Black Panther is poised to take over the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Hollywood when it hits cinemas worldwide, and the excitement amongst comic book fans is palpable to say the very least. The titular character’s standalone instalment has been a long time coming after all, what with Marvel first introducing him in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War (Spider-Man’s movie came out last year, just 15 months after the webslinger made his own MCU debut).
The film — which stars acting talents such as Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B Jordan — might not reach US big screens until the 15th of February but at least the wait will be worth it, if the recent reviews are anything to go by. Those who have already seen it have called the film ‘terrific,’ ‘extraordinary’ and a ‘comic masterpiece’. Elsewhere, Kristy Puchko described it as a ‘majestic’ outing, ‘packed with action, emotion and spectacle’. Not only is it going to be celebrated as an historical milestone for film, it also looks to be one of the most visually impressive superhero movies yet. So, to satisfy our T’Challa needs in the meantime, CBR have decided to look back on all of the film’s stunning concept art…
15. MAN IN THE MANY MASKS
These epic paintings by Bosnian-American comic book artist Adi Granov offer a close-up look at T’Challa’s iconic mask. We love that the showcase how streamline Black Panther’s whole costume is, particularly the mask’s ears (which of course, help give him his feline-like look). In these pictures, you can really pick up on the different parts of his protective give too, from the hardened black material around his nose and eyes as well as its silver accents.
In the past, Granov has helped inspire visuals for several Marvel movies having conjured up artwork for the source material too. He created a lot of concept art for the Iron Man movies, including the look of the armor that Tony Stark first forges, but is perhaps best known for defining stories such as Iron Man’s “Extremis” arc.
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