"Black Panther" has officially begun production, and Marvel Studios has released a new plot synopsis for the upcoming film in celebration of the event. The synopsis highlights T'Challa's struggle as he takes on the role of King.
According to the new synopsis,
“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.
The synopsis confirms that the film will take place following "Captain America: Civil War," which introduced Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There, he witnessed his father T'Chaka's murder and set off on a quest for revenge on the Winter Soldier, who he mistakenly blamed for his father's death. Ultimately, T'Challa learned the truth -- that Helmut Zemo, not Bucky, was to blame -- and returned to Wakanda to assume his place as king. This is where "Black Panther" will pick up, at least according to the new synopsis.
T'Challa will face more than just his own personal struggle with assuming his father's place as king. "An old enemy" will resurface when T'Challa returns home, which makes it more than likely that he'll don the Black Panther suit in order to take swift care of his antagonists. As such, it seems he'll have to balance the politics that come with his role in the monarchy as well as the physical menace of his rivals. However, the synopsis does not clarify which enemies T'Challa will face in the upcoming film.
Regardless of who threatens T'Challa, the synopsis makes on thing clear: the conflict is bigger than the Black Panther. The fate of Wakanda and the rest of the world will hang in the balance when "Black Panther" hits screens in February 2018.
Directed by Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station,” “Creed”), “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, alongside Michael B. Jordan as Erik Kilmonger, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Florence Kasumba as Ayo. The film opens February 16, 2018.