– by David Kozlowski

Marvel is becoming the master of twisting and tweaking the superhero formula to keep their audiences engaged and excited about what’s coming next. Captain America: Civil War was a murder-mystery, Thor: Ragnarok a buddy-cop/road picture, Ant-Man and the Wasp is a rom-com. Now add Black Panther to the list of unexpected sub-genres: a James Bond-style techno-espionage thriller.

Audiences are tiring of the typical origin story, they’ve become predictable — a sure-fire way to shed audiences. Marvel is trying to stay a step ahead of audience fatigue by shaking-up the typical patterns in these movies, generally via team-ups, humor, and visual style. Black Panther as James Bond definitely adds an unexpected layer of interest to what is already a can’t-miss movie.

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Director Ryan Coogler explains the intent to Total Film (via GamesRadar):

“When I first started talking to Marvel, one thing they were interested in was for Panther to be their version of James Bond, which I thought was incredibly interesting and exciting. It was a really outside-of-the-box way to look at T’Challa. There are some Bond films that I really, really like, and it gave me the opportunity to go watch some other ones.”

Marvel has long-hinted that the African nation of Wakanda, legendary home of Black Panther, was keeping secrets, and the world will soon see what they’ve been hiding. Among other things, a giant cache of Vibranium — the stuff of superhero shields, bulletproof armor, and other military-grade ordnance and weaponry. Naturally, when word of Wakanda’s technology and natural resources gets out, every terrorist and their brothers-in-arms will be racing to get a piece of the action.

The big question is how far Marvel and Coogler are taking this Bond premise? Is there a “Q” or an “M” or a Moneypenny? It appears that at least one character is embracing the comparison, Shuri (played by actor Letitia Wright), sister of T’Challa. She had this to say:

“Yeah, why not? She’s T’Challa’s Q. She’s by his side with the technology he needs. The way she helps him is really cool.”

Black Panther was already setting up to be a fresh and dynamic addition to the MCU. Adding science, technology, and a James Bond atmosphere to the narrative makes this an even more intriguing superhero movie.

Were you expecting a bit of James Bond in your Black Panther? Let us know in the comments down below!

Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.

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SOURCE: GamesRadar

  • oh_riginal

    Okay, I was already on board, as most people are at this point (presumably.) Don’t raise the hype any further. It isn’t necessary at this point.

  • Moby85

    Well, the trailers look very good but I didn’t get the James Bond feel from them. I mean sure, if it’s that, that would be cool as Marvel continues to sub-genre because I own all the Bonds on multiple formats and am a yuuuge fan.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I think in the future we will have Black Panther go out into the world with only his tech and rely on his suit as a last resort.

    • John From Raleigh

      who is your favorite bond, and are your top three movies…

      • Lenin1959

        Top 3? Difficult. This changes very often depending on which movie I have just watched. Let’s say Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only, and Skyfall. Ask me next week and you might get different movies, though.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Does this mean we cast a new actor every 5 years?

    • Raoul Duke

      It means Idris will be fancast and people will lose their minds.

      • Curious Cat

        Too old

    • oh_riginal

      Then when Chad Boseman is past his prime and another actor is already playing the role, he’ll still return in an unofficial entry released concurrently with the latest canon film.

    • Ask that question again after Avengers 4 and we’ll talk.

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.