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Most people are probably getting ready to check out Avengers: Endgame this weekend and are curious what the ultimate fate of Black Panther is going to be. Whatever happens, to the Marvel hero, Chadwick Boseman knows where he's going next, and now so do we, as the first trailer for the thriller 21 Bridges is here. Check it out below.
Chadwick Boseman plays a cop who saw his father killed in the line of duty as a child, and as such has no love for criminals who kill other cops. When exactly that happens, Boseman's character is called in to hunt down those responsible. He goes to extremes to get the fugitives, including shutting down every possible route out of Manhattan. That includes closing all 21 bridges, from which the film gets its name.
Of course, what the trailer also makes clear is that there's more going on in this story. This isn't just as simple as a couple of thugs shooting cops. Even the criminals on the run appear to have found themselves involved in something they were never looking for.
While the story of 21 Bridges might be pretty far removed from that of Black Panther, behind the camera things are a little closer to home. The film is actually being produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors of this weekend's Avengers: Endgame.
The story is written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, who wrote Deepwater Horizon and World War Z, along with Adam Mervis for whom this is only his second feature writing credit. 21 Bridges is directed by Brian Kirk, who is primarily known as a television director, where he has worked on episodes of Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, and Luther among many others.
21 Bridges isn't quite the star studded action blockbuster that we would expect to see releasing in July, but the fact that it is shows a certain amount of confidence that the film will be able to hold its own against those tentpole releases. 21 Bridges is currently slotted into July 12, which is the weekend after Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out and the weekend before the remake of The Lion King makes its bow.
The movie's only direct competition of any note will be the action-comedy Stuber starring Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista. It will be interesting to see how these two Marvel alumni do against each other, as well as how they both do against the hold over business for the final chapter of the current phase of the MCU.
Of course, with Black Panther officially missing in action as far as Avengers: Endgame goes, it's entirely possible that 21 Bridges is going to be the only place to see Chadwick Boseman on the big screen this year.