The mid-credits scene of “Captain America: Civil War” gave us our first peek inside Black Panther’s African nation of Wakanda. While the clip only showed a panther statue deep in the heart of the jungle, new concept art highlights the film version of Wakanda’s impressive city structure and temples.
The “Black Panther” concept art is included in the Digital HD release of “Doctor Strange” as part of a featurette for Marvel Studios’ Phase 3 slate of films. Among the array of art is Black Panther standing in the entryway of what looks like a temple filled with designs and markings; a rock structure with illuminated liquid spilling from its walls; an image that is similar to Black Panther hopping on a moving car during a chase scene in “Captain America: Civil War”; a city street with buildings reminiscent of tribal huts in the shadow of skyscrapers; a collection of Wakanda’s politicians in a massive meeting room; and a look at what may be the exterior of the building the meeting is taking place.
One takeaway is the use of gold in the construction of buildings in Wakanda. Each high-rise building is coated with it inside and out in a way that makes the sun glisten when it reflects off.
“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.
Directed by Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station,” “Creed”), “Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. The film opens Feb. 16, 2018.
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