Speaking to Variety at Sundance, Forest Whitaker — who plays Zuri, an elder Wakandan statesman and religious figure — said that watching the film, “we'll see not only tribal things, but things that take us into outer space, things that take us into the James Bond space.”
Wait, space? Yeah, space. Watch:
While Wakanda certainly has the tech to gallivant around the solar system, there are a few more plausible explanations for this exciting reveal.
This could mean we see the origins of mystical, extra-terrestrial metal vibranium in Wakanda through a meteor, which would serve as a bit of exposition for the nation’s advanced technology and superhuman abilities. It could also have something to do with the Infinity Stones as Marvel’s climactic battle against Thanos nears (in Infinity War), because we don’t currently know the location of the Soul Stone.
Either of these could give us an interstellar interlude that would expand the film’s place in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe and still stay more grounded than having a Thor-like meetup with the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Only a few weeks away from the film's premiere and we’ve already seen hints of the James Bond stylings of Black Panther. Now, with space in the mix, the film is ready to roar.
Black Panther hits theaters on Feb. 16.