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The poster features Chadwick Boseman (“Get On Up”) as the film’s titular character (also known as T’Challa), wearing all black and sitting on a throne as the sun shines down on him. The light exposes the sophisticated architecture of Wakanda, the fictional African country where Marvel’s first Black superhero lives. According to a Marvel statement from January, the untimely return of an adversary threatens Black Panther’s royal ascent:
“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.
Marvel confirmed the film’s full leading cast—the first predominantly Black one for any Marvel film—in the same statement: Lupita Nyong’o (“Queen of Katwe”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), Angela Bassett (“Close to the Enemy”), Forest Whitaker (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) and Sterling K. Brown (“This is Us”).
Look for the movie’s first teaser trailer during tonight’s commercials for game four of the NBA Finals.