Fresh Black Panther Details Emerge as we Near Comic-Con

Fandoms everywhere are surely rejoicing as the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con draws nearer, an event sure to bring new details about their favorite shows and upcoming movies. Indeed, new information about director Ryan Coogler's hotly anticipated Black Panther film is already emerging, thanks to Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con preview issue.

The Black Panther trailer strikes hard at themes of home and belonging, so it is no surprise that some of the most interesting new details about the film pertain to the largely unknown, and highly protected homeland of the Black Panther, called Wakanda. Vibranium – the reason for Wakanda’s secrecy – will remain highly in-demand after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, where the multipurpose metal was used to create Ultron’s body. Though the intended use for the Vibranium remains a mystery, the metal will certainly be a point of contention within the film.

Foremost among those clamoring for Vibranium is Ulysses Klaue (played by the great Andy Serkis), the arms dealer that was briefly seen in Age of Ultron. Klaue will feature much more prominently in the upcoming film, wielding both a potentially-lethal makeshift arm (replacing the one removed by Ultron), and the makings of what could be a dangerous personal vendetta against the Black Panther.

Beyond the external forces conspiring against him, the Black Panther will also face opposition within Wakanda. Erik Killmonger (longtime Ryan Coogler favorite Michael B. Jordan) emerges as a direct rival to the Black Panther’s rule over Wakanda, and as an ally to Ulysses Klaue. A formidable character in the already lengthy lineup of challenges facing the Black Panther, Killmonger is only one of many within Wakanda who question the Black Panther’s ability to rule.

Though it will be a while until the February 2018 premiere of Black Panther, fans can certainly hope for more exciting revelations between now and then. In the meantime, they can turn to the recently released Spider-Man: Homecoming, and upcoming Thor: Ragnarok to satisfy their Marvel cravings.