Marvel’s Early Look at BLACK PANTHER and ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
So, there’s been some Marvel footage shown recently. I know that statement is a bit vague since it seems like there’s Marvel news daily. But, in this case it’s footage of Black Panther and Ant-Man and The Wasp. Meaning it’s our first glimpse into these newer properties.
Let’s begin with Black Panther. The character had a grand entrance in Captain America: Civil War, and now we’re all waiting to see T’Challa have his own adventure. Plus, Wakanda is going to be on full display, and it sounds like we have plenty to be excited about. Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter had to say of the peek at Black Panther:
Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito showed off dailies from Black Panther, which had just two days of shooting left as of Monday. He pointed out the footage from the Ryan Coogler film was as rough as it gets (with no visual effects or color correction), but the dailies confirmed that the movie will be grand enough to be worthy of a king.
There were gorgeous costumes, and journalists were treated to footage of a coronation scene for T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), who appears bare-chested and holding ceremonial weapons to take on the monarch role left empty following his father’s death in Captain America: Civil War.
In another scene, Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) stealthily takes down a group of gun-toting bad guys, and in a third, Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) rolls into a casino with quite the entourage and has a rather funny exchange with Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman), who asks if the villain is releasing a mixtape (that’s the only explanation for his big entourage). Soon all hell breaks loose as T’Challa must take on the bad guys. A fun tidbit: Klaue, who lost his arm inAvengers: Age of Ultron, has two arms once more. The unfinished footage showed Serikis sporting something strange looking on one of his arms, and presumably the visual effects team will be fashioned into a mechanical arm of some sort in post-production.
So, what about Ant-Man and the Wasp? We know a little more about these characters due to Ant-Man’s solo effort from 2015. And, while there might have been footage on display, outfits were shown with art. And, there’s mention of a dog? But we don’t know if he’s a giant or the people in his mouth are small. Go on, read this:
Journalists were ushered into an office where director Peyton Reed and concept artist Andy Park were hard at work on designs for Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018). The art adorning the wall showed more of Paul Rudd’s hero character taking on the Giant Man role he debuted in Captain America: Civil War. Beyond that, there were images of him using everyday objects made giant (such as a human-sized Ant-Man holding an oversized plastic soda bottle to spray bad guys with.) Another image showed an adorable giant dog with a car full of people in its jaws, while there were also looks at new suits for Ant-Man (Rudd) and Wasp (Evangeline Lilly). (Update: Someone asked on Twitter if the dog may have been normal sized and the family car was shrunk down, and I cannot verify what the case is. Only time shall tell!)
“The suits are one thing on the comic page. They are fantastic. When you actually have to make it seem realistic in the real world, in three dimensions, you’ve got to buy it. It’s got to be credible,” said Reed of the challenge.
He noted in the first Ant-Man, the team intentionally made the costume look old-school, with the idea that the suit was outdated Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) technology. Ant-Man received an upgrade in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and that will continue with Ant-Man and the Wasp.
“This is a whole new suit,” said Reed, calling it the “3.0” suit. “It’s fun, because it’s very specific for the needs of the story.”
And, there’s more! There was a mock-up of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. And, apparently Thanos’ costume from Avengers: Infinity War was on display as well. He’s gone sleeveless to let the purple arms breathe. “Sun’s out, guns out!”
Well, that’s all of the excitement from the first peek. But, we’ll be keeping you up on all that breaks as it comes.