There is a lot of talk about diversity in superhero movies right now, thanks to the stellar box office that Wonder Woman – the first female lead superhero film in over ten years and the first to get there in the race between Warners and rival Marvel Studios’s own superhero cinematic universe – had last weekend. But Marvel has their own entry into the diversity superhero sweepstakes coming up early next year – Black Panther.
Interestingly, much in the same way Wonder Woman debuted in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice before headlining her own film, Black Panther first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in last summer’s Captain America: Civil War before going on to headline his own upcoming film. Interestingly, both characters are royalty in their home countries, both of which have withdrawn from interacting with the rest of the outside world.
In Black Panther’s case, that nation is Wakanda, which guards its sources of vibranium – the industructable metal used to make Captain America’s shield – from exploitation by others. We caught a glimpse of the country at the tail end of Civil War, as T’Challa welcomed Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Bucky, aka The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), to the country after the events of Civil War put them on the run. Marvel just dropped the first poster for the film, which shows us Black Panther’s throne room and a somewhat stern looking T”Challa on the throne. This is all a tease for the film’s first teaser trailer reveal tonight during the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers. (That’s a sports thing, right?)
Black Panther arrives in theaters February 16.