Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Black Panther cast film costumes on display at D23 Expo 2017...

If like me you were already excited for Black Panther's solo movie starring Chadwick Boseman as the African superhero, then these elaborate costumes from the film directed by Ryan Coogler should make you geek out even more.

Original Black Panther movie costumes
Black Panther movie costumes
Black Panther costumes
Black Panther movie costume
Dora Milaje Black Panther movie costume
Black Panther film costumes
Black Panther movie costume exhibit
These examples of Wakandan wardrobe from the movie, worn by the likes of Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Winston Duke, Letitia Wright and Florence Kasumba, were photographed on display at Marvel Studios booth as Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California on July 14, 2017.

Plus be sure to take a closer look at Chadwick Boseman's new Black Panther suit.

Black Panther movie poster
Black Panther movie poster
Ruth E. Carter was the Costume Designer tasked with fusing the African heritage and traditions of the isolated Wakandan nation with futuristic fashions.

You can also see more of her work in these Selma movie costumes and these Roots TV remake costumes.

Nakia costume worn by Lupita Nyong'o
in Black Panther
Lupita Nyong'o Black Panther Nakia costume
Black Panther Nakia Dora Milaje costume
Black Panther Nakia Dora Milaje costume
Black Panther Dora Milaje costume
Black Panther Nakia costume boots
Black Panther Nakia film costume
In the movie Lupita Nyong'o plays 'Nakia', a deadly undercover spy for Wakanda around the world and sometime lover of T'Challa. This appears to be her Dora Milaje warrior outfit, who are the all-female security force and Wakanda's version of the Secret Service for the royal family.

Okoye costume worn by Danai Gurira
in Black Panther
Danai Gurira Black Panther Okoye Dora Milaje costume
Okoye Black Panther Dora Milaje costume
Okoye Black Panther costume
Okoye Dora Milaje costume Black Panther
Dora Milaje costume back Black Panther
Okoye costume back Black Panther
Okoye Dora Milaje costume Black Panther
The Walking Dead's fan-favourite 'Michonne' actress Danai Gurira plays 'Okoye', head of the Dora Milaje who feels guilty for the assassination of 'King T'Chaka', the Black Panther's father, in Vienna in Captain America: Civil War.

Shuri costume worn by Letitia Wright
in Black Panther
Letitia Wright Black Panther Shuri film costume
Letitia Wright Black Panther Shuri movie costume
Black Panther Shuri film costume
Black Panther Shuri costume
Black Panther Shuri costume gauntlets
Black Panther Shuri gauntlet
Black Panther Shuri costume gauntlet
Black Panther Shuri costume legs
Black Panther Shuri costume back
'Shuri' is T'Challa's younger sister (who in the comic books also became the Black Panther) and is played by Letitia Wright. Apparently in the film she's a Wakandan scientist rivaling 'Tony Stark' and has dedicated her life to studying Vibranium, using it to develop new security and weapons technologies, including it seems her supercool panther-like gauntlets.

Ayo costume worn by Florence Kasumba
in Black Panther
Florence Kasumba Black Panther Ayo movie costume
Black Panther Ayo film costume
Black Panther Ayo movie costume
Black Panther Ayo costume back
Black Panther Ayo costume footwear
Florence Kasumba reprises her role as 'Ayo' who starred down Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War as one of the king's all-female bodyguards, the Dora Milaje. I wish I could have taken better reference shots, but as you can see there was always a swarm of people to navigate at the Marvel Studios booth.

Zuri costume worn by Forest Whitaker
in Black Panther
Zuri Black Panther movie costume
Forest Whitaker Black Panther Zuri film costume
Forest Whitaker Black Panther Zuri costume
Forest Whitaker plays 'Zuri', a shaman and the keeper of the sacred heart-shaped herb that empowers the Black Panther. He was also a close personal friend and advisor of T'Challa's deceased father, T'Chaka.

M'Baku costume worn by Winston Duke
in Black Panther
Winston Duke Black Panther M'Baku movie costume
MBaku Black Panther film costume
MBaku Black Panther costume arm guard
M'Baku Black Panther movie costume
MBaku Black Panther costume legs
In the movie the Black Panther villain 'Man-Ape' is played by Winston Duke and simply known as 'M'Baku'. He is one of the warring factions who don't want Wakanda to engage with the outside world and is head of a religious minority who worship gorilla gods, wearing fur of the White Gorilla and a wooden chest plate adorned with symbols of his tribe.

Personally I can't wait to see Black Panther, I think it's going to deliver another exciting aspect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe we've not seen before on the big screen, and February seems like a long time away.

Black Panther movie exhibit at Disney's D23 Expo 2017
Learn more about the world of Black Panther with these comic books: Black Panther by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection Volume 1
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1
Black Panther: World of Wakanda

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