A graphic designer released a new series of posters for Black Panther that you could argue look even better than the official Marvel ones. The titular superhero may be one of Marvel’s more unheralded characters compared to those of the Avengers, but the Chadwick Boseman-starring Black Panther has a chance to be as successful as other recent releases about more iconic heroes. Ticket pre-sales for the movie are outpacing Captain America: Civil War and it could have a bigger opening weekend at the box office than Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Marvel and Disney are in the final stretch of promotion for Black Panther ahead of its Feb. 16 release date. New clips have emerged online in addition to a fresh Black Panther trailer. There’s also been a slew of posters that promote the main characters. But despite the plethora of artwork that’s come out to tease the film’s debut, a new set of posters unaffiliated with Disney or Marvel Studios arguably stands above the others.
Wilson Morales, who runs the Twitter @BlackFilm, tweeted the new posters out on Monday. The designer of the posters is Dettrick Maddox, who goes by @MrDesignJunkie on Twitter. All four posters feature the shape of the continent of Africa front and center, using distinctly different color schemes. You can check out the posters via the tweet below:
The posters focus less on T’Challa/Black Panther himself, like this international poster, and more on the other main characters. One of them exclusively features the Dora Milaje, including Lupita N’Yongo’s Nakia. Another puts the spotlight on Winston Duke looking menacing as M’Baku. A third showcases Michael B. Jordan as main villain Erik Killmonger, while the fourth features an interesting composition with Angela Bassett’s Ramonda.
Maddox also has a Facebook page where he regularly posts his own alternate designs of sports uniforms. Including, coincidentally, the Carolina Panthers. But these Black Panther fan posters are no doubt stunning to look at and a refreshing change of pace from the one-sheets Marvel usually releases for its movies. If you’re usually bored by ugly-looking Marvel movie posters, these should make you much happier.
The designer is almost taking a shot at Marvel by using their own character posters as part of his. But when you compare them, it’s really not even close in terms of who made the more interesting designs. Even if you’d prefer a more minimalist look for a Black Panther poster, it’s hard not to be impressed with what Maddox put together here. But still, there could be a debate between these posters and some recent promo art.
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