Black Panther – A Brief Look At All The Characters

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Here’s a brief take on all the characters from the new Black Panther trailer:

Marvel has just dropped the first Black Panther teaser and fans cannot stop shouting. It’s an action-packed, visually-enhanced 1 minute, 53 seconds of Marvel artistry and Wakandan prowess. No matter what the story turns out to be, this is surely going to break all Origin-movie records. The first film of the second half of Phase Three, Black Panther can justly be called a flagship MCU flick before the epic Infinity War.

Before we take on the characters, let’s have a brief recap of the Wakandan King from the pages of Marvel comics. Sketched by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Black Panther is the first black-superhero in the world of mainstream comics. With his debut, in 1966, in a Fantastic Four title, King T’Challa became an instant fan-favorite. A rightful heir to the throne of Wakanda, Black Panther’s both publication and life history can be a whole new article to talk about. While we can do that in future, here’s how the Wakandan characters look in the film:

1. T’Challa a.k.a Black Panther

Black Panther - A Brief Look At All The Characters | Chadwick Boseman as King T'Challa
Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa

Playing the titular character in the film, Chadwick Boseman reprises his role after Captain America : Civil War. Now crowned as the King of Wakanda after T’Chaka’s death, he will have to balance between being a good king and a good man while defending his country from threats like Ulysses Klaue, Man-Ape and Erik Killmonger. To add to that, we will also get to see a lot of new powers that he and his suit possess.

2. Everett Kenneth Ross

Black Panther - A Brief Look At All The Characters | Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross
Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross

Black Panther’s most trusted ally in the comics and a member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Center (JCTC) in the MCU, Martin Freeman’s character was first seen in the Civil War movie alongside T’Challa. This movie is not only an origin story of the rise of Black Panther as a superhero and king, but also the origin of the friendship and association Ross shares with Panther in the comic history.

3. Erik Killmonger

Black Panther - A Brief Look At All The Characters | Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger
Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger

If someone could match T’Challa’s mental and physical abilities, Erik Killmonger would be the only name. Exiled from Wakanda due to his father’s betrayal to T’Chaka (for helping Klaw escape with Vibranium), Killmonger sought to take revenge ever since that day. In the teaser, he wears his comic-accurate mask before storming into the compound where Klaw is held captive.

4. Nakia

Black Panther - A Brief Look At All The Characters | Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia
Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia

I would love to see how the Marvel Cinematic Universe plays with the character of Nakia. Although Lupita Nyong’o is playing Panther’s love-interest in the film along with being a Dora Milaje (the King’s personal bodyguards), Nakia (renaming herself as Malice) turned into one of the most formidable foes of T’Challa in the comics after being banished by the latter for breaking the Wakandan code.

5. Zuri

Black Panther - A Brief Look At All The Characters | Forest Whitaker as Zuri
Forest Whitaker as Zuri

A master of combat with enhanced physical strength, Zuri was one of the bravest warriors of the former king, T’Chaka. Now acting as an elderly statesman and adviser to T’Challa, Forest Whitaker’s character is basically the link between the father and son, who teaches the art of kingship to the new ruler.

6. Ulysses Klaue a.k.a Klaw

Black Panther - A Brief Look At All The Characters | Andy Serkis as Klaw
Andy Serkis as Klaw

The origin of the MCU-Klaw was depicted a bit differently from that of the comics. In the Marvel Comics storyline, Ulysses was the one responsible for T’Chaka’s death and lost his right-hand to T’Challa in the same encounter while in MCU, he lost his hand to Ultron during the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, from the little we get to see him in the teaser, his relation to Wakanda seems to be at par with that of the comics. Let’s see how Serkis is transformed into an embodiment of solid sound like his Marvel counterpart.

7. Ramonda

Black Panther - A Brief Look At All The Characters | Angela Bassett as Ramonda
Angela Bassett as Ramonda

Ramonda is King T’Chaka’s second wife, biological mother to Shuri and step mother to T’Challa. Angela Bassett has been cast in the role of the Wakandan Queen Mother whose primary motive is to preserve the legacy kept behind by her husband and to take care of both her children.

8. Shuri

Black Panther - A Brief Look At All The Characters | Letitia Wright as Shuri
Letitia Wright as Shuri

What Iron Man is to S.H.I.E.L.D., Shuri is to Wakanda. She is the half-sister of T’Challa and the inventor of futuristic technology for the nation. Although Letitia’s character is supposed to be a supporting role in this Black Panther flick, Shuri actually became the titular superhero herself to help her brother in defending Wakanda. The technology she has developed so far is visible from the glimpse we get of the advanced third-world country in the teaser.

9. M’Baku a.k.a. Man-Ape

Black Panther - A Brief Look At All The Characters | Winston Duke as Man-Ape
Winston Duke as Man-Ape

Wakanda is a country composed of tribes representing different animals. The Jabari tribe is one whose ruler is M’Baku – the nation’s second-greatest warrior (the first being Black Panther himself). He turned into a foe of the superhero when he tried to usurp the throne to become the king. Winston Duke has been known to be present in the sets of Avengers: Infinity War. So, whatever be the outcome of the conflict between him and T’Challa in this film, his character is sure to come back as a foe in the very near future.

10. Ayo

Black Panther - A Brief Look At All The Characters | Florence Kasumba as Ayo
Florence Kasumba as Ayo

If you have seen Captain America: Civil War as many times as I have, you must have spotted Florence Kasumba’s cameo as Ayo in the film. She reprises her role as a warrior of the Dora Milaje in Black Panther’s solo adventure and fights alongside the king in order to defend Wakanda from both political and superhuman threats. It would surely be a visual treat for any comic-book lover seeing the whole Dora Milaje in live-action.

If you think I have missed an important character from the teaser, do let me know in the comments section, below. Also, share your views and reactions on seeing the Black Panther teaser. That’s all for now.

So, are you ready for the Wakandan ride?

Black Panther - A Brief Look At All The Characters | Black Panther in an action sequence from the teaser
Black Panther in an action sequence from the teaser

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