Black Panther Isn’t a Direct Prequel to ‘Avengers: Infinity War

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Black Panther will not serve as a direct prequel to Avengers: Infinity War.

Director Ryan Coogler recently revealed that Marvel Studios bosses made no request for his superhero movie to set the premise for the new Avengers film, which is due for release from April (18).

And in an interview with Screen Rant, Black Panther producer Nate Moore stated that although the blockbuster serves its purpose in the overall franchise, it also works as a standalone film.

“I think it’s inherently linked because of the Civil War connections and because of the Ultron connections with Klaue (the supervillain played by Andy Serkis in Avengers: Age of Ultron). So, there are strings that we are playing with,” he explained. “But we felt this had enough storytelling that it could stand alone beyond those things. We wanted to give Ryan the freedom to tell a story that wasn’t relying on other things that were happening in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).

“Now that doesn’t mean what happens in the film won’t have ripples in the MCU but the film itself isn’t relying on other plot points in the MCU.”

Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker, who plays Zuri in the upcoming movie, has assured fans that Black Panther serves up a fresh take on the much-loved superhero drama genre.

“It’s a unique piece. It’s a multicultural piece. I think people are waiting to find something new,” he said during an interview at the Variety Studio during the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday (21Jan18).

“This superhero from Africa who is in this society and trying to fix the world is something that hasn’t been seen before.”

Black Panther, already one of the most anticipated films of the year, is due to hit cinemas from 13 February (18).