Four years ago when Black Panther entered theaters I remember being overwhelmed by how powerful it was. To see so many beautiful, intelligent, inspiring Black people on the big screen in a fashion that was 100% empowering was something I truly had never seen before.
It’s been four years since I’ve felt the power of this side of the MCU and Ryan Coogler did NOT disappoint with this sequel. He understands that sequels always have to up the ante and that means more characters, bigger action sequences, and even greater depth than what came before. He delivered that with Wakanda Forever, a film that never settles for being anything other than an emotional, ultra-serious story.
Last night was a packed night for Marvel fans. I’m talking jaw-dropping stuff. From new trailers and exciting title drops to exciting cast announcements and confirmations. And while there is MUCH to talk about thanks to all that mind-blowing news for now I will focus on the two trailers that were released online last night. Enjoy!
Ignore the CGi because it obviously looks wonky in some areas but I’m not focusing on that, this show looks fun as heck.
And just when you probably thought there wouldn’t be any more exciting news from D23 Expo this morning happened.
During another panel this morning highlighting more Marvel surprises we learned some rather exciting new information.
Ryan Coogler announced that Black Panther II will be slated for release on May 6, 2022. Yes! Oh, but that’s not all.
Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington and Crazy Rich Asians actress Gemma Chan have been added to the star-studded cast with Harington starring as the superhero Black Knight and Gemma Chan returning for her second role in the MCU (yes, the second role!) as Sersi.
If you’re wondering who Gemma Chan played before in the MCU this picture will instantly remind you.
She played Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel but I think Marvel Studios realized she was too cool to play such a small role in the franchise so what did they do? They upgraded her to play Sersi, one of the most beloved and well-known members of the Eternals. Um, woah.
Rocky is easily one of the greatest movies of all time for its iconic moments, its iconic character in Rocky Balboa played by yours truly, Sylvester Stallone, and its iconic musical score. Because Rocky was such a success there were four other films in the franchise, the last one being Rocky V. Rocky V was far from a success and it seemed that the franchise would never return to its former brilliance. And then the franchise was rebooted with Creed in 2015.
I remember watching the film for the first time. I thought it was pretty good but there was nothing truly phenomenal about it. I watched it, however, again late last year and I was utterly blown away.
Creed is a beautiful continuation of the story presented in the Rocky films while managing to forge its own path in history. Black Panther writer/director Ryan Coogler brings a fresh perspective to a boxing film but still leaves a beautiful homage to the characters and the story that has come before.
It’s also such an emotionally driven movie. Between Rocky’s battle with cancer, Creed’s internal battle with himself and living up to the legacy presented by his father, and the realistic up-and-down relationship between Creed and Bianca (Tessa Thompson) I was crying a river of tears. I couldn’t believe it. I had seen the movie before but it still managed to pull at my heartstrings big time.
It’s only four days until the monumental Black Panther comes out and I am beyond ecstatic. Usually around this time of year I’m just waiting until April to get the newest Star Wars movie on Blu-Ray but this year the incredible blockbusters are coming early with this February release of Marvel’s Black Panther and I couldn’t be happier.
Now, while there is a huge cultural significance to this movie that’s not the only reason why I’m excited to see this film. Marvel has been cranking out enjoyable films for the past ten years and the incredible thing is not only do we get at least three Marvel movies a year now but the movies are actually really, really good as well. The last two Marvel films that have come out (Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok) have both graced my top five favorite Marvel movies list and I have a feeling Black Panther won’t be an exception.
The commercials are awesome, the advertising for the film is perfect, and I simply can’t wait to see the beautiful world of Wakanda that Black Panther comes from.
So, here are the things I’m most excited to see in Marvel’s new juggernaut, Black Panther.
When Black Panther appeared in Captain America: Civil War I was already excited. His suit was amazingly sleek (and black,) it could deflect bullets because it was made completely out of vibranium (awesome!) and while the suit possessed a simple design its beauty was impeccable. And his fighting style was so amazing! The martial arts form that he used felt native to his country, Wakanda, while also making his character shine.
Now he has his own film and I know for a fact that the action is going to be off the chain! I’m just excited to see exactly how off the chain it will be. And the great thing is, it won’t just be Black Panther who will be handing out the incredible fight scenes. We’ve also got the Dora Milaje, the all-female bodyguards of the King, as well as other tribes and the movie’s main villain who are definitely going to get in on the piece of the action. *squeal* I’m so excited I could practically scream.
I can’t wait to see Black Panther’s vibranium claws slicing and dicing in IMAX. It’s going to be awesome!