I am extremely looking forward to our next outing into the MCU with Black Panther on February 16th. The eagerness to see Wakanda in all of its beauty is something I, and many fans of the character, have been waiting to behold. Chadwick Boseman has done a fantastic job so far of bringing T’Challa, newfound King of Wakanda since Avengers: Civil War, to life. As for where the film falls in the timeline of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe, executive producer Nate Moore, advises us that the film picks up right after the events of Civil War.
During a press visit to the Black Panther set, Moore had this to say:
“It begins where Civil War left off. Obviously that movie had a big impact on T’Challa because T’Chaka was killed. Now we answer the question, ‘What happens when he goes home? Who rules Wakanda? How does Wakanda deal with the loss of a king who was a fair king, who people seemed to like, and is T’Challa ready to be the king of Wakanda?’”
Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler, also reiterated this same idea when discussing the overall impact of the events in Civil War on the Black Panther himself. Coogler said:
“In Civil War, he was outside of Wakanda, he was in a place that he didn’t want to be, and his father gets killed. The whole film, he’s on a mission. He’s a man on a mission. He’s tortured; he’s of few words. I think that that was something that made him appealing in that film.”
“In this film, it’s the same guy, but you’re seeing all of the layers pulled back. The film’s from his perspective and he’s surrounded by people who he loves and cares for. It’s just a much more personal perspective on him. You see him go through the journey of taking on the greatest responsibility that a person can have, the responsibility of leading a country. You see him go through the full weight of that in the film.”
February 16th is honestly taking way too long to come because I need some Black Panther in my life. I have always echoed that he is the black Batman… even cooler actually (I know, blasphemy). This guy is the King… of an entire country… that has mines of vibranium… AND he has the spirit of the Panther that makes him an all-out super warrior. I love this character. You should too. If all goes as it looks, Black Panther is on its way to possibly devour the box office.
Other upcoming MCU movies include; Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th, Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6th, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.