Attention, Attention. It’s almost time to get in Formation.
At this very moment, we are T-minus 100 days until the release of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther film. If the official trailer did not get you excited, you should definitely check your pulse. Black Panther is one of the most anticipated films of 2018 so here are five reasons why we are already counting down the days until we can take a journey to Wakanda.
1. Ladies Rule
ColorVision is all about women in charge, so this film is right in our lane. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chadwick Boseman, who plays T’Challa AKA Black Panther touched on how strong the women of the film are. When we look at the stellar cast of leading ladies, we couldn’t agree more! Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira play Nakia and Okoye respectively, who are members of the Dora Milaje, an elite group of bad-ass female bodyguards. Legend Angela Bassett is Queen Ramonda, matriarch ruler of Wakanda and advisor to T’Challa. And Letitia Wright is Princess Shuri. She may be the younger sister of Black Panther, but she’s also the technical genius behind the success of the entire country.
In this film, Black women are finally getting their long overdue screentime as part of the Marvel Universe. They are front, center, and ready to fight.
2. ...And They Slay
Who else took a screenshot of the trailer to show her hairstylist? #NoJudgement. Hair, flawless. Makeup, flawless. Clothes...you get the idea. Everything about the fashions of Wakanda are stunning. Inspired by the diversity of the African continent, the head-to-toe looks are sure to steal every scene.
3. Eye Candy
Chadwick Boseman AND Michael B. Jordan are in the same film. Who cares if Black Panther and Jordan’s Killemonger are rivals? We just might root for both sides this time.
4. February 2018: The Blackest Black History Month
February 2017 was the first Black History Month in eight years without the Obama family in the White House. No further explanation; we need this.
5. Bosses Behind-the-Scenes:
As we celebrate the on-camera wins, we also should take a minute to acknowledge some of the melanin and girl power behind the scenes:
Rachel Morrison, Cinematographer - You have seen her DP skills at work in the films Fruitvale Station, Dope, HBO’s Confirmation, and the much anticipated Mud Bound, directed by Dee Rees. Of course Director Ryan Coogler teamed up with her (again) to helm this film. She’s definitely got The Vision.
Hannah Beachler, Production Designer - A powerhouse for sure, she was also the production designer for Moonlight, Creed, and Lemonade (!) so you already know these visuals are going to be On. Point.
Ruth E. Carter, Costume Designer - Oscar-nominated for her work with Malcolm X and Amistad, her credits span over three decades and likely includes some of your favorite films. It’ll be her designs you duplicate for all your Cosplay fits.
Black Panther opens nationwide February 16, 2018. Let’s all synchronize our calendars accordingly.