Black Panther Watches Over Wakanda On New Poster For Marvel’s Blockbuster

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Nestled up close to that excellent Thor: Ragnarok poster is a beautiful one sheet for Black Panther. Marvel Studios seem to be putting as much emphasis on the kingdom of Wakanda as they are the eponymous superhero, showing him striking a classically superheroic pose as he surveys his lands from on top of a giant… uh, black panther.

I reckon this focus on setting a good route to take. After so many films and TV shows, we’re intimately familiar with much of the MCU, the series having exhaustively explored New York, as well as multiple major European and Asian cities. But Wakanda is a whole different kettle of fish: a science fiction afro-futurist paradise with technology that looks way beyond even Tony Stark’s wildest dreams.

Still, as neat as it is to see a nice long-shot of the city, the layout does leave a little bit to be desired. The giant panther head that Chadwick Boseman’s hero is posing on top of really should be facing the city rather than perpendicular to it and not being able to see the protagonist’s feet gives him an awkwardly pasted in look. But hey-o, we’ve seen worse posters come out of Marvel Studios recently. Maybe it suffers a little from being placed right next to the ass-kickin’ Thor poster mentioned above.

Emerging as something of a dark horse as far as the studio’s upcoming slate goes, we know that by the time Black Panther kicks off, Chadwick Boseman has been anointed king of Wakanda, presiding over a radically advanced kingdom – the modern-day El Dorado, essentially – opposite Nakia.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Lupita Nyong’o will take point as the aforementioned character, who’s described as “a covert agent whose job is to stifle word of Wakanda’s secrets, hunting down its enemies with deadly force.” She safeguards the people of this great nation from danger, then, but there’s trouble brewing in the form of Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger, a “dissident from the country and aspiring prince who has colluded with a hostile foreign adversary in a bid to bring down the rightful heir to Wakanda’s throne.”

It’s the final Marvel solo movie set to release before Avengers: Infinity War, which tells us that the events of Black Panther may well act as a springboard for Joe and Anthony Russo’s grand ensemble flick. We’ll find out whether that is indeed the case when Coogler’s spinoff descends into theaters on February 16th.

Black Panther Watches Over Wakanda On New Poster For Marvel's Blockbuster