This past weekend, Marvel Studios took over the stage in Hall H at San Diego Comic Con and delivered a panel full of surprises. Among the best? The moment that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler took the stage alongside Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and confirmed a few new stellar cast additions: Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, and Danai Gurira. The film is currently in pre-production, with filming set to kick off in January, so there’s still a lot that we don’t know – although Nyong’o did let a few details slip out at SDCC.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that Coogler couldn’t talk about the film briefly. When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while each film has its own feel, the films do share a decent amount of similarities. When it comes to Black Panther, however, given how unlike his fellow Avengers the character is, we can expect to see a different kind of film. Still, how does Coogler plan to make it stand apart from the rest of the MCU films?
“I think the answer is in a couple of things: who T’Challa is as a character, that’s kind of what you see with each Marvel film. The answer is with who that guy is like with Captain America, he was a guy that was running around in World War II and that’s what the film started off as and they brought him out of the ice and it was about this dude who was brought into this technological, digital world. So, with this we start with who T’Challa is. He’s a African King, he inherited his throne, and that’s the most important thing about him if you ask him. That’s the biggest job that he has and how that effects his personal life and how that effects the country that he’s in charge of, it kind of lends itself to its own story that is so different from anything that we’ve ever seen.”
Also on hand at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend was newly confirmed cast member, Michael B. Jordan, who briefly spoke with the folks over at Collider about his excitement over joining the project. The actor stated he felt honored to be a part of the project, and expressed his admiration of the Black Panther character before going on to quickly comment on his character. As he hasn’t yet seen a script – something I imagine will change over the next month or two – he was, unfortunately, able to provide much more information. Still, seeing just how excited he is to be a part of this project and a part of the Marvel Studios family is wonderful. You can watch the full interview below.
Given the excellent cast – and director – Marvel has managed to assemble thus far, I’m even more excited to see what else they have in store regarding Black Panther in coming months. For now, you can follow along here for all things Black Panther.
Sources: Collider & Screen-Rant.