– by Joseph Jammer Medina

In last year’s Captain America: Civil War, audiences were introduced to the badass and charismatic character of T’Challa, the man who doubles as the Black Panther, protector of the nation of Wakanda. In that movie, we also got to see our first glimpse of Wakanda itself, an isolationist nation that doubles as the most technologically advanced country in the world.

This in itself lends the potential aesthetic of the country to some pretty unique juxtapositions. It implies overbearing jungles and vegetation as well as a high-tech architecture that’s a few steps ahead of anything we have in existence now. We had a small flavor of that in the post-credits sequence in Civil War, but the glimpse was all too brief.

Now, in a new batch of concept art photos that popped up in the special features of the Doctor Strange Digital HD release, we got a real solid look of what Wakanda may look like in the upcoming 2018 spinoff flick, Black Panther.

Check out the photos below!

While each of the images are quite striking in their own way, the one that stands out to me is the green hedge temple. In many ways, it seems like the epitome of what to expect from Wakanda. With its green color scheme, it seems to imply nature, but if you look at the design and potential moving parts, you realize that technology is embedded in its design. In addition to that, the piece also looks like something you’d see out of a Legend of Zelda game. Will the Black Panther be making his way through a technological temple á la Indiana Jones? That’d be a nice twist to convention here, and definitely something we haven’t seen in a Marvel movie today.

The official synopsis for Black Panther is below:

Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.”

What do you think of these first images? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.

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SOURCE: Marvel (via Slash Film)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.