Why 'Black Panther' is the most anticipated Marvel film ever

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get shaken!  Black Panther is on track to become one of the biggest  Marvel films ever!


#1 Advance ticket sales

In the US the film overtook previous record holder Captain America: Civil War in first day of pre-sales, breaking an astonishing record! Prevision says  it could smash opening weekend estimates of £66.8m!

#1 Trailer views

With the trailer viewed 89 million times in 24 hours, the word ‘anticipated’ doesn’t quite cover a movie that’s set to shred expectations for the superhero genre. 

Rewind to 2016, and the world burst out of cinemas after Captain America: Civil War with two burning questions. First off, who was that Black Panther badass who made the movie-stealing cameo – and, more importantly, when will Marvel give him a film of his own? At last, on 13th February, the cat is out of the bag, as Chadwick Boseman squeezes himself into the Black Panther suit as T’Challa. Here’s your quickfire guide to the hero set to break the comic-book mould.

His time is now

For such a compelling character, it’s baffling that Black Panther has spent 52 years loitering on the fringes of the Marvel universe. The character was first inked in a 1966 Fantastic Four comic, making him the first superhero of African descent and a social trailblazer.

"Black Panther is such an interesting character,” says co-creator and executive producer, Stan Lee, “that is going to be a different thing for the audience when this [movie] screens. He’s special…"

T’Challa isn’t just a fascinating character, he’s a culturally important one. There’s the fact that T’Challa isn’t just a hero and a public figure, he’s a goddamn king, and a king of one of the Marvel universe’s most powerful and advanced nations. He is an ultimate figure of dignified heroism.

If there’s one thing that both Civil War, this movie and the latest Avengers trailer made clear, it’s that Black Panther has a major role to play in the future of the MCU...

He's Marvel most overqualified hero

Hulk has the bulk. Spidey has the web-slingers. But when it comes to skill-set, T’Challa leaves them all standing. Fortified by the so-called ‘heart-shaped herb’, this warrior-king boasts:

  • Vein-bulging strength
  • Sharpened reflexes
  • Animalistic senses
  • Accelerated healing and dogged stamina.

He can summon the dead and draw on Wakanda’s vast wealth to finance toys that make the Batmobile look like a backfiring old banger. And, as if that weren’t enough, the Panther goes to war in a sacred vibranium suit that has the ability to

  • Change shape
  • Absorb the attack of another person
  • Hide in the shadows

The amazing world of Wakanda

Prepare yourself to be introduced to a completely new world. As Doctor Strange took us into the new territories of magic in the MCU, Black Panther is now opening the horizons to hidden civilizations in our existing world. 

“Black Panther” is a title given to the king of fictional African country Wakanda. Thanks to a meteorite crashing during the reign of T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, Wakanda has come to be known as the world’s primary source of vibranium—the metal from which Captain America’s shield is constructed.

Fearing the inevitable attempts by outsiders to exploit the country for this rare resource, T’Chaka chose to isolate Wakanda from the outside world. He and his son went on to transform the nation into one of the most technologically advanced countries on the planet. 

It’s not the easiest land to rule, and the movie premise finds T’Challa returning home after his father’s death to discover a tinderbox of tribes jostling for the crown...

Cool sidekicks and fascinating villains

Every self-respecting hero needs his sidekicks, and you’ll already be tantalised by a supporting cast who look like they’ve stepped off the pages of a steampunk graphic novel. Okoye (Danai Gurira) is the ferocious spear-lobbing leader of the Dora Milaje special forces, Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia is the sly undercover agent, seductive old flame and self-described “war dog”. As the tech whizz who creates the Black Panther suit, Letitia Wright’s Shuri is like a more-glamorous version of Desmond Llewelyn’s Q, while Martin Freeman shows his range as CIA spook Everett Ross.

Marvel aren’t giving T’Challa an easy ride, sending in a rogues’ gallery of bad guys who are as ferocious as they are fascinating. Look out for Andy ‘Gollum’ Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, an arms dealer with a poisonous grudge. Towering ominously above them all is Erik ‘Killmonger’ Stevens, the Wakandan exile and former black-ops soldier whose scarring and combat skills make him pretty much as scary as the name suggests. And yet, as actor Michael B. Jordan stresses, Killmonger is no by-the-numbers comic-book grunt, but a carefully sketched villain with complex motivations and a skewed moral compass.


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