One of the great successes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that each film attempts to be something unique, and Black Panther won’t be an exception to the rule. In a new conversation, co-writer and director Ryan Coogler says that the “cultural aspects” are what helps to set Black Panther apart from other films in the MCU.
Being set in the fictional country of Wakanda, we knew that Black Panther would follow in the footsteps of its predecessors by taking us into unexplored territory of the MCU. Now, however, we have more details about exactly how different this world will be, even when compared to other exceptionally fantastical settings in the MCU (be it Asgard or any of the many planets featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies).
Coogler says that having a film about an African king is new for the MCU, but also something different for movies in general, since there are very few films where the central character is the monarch of an African nation. There is, however, no shortage of movies about kings and royalty, so that aspect of the film isn’t unique to Hollywood or even to the MCU, which has Thor. Coogler acknowledged that similarity when he spoke with Comic Book at San Diego Comic-Con, but claimed that the film’s “weird combinations” makes it different from Thor:
“I would say cultural aspects is a big thing. Obviously, T’Challa is an African king and there haven’t really been many movies made about that at all in any genre. When you look at the movies in the Marvel universe automatically, off the bat, that’s going to make that very different… We’re dealing with a guy who’s royal, like Thor, but he’s from Earth, which changes things. It gives it context and grounds it in a way. Even though we’re doing a lot of fantastical elements, fantastical technology, it still kind of grounds it in a way that’s very unique. So you have these things that are working at opposite ends.
Coogler also says that some of the film’s fantastical elements are “worn on the surface,” which suggests that they will be accepted aspects of Wakandan culture that won’t need much explaining in Black Panther, in order to feel at home in the larger MCU.
The world that was created in Iron Man expanded into something bigger when Thor introduced “gods” and the Nine Realms. Guardians of the Galaxy took us into space, and Ant-Man showed us what the world looks like from the point of view of a man the size of an ant. Doctor Strange and Captain America: The First Avenger have also had unique settings that let viewers see new sides of the MCU. Considering what these films have managed to accomplish in helping to mold the MCU into a place that’s both grand and unique, the expectations for Black Panther are naturally quite high.
Source: Comic Book
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