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'Black Panther' trailer decoded: Secrets of the new Marvel movie

Black Panther trailer decoded: Ryan Coogler on the new Marvel movie

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‘Black Panther’ trailer deep dive

Wakanda doesn’t reveal all its mysteries at once. Sometimes you have to look deeper to even know what you’re seeing. The teaser trailer for the upcoming Black Panther movie has finally dropped, and EW’s special guides to the footage are director and co-writer Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. They’re opening the door to this fictional African nation. Let’s take a closer look…

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We don’t open on Chadwick Boseman’s black-clad hero. We start with the villain. Andy Serkis was last seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ulysses Klaue, a mercenary arms trader in Avengers: Age of Ultron who had gotten his hands on some of the precious metal known as Vibranium — then lost his hand to the vicious robot overlord.

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He’s back now, and in custody, being questioned by Everett K. Ross, a CIA operative who thinks Wakanda is just another African savannah. For geeks, it’s Bilbo vs. Gollum, all over again. “One person knows quite a bit about Wakanda and another person who thinks they do, but they don’t,” says Coogler. “But I thought it would be awesome to start with a character who has seen Wakanda in its true light.” But look who is watching…

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This interrogation takes place in a safehouse in Korea, where a few visiting dignitaries are watching the interrogation from behind one-way glass: Black Panther himself, T’Challa, and his security chief Okoye (The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira.) They know a lot more than either of these men. And they’re worried. The less anyone knows about their homeland, the safer it is.

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Vibranium is the unique metal with almost mystical, technological powers. A little bit of it was used to make Captain America’s shield, and massive stores of it from within the heart of Wakanda have allowed the nation to develop technologies that make the rest of the world look like the Stone Age. Here, Coogler says we see the Royal Talon Fighter, Black Panther’s personal shuttle, flying over the capital city.

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Wakanda is steeped in tradition, and we see a flashback to one of them: The steps of the Royal Talon Fighter open as T’Challa descends into the waters of Warrior Falls, where kings are coronated. He is ascending the throne after the murder of his father, T’Chaka, in Captain America: Civil War.

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In the background stands Zuri, Forest Whitaker’s character, a shaman and trusted adviser of the king. Here, T'Challa stands without armor in a holy place, before his people — the leaders of the tribes of Wakanda. They do not always unite like this. Although it is united against the outside world, Wakanda is divided within itself.

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“He’s somewhat a religious figure or spiritual figure,” Coogler says of Zuri. “Spirituality is something that exists in Wakanda in the comics, and it’s something we wanted to have elements of in the film. Forest’s character, more than anything, is a major tie-back to T’Challa’s father. Zuri is someone he looks to for guidance.” He says to think of him as the Wise Old Man — Black Panther’s version of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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These children are part of Zuri’s sacred ritual, creating something for the king from a plant unique to Wakanda. “People who read the comics would be familiar with the Heart-Shaped Herb and the ceremonies that surround that,” says Kevin Feige. “That’s partially spiritual. We certainly don’t call it magic, but there’s Vibranium that has been interwoven within that soil and that land for thousands of years, so there are other things going on with it.”

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“The Heart-Shaped Herb is how Black Panther achieves his powers. He can fight hand-to-hand with Cap, who’s a supersoldier, so he has super strength and heightened instincts that give him his enhanced abilities,” Coogler says. But not just anyone can partake of its powers. “The Heart-Shaped Herb is what Black Panthers over the generations would consume, once they earn the title, which gives them their physical edge.”

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The king doesn’t have to face every challenge alone. One of his most loyal agents of the Dora Milaje is Nakia, played by Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o, seen here in a casino in femme fatale mode. T'Challa is going to need the help…

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If there’s one thing we know about power, it’s that someone else will always try to take it from you.

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Klaue wants Vibranium, but this masked man wants something more — perhaps power over the nation that Black Panther rules. This masked figure is ready to spring Klaue loose from his CIA safehouse, and the two villains will join forces.

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In the comics, Klaue’s weapon was a sonic emitter he used as a prosthetic for his missing arm. In this film, he attaches a piece of advanced Wakandan mining equipment as his arm-cannon — which is presumably what led the CIA and Black Panther to capture him. In this shot, we can see the limb has been taken from him.

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But you can’t keep a bad guy down. Here we see Klaue in the midst of a heist at a museum displaying treasures from Wakanda. Coogler isn’t ready to reveal the exact context of this scene, but you can bet he has inside information.

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This was the man in the mask: Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan, who also teamed with Coogler for Creed and Fruitvale Station.) The man with the hostile name is a Wakandan exile, being escorted into Black Panther’s throne room under the watch of W'Kabi, a loyal adviser to T'Challa played by Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya.

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Here we see the larger view. It’s tough to see, but Black Panther is face-to-face with Killmonger, facing him down before the room full of tribal leaders.

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The camera lingers on one especially compelling presence among the tribal rulers. Coogler says the man with the emerald suit and lip plate is “the elder of one of the largest tribes in Wakanda.” He’s played by actor Isaach De Bankolé, known for brutalizing Daniel Craig’s 007 in Casino Royale. Across from him sits T'Challa’s widowed mother, Ramonda (played by Angela Bassett)…

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This is Ramonda in all her glory, flanked by Lupita Nyongo’s Nakia and T'Challa’s sister, Shuri, played by Letitia Wright. Everett K. Ross, an outsider, is with them in the background as they venture into mountain territory of the Jabari tribe — and their ominous ruler…

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Meet M'Baku, played by Winston Duke (Person of Interest). As the ruler of the mountain tribe, he has a ruthless nature, and in the comics — where he wore a mask and white, fur-covered armor and went by the name “Man-Ape” — he was one of Black Panther’s most dangerous foes.

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Will M'Baku and T'Challa end up in battle? Probably; everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe fights sooner or later. But all we know from the teaser is that M'Baku has a knock-down, drag-out fight with Eric Killmonger at what looks like the Warrior Falls in some kind of trial by combat. (You can spot the river tribe leader looking on from the back left.)

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This shot it set outside one of Wakanda’s Vibranium mines. The Dora Milaje stand to one side, while tribal leaders, including Daniel Kaluuya’s W'Kabi (although he’s out of focus) stand to the right.

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Black Panther, king, defender, and servant of the country walks before them with his mask off in a pose that seems intended to suggest he means no harm. This is one mystery we will have to wait to have solved.

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We also get a sample of peaceful life in Wakanda. Here, the king greets a child alongside Nakia under the quietly intense protection of Dora Milaje bodyguard Ayo (played by Florence Kasumba), known from Civil War for the line, “Move, or you will be moved.”

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Here we see political life for the young ruler as he ventures outside the borders of his country to speak before the United Nations — although such interaction with fellow countries is what got his father killed. Some threats can’t be defeated with isolationism. Look closely at the monitors in this still, and you’ll see “Climate Change” is on the Black Panther’s agenda.

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But peace is not long-lasting. In this shot, Jordan’s Killmonger faces down an entire squad of Dora Milaje on what appears to be a landing pad on the outskirts of the city.

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Coogler doesn’t want to reveal too much about Killmonger’s background, but in the comics, he has one of the darkest origins for a supervillain. One should not experiment with sacred herbs meant only for the royal bloodline. And sometimes, in those cases, death might be a more welcome outcome than whatever survival follows.

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As Killmonger does battle, the Dora Milaje may find that the other tribes of Wakanda are no longer loyal to their king.

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Family is different. T'Challa will always be able to count on his sister, Shuri. And Nakia, as a member of the Dora Milaje who is often sent on missions around the world, is another woman Panther knows he can trust.

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Wright’s Princess Shuri character is not only a fighter but a brilliant scientist, on par with Iron Man’s Tony Stark, Coogler says. She has spent her life researching and experimenting with Vibranium, and these twin blasters are just one of her devices.

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As the trailer wraps, we see Black Panther in full costume — and far from his homeland. Judging by the signs in the background, this is a scene set in Korea, either before or after Klaue is captured.

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Take note: This is an example of the bad luck that follows if this particular black cat crosses your path. Black Panther will be in theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

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To My Fellow White People

You’re excited about Black Panther.  I’m excited about Black Panther.  We should all go and see Black Panther when it comes out and encourage everybody else to see Black Panther too.  Reblog posts about Black Panther.  Watch the trailer a hundred times.  Make playlists and fan art and fic and other such content.  Spread the love.

But please, please remember that you can like a thing without taking over.

Black Panther isn’t for you.  I’m not saying you can’t watch it or like it or make fan content for it.  I’m saying that this is a big budget blockbuster about a Black hero, from a Black director, with an almost entirely Black cast, and it’s set in a fictional African nation completely untouched by white colonialism and imperialism.  This is huge and groundbreaking and not ours, and while you’re enjoying it, please stay in your lanes.

Don’t speak over fans of color about what the movie means or how important it is or which headcanons are valid.  

Don’t reduce T’Challa in fan content to just Bucky’s babysitter or a friendly provider of vibranium for all the Avengers’ needs.  Wakanda is not just some pretty vacation spot for white superheroes.  T’Challa doesn’t even really like the Avengers much in any MCU content we’ve seen so far; he took Bucky in as reciprocity and he was in favor of limiting the Avengers’ power through the Sokovia Accords.  I’m not saying you can’t write fics that change his feelings in that regard.  I’m saying don’t make him solely a plot device or an emotional support for white heroes, the way Sam is so often written as just Steve’s counselor, or Rhodey as just the guy who supplies Tony with backup sometimes.

T’Challa is his own character with his own culture, interests, and motivations.  He doesn’t need to wake Bucky up to have a friend or sidekick or adviser.  He already has those things.  He doesn’t need to have some white love interest in order to learn about lowering his guard or having fun or whatever whatever, and he absolutely does not need fics in which white Americans or whatever show him a culture where same sex relationships are valued/allowed.  Don’t paint T’Challa’s culture as homophobic or backwards.  Don’t use him and his people as the backdrop for your Stucky pining fic.  He is not a prop.  He is not some feral creature that needs to be tamed by a white lover.  Don’t be gross.

Wakanda is technologically advanced and self-sufficient.  The Avengers don’t need to show up with their cool technology.  Wakanda has cool technology all by itself.  It’s not a hideout for each and every Avenger on the run from the law.  Don’t photoshop white heroes onto T’Challa’s throne.  Don’t make this all about white characters with an “exotic” backdrop.

Listen to people of color.  If they tell you to back off or say you’re doing something gross, listen.  Stay in your lane.  Don’t make it all about you.  And before you decide to play Fandom Police and drag someone else for making Black Panther fan content you find problematic, be sure to check and see that you’re not lecturing a person of color on what’s offensive to POC. 


Black Panther Teaser Trailer [source]

HERO.  LEGEND.  KING.  Watch Marvel Studio’s Black Panther teaser trailer now.

Cast (via Wikipedia):

  • Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther: The king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda.  Producer Kevin Feige described the character as “a bit of a prince, he may even become a bit of a king, but it’s all about how this isolationist country [of Wakanda] meets the world."  Screenwriter Joe Robert Cole added that after the events of Captain America: Civil War and the death of his father, ”…we’ll be able to see [T'Challa] mourning and him starting to take command as king of his own nation.“  Boseman, who called T'Challa an anti-hero, said that he is "very much aware of the responsibility” and “how important his role and his position is” as the leader of Wakanda.  He worked with the same dialect coach he had during Message from the King for the film.  Boseman signed a five-film contract with Marvel.
  • Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger:  A Wakandan exile who seeks to overthrow T'Challa.  Corey Calliet once again served as Jordan’s trainer on the film, after doing so on Creed.
  • Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia:  T'Challa’s love interest and member of the Dora Milaje, the all-female special forces of Wakanda who serve as T'Challa’s bodyguards.
  • Danai Gurira as Okoye: The head of the Dora Milaje.  When looking to cast Gurira, director Ryan Coogler had not seen The Walking Dead, in which Gurira portrays the popular character Michonne, and instead wanted her for the part because of her performance in Mother of George.  Gurira said that the fighting skills she learned playing Michonne complemented the skills of Okoye, but that “there’s a lot of ways that they’re extremely different … Okoye is a whole ‘nother thing.”
  • Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross:  A member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Center.
  • Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi:  A confidant to T'Challa.
  • Angela Bassett as Ramonda: T'Challa’s mother.  Calliet also served as Bassett’s trainer, working with her before she began filming and while she was on set, and helped to craft her diet.  He created high-intensity interval training circuits for Bassett focused on her lower body, as they are “the fastest and the most effective way to burn fat”, which consisted of mountain climbers, jump squats, lunges, push-ups and high knees, in intervals of 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off, up to an hour at a time.
  • Forest Whitaker as Zuri: An elder statesman in Wakanda.  Coogler noted that Zuri was a religious and spiritual figure, and was a way to reference the spirituality within Wakanda from the comics.  He also added that Zuri “is a major tie back” to T'Chaka for T'Challa, and felt Zuri was “Black Panther’s version of Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
  • Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue:  A black-market arms dealer, smuggler and gangster working out of South Africa, that uses a piece of advanced Wakandan mining equipment as an arm-cannon.
  • Additionally, Florence Kasumba and John Kani reprise their roles as Ayo and T'Chaka respectively from Captain America: Civil WarWinston Duke is cast as M'Baku / Man-Ape, the leader of a rival Wakandan tribe, while Sterling K. Brown is cast as N'Jobu, a figure from T'Challa’s past, Isaach de Bankolé is cast as the elder of one of the largest tribes in Wakanda, and Letitia Wright is cast as Shuri, T'Challa’s sister and the princess of Wakanda who designs new technology for the country.  Wright described her as “an innovative spirit and an innovative mind” who “wants to take Wakanda to a new place… [and] has a great fashion sense”.  Wright also felt Shuri was “vibrant” and “refreshing”, and was a good role model for young black girls.  Phylicia Rashad and Atandwa Kani have been cast in undisclosed roles

Black Panther is set to be released in the United States on February 16, 2018, in IMAX.

'Black Panther' Teaser Trailer Racks Up 89M Views in First 24 Hours (Exclusive)
This panther is looking sharp.

‘Black Panther’ Teaser Trailer Racks Up 89M Views in First 24 Hours (Exclusive)

This panther is looking sharp.
Judging by the numbers, viewers are ready to take a trip to the African nation of Wakanda.

The teaser trailer for Black Panther, Marvel Studios� upcoming movie based on the character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, generated 89 million views in the first 24 hours of its debut.

The spot debuted Friday during the first quarter of Game 4 of the NBA finals on ABC. It was then released on various social media platforms.

The numbers are welcome news for Marvel as it shows strong interest in the upcoming stand-alone film, which is a gutsier venture for the studio that has in many cases relied on the familiarity of its main cast of Avengers to float its stand-alone films. The movie features an unprecedented predominantly-black cast and no A-listers, and, his appearance in Captain America: Civil War notwithstanding, stars a character that is not largely known on the level of other superheroes.

Chadwick Boseman is playing T�Challa, aka Black Panther, the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda who must defend his people from threats internal and external. Ryan Coogler directed the movie that hits Feb.16, 2018.

The 89 million figure includes the 19 millions views from those watching the NBA finals.

While the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok trailer is Marvel�s, and parent company Disney�s, most watched trailer ever (with 136 million views), Panther lands in the top 3 of most watched Marvel trailer content.

Panther surpasses the views for teasers for top Marvel and Disney-released movies such as Captain America: Civil War (61 million), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (55 million), and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (52 million).

Panther was also massive on Twitter, generating 349,000 mentions in 24 hours. It generated more mentions than the NBA game on which it debuted, second only to the launch of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser.

Chadwick Boseman: I'm not ready for 'Black Panther' fame

Many actors on the verge of the big time like to pretend they have it all worked out, that they know what to expect and are ready.

Not Chadwick Boseman.

The 40-year-old American actor spent more than a decade mainly in television and indie movies before Marvel came calling in 2014 with a lucrative five-picture deal to play African superhero Black Panther.

His appearance in “Captain America: Civil War” (2016) brought Boseman his first taste of real fame but his celebrity is about to skyrocket when a standalone “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” come out in 2018.

“I’m honestly not prepared for the level of it right now. I like being able to do regular stuff – go to the store, go shopping, spend time with my family in a restaurant,” Boseman tells AFP.

Any significant involvement on the creative side of a Marvel movie essentially means that you’ve made it, whether you’re an actor, director, writer or producer.

Two “Avengers” movies and an “Iron Man” are among the top ten grossing films of all time, and the 15 releases in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) so far have made more than $11 billion between them.

“I can’t really go anywhere and people not say, ‘That’s the Black Panther.’ I don’t really know what the (next) level of that is,” Boseman confides.

- Lavished with praise -

“I guess my way of seeing it is that to play people and make it feel real you want to still experience life in a real, regular way. It doesn’t necessarily feel good to know you can’t do any of that stuff. I’m just being completely honest.”

Born in South Carolina, the son of a nurse and an upholstery entrepreneur, Boseman has roots in the west African state of Sierra Leone.

Before Marvel, he was best known for acclaimed portrayal of the legendary Jackie Robinson in Brian Helgeland’s “42” (2013), which had the highest-grossing debut for a baseball movie in Hollywood history.

He was also lavished with praise for his interpretation of soul singer James Brown in “Get on Up” (2014), earning inclusion among the top 10 performances of 2014 by Time magazine.

T'Challa, king and protector of the technologically advanced fictional African nation of Wakanda, has been characterized as the first black superhero, which is partly true.

Around 30 black characters have donned the lycra for the big screen since the early 1990s, including Marvel’s Falcon (Anthony Mackie since 2014), Wesley Snipes’s titular vampire hunter in “Blade” (1998) and Halle Berry’s Kenyan princess Storm in four “X-men” movies.

The Wakandan royal can claim to be the first black superhero to land a standalone movie in the MCU and the first in mainstream American comics, having featured in “The Fantastic Four” in 1966.

- 'Damaging and untrue’ -

Boseman, who recently wrapped filming on “Black Panther,” believes there have been too many “damaging and untrue” portrayals of Africa in American cinema and doesn’t want to add to them.

“I feel the weight of it. You can’t be overly concerned in every breath you take. But you have to do the research and do the work so that when you get there it all feels like it’s honest,” he said.

Boseman, who pays for incognito theater visits so that he can gauge genuine reaction to his movies, has a film up next which, for once, didn’t bring the pressure of having to interpret an already much-loved figure.

In noir revenge thriller “Message from the King,” he plays Jacob King, a South African who spends a week in Los Angeles’ underbelly to hunt the killer of his estranged younger sister.

Fabrice du Welz’s movie casts Boseman opposite an accomplished ensemble including Luke Evans (“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and Alfred Molina (“Spider-Man 2,” “Boogie Nights”).

“It was exciting to start that process and know that nobody was really going to say, 'That’s not Jacob, that’s not who he is,’” Boseman jokes.

“It’s not necessarily a completely blank canvas. But it is a canvas that I can do a lot with without having to worry about people’s attachment to it.”

“Message from the King” is released theatrically in France on Wednesday and on Netflix later in the year. “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” are scheduled for release in February and May next year.

Black Panther's language: Where Civil War found the words of Wakanda

Black Panther … speaks!

But how, exactly?

As the hero king of Wakanda makes his leap from the comic book pages to the big screen in Captain America: Civil War, the question wasn’t so much what he would say, but which words he should use. 

Apart from a handful of terms, T'Challa's fictional African nation had no differentiated language in the Marvel canon. But its people wouldn’t exactly be speaking English, since part of Wakanda’s lore was that the technologically advanced land had never been conquered.

Chadwick Boseman’s character does speak English throughout the movie to other English-speakers, of course. He’s a statesman, and presumably knows many other languages, too. But for intimate scenes between T'Challa, the prince of Wakanda, and his father, King T'Chaka, directors Joe and Anthony Russo felt the two men should communicate in a native tongue, one that rose up from the continent itself, free of interference from outsiders.

“The language we used for Wakandan is called Xhosa,” Joe Russo tells EW. “John Kani, the actor who plays T'Challa’s father in the movie, speaks the language and taught it to Chadwick. It’s spoken by 7.6 million people in South Africa.”

Xhosa just clicked.

Literally – it’s known as “the clicking language” for its assortment of verbal pops. The name “Xhosa” itself begins with what’s known as the “x click,” or the “horse-riding click,” as explained here:

One of the language’s most noteworthy native speakers was Nelson Mandela, a descendant of the Thembu tribe of the Xhosa people. That means now one of Africa’s most beloved make-believe leaders will forever communicate in the language of one of its most historic real-life ones.

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Twitter was in a frenzy this past Thursday when movie posters hyping up the film Black Panther, coming out of Marvel Studios, were released. Black Panther is reportedly set to hit theaters on February of next year, but has gotten its fair share of buzz thus far. For one thing, certain sources have asserted that 90% of this movie’s cast will either be African or African-American. Those who will share the spotlight in Black Panther include Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, and Michael B. Jordan. Considering the fact that this movie will take place in a fictional African nation called Wakanda, the casting choices make sense. Moreover, it shows that Marvel Studios is not afraid to diversify their movies, especially since its other films primarily consisted of White actors and actresses.

‘Black Panther’ Climbs to Top of Social Media Chart With First Trailer

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” dominated social media buzz last week in the wake of its first trailer with 466,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

The trailer for the film debuted during Game 4 of the NBA Finals on June 9, as the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers faced off. The footage offered the first look at such big stars as Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan, as well as Chadwick Boseman, who plays the titular Black Panther.

Boseman, who debuted the character in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” plays T’Challa, the king of a fictional, technologically advanced African nation. “Black Panther” opens Feb. 16.

Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” generated nearly 88,000 new conversations last week as the studio released extended clips on June 6-8, and revealed Zendaya’s role as Mary Jane Watson on June 9.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” has produced a total of 1.95 million new conversations. The tentpole opens on July 7.

Disney-Pixar’s “Cars 3” generated 45,000 new conversations last week in the wake of releasing a final trailer on June 9. The movie, which has generated a total of 423,000 conversations on social media, opens Friday.

Paramount’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” saw 21,000 new conversations as the studio released character posters on June 5 and an international trailer on June 8. The fifth Transformers film, starring Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins, opens June 21.

Disney-Lucasfilms’ “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” produced 13,000 new conversations after the June 6 announcement of its early U.K. release date on June 6, and alleged plot details leaked on June 7. The tentpole, which opens Dec. 15, has already generated 1.87 million new conversations.

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Creates Thunderous Buzz on Social Media Ahead of Debut
Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” dominated social media last week with a hefty 113,000 new conversations with the release of extended clips and plot details, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.
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The third Thor movie has now totaled 1.65 million new conversations two weeks before the Nov. 3 opening of the tentpole.

Thor: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and the writing team of Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins.

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” generated 70,000 new conversations following the Oct. 16 release of the first full action-packed trailer. In it, Chadwick Boseman’s character, T’Challa, returns to his home where he rules, the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Footage throughout the trailer shows him embodying his superhero identity, Black Panther.

Michael B. Jordan’s character Erik Killmonger — an exile who seeks to overthrow T’Challa — is also highlighted in the trailer. The movie, directed by Ryan Coogler, opens Feb. 16.

Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” 61,000 new conversations last week with the release of a new official image on Oct. 19, 10 days after the release of the full trailer at halftime on Monday Night Football on Oct. 9. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has pulled in more than 3.46 million new conversations two months before its Dec. 15 launch. Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie picks up where 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off.

Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” generated 27,000 new conversations as the studio published a new logo on Oct. 17 and an interview with Josh Brolin two days later. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, the superhero tentpole opens May 4.

Sony’s animated drama “The Star” produced 20,000 new conversations, four weeks ahead of its Nov. 17 launch. The film is a re-telling of the birth of Jesus, seen from the point of view of a donkey and his friends.

Everything you need to know about Black Panther before watching Civil War.

It’s a good year for Marvel’s Black Panther. Not only does he have his own comic book series on the way, hes making his Marvel movie debut in Captain America: Civil War in a few weeks. If you’re not familiar with the superhero, king and Avenger, here’s all the important stuff you need to know.

He was the first black superhero in mainstream comics.

Like so many other iconic comic book characters, the Black Panther was created by Stan Lee in the 1960s. He made his first appearance in an issue of Fantastic Four before headlining his own series in the 1970s. The Black Panther is considered the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, and he’ll be the first black superhero lead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. 

He’s royalty.

T’Challa is the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Black Panther is a title, not a name, whoever is the ruling leader of the Wakandan Panther Clan is the Black Panther. T’Challa earned both the right to rule and the Black Panther persona from his father T’Chaka.
Like so many other superheroes, T’Challa’s backstory is full of tragedy. His mother died giving birth to him and he was raised by his father, the king T’Chaka. When T’Challa was a teenager, a physicist called Ulysses Klaw came to Wakanda in search of the rare element Vibranium. When T’Chaka refused to hand it over, Klaw had him gunned down right in front of his young son. T’Challa was able to fight back using Klaw’s own weapon against him, shattering Klaw’s hand and earning him an enemy for life. When the Black Panther film comes out, im gonna assume Klaw will be main villain. Klaw already appeared onscreen in Age of Ultron played by Andy Serkis.

He rules over the most advanced country in the world.

As the Chief of the Panther tribe, you might have imagined that Wakanda is some remote tribal country. Nope. Wakanda is one of the most important countries on the planet, a leader in scientific and technological advances. The country is one of a handful of places where vibranium (the near-indestructible metal that Captain America’s shield is made of) can befound. Wakanda is decades ahead of the likes of the USA and Japan when it comes to technology. Wakanda is an isolationist nation that T’Chaka tried his best to conceal his country from the outside world. Klaw was in search of vibranium, an element almost exclusively found in Wakanda. It was put there many many years ago when a massive meteorite made of the stuff crashed into the country. Vibranium has made Wakanda very rich since it’s so highly valued and so hard to come by.

He is essentially Marvel’s answer to Batman.

T’Challa is pretty much Bruce Wayne, except that the Black Panther also has a few superpowers. One of the smartest people in the world. T’Challa is also incredibly skilled in armed and unarmed combat. He’s also at the peak of human strength and agility, on par with Captain America.
The comparison between Black Panther and Batman is pretty simple, both characters are dark, mysterious, somewhat arrogant who rely on strategy, intellect, and cool gadgets over plain brute force. They even have similar costumes. They also have dead parents and an animal themed identity but then again so do dozens of other superheroes. T’Challa’s mind is one of his sharpest weapons against his enemies. He isn’t just smart, he’s considered one of the smartest people on the entire planet . On top of that he’s also an adept politician. But of course he’s good at plain old fighting too with extensive training in gymnastics, acrobatics and martial arts.

He’s been in many superhero teams but isn’t much of a team player.

Black Panther joined the Avengers in his second-ever appearance and since then he’s not just remained one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but joined the likes of the Ultimate’s, Illuminati, and was even briefly the leader of the Fantastic Four. Black Panther’s highest priority is to himself and the people of Wakanda. This isolated nature is best captured when Black Panther nonchalantly reveals that he only joined the Avengers so he could spy on them and see if they were a threat to his people. None of them had the heart to call him out on it though.

He and Storm were once the ultimate Marvel power couple.

T’Challa and Ororo Munroe are two of the most prominent black characters in Marvel’s roster, and their 2006 marriage was a huge deal. Tony Stark and Steve Rogers took a break from fighting each other in the Civil War comic to celebrate it.
Fans loved the characters together but the marriage wouldn’t last. In a controversial move their relationship was annulled in 2012 when Black Panther banned all mutants from Wakanda following an attack by a brainwashed Namor the Sub-Mariner. Many assumed the couple’s split was because there were plans underway to bring T’Challa to the Marvel’s cinematic universe where he couldn’t bring his wife Storm as she is part of Fox’s X-Men.

Spider-man may have messed up his Civil War role.

Although Civil War marks Black Panther’s movie debut, the recent addition of Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe might mean there’s a little less of him in the movie. When Civil War was first announced, Black Panther was described as a hero who would be a neutral, never-before-seen hero without links to Steve Rogers or Tony Stark that would be able to offer a fresh perspective on the conflict between the two former friends. This neutral party is pretty much the role Spider-Man filled in the original Civil War comic.
But when Sony made the deal to allow Marvel access to Spider-man, the Civil War script was altered to accommodate him and it’s likely that Spidey is returning to his role as the hero trapped in the middle. It might be that Black Panther’s place in the story has been reduced and he’s less integral to the movie’s plot. Hopefully that’s not the case though, because it’s a long wait until Black Panther drops in 2018.

Captain America: Civil War: Behind the scenes of the Splash Page fight | EW.com

Captain America: Civil War: Behind the scenes of the ‘Splash Page’ fight

The crew called their big scene the “Splash Page.” That’s the comic-book term for a full-spread illustration that either opens a story or marks its climax.
For Captain America: Civil War, this was the moment they filmed an epic throwdown between two teams of heroes: the forces of Chris Evans’s red, white, and blue soldier on one side, clashing against the warriors aligned with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man on the other.

The 2006-07 Marvel Comics series that inspired the movie, which opens May 6, explores the same enduring question of freedom versus safety. In the Mark Millar-scripted comics, hero turned against hero as some resisted government control of their identities and abilities while others sought compliance and regulation for the greater good. Captain America stood for independence from government control, while Iron Man worked to legislate and enforce responsibility on those with “enhanced abilities.”

“In most of the movies, there’s no question who we should be siding with,” Evans says during a break between shots. “We all agree Nazis are bad, aliens from space are bad. But this movie’s the first time where you really have two points of view. There’s really no wrong answer here and it’s just a matter of who we are as men: Tony Stark and myself. Which side of the aisle do we come down on? So it’s hard for [Cap]. It becomes a question of morality and I don’t think he’s ever been so uncertain with what right and wrong is.”

In this film, the new Avengers — seen assembling at the end of Age of Ultron — take on an old enemy: Frank Grillo’s Crossbones, last spotted getting a building dropped on his skull in 2013’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But… the takedown goes wrong. A lot of people die. A lot of innocent ones.

After all the chaos and catastrophe witnessed in the previous films, the world finally has had enough. Government officials from around the globe assemble to enact accords that would clamp down on those with super-human skills. One man helping form the new laws is a young leader named T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) from the fictional African nation of Wakanda, who has a secret identity himself — the long awaited Black Panther.

But Cap has seen too much corrupt authority in his (unnaturally) long life. He ain’t marching anymore.

On this already broiling July morning in Fayetteville, Georgia, Evans is sweating through his Cap mask as he shoots the Splash Page — this culmination of the conflict over the accords.

He’s standing at the end of a flat expanse of asphalt, ringed with two-story green tarps that will allow special-effects artists to transform this Pinewood Studios parking lot into a tarmac at Leipzig/Halle International Airport.

Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers’ long-lost friend and principle foe in the last Cap movie, is standing at his left.

“Had Bucky not been brainwashed he’d be doing the same thing Cap is doing, taking orders from S.H.I.E.L.D. and fighting for the country and then realizing S.H.I.E.L.D. is corrupt,” Evans says. “But Bucky’s a different situation. He obviously couldn’t make these choices. This is — I don’t want to give too much about the plot away but Bucky’s a big piece of the puzzle in this movie just because it gives Steve something that he really hasn’t had besides Peggy, but even Peggy is well on in her life.”

That would be Peggy Carter, known as Agent Carter to fans of the ABC television series, which chronicles the life of Hayley Atwell’s character as a covert agent in post-World War II America. In The Winter Soldier, Rogers visits with his old flame, who at that point was a frail, elderly woman struggling with dementia at the end of a long, daring life. Apart from Peggy, Rogers only has one connection left to his old self.

“No one on this planet knew him then. No one is left,” Evans says. “He doesn’t have any peace with his youth. He doesn’t have any peace from his life, so Bucky and whatever happens with Bucky in this movie…” Evans trails off. “That’s a big piece in terms of him kind of finding his own purpose in what he’s fighting for and how that friendship can come back to life. Not just them as soldiers, but them as friends.”

There are other familiar heroes aligned alongside Cap and Bucky (mild spoiler warning): Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man (although today it’s a stunt double in the mask), Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye.

Leading the opposite side is… nobody. Iron Man and Don Cheadle’s War Machine will be flying toward them, so they’ll be added digitally later. But an equally impressive team of iconic characters is arrayed alongside him, preparing to face down Cap and Co.: Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Black Panther (also a stunt double) among them.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo yell action — and that’s what’s unleashed. The good-guys charge each other in a savage beat-down.

“The story is about family. And what happens if they don’t agree,” says Joe Russo, who directed the previous Cap film, The Winter Soldier, with his brother. “We’ve been comparing it to a fight at a wedding. What happens when your cousin and your brother go at it, and whose side are you on, and where does it go from there?”

“How do you move forward from a moment where people who used to love each other and were on the same side, now hate each other and are trying to hurt each other?” Anthony Russo adds. “[Cap is] such a strong, grounded, morally centered, ethically centered character. You can beat at him pretty hard as a hero, to try to crack that strength — both morally and physically.”

Iron Man definitely tries.

While Black Widow gives an all-out thrashing to Ant-Man, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch blast away at the sky — him with his trusty bow and arrows, her with her mystical red energy pulses. They’re trying to knock some unseen threat out of the air. (It’s hard to tell which visual effect they’re imagining.)

It’s definitely not Iron Man. He’s flying low and locked onto another target: Captain America. Evans raises his shield, slings an upper cut through the air, and gets in one more hit against his invisible foe before he’s almost taken out in real life.

The main camera is on a crane, and it swoops down on the battle scene — following Iron Man’s descent — until it’s right in Evans’s face. The actor has to dive out of the way at the last second to avoid being clobbered.

After a few more takes, Evans comes over to the video screens to check out the shot, laughing at the fact that each one ends with an extreme close-up of his panicked face, dodging the camera. “I can’t keep throwing punches when that’s so close,” he says. The Russos come up with a solution: Go ahead and drop back.

The shot will end with Iron Man knocking Captain America to his knees.

But he’s not going to stay there.

Source: entertainment weekly

So, you have Ryan Coogler writing and directing the Black Panther movie that takes place in a fictional African nation that is wealthy, technologically superior, and rich with vibranium in Wakanda while Chadwick Boseman portrays its King, T'challa, with Lupita and Michael B. Jordan staring in roles that have yet to be announced with a February release date which is also Black History Month while ahem, there is a current running Black Panther comic series written by the great Ta-Nehisi Coates. This deserves endless: ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾

Fear of a Black Nation

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 by David Austin

In the 1960s, for at least a brief moment, Montreal became what seemed an unlikely centre of Black Power and the Caribbean left. In October 1968, the Congress of Black Writers at McGill University brought together well-known Black thinkers and activists from Canada, the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean; people like C.L.R. James, Stokely Carmichael, Miriam Makeba, Rocky Jones, and Walter Rodney.

Within months of the Congress, a Black-led protest at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) exploded on the front pages of newspapers across the country; raising state security fears about Montreal as the new hotbed of international Black radical politics.

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I was talking with some fellow african comic fans about the announcement of the black panther movie and it’s always interesting to find the different reasons why they are not completely for Black Panther and his entire story.

I always found it odd that T'Challa with his superhuman intelligence, leadership skills and various abilities along with his people could only exist in a fictional African nation. Wakanda is imagined as a technologically superior country juxtaposed with the inferior north east african countries which could no way reach it’s level. There is no reason other african nations could not be on Wakanda’s level.

There’s also the issue of vibranium, the material that makes up captain america’s shield and apparently can be found in Wakanda. There could be allusions to blood materials and colonialism but so far it’s a bit swept under especially in the MCU. 

I could talk about the ambiguous african coded clothing and weaponry which is also another problem that made us uncomfortable, even the characterisation of Ororo Munroe/Storm but I think I made my point about how westerners write about Africa and the problems with that

The Nature of the Beast, Part One

Summary: Australian Biologist and animal behaviour expert Belle French goes into the African jungle hoping to relocate as many animals as possible before mining destroys the ecosystem. What she finds there, however, is much more than she ever expected. (Tarzan AU)

Rating: PG-13 (will be NC-17 in part 2).

A/N: Here it is, my attempt at writing the woobiest Rum to ever woobie. In the process I uncovered the nature of Beast!Rum. It seemed fitting to honour the return of BF with the posting of the first part of this fic.

Clarification: Sangala is a fictional African nation that appeared in 24: Redemption, which stars Robert Carlyle. I didn’t want to get into real-life politics and such.

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Lupita Nyong’o in talks to join Chadwick Boseman in the cast of Marvel’s Black Panther.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is in negotiations to star opposite Chadwick Boseman in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther (2018).

Ryan Coogler, who wrote and directed Creed (2016), is helming the comic book movie as well as writing the script.

Boseman’s Black Panther was introduced in Captain America: Civil War (2016), which crossed the $700 million worldwide mark in under a week and a half.

The character, whose name is T’Challa, is the warrior king of Wakanda, Marvel’s fictional African nation that is rich in an unbreakable alloy called vibranium.

N’yongo’s character has not been revealed although she will be the Panther’s love interest.

While you are collectively screaming with excitement, read about this development here. (x)

The Nature of the Beast, Part Two

Summary: Australian Biologist and animal behaviour expert Belle French goes into the African jungle hoping to relocate as many animals as possible before mining destroys the ecosystem. What she finds there, however, is much more than she ever expected. (Tarzan AU)

Rating: NC-17.

A/N: Here it is, the rest of the fic. I struggled with the sex (I always do) trying to imagine how it’d be if Rumple was raised in the wild and had no idea of what human sex looks like. It was very difficult.

Clarification: Sangala is a fictional African nation that appeared in 24: Redemption, which stars Robert Carlyle. I didn’t want to get into real-life politics and such.

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