Surprising Lion King Easter Egg Found in New Black Panther Trailer
With all of the excitement surrounding Avengers: Infinity War coming out next year, it’s been a little easy to forget that Marvel has some other irons in the fire for 2018. Most notably, Black Panther is set to arrive in February and Marvel Studios has just released a brand new, full-length trailer for the movie, which is completely awesome. And, in a bit of a surprising twist, the new Black Panther trailer appears to contain a very cool Easter egg for Disney’s The Lion King.
Shortly after the second Black Punter trailer debuted online, the UrbanNoize2 Twitter account posted some side-by-side shots of the new Black Panther trailer next to some shots from the animated classic The Lion King. The resemblance is a little strange and is either a very cool, deliberate homage from director Ryan Coogler, or a delightful accident. It seems a little more like the former but, either way, it’s pretty cool.
The scene in question comes at a point in the Black Panther trailer where we see Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa having a spiritual experience in the jungles of Wakanda. He approaches a tree that features many panthers hanging out in it, quite possibly symbolic of the other men who have held the mantle of Black Panther over the years before him. But the tree, and the mysterious and mystic color painting the sky, is very reminiscent of certain scenes in The Lion King. Specifically, Rafiki’s ancient tree and Mufasa’s image in the sky above Pride Rock. But the whole landscape of the shot looks to be influenced by The Lion King. It’d be tough to imagine this wasn’t at least a little deliberate.
In Marvel’s Black Panther, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take the throne as king, following the tragic death of his father, T’Chaka in Captain America: Civil War. Things get complicated when an ancient enemy resurfaces, which puts T’Challa’s position as ruler of Wakanda and as Black Panther in jeopardy. Both Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Ulysses Kalue (Andy Serkis) are going to be making T’Challa’s life difficult in the movie. He is drawn into a conflict that puts his home and the entire world at risk. T’Challa must call on some of his allies and fight with everything he’s got in order to save Wakanda and protect his people.
As it happens, Disney is currently working on a live-action version of The Lion King, which is set for release in summer 2019 and is being directed by Jon Favreau. While it’s doubtful that anyone at Disney had Ryan Coogler throw this reference in Black Panther, it’s an interesting coincidence. You can check out the side-by-side comparison of the new Black Panther trailer and The Lion King, courtesy of the UrbanNoize2 Twitter, for yourself below. Black Panther is set to hit theaters on February 16, 2018.
Consider yourself fortunate – not many people get to visit Wakanda as a guest of the king.
The Black Panther teaser trailer has just dropped, providing our first journey deep into the fictional African nation that is part of our world, yet another one all to its own.
The film doesn’t hit the theater until February 2018, but fans have been waiting their whole lives to see the homeland of Chadwick Boseman’s royal hero. As T’Challa, he rules over this unconquerable kingdom. As Black Panther, he makes sure it stays unconquered.
The trailer for director Ryan Coogler’s movie starts in mere situations, with baddie Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis, The Hobbit) being interrogated in a Korean holding cell by CIA operative Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman, also The Hobbit.)
“In that scene, they play the audience surrogate,” says Coogler. “One person knows quite a bit about Wakanda, and another person thinks they do — but they don’t. It’s just a teaser, so we don’t want to give away too much. But I thought it would be awesome to start with a character who has seen Wakanda in its true light.”
Watching this interrogation through one-way glass is T’Challa and the woman who stands as his right hand, the warrior Okoye (The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira) who heads the Dora Milaje protective core. They need to contain this problem. It’s a matter of state. Wakanda’s secrets must stay secrets.
“What makes Panther different from other Marvel superheroes is, he doesn’t seem himself as a superhero. He sees himself as a politician,” Coogler says. “He wakes up thinking, ‘How am I going to fulfill my duties as king of this place?’”
While Klaue promises there is more to Wakanda than anyone has ever seen, we don’t have to wait long to lay eyes on it ourselves. A wealth of the ultra-rare mineral Vibranium, which has almost mystical technological properties, has allowed Wakanda to become a futurist paradise. There’s no question it is the most advanced nation on Earth, and it has used its expertise to shield itself from view.
But within its borders, there are fissures: rival tribes who have different ideas about how it should be guided. Klaue — and Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger, an exile from the country — plan to ruin those divisions and pry open Wakanda for plunder.
Have a look at the trailer; there’s almost more to decode than even hardcore fans of the comics could hope to solve. Luckily, you got our help: Here’s Movietoday’s frame-by-frame gallery of the Black Panther trailer, which includes more clues and insight from Coogler and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.