It’s beginning to look a lot like Comic Con, everywhere you look… Like the newsstand! Hitting those stands this Friday is the Entertainment Weekly preview issue for San Diego Comic Con, and the cover boys (and girl) are none other than the stars of Black Panther. With D23 this weekend, and Comic Con the next, Disney will be looking to prime the pump for Black Panther, a chance for Marvel Studios to make the same kind of cross-cultural splash that Wonder Woman has this summer. To wit, the story inside the new EW reveals images that show off the film’s diverse, and very photogenic cast.
Courtesy of EW, the new issue goes in-depth behind the scenes on Black Panther and shows off some of the detail and inner-workings of the Wakandan culture, including what looks like the beginning of the T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) rivalry that drives a lot of the dramatic emphasis of the film. We also get a good look at the Dora Milaje, the royal guard of Wakanda, both in action and more “laid back”, and we see weapons dealer Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) and JTTF Chief Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) coming face-to-face, much like they do in the recently released trailer. Perhaps most resplendent though is Forest Whitaker as Zuri, a shaman and mentor to the Black Panther as he tries to forge a future path for his kingdom. We also see a behind the scenes look of co-writer/director Ryan Coogler working with Boseman between takes.
Check out the full photo gallery below:
Plot Synopsis: “After the events of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.”
Black Panther will be in theatres everywhere on February 16, 2018; San Diego Comic Con begins one week from tonight, and the Comic Con issue of EW will be available this Friday.