New toys for Black Panther further shine the spotlight on Wakanda’s superior technology and upgraded suits for T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Marvel Studios is continuing to grow the Marvel Cinematic Universe and next year will kick off their slate by bringing some much needed diversity to the screen. Black Panther will take the Captain America: Civil War breakout character out of the familiar world audiences are used to and put him back within his home, Wakanda. Not only will this move give Marvel Studios their first film led by a person of color, it will also give them the first MCU movie directed by a black filmmaker (Creed‘s Ryan Coogler).
While Coogler and Boseman are part of the equation, they will be surrounded by an influx of talent, on and off-screen. The Black Panther cast is arguably the most impressive of any MCU film to date, but fans are also excited to see more of Black Panther and the whole new world that he brings with him. In doing so, Wakanda’s technology will be put on full display and a glimpse at their gear can now be seen in the latest Black Panther toys.
Yahoo has exclusively revealed the new figures for Black Panther. Most of the images pertain to action figures of various sizes for Black Panther and Killmonger, but there’s also a look at the figure for Shuri (Letitia Wright). New looks at a Panther Jet toy and some additional children accessories are included, but it is the action figures that ultimately stand out. Before we discuss what these toys may have revealed, you should check out the photos of them in the gallery below:
The biggest reveals from these toys seem to come from the T’Challa and Killmonger figures. T’Challa has two different suits for the sake of these figures – or one is simply showing an enhanced state of the former. In either instance, the second suit for Black Panther appears to have even more vibranium enhancements. The suit has blue markings throughout and could signal increased strength, him gaining additional abilities through the suit and/or him channeling additional powers from Bast (the Panther God).
Killmonger’s figures on the other hand, further confirm that he too will have a vibranium suit of his own. However, his suit has yellow/gold markings on it and a slightly altered mouthpiece to make him further stand apart from T’Challa. Since Killmonger’s suit also has a secondary color infused within it, his yellow markings and T’Challa’s blue ones could simply be a way to further distinguish each. Hopefully, there is more reasoning behind this decision than this – but even if not, it will make it clear to audiences who they are seeing onscreen, making it easier to know who to root for when the two eventually (inevitably?) throw-down.
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