Five minutes of new Black Panther footage was screened by writer/director Ryan Coogler at a recent event during the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legisative Conference, reports The Root. Coogler offered it as part of a panel called "Imagining a Bigger World - Marvel's Black Panther, Cultural Heritage and STEM" organized by U.S. House Representative Val Demings - whose district includes Orlando's Walt Disney World and various other parks.
“They can’t say yes if you don’t ask,” Demings said.
With reportedly "150 or so" people in attendance according to The Root, the panel was hosted by ESPN's Jay Harris and included Coogler, actor Danai Gurira, Disney's Head of Diversity and Outreach Belinda Frazier, executive producer Nate Moore, and Rick Loverd of the National Academy of Sciences.
According to the report, the Black Panther footage included some segments from the previously-released clips, but also extended cuts the casino fight scene, the car chase scene in Korea, and more.
It was also reported that, in a Disney first, Black Panther will have a "cross-nation release" in Africa.
Black Panther is scheduled to open February 16, 2018 in North America.