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Black Panther: 10 Epic Moments From First Footage Revealed

Black Panther is coming next year and the excitement is already building.

A panel at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference last week shared an exclusive set of clips from the upcoming blockbuster movie. What I wouldn't give to have been a fly on the wall in that room! We couldn't be there and everyone was banned from sharing video, but thanks to Jason Johnson from The Root we can find out how insane this movie will be.

Johnson wrote a detailed summary that's worth reading, but here are the highlights. I've also included publically available pictures from the movie that match the scenes he's describing. From what he's describing it sounds a lot like what was shown in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con.

1. Action is Like Creed Meets Kingsman

Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Okoye (Danai Gurira)

Johnson describes the first fight scene between T'Challa and King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and his bodyguards Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) in a casino.

The fight breakdown is amazing but Johnson summarizes it by saying, "The action is kinetic, like a mixture of Coogler’s fight scenes from Creed and the manic bullet ballets from Kingsman movies."

2. Black Panther Has Super-Strength

While we got to see Black Panther's moves in Captain America: Civil War he never got to show his true power. 

Black Panther eats an herb that gives his super-strength, speed, agility and heightened senses.

Aside from showing he's as strong as Captain America, we don't get to see T'Challa's super-strength and speed. Obviously, this changes in Black Panther as he "effortlessly makes a 20-foot leap into the upper balcony to chase after Klaue". 

3. Klaue Has The Arm Cannon

Ulysses Klaue is a black-market arms dealer and smuggler out of South Africa. In the scene, it talks about his trying to sell or trade "Vibranium". This is the rare and powerful ore that powers Black Panther's country and costume.

In the comics, Ulysses Klaw is a super-villain made of sound that uses a hand cannon emitting sonic blasts. In the clip, "Klaue’s hand transforms into a cannon of some kind" and shoots "lasers" at him. In Civil War he lost his arm and, in this movie, Klaue attaches a piece of advanced Wakandan mining equipment on his arm.

4. Black Panther's Costume Transforms

Superheroes always have to figure out how to change into their costume, but Black Panther tops them all. In the casino scene

As he runs, his suit "morphs around his body, seamlessly changing him into the Black Panther costume". So expect the costume to take many shapes and styles.

5. Black Panther Can Climb Walls

In the comics, Black Panther can use the claws on his gloves and boots to climb walls. In the movie, "Black Panther leap from the top of the roof of the car, onto a nearby building, where he begins to run up the side—like Spider-Man, but with better coordination."

6. Killmonger's Suit Transforms Too

We know that T'Challa's rival Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) has a sweet costume thanks to the action figure, but it also transforms. When the two square off at Warrior Falls "you see a red battle suit similar to Black Panther’s form around Killmonger, and he leaps at the king".

7. M'Baku Wears the Ape Mask

In the comics, M’Baku (Winston Duke) is the head of the White Gorilla Cult. He's called Man-Ape and wears the head of a gorilla on his head. Marvel decided having a Black dude called "Man-Ape" is a little racially charged, so they deemphasized that part of the character's look. 

“We don’t call him Man-Ape," executive producer Nate Moore told Screenrant . "We do call him M’Baku. Having a black character dress up as an ape, I think there’s a lot of racial implications that don’t sit well, if done wrong. But the idea that they worship the gorilla gods is interesting because it’s a movie about the Black Panther who, himself, is a sort of deity in his own right."

But M'Baku does wear a "large mask that resembles an ape."

8. Wakanda Makes Vibranium Great

Vibranium is a rare ore that only exists in Wakanda. But it's power is so formidable that it changes the technology of the country and its relationship to the world.

"We asked ourselves, did the Vibranium make Wakandans special, or were Wakandans already something special and made something of Vibranium? We decided it was the Wakandans," said director Ryan Coogler.

Wakanda was a great African nation before Vibranium and after.

9. Black Panther Will Release in Africa and US on the Same Day

Marvel knows that blockbusters need to be international, so this movie is getting a worldwide release. 

The movie opens in the UK first on February 12th followed by France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and Ukraine. When it hits America on February 16th it's also opening in Africa. 

This is a first for a Disney film.

10. Black Panther Toys Are Coming in October

We've gotten sneak peeks at the toys, but the conference confirmed that the Hasbro Black Panther toys are coming to stores this month!

Make sure you head to The Root to read the whole article and see part of the Q&A. It highlights how amazing and ground-breaking this movie really is.

2018 couldn't come fast enough!


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."

Black Panther (2018) stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, John Kani as T'Chaka, Winston Duke as M'Baku / Man Ape, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Sterling K. Brown as N'Jobu, Isaach de Bankolé, Nabiyah Be as Tilda Johnson, Sydelle Noel as Xoliswa, and Atandwa Kani.

Directed by Ryan Coogler
Screenplay by Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler
Music by Ludwig Göransson
Cinematography by Rachel Morrison
Costume Design by Ruth E. Carter

Black Panther (2018) is scheduled to be released February 16, 2018 (United States)
Official Site: http://marvel.com/movies/movie/224/black_panther 

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