The cast of Black Panther got all sorts of emotional after seeing the exclusive Hall H footage at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. The film, which boasts a star studded cast led by Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, endeavors to fully introduce the robust but hidden nation of Wakanda to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We got a sneak peek of the most technologically-advanced country in the MCU in the post-credits tag for last year's Captain America: Civil War, but the Ryan Coogler-directed project delves deeper into the tradition, culture and most importantly, politics in the kingdom.
After scaling back on their upcoming properties in D23 a week ago to focus on Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios forged ahead with presentations for both Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther at SDCC, with the main cast and crew of the films coming out to greet their fans at the convention. While the God of Thunder's threequel (which comes out in November) debuted a new theatrical trailer, the footage from the Wakandan King's first solo movie was only shown to those in the packed Hall H. The clip got a standing ovation from the audience - and even the film's cast members were stunned by what was shown.
In a video posted to Marvel Studios' official Facebook page, Boseman and the rest of the Black Panther cast - including, Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia), Michael B. Jordan (Erik Kilmonger), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Daniel Kaluya (W'Kabi), and Winston Duke (M'Baku) - can be seen hyped up and emotional after watching the footage. Even veteran actors Forest Whitaker (Zuri) and Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaue) were grinning ear to ear as everyone onstage started hugging and congratulating each other for a job well done. You can check out said clip, below:
Even before the footage was shown, Coogler got emotional talking again about how just a couple of years back, he was among the crowd at the far back of Hall H just watching panels - and now, he gets to sit on the stage with phenomenal actors and talk about a film that he was so passionate about making.
Despite the clamor from fans who weren't fortunate enough to be able to get in Hall H and maybe even SDCC, Marvel has reiterated that Black Panther's SDCC footage won't be released online. As Coogler introduced that sizzle reel, he told the Hall H crowd that the video is treat for those who lined up to get into the in-demand panel. Some even camped outside the venue from the night before, just to make sure they would be able to get in. That said, we can expect a new trailer for the blockbuster to be released over the months ahead, most likely with Thor: Ragnarok this November.
After dealing with Wakanda's internal woes in Black Panther, T'Challa and the rest of his army will set off to join a bigger battle in Avengers: Infinity War. The Russo Brothers' (Joe and Anthony) film will be the start of the culmination of everything that has transpired in the MCU so far, as nearly every hero in the franchise work together to battle Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Source: Marvel Studios
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- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
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- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
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