February will see the arrival of the King and Marvel celebrated the 50-day mark to Black Panther‘s release in style. Two new, exclusive photos via Empire were unveiled showcasing T’Challa and Killmonger. And since it was the holiday season, we also have a few other goodies for you, including a new TV spot and some exciting news about the film’s OST.
In the first T’Challa is decked out in his Black Panther suit, looking a lot like he did when he teamed up with Cap in Captain America: Civil War, with the addition of some new golden accents. T’Challa is standing in front of a jeep hauling off with some kind of metal.
In the second photo, T’Challa is wearing a regal purple outfit with gold accents (seeing a pattern here?). Erik Killmonger – as played by Michael B. Jordan – stands before him, wearing some kind of metal-plated armor. One of Black Panther’s personal bodyguards looms in the background with her weapons close at hand. The Dora Milaje have been the center of a lot of attention since Black Panther’s marketing began and every new detail gets us more and more excited.
As for Killmonger himself, Jodan told Empire in a new interview that the character “took me to a dark place. Honestly, I can’t really go through all I went through to get into it because I want to keep that close to me. But it stuck with me afterward.” Luckily, he “had a lot of fun on set” with co-star Chadwick Boseman. “Chadwick’s a very talented dude,” Jordan continues. “There’s a lot of physical moments and action sequences throughout this film that cause us to really challenge ourselves, and also fall deeper into character.”
In addition to the Empire magazine spread, It is being reported that Grammy-winning Hip-Hop artist Kendrick Lamar is secretly working on the title track to accompany the promotion for the highly anticipated Marvel film. The artist apparently dropped an Easter Egg about his involvement. In the video for Kendrick Lamar’s “LOVE,” sharp-eyed fans spotted a quick tease of the film’s soundtrack. With Lamar standing on a set, a faceless director flashes a clapboard on the screen very briefly. The clapboard reads “B. Panther Soundtrack Coming Soon.”
Whether Lamar’s involvement will play in the final film or just exclusively be a part of the film’s marketing is still unknown, but this level of music prestige is new territory for Marvel. Black Panther exclusively has been peppering their trailers with knock-out hip-hop tracks including “Legend Has It” by Run the Jewels and “BagBak” by Vince Staples.
Lamar’s “DNA” was included in the movie’s trailer as played in Hall H. Director Ryan Coogler told the Los Angeles Times in July that the song was a perfect fit for the trailer and Black Panther itself. “The lyrics are amazing – a lot of Kendrick’s are,” Coogler said. “It’s actually oddly literal for our trailer’s purposes – and I think a lot of the cultural things we’re dealing with in Wakanda are in the zeitgeist in the African American community.”
Don’t think we didn’t forget about that TV spot. The short 30-second spot doesn’t show anything new apart from driving home the point that Killmonger is most certainly the main antagonist in the movie. The spot also emphasizes the notion of the regal rule and T’Challa stands to keep his position as King intact.
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, and Forest Whitaker as Zuri.
Black Panther arrives in theaters Feb. 16, 2018.
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