Black Panther Hype

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We are now a month away from the first hotly anticipated film of 2018 and one that is looking to set records. Black Panther opens February 16th with high expectations as Marvel brings about its first solo film featuring the iconic character. He already had a brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War, but that was nearly 2 years ago in 2016. As we get closer, it's best to know the prestige that comes behind this picture. 

First off, everything starts at the top with Kevin Feige and Marvel's decision to make this film. Before we even got a look at Black Panther, Marvel was already laying down the plans for him via Easter Eggs hinting at the fictional country of Wakanda by name dropping it in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This got the internet hype going for the appearance of Black Panther and the announcement that he would be apart of Phase 3 in getting his own solo film was met with wild applause. While the everybody thought we would have to wait until 2018 to see him in action, we actually got it in Captain America: Civil War and just as a side character, but with a rather meaty role. That appearance got even more hype going for the film as Black Panther was one of the highlights of the film. However, the real hype is what's going on behind the camera and with its cast. 

Now, lets get things straight, this is a Ryan Coogler film as he is both writer and director of the Black Panther. Coogler got some writing help from Joe Robert Cole who was a writer for American Crime Story in which he won 2 Emmys for helping to write the series. That's in addition to input from Stan Lee and Kevin Feige, both of whom have helped shaped the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, that's not to say Coogler didn't have his hand in writing as he's also written the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station and the Oscar-worthy Creed, which actually won an Oscar nomination for Sylvester Stallone. Ryan Coogler is a proven writer with two highly dignified films under his belt that he's not only written, but also directed. That leads to the casting of this film. 

Marvel has assembled an amazing cast filled with plenty of award winners in their own right. At the top is the Black Panther himself Chadwick Bozeman who we've already seen, but he's also portrayed some phenomenal figures on screen including Jackie Robinson (42), James Brown (Get On Up), and Thurgood Marshall (Marshall); all three of which he has been nominated for at the Image Awards for Outstanding Actor. Next up is a Media Boat Podcast favorite, Michael B. Jordan who has worked with director Ryan Coogler on all of his projects and won acting awards for both Fuitvale Station and Creed. Then there's Lupita Nyong'o who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years A Slave, and appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That's just the top three billed actors. They are backed up with a tremendous supporting cast including Danai Gurira from The Walking Dead, Daniel Kaluuya from the critically acclaimed film Get Out, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown from This Is Us and American Crime Story. This is an award winning cast that are all proven within Hollywood garnering numerous awards and nominations. 

Black Panther isn't just another run of the mill Marvel film. This has prestige behind the camera and in front as well with plenty of award recognitions throughout. Marvel has sown the seeds for this film throughout their previous iterations and have played their cards just right. Presale tickets are already breaking records and rightfully so as this can be one of the biggest films of the year. Oh, and if all that isn't enough, Kendrick Lamar is producing the music and writing an original piece to go along with the film. Excited yet, because I know I am. Black Panther comes to theaters February 16th. 

- Mike