An oil and gas supply vessel has made its feature-film debut – in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’.
The Harvey Sub-Sea, pictured above at the Shell MARS production facility in the Gulf of Mexico, can be spotted in the trailer for the blockbuster movie.
Plot details are under wraps, but the trailer shows sinister figures seeming to crawl up the ship under cover of night – bound to be breaching all manner of HSE regulations…
“Namor the submariner” features as the antagonist in the movie, which opened on November 11, promising a heavy focus on the ocean.
Jack Fitzgerald, a broker at Clarkson’s Offshore and Renewables, shared a story on how the vessel, owned by Harvey Gulf International, came into Marvel’s view.
Posting on social media, he said: “It was March 2021 when I got a call from Marvel Studios searching for a Vessel to be filmed in an “upcoming project”.
“Now 20 months later finally seeing the results on the big screen was surreal. The Harvey Sub-Sea made its theatrical debut in the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever film on November 11th, 2022.”
In November last year, eagle-eyed YouTube user “goldenstrings studio” captured footage of the oil and gas vessel being used for Black Panther filming.
He shot video, at a distance. of the filming taking place off the coast of the U.S. state of Georgia, capturing several takes of helicopters landing on and being used to film the ship.
The 100-foot vessel was built in 2017, with gross tonnage of 8,417.
It’s not the first time that Marvel producers have looked to the offshore industry for support – the studio approached Aberdeen-based Well-Safe Solutions.
Four members of the visual effects team visited one of its vessels back in August 2019.
The team came on board the Well-Safe Guardian, stationed at Nigg in the Cromarty Firth, to shoot “textured photography”.