What We Know: Black Panther

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The last time we’d seen him he was on Iron Man’s team in Captain America: Civil War, but in 2018 we will see him again in his own movie! This movie will also be a sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron and the eighteenth installment in the MCU or the sixth installment of Phase Three. Here is what we know of Black Panther for now:

1. The Story
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 quality 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.

 

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2. Possible Villains
The ‘main’ villain of this movie isn’t known yet, and we might not even know him until the first trailer comes out. But I present you with three villains that can make T’Challa’s life as a king in Wakanda a big more difficult than he likes.

The first candidate for the role of villain is played by Sterling K. Brown and is named N’Jobu, a figure from T’Challa’s past who appears to be a new character who isn’t in the original Black Panther comics. We don’t know much about N’Jobu or where he was in T’Challa’s past. He could appear only in flashbacks, perhaps helping to train a young T’Challa to be the Black Panther, or he could reappear in the current timeline as either an old ally or a foe.

The other candidate for the role of villain is M’Baku. He is the ruler of the Jabari Tribe, a recognised micronation within Wakanda’s borders. M’Baku was Wakanda’s greatest warrior second only to the Black Panther. He plotted to get the throne for himself, with the help of the outlawed White Gorilla cult who were ancient rivals of the Black Panther cult, which basically makes them heretics since Panther worship is the state religion. M’Baku is also the founding member of the “Pan African Congress on the Treatment of Superhumans”.

Last but not least someone we will most definitely see in Black Panther as a villain: Andy Serkis. He will be returning as Ulysses Klaw, a role he also played in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He is known to be one of T’Challa’s most famous enemies.

Andy Serkis was rumoured to make an appearance in Black Panther as Klaw is generally a Black Panther villain. Serkis was seen wearing Klaw’s trademark beard and a blue glove, likely for blue-screening a new arm, on the set of Black Panther.

 

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3. The Cast
Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther: The king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda.

Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger: A Wakandan exile who seeks to overthrow T’Challa.

Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia: T’Challa’s love interest and a member of the Dora Milaje, the all-female special forces of Wakanda who serve as T’Challa’s bodyguards.

Danai Gurira as Okoye: The head of the Dora Milaje.

Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross: A member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Center.

Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi: A confidant to T’Challa.

Angela Bassett as Ramonda: T’Challa’s mother.

Forest Whitaker as Zuri: An elder statesman in Wakanda.

Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue: A black-market arms dealer, smuggler and gangster working out of South Africa.

Additionally, Florence Kasumba and John Kani reprise their roles as Ayo and T’Chaka respectively from Captain America: Civil War.

Black Panther is set for release on February 26, 2018.

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