Marvel's 'Black Panther' Times Ten with Marco Grob
Calling Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ the most highly anticipated superhero movie in years is an understatement. Not only is Black Panther set to break records, it’s the first major film of the genre to feature a lead of color, a director of color, and a screenwriter of color. It’s a huge moment for representation in Hollywood, but also it just seems like the movie is going to be amazing. All eyes are on Ryan Coogler leading up to February’s release, and Marvel just released a slew of character posters for the film – a dizzying array of 10 different posters all shot by Marco Grob.
Marco is known for his work in Hollywood, creating brilliant character portraits. Character portraiture is something of a balancing act, because it represents an extension of the film. Marco must get honest and clear moments from these actors through the guise of their characters. Plus it has to look beautiful. At once he plays stylist, cinematographer, and director, juggling each role so that the final image captures a glimpse of a full story in a single composition. That’s tricky enough with one or two posters, but Marco did it ten times for Black Panther: an achievement by any measure.
What a treat to be a part of such a monumental movie, and a beautiful piece of it to boot.