Black Panther: Set Photos, New Logo, Synopsis and Full Cast Released
Marvel’s Black Panther began filming in Atlanta on Saturday the 21st January. Since then, photos have been released from the set, including photos that confirm the return of Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit Franchise, Hot Fuzz) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a new logo for the film.
Freeman’s character in Captain America: Civil War was bureaucrat Everett Ross, who was the man in charge of putting Bucky Barnes into confinement and was clearly not fond of the Winter Soldier.
At the end of Captain America: Civil War, Bucky is seen going into a cryogenic freeze, in order to protect people from being attacked if his brainwashing is triggered again. Steve Rogers points out to T’Challa that if Government officials know Bucky is in his care, they’ll come for him.
“Let them try,” smirks the King, as the camera pans across a gorgeous, mist-covered landscape before ending on a large stone statue of a black panther.
From Freeman’s presence, it looks like Ross is certainly there to try. However, Wakanda is a formidable and highly diplomatic place – we’ve already seen how they punish thieves in Avengers: Age of Ultron with thief Ulysses Kane being branded across the neck. The thief, played by Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Death of a Superhero), will also be returning for Black Panther.
We’ve also seen just how strongly Wakanda’s own will protect each other, with T’Challa initially hunting Bucky down under the belief he’d murdered his father T’Chaka and the way T’Challa’s Dora Milaje (The Wakandan King’s personal bodyguards – the strongest of Wakandan women) spoke to Natasha Romanoff on sight.
Wakanda has also made appearances before in the animated TV show Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It is shown to be a highly defensive country, with special permissions being needed to enter – when those are not granted, the Avengers are met with aggression.
Other actors have also been spotted on-set, including the leading man himself Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up, Draft Day, Justified) confirmed as being in costume by Atlanta Filming’s Twitter account. He was also seen alongside Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead, Restless City, Lie to Me), who will be playing Okoye, on of the king’s Dora Milaje. Her shaved hair and tattooed head keep her in check as one of the most badass women to hit our screens.
— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) January 22, 2017
Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o (Non-Stop, The Jungle Book, 12 Years a Slave) also posted a photo of herself on Instagram with the caption “Rolling! #BlackPanther” – so she is on set and ready to film her role as Nakia, who, in the comics, is also part of the Dora Milaje – however, her obsession with her King turns her down a different path.
A new logo has also been revealed via producer Louis D’Esposito’s Twitter account. The new logo is much different to the past logo that’s been revealed, and the logo of the current Black Panther comic series. This new logo seems more distressed and grittier than the last two – which could represent the tone of the movie.
— Louis D'Esposito (@louisde2) January 23, 2017
An all-star cast has been gathered for one of Marvel’s most anticipated releases yet, with Marvel having released the official 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 old enemy has been confirmed as Man-Ape, played by Winston Duke (Person of Interest, Law & Order, Modern Family).
Other cast members include Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fantastic Four, That Awkward Moment), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Arrival, Rogue One), Angela Bassett (Meet the Robinsons, American Horror Story, Betty & Coretta) and Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Person of Interest, Supernatural).
Black Panther is scheduled for release on 9th February 2018.