Let me just start by confirming that I was never really a comic book fan during my childhood, but I do have an appreciation for the contemporary movie adaptations like the X-Men film series, The Avengers (Thor, Iron Man, Captain America), DeadPool and so on. What can I say; I love to watch a good ass kicking on the silver screen.
Last week, however, when the official trailer was released for the latest movie within the Marvel comic book family, Black Panther; not only was I excited of the upcoming release of yet another comic-book movie, I was TURNT all the way up with the overflow of melanin that would be all up and through this movie.
Black Panther, for those who don’t know, is the first black superhero in the Marvel comic series.
We were introduced to Black Panther in the movie Captain America: Civil War, where T’Challa, heir to the throne of the fictional African nation Wakanda, witnesses the death of his father (The King) in an explosion and naturally, after such a tragic event, he is not a happy camper.
In this movie we see T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) unveil his Black Panther alter-ego as he is on a mission to avenge his father’s death, and he is not a ‘cat’ to be played with.
Within the hotly anticipated Black Panther movie T’Challa returns to his homeland to take his place as King, following the death of his father and it appears this will not be an easy transition for him and his people.
The two-minute trailer revealed some of the best black actors in Hollywood, suggesting this movie will not disappoint when it comes to their performances. I must admit, I watched this trailer a few times for me to indulge in all this chocolate and this is who I saw:
Academy Award Winner, Lupita Nyong’o
Michael B. Jordan, lookin like a real-life Scar from Lion King,
Angela Bassett, channeling Storm from X-Men’s rastafarian sister.
I also spotted some British faces representing as well:
Daniel Kaluuya, who escaped the Sunken Place in ‘Get Out’
Letitia Wright (Dr. Who and Top Boy)
The director Ryan Coogler, at 31 years old, already has a strong body of work (Fruitvale Station and Creed). This gives me hope this movie will not disappoint. Lawwwwwwd please don’t let me be wrong!
Let us not forget the wardrobe:
Now I know the trailer is only two minutes, but from what I could see, the wardrobe WILL be a hot topic of conversation when this movie is released; and dare I say it, will have replicas somewhere (Halloween costumes or maybe even in high street stores).
Costume designer Ruth E. Carter, whose portfolio includes Malcolm X, Amistad and Do the Right Thing, came to show and prove that Wakanda’s citizens are fully capable of kicking butt in some fine threads.
This has me planning what to wear when I roll up at the cinema because it MUST be known I am going to see this movie.
The fact is – I am excited! It was only recently I had a discussion on the lack of movies that portray my kinfolk as something other than slaves and drug dealers and how it would be nice to see us play something other than these.
I clearly have not been the only one to have this level of excitement, as the Internet has been totally lit and we; the people are here for it!
— The Funniest Trends (@FunniestTrends) June 11, 2017
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 9, 2017
Marvel/Hollywood also proved their marketing expertise, with the release date in February 2018 (during the US Black History Month). This could possibly be the highest grossing movie with a predominantly black cast, since Coming to America!
I declare February 16th, 2018. Black Panther Day!
See the trailer for yourself. You’re welcome!