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With all of the excitement surrounding Avengers Infinity War full movie coming out next year, it’s been a little easy to forget that Marvel has some other irons in the fire for 2018. Most importantly, Black Panther is set to hit the theaters in February and Marvel Studios has just dropped a brand new, full-length trailer for the film, which is completely awesome.
And, in a bit of an unexpected twist, the new Black Panther trailer appears to contain a very spectacular Easter egg for Disney’s The Lion King.
Shortly after the second Black Panther trailer showed up online, the UrbanNoize2 Twitter account uploaded some side-by-side shots of the new Black Panther trailer alongside some shots from the animated classic The Lion King. The resemblance is a little bit uncanny and is either a very fly, deliberate homage from director Ryan Coogler, or a joyous accident. It seems a little more like the former but, either way, it’s pretty cool.
The sequence in question arrives at a point in the Black Panther trailer where we find Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa having a spiritual experience in the jungles of Wakanda. He finds a tree that has many panthers hanging out in it, quite likely symbolic of the other men who have held the title of Black Panther over the years prior to him.
But the tree, and the mystical and mysterious color painting the sky, is quite reminiscent of certain sequences 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 tricky when an old enemy reappears, 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 require helps from some of his allies and fight with everything he’s got so he can save Wakanda and protect his people.
As it takes place, Disney is working on a live-action version of The Lion King at the moment, which is set to be released in summer of 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.