New Black Panther Synopsis Teases An Old Foe

Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in Captain America Civil War

A new synopsis for Marvel's Black Panther has been released, teasing the arrival of an old villain from the comics and T'Challa's full range of abilities. While every new release from Marvel Studios is met with a heavy amount of excitement and anticipation, Black Panther will be a whole different beast. Like Spider-Man, his debut in Captain America: Civil War has audiences anxious for the character's solo film. Unlike Spidey, however, is the fact that the character has never had a solo film. He also represents something entirely new for superhero films thanks to the story's focus on a mostly black cast and its setting in Africa.

While a trailer for the movie is likely a little while off, the film's arrival early next year means marketing will soon start. While the cast and creatives have opened up a number of times about the movie, today's new poster release has primed audiences for the beginning of a new promotional push. That effort will be taken to another level tonight, as the first teaser trailer for the film will arrive. Though it likely won't give too much away, it could tease the look of Wakanda or how some of the new characters will appear. In the meantime, we now have some new clues as to the story of the film.

Disney shared the revised and more detailed synopsis for Black Panther earlier today alongside the official poster reveal and while it doesn't offer too many new details, it does teases some possible story points.

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.  Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits theatres on February 16, 2018.  

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For those who have been following the production of the film, you'll know that this is actually the third version of the synopsis for the film. The first Black Panther synopsis was essentially the same as this, though with less info. The second one, meanwhile, rewrote things a bit and added mention of two villains and a team-up between Wakanda's Dora Milaje and Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman). Like T'Challa, Ross appeared in Civil War as a liaison between the government and the superhero community. Given his acerbic nature, his appearance in Black Panther should yield some interesting results.

In the meantime, the removal of the mention of two foes is interesting. We know that both Erik Killmonger and Man-Ape will be in the new movie, but the new synopsis seems to put the focus on the 'old foe.' This is likely Killmonger, who will probably rise to power on a wave of resentment for T'Chaka and T'Challa. As such, the new king will need to gather his allies to face the threat posed by the rogue.

Another interesting aspect of the synopsis is the mention of releasing his full powers. In Civil War, we saw T'Challa's fighting prowess and agility on display. His suit itself is also quite impressive thanks to the use of Vibranium. In the comics, however, the Panther has a number of enhanced skills thanks to a special herb and the powers of the Panther Goddess. In addition, recent years have seen T'Challa connect with his past lives and the dead of Wakanda. We could see any of these brought to life in the new film, adding a layer of magic and mysticism to the MCU alongside Doctor Strange and Ghost Rider. Hopefully, the teaser will give us a better idea of what to expect from Black Panther.

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Key Release Dates
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • 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
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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