The Black Panther film is a unique one for Marvel Studios. It will mark the first time there’s been a standalone film that didn’t serve as an origin. Sure, in Phase 2, we got Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy — the start of franchises in the midst of an already-established universe — but both films served as origins for the characters they followed. Black Panther, by contrast, was already introduced in Captain America: Civil War, and his upcoming standalone film will take place AFTER the events in Civil War, and as such, won’t really be an origin story in a traditional sense.
Speaking with Complex, producer Nate Moore discussed the film, and what he was most excited about.
“What’s great is that people have already met Chadwick [Boseman] in Civil War, so now we get to jump in feet first without having to tell a more traditional origin story. We meet him as his world is changing. Black Panther takes place right after the events of Civil War, so T’Challa’s father has just been killed, he has returned home to Wakanda, and T’Challa has to navigate potentially becoming the new ruler of this nation. He never intended to become the king for years because he figured his dad would be around for a long time. T’Chaka’s death is, in a lot of ways, the catalyst for everything that’s happening in Black Panther.“
Right off the bat, we have a few of thoughts: (a) we love the fact that Marvel Studios will be going into uncharted territory with this one, with the his first standalone NOT service as an origin story; (b) this is another instance of a film taking place right after Captain America: Civil War; and (c) this film makes very clear that arc that T’Challa most go through.
We’ve already discussed (a) above, so let’s dive right into our second thought.
For Phase 2 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, most events seemed to take place sequentially. Last year’s Doctor Strange was the first real departure from that in a while, with the film taking place over a questionable amount of time, and with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it was a film that took place a couple years in the past. Now, with Spider-Man: Homecoming, it’s clear that events have taken place a few months from Civil War. As such, Black Panther may very well be the first movie to take place following that Avengers clash — and may even take place at the same time as Homecoming.
Now, apart from the timeline, the other noticeable point had to do with T’Challa’s arc in the flick. Civil War saw him realize that revenge isn’t the way to go, but at the end of the day, he still hadn’t fully understood or embraced his role as king. This film will likely see a clash between the things he’d wanted to do as the Black Panther prior to his father’s death, and his duty as a king. It’s a relatively unique one in the MCU, and perhaps the only other Avenger who’s had anything remotely close is Thor.
All in all, it looks like Black Panther has a solid foundation to stand on in terms of its premise. It’s unique and interesting, which is saying a lot for a franchise that’s had over a dozen films so far.
What do you think? Does all this sound like good news for the Black Panther movie? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.
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