The cast of the anticipated new Marvel film Black Panther graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly this morning and it already looks like nothing we’ve ever seen from Marvel. The lush, rich colors, the immaculate costume detailing — how could it get any better?
Well, it’s just about to. We just got a slew of new stills from the movie, as well as a cast shot from the magazine, as seen above. And these pictures unearth a vibrant secret society that will finally add some color to the somewhat monochromatic Marvel Cinematic Universe.
EW unveiled new photos of Wakanda, the advanced African nation that masquerades as a third-world African country. Ruled by the titular Black Panther, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), after the death of his father T’Chaka in Captain America: Civil War, the Wakandans find their haven threatened by outside forces. The malicious forces are led an exiled Wakandan Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and the greedy miner of Vibranium, an element that Wakanda protects and uses for their advanced technology, Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis).
EW describes this image as a fight between T’Challa and Killmonger at Warrior Falls, a holy place in Wakanda. Since this looks like a sanctioned fight or ritual of some sort, this is supposedly before Killmonger, originally named N’Jadaka, was exiled from Wakanda for his treasonous ambitions for the throne. Killmonger has some interesting bumps or tattoos across his chest and torso, reminiscent of the scar tattoos of Ethiopia’s Mursi and Surma tribes, EW notes. The reason for those raised markings? “That is a story reveal that we’d like to preserve,” executive producer Nate Moore said.
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