About 30 minutes before the stars of Disney’s and Marvel’s Black Panther and Thor: Ragnaroktook to the Hall H stage at Comic-Con on Saturday, the worlds of Asgard and Wakanda collided backstage for the first-ever Marvelfamily photo of the two casts.
Nineteen members of the Marvel universe — led by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige — posed for Hollywood Insight exclusive portrait backstage just moments before the studio’s presentation. From the moment they arrived, the room was full of laughter and hugs, as many of the actors were reuniting with their casts for the first time in months.
First to arrive was the Black Panther cast, most of whom hadn’t seen each other since wrapping the movie in April. Stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis — the latter flew in with his family from London just to be at Marvel’s panel — joined director Ryan Coogler (wearing a Stranger Things T-shirt) backstage.
“This is a real family moment,” Gurira told Nyong’o after an embrace.
And as the cast took photos amongst
themselves, Coogler let some of his actors know about a fight sequence that Hall H and the actors would be seeing for the first time after taking the stage. It was very clear that they were pumped to see it for the first time.
Black Panther castmates Letitia Wright and Daniel Kaluuya (who was the breakout of horror-thriller Get Out) were attending Comic-Con for the first time. “It’s going to be wild, because I have no expectations at all,” said Kaluuya, who revealed that he was on set of another film when the first trailer for Black Panther dropped and his phone was flooded with texts.
With the clock ticking before the panel, the Thor cast finally strode in — Wright shook hands with Hiddleston, saying, “Nice meeting you, Tom. Now get your butts on the stage!” But it wasn’t that easy — everyone wanted to say hello and give hugs. Coogler and Thorhelmer Taika Waititi embraced. Coogler also introduced his wife to Mark Ruffalo. (Tessa Thompson was the only castmember who couldn’t make the photo as she was on back-to-back panels.)