Marvel Studios has been successful at establishing each of its films in a particular genre: Ant-Man was a heist movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a political thriller, Doctor Strange delved in the mystical arts, and so on.
That will continue next year, with executive producer Nate Moore promising Black Panther will pay tribute to two classic franchises, the James Bond franchise and The Godfather.
"What I think we landed on was sort of a cross between James Bond and The Godfather," Moore told Entertainment Weekly. "A big, operatic family drama centered on a world of international espionage. So hopefully we’re getting the best of both worlds."
The family drama aspect of The Godfather is on display in a portrait of the ruling Wakandans. King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) stands front and center, dressed in his Vibranium Black Panther suit. He's joined by his mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett); Wakanda’s undercover operative Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o); his younger sister Shuri (Letitia Wright); head of the Dora Milaje, Okoye (Danai Gurira); the film's central villain Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan); T’Challa’s best friend and head of security for the Border Tribe,W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya); and longtime advisor to T'Challa's father, the shaman Zuri (Forest Whitaker).
For callbacks to the James Bond movie franchise, while Black Panther will show exotic locales, there is always a person who will look to wipe these places off the map.
“I don’t think people are prepared for what this movie is going to be,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reiterated. “Not just Black Panther, but the Dora Milaje, and Killmonger, and the entire design of Wakanda – both its traditional African-inspired elements, but also the Vibranium inspired techno-elements. I can’t think of a blend that has happened like that before in movies.”
The Marvel Studios film also graces the cover of Entertainment Weekly for the site's Comic-Con double issue.
Opening on February 16, 2018, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown and John Kani.