The Congressional Black Caucus were recently shown exclusive footage from next year’s Black Panther, and it looks to be even more action-packed than previously imagined. While Marvel fans and general audiences all have the film they’re most looking forward to in the next few years, a large portion of the Internet has been goings nuts for Black Panther.
With its predominately black cast, setting in Africa, and mix of real-world culture and sci-fi tech, Black Panther looks like nothing we’ve seen before. Add in the prestige actors and exciting first trailer, and it’s no wonder most moviegoers are looking forward to February. In the coming months, marketing for the movie will start gearing up in earnest, meaning more images, plot details, and likely another trailer. Until then, however, the latest footage descriptions for the film offer fans plenty to pour over.
The Root was on hand during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference where a special presentation on Black Panther was included. Thanks to Florida Congresswoman Val Demmings hosting the event, she was able to use her Disney contacts to curate the panel “Imagining a Bigger World—Marvel’s Black Panther, Cultural Heritage and STEM,” which tied in footage from Black Panther with a push for bringing more black youth into the world of science and technology. For audiences, it was also a chance to see exclusive scenes from Black Panther and get a taste of the kinetic fight scenes.
All told, four scenes were shown. Three seem to be similar to the ones shown at Comic-Con, with T’Challa and the Dora Milaje heading to a casino before Klaue arrives with his goons. A fight breaks out, and T’Challa activates his nano-suit. From there, the action heads to the streets where a car chase leads to the scene that ends the trailer, with the Panther flipping over a car that’s just slammed into a spear in the road.
Next, the action cuts to T’Challa and Killmonger squaring off in the sacred waters (also seen in the trailer) before both call up their nano suits. Though we’ve previously heard Killmonger’s suit described as gold (and seen a version of it in a toy for the film), here it’s said to be red.
Following that battle, the Caucus were shown a new scene where M’Baku challenges T’Challa in the same spot. His size advantage is noticeable, and he also dons a white gorilla mask. While we know M’Baku won’t be called Man-Ape in the film, it looks as if his comic book costume will still be homaged.
As far as how all of those fight scenes look, it seems they’ll draw from Ryan Coogler’s past experience while mirroring the work of Matthew Vaughn in some ways.
“The action is kinetic, like a mixture of Coogler’s fight scenes from Creed and the manic bullet ballets from Kingsman movies.”
Considering how much praise Coogler received for the action sequences in Creed and how the fights in both Kingsman movies are some of the most consistently appreciated moments, the comparison bodes well for Black Panther. Marvel has always had a strong voice when it comes to fight scenes, and it looks as if Black Panther may be joining films like The Winter Soldier as some of the studio’s best yet