda a central focus of the film.prevnext
Where Science Meets Magic
Black Panther and his homeland Wakanda are unique in the Marvel Universe for one particular reason: they both exist as a result of advanced science and technology combined with old world mysticism and magic.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there many fantastical elements (advanced science, aliens, magic, multi-dimensional reality), and they're separate elements that can sometimes be hard to bridge together.
However, if there's one place where people have bridged the seeming gap between the existence of technology and magic, it's Wakanda.prevnext
The Deadly Dora Milaje
If you wondered why Prince T'Challa was constantly being flanked by badass and beautiful-looking women during Captain America: Civil War, you are in for quite the surprise when the Dora Milaje make their full debut in Black Panther.
The Dora Milaje are comprised of some of the best women in Wakanda, potential queens who serve as personal bodyguards to the king. We almost saw one of their members throw down with Black Widow in Civil War - and we definitely expect to see them in full combat glory during Black Panther.prevnext
The Real Klaw
Andry Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes) is a great character actor, and made something memorable out of his brief cameo as black market plunderer Ulysses Klaue.
Since the character is a primary foe of Black Panther, we expect to see a fully powered Klaw in the film, taking on our hero's vibranium tech with his sonic weaponry. His hand has already been lopped off, so it should be an easy transition.prevnext
Ross Double Cross
The long-short of it is that Ross served alongside T'Challa as he made his way out of Wakanda and into the modern world. However, later on, when the government and Ulysses Klaue invaded Wakanda, Ross pulled a double-cross and helped them do it.
With his allegiances and character still lost somewhere in a moral gray area, we expect that Freeman's version of Ross could also change sides during the course of Black Panther.prevnext
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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.
Black Panther will be in theaters on February 16, 2018.prev