Marvel Studios pulled off another sneak attack by dropping the newest trailer for Black Panther on an unassuming Monday morning.
After decades of studios fearing to give a Black Panther movie the green light, the moment is almost here when the King will finally reign in movie theaters. Director Ryan Coogler (Creed) has been given the keys to Wakanda and he seems poised to broaden the Marvel cinematic universe in brave, new ways. The movie had been in development hell for years and it seems that Marvel Studios is confident that the time is now to embrace the inherent political aspects of the character head on.
The upcoming film stars Chadwick Boseman, as T’Challa, the king of his country, as well as its mightiest warrior. Audiences only got a small taste of the character in Captain America: Civil War, however he made a memorable impression in his supporting role. He’s joined by Michael B. Jordan (Creed) as Erik Kilmonger/Golden Jaguar, Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as the villainous Klaw, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker.
The trailer gives audiences their best look at Wakanda, the most technologically advanced nation in the Marvel cinematic universe that has been hidden from society – and movie audiences – for centuries. Coogler has leaned heavily into the Afro-futuristic design that draws from both the past and future. Combining elements of African history and culture, with a bold science-fiction bend. It’s clear that in this movie, much like Pandora in Avatar or Hogwarts in Harry Potter, the location of Wakanda will be a character all of its own.
The trailer was dropped in conjunction with the upcoming release of Thor: Ragnarok, which is another movie in which it seems that the director was given leeway to put a personal stamp on his MCU film. Perhaps this is a new approach for the studio, particularly if the upcoming movies continue Marvel’s winning tradition. Now all we have to do is wait the four long months. Enjoy the trailer:
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Black Panther opens on February 16th, 2018.