Director Ryan Coogler stepped on to the dais excited about being at Comic-Con saying that he attended for the first time in 2009 and sat “waaaaaaaay in the back” of Hall H. Now, the talented director is at the helms of BLACK PANTHER, which is one of the most anticipated Marvel movies on its slate. T’Challa has become one of the most popular heroes in the MCU since his breakout debut in Captain America: Civil War. As a comic book fan, Coogler is certainly aware of the heritage of Black Panther and is genuinely determined to bring the best story that fans wants — and that includes an all-star cast.
The room filled with a thunderous applause as Creed director introduced T’Challa himself, Chadwick Boseman, who was filled with gratitude about the praise he has received for his role as the titular Panther and that the new movie will further his story and the beautiful world of Wakanda saying, “I can’t wait to unmask more of it for you.” From there Coogler, brought out members of the cast one by one.
After only being in talks for a role in the movie, Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o was officially announced in the role of Nakia, a member of of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s all-female honor guard. “I can’t wait to kick some ass!” said an excited Nyong’o about the role.
Frequent Coogler collaborator Michael B. Jordan, no stranger to the comic book movie universe, was announced as the movie’s antagonist, Erik Killmonger. The villainous role will be a different kind of role for the talented Jordan considering we have seen him as the good guy…I can’t wait.
The final cast member announced was Danai Gurira as Oyoke, the leader of the Dora Milaje. Known as the katana-weilding badass Michonne on The Walking Dead, she will have no problem fitting into the role.
The movie hasn’t started filming yet, so no footage was shown. That said, July 7, 2018 couldn’t get here any faster.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer