Black Panther tackles war, political in-fighting, themes of colonialism, and exploitation of resources. So, to say the film will take a darker turn than other Marvel solo films is not too surprising to us.
While speaking with Comic Book Resources, star Chadwick Boseman revealed that Panther will be a much more “darker” and “grittier” than most of the other Marvel movies.
“It’s funny, because on one hand, the Marvel movies that I’ve liked the most are the ones that are funny. I love “Ant-Man.” But for me, most of the time the darker superhero movies are the ones that I gravitate towards, that I love the most. So I’m glad that I’m not in an “Ant-Man.” I’m glad that the tone of [“Black Panther”] may be a little grittier. I just wanted to establish that from the beginning, that that’s what we were doing. That that’s what I intend to do. I feel like we’ll end up in a place that I’ve always wanted to be when I look at superhero movies. Those are the ones I like the most. It’s exciting to do that.”
We assume it’ll be taking more of the Batman Begins or Dark Knight approach to the genre based on these quotes from Boseman.
Creed‘s Ryan Coolger will be directing and co-writing the film with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira filling out other large roles. Martin Freeman‘s Everett Ross and Andy Serkis‘ Ulysses Klaue have been linked as returning as well, but it hasn’t been made official yet.
Production is said to begin early next year with it’s release date set for February 16th, 2018.