If we’re being quite frank, one of the most exciting things to look forward to in Black Panther are the powerful women.
From Danai Gurira as Okoye, to Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia to the smartest teen in the world, Letitia Wright’s Shuri — they will surely be a highlight.
At Monday’s Black Panther press conference, she said, “What I love about the way this film represents women is that each and every one of us is an individual, unique and we all have our own power and sense of agency. We hold our own space without being pitted against each other.”
Co-star Angela Bassett, who plays Ramonda, said “In African culture, they feel as if there is no king without a queen. I think in this story, it highlights the queen: the warrior, the general, the young sister. I was so proud to have my daughter and my son (at the premiere) last night because in their faces… and in their spirit… they were feeling themselves! And they stood taller after last night.”
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.
Black Panther hits theaters in full on February 16.