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BLACK PANTHER Photos and Plot Breakdown

Spider-Man: Homecoming hasn’t even been out a week and we’re already turning our focus to the world of Wakanda. That’s because Entertainment Weekly has unleashed its massive Black Panther cover story from the annual Comic-Con issue, and there are a ton of new images and plot details to unpack. Marvel’s been almost as secretive about Black Panther‘s secrets as Wakanda itself, but on today’s Nerdist News, the cat is out of the bag!

There are potential spoilers ahead for Black Panther! We’re not going too far beyond EW‘s coverage, but some of our predictions may be too on point for anyone who wants to remain unspoiled. You’ve been warned!

Join host and the keeper of the heart-shaped herb, Jessica Chobot, as she dives into Black Panther’s hidden nation and unravels what we know about the plot. Aside from the breathtaking costumes and the latest info about the supporting cast, the most intriguing thing to come out of EW‘s preview is the description of the movie as a cross between The Godfather and James Bond.

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How would that even work? For starters, it appears that the MCU isn’t aware of just how technologically advanced Wakanda really is. That’s a closely guarded secret, and T’Challa may have to get his 007 on to ensure the outside world doesn’t learn the truth about his homeland. That brings us to the Fredo connection: Michael B. Jordan‘s Erik Killmonger. The former cinematic Human Torch is going to be one of T’Challa’s primary enemies in this story and he’s apparently siding with the invaders over his own people. But unlike Fredo, Black Panther can’t simply send KillmongerĀ out on a one-way fishing trip. Killmonger is truly a worthy foe, and he might even be able to seize control of the country away from the royal family.

The new photos also revealed that Martin Freeman‘s Everett K. Ross will be wearing traditional Wakandan clothing while apparently meeting with Queen MotherĀ Ramonda and her daughter, Shuri. Although Ross was antagonistic towards Cap’s team in Captain America: Civil War, he was introduced in Christopher Priest’s Black Panther run as a true friend and loyal ally of T’Challa. That aspect of Ross’ character may be reflected in the film as well.

What do you think about the latest Black Panther preview? Let out an epic roar in the comment section below!

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