Black Panther, the worldwide Marvel Cinematic Universe phenomenon, will be available soon on digital, Blu-ray and DVD. Marvel has just detailed the release specifications and special features that will be available for the home release.
When it released in February, Black Panther literally took the world by storm, breaking box office records week after week, and will even be the first film to break Saudi Arabia's 35-year movie ban. This is the first film in eight years to spend a jaw-dropping five weeks at No. 1 at the box office. T'Challa is certainly king of the MCU, as Black Panther currently holds the highest-grossing solo superhero film of all time, and is the third-highest-grossing film of the MCU, after Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Fans and critics alike have been singing the praises of Wakanda, and with the forthcoming home release, that's not likely to stop any time soon. Wakanda forever, indeed.
Black Panther has a whole slew of special features that will detail a plethora of behind-the-scenes information for any curious fans. There's the classic Marvel gag reel, which always seem to prove that these films are as fun to make as they are to watch, as well as several deleted scenes and a director's commentary. These are obviously pretty standard for most home releases, but the Black Panther-exclusive pieces seem to be what will make this release worth owning.
There's a piece titled "Crowning of a New King", which will delve into the world of Wakanda and Black Panther to explore the colors and complexities of this side of the MCU, as well as a piece about Wakanda's diverse people called "The Hidden Kingdom Revealed." Also, there's reportedly a sneak peek at Ant-Man & The Wasp, as well as a piece called "Marvel Studios the First Ten Years: Connecting the Universe" that will likely offer a pretty cool look at all of the films released so far and how they work together. But perhaps most exciting is "The Warrior's Within," which will explore the women of Wakanda and the powerful actresses that portray them. This will more than likely go into depth about the one of the more exciting aspects of the film, the all-female military regiment who serve as special forces for Wakanda known as the Dora Milaje.
Ryan Coogler and Chadwick Boseman are both finally getting the accolades they deserve, as this might be the highest praised MCU film yet. But thankfully the ride doesn't stop here: the release of Black Panther comes merely a week and a half after the theatrical release of Avengers: Infinity War, which should come as a relief to fans who want to immerse themselves in the newest releases from the MCU. To think that we're on the brink of finishing a cinematic story about superheroes that's been unfolding for the past 10 years is pretty insane. Luckily, we're going back to Wakanda in Infinity War as Black Panther and the Avengers fight to protect the planet, and the universe, from Thanos.
Black Panther will be released digitally on May 8, and on Ultra 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on May 15.
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019