So everyone’s seen the Black Panther trailer, right? If you haven’t, go watch it now. And then watch it five more times because the world of Wakanda looks absolutely GLORIOUS.
And thanks to Entertainment Weekly, a whole new bunch of pictures from the production has been released, including this amazing image of the Wakandan royal family.
According to executive producer Nate Moore, the various plot threads of Black Panther have been woven together to pay tribute to both James Bond and The Godfather:
“[It’s a] big, operatic family drama centered on a world of international espionage. So hopefully we’re getting the best of both worlds.”
While that might seem confusing at first, it starts to make sense when you realise that T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) has to quickly fill the void left behind after his father’s death in Captain America: Civil War. As we can see in the trailer, there are also other forces who are keen to take over the throne. Presumably, the spy aspect comes in with Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), who is described as an undercover spy for Wakanda.
But that might be where the similarities end. As Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says:
“I don’t think people are prepared for what this movie is going to be…Not just Black Panther, but the Dora Milaje, and Killmonger, and the entire design of Wakanda – both its traditional African-inspired elements, but also the Vibranium inspired techno-elements. I can’t think of a blend that has happened like that before in movies.”
It’s long wait until Black Panther gets released in cinemas next year, but until then, take a look at the newly released pictures!