During last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios released a brand-new poster for February’s upcoming Black Panther film. The artwork, featuring King T’Challa–the eponymous Black Panther–gazing at this African kingdom of Wakanda, is appropriately regal and full of subtle symbolism.
What is really striking about the poster is the craftsmanship that the artist applied to the composition of the image, starting with T’Challa himself. While it’s clear that the Black Panther is the focus, it’s always an anchor to pull viewers’ eyes down to the technological marvel that is the nation of Wakanda. Sci-fi spires seem to grow out of the terrain itself, with the skies peppered with flying ships straight out of a cleaner Blade Runner. However, what’s especially interesting is that while the poster highlights the kingdom, T’Challa himself is set separate and apart from it, signifying the weight that the crown presses upon the king/hero. Looming on a sculpture of a feline head, it’s clear that he’s the people’s protector, but, at the same time, that responsibility keeps him removed from those citizens. It’s such a smart poster and indicative of the care that Marvel is taking with every aspect of the film.
Black Panther premieres February 16, 2018.
From the official movie synopsis:
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.