“Black Panther” isn’t out in theaters until next year, but it appears the cast couldn’t be more ready for its release.
The movie, which is based on a Marvel comic set in the fictional nation of Wakanda, is also highly anticipated among fans. On Saturday, large crowds gathered at San Diego Comic-Con to see the stars from “Black Panther” ― including Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman ― and director Ryan Coogler share details and watch exclusive clips from the film.
But it wasn’t just fans who were blown away. After watching the special footage, the cast members ― who had reportedly seen the video for the first time ― couldn’t contain their joy. A video released by Marvel on Sunday captured the magical moment, showing the cast rising to their feet to celebrate their hard work as the room erupts into raucous applause:
Coogler, who introduced the exclusive footage after a quick Q&A with the cast, told the Comic Con crowd what it meant to him to be able to bring “Black Panther” to life through film.
“I grew up as a young black kid in the Bay Area,” he said, according to Variety. “As I got older I wanted to find a comic book character who looked like I did.”
The film, which dropped a trailer last month, follows Boseman’s character, T’Challa ― aka Black Panther ― who returns home to the magical African country of Wakanda and confronts challenges following his father’s assassination.
If the trailer is any indication, each cast member has a role that shows off just how badass they can be. Saturday’s special footage reportedly included scenes showing both Gurira and Boseman in action, along with a montage set to Kendrick Lamar’s song “DNA.”
“Black Panther” is expected in theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.
*Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the location of the Comic-Con event. It was based in San Diego.