Que the black superhero theme music!
Perfect! As soon as “Legend has it” by Run the Jewels hits you instantly know Black Panther embodies that full body swag. That vibranium laced pimp slap to anyone coming for the throne. My expectations for Marvel’s Black Panther are running pretty high, but I’m not worried at all. Thanks to Marvel Studios track record no one should be worried about a thing. Unless you know absolutely nothing about Marvel’s Black Panther than I have you covered.
Let’s start with the basics. In the Marvel Comics books T’Challa [created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby] is the current Black Panther and Wakanda’s king. He took both titles after the tragic death of his father, T’Chaka, by the villain Klaw. Black Panthers origin is also tied to the Fantastic Four, but for the sake of simplicity I’ll just stick to the Marvel Studios cinematic universe [MCU] for T’Challa’s [Chadwick Bosman] back story or cannon. With the events in Marvel Studios Captain America: Civil War T’Chaka dies from the explosion at the meeting for the Sokovia Accords, if you recall. The explosion was caused by Baron Zemo to frame Winter Solider, Bucky, and to further other story plots with in the MCU. Black Panther will pick up right after that with T’Challa, who is already the Black Panther, coming home to deal with the fall out and most likely ascend to the throne of Wakanda.Official synopsis:
“After the events of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.”
Now that’s pretty much what you need to know before taking your seat in front of the big screen on February 16, 2018. If you want to read my story speculations (possible spoilers) stay turned after the jump.
Here comes the probable spoilers I warned you about. Last chance…
Okay so what I’m thinking is that Michael B. Jordan will be playing a combination of two characters in Black Panther. He’s cast as Erik Killmonger, but I think his MCU Killmonger will be T’Challa’s older adopted brother as well. In the comics before T’Chaka had T’Challa he adopted a young white boy, Hunter, who’s parents died in a plane crash in Wakanda.
Both characters were essentially exiled and have vendettas against T’Challa. Erik’s vendetta is because Black Panther’s father exiled he and his family “unfairly”, and Hunter’s vendetta is because Black Panther exiled him after finding out he was torturing captives as “White Wolf” the head of Wakanda’s secret police. Gasp! And plus Killmonger’s mask shown in a quick clip in the Black Panther teaser trailer seems like an easter egg to support the joining of the two. This also adds the dynamic that Killmonger isn’t all bad as well. Even though Hunter was exiled he still felt loyal to Wakanda and it’s people, and would do anything for his nation. I’m thinking Michael’s Killmonger will be a sorta less whimsical Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.
Now if this speculation is the case it’s most likely the story line that Black Panther will hang it’s hat on. Marvel seems to prefer to create the story conflict within a certain genre and then add the superhero/fantastic element. Ant-man was a heist film, Captain America: Winter solider a political thriller, and GoTG vol. 1 & 2 a family film. So then the question becomes how to you use it? Will it be the standard third act twist where it’s an eye opening revelation to T’Challa that Erik is his brother or adopted brother? Or will it be known from the start and Erik returns to make his claim to the throne? When he loses in his attempt he then teams up with the other movie villain Klaw! Dun dun duunn!
I‘m sure the Captain America: Civil War loose ends will be touched on in some verbal fashion or a post credit scene that will also lead up to Black Panther showing up in AVENGERS INFINITY WAR! And then Black Panther, I think, is on to take Iron Man’s spot as the brains and money in the currently untitled Avengers 4th film (I’m thinking it will be called Mighty Avengers). Well its all just really speculation, but you never know. =]
Got any of your own Black Panther or MCU speculations? I’d love to hear them, and thank you for reading!