A new poster for Black Panther from Comic-Con International in San Diego highlight's T'Challa's battle suit's ability to glow. The groundbreaking character played by Chadwick Boseman is gearing up for his own standalone film following his impressive debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe via Captain America: Civil War.
The D23 Expo held last weekend did not offer anything particularly huge for Black Panther as Marvel Studios chose to focus on next year's epic blockbuster that is Avengers: Infinity War. Comic-Con International taking place mere days after the exclusive Disney convention, however, gives the studios another platform to promote the star-studded film scheduled to roll out this February - starting with a significant reveal on the superhero's iconic woven vibranium suit.
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Coming from the annual gathering in San Diego, an official poster for Black Panther features Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), Okoye (Danai Gurira), Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) with his mask on and Boseman as the film's titular character. But what quickly captures the attention of fans are the stripes on the Black Panther armor emitting light. We haven't seen this side of the costume in action as of yet, whether it is in any trailer or teaser for the film. And it certainly was not featured in Civil War, further intensifying the excitement that people have for the property and what possible other surprises director Ryan Coogler has up his sleeve. Check out the nifty poster below:
The design comes from the current iteration of the Black Panther suit in the pages of the comic books. And while we're not yet sure what other things the battle costume can do, it's almost certain that the glowing stripes have some practical benefits rather than just making the rad looking armor look cooler. On top of vibranium being the strongest metal in the MCU, it also has the ability to absorb and redistribute energy. It is possible that once T'Challa is ready to strike, his kinetic energy causes the suit to light up, helping him with his hand-t0-hand combat fight just like in the comics.
Black Panther is continually building hype almost seven months before its roll-out. The massive EW coverage - complete with several new promotional stills and photos as well as cast interviews, hints at a new world that the MCU is trying to create via Wakanda. At the same time, the successful franchise also maintains its scheme of infusing other film genres into their shared superhero world with this one focusing more on the political drama brought about by T'Challa, who is not only his country's fiercest warrior but its king.
We can expect more news trickling out for Black Panther as the four-day convention lasts until Sunday. The biggest news, however, is expected to come out via Marvel Studios' 90-minute panel on Saturday at Hall H where other forthcoming properties like Thor: Ragnarok, Infinity War and maybe even some Captain Marvel and Ant-Man And The Wasp information could be announced.
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- 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 02, 2019