Although Marvel's Black Panther won't be a grim affair, audiences shouldn't expect the film to fall in step with the studio's most recent releases, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok.
"I think tonally this does veer more toward Winter Soldier than it does Guardians or Ant-Man or some of our more overly comedic films," producer Nate Moore said during a set visit by Screen Rant and other outlets.
Over the past decade, "fun" has become a staple of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The studios' lighter fare, like the Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok, have struck a chord with audiences and critics, but there are some who maintain the seriousness of Captain America: The Winter Solider and Civil War is every bit as appealing.
Black Panther is generally depicted as a more serious superhero, so it should come as little surprise that his solo film will lean into political drama and action. However, that doesn't mean the feature won't have its lighter touches.
"I think the fun comes from the interaction of these characters, and I think as much as even Panther tends to be serious, Shuri doesn't always have to be serious," Moore said, referring to T'Challa's sister. "Okoye is a lot of fun. The character Lupita Nyong'o plays is a lot of fun. It's surrounding him, much like we did with Cap, with characters who can bring out different colors."
Marvel films tend to rely on a formula, but every now and then one arrives to break the mold. "It won't be Guardians," Moore once again assured. "Hopefully it's still entertaining without breaking what makes Panther Panther."
Arriving Feb. 16, director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Guira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis and Angela Bassett.