Hall H on Saturday has become the Holy Grail for Comic-Con attendees. It’s the day that people wait for hours upon hours or days upon days to see footage from Warner Bros., Marvel, and others. This year, the tale of the Hall H line will be told via Twitter and angry blog posts for years to come. Some of the most obvious forms of cheating happened including fake wristbands and groups of two turning into groups of 20 (the general rule for Hall H is one person can save a spot for up to five people).
All of that lead to the Marvel panel at the end of the day. We all knew we were going to see footage from Black Panther during this panel but we didn’t think they were going to show us this much. We did liveblog the entire panel, but there was so much Black Panther footage that it was hard to liveblog and needed its own post. The footage was just for Hall H and won’t be shown anywhere else. It will likely be a few months before we see anything else from Black Panther.
The clip started with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) walking inside a casino. Okoye is wearing red, much like the rest of the casino, and a wig to cover her bald head. Meanwhile T’Challa is in black and Nakia is in green so they both tend to stand out when it comes to their surroundings. They are there to intercept a seal between Klaue (Andy Serkis) and Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) of vibranium from diamonds. Before they can finish the deal, a fight breaks out and all three characters find themselves in battle.
Okoye’s battle is probably the most stunning and features her literally throwing her wig at someone, which might be one of the greatest moments ever put on screen. Her fight choreography is absolutely stunning, but all three of the fights are great. We see T’Challa chase Klaue, who eventually shows off his new arm. A very fake-looking plastic arm turns into blaster canon that shoots T’Challa across the room.
What follows next appears to be a trailer for the movie. We see T’Challa talking about the king he wants to become. We see a lot more footage of Erik Killmonger, and the movie is really pushing that he isn’t going to be a villain but an antagonist. T’Challa hits his chest and we see our first look at the new Black Panther costume. It builds around him like he in Tron and it looks so cool. We also see a similar costume appear on Killmonger and it also looks fantastic. We see a car chase with T’Challa and Klaue that looks like it takes place right after the casino scene we saw previously.
The audience was way into it, which was sort of amazing to watch. While everything else in the hall got amazing reactions, it felt like the crowd really came alive for Black Panther. What was also really nice was seeing the way the cast reacted to seeing the footage because they hadn’t seen it before. They were jumping up around stage and crying, hugging each other, and generally looking so happy to see their movie and to see the crowd have such a positive reaction to it.
Summary: T’Challa, 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.
Black Panther, directed Ryan Coogler, stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Martin Freeman. It will be released on February 16th, 2018.