On October 16th, Marvel Studios launched the first full-length trailer for Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, coming in February of 2018, stunning fans across the genre, after the initial teaser early this Summer. Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) plays Everett K. Ross, the character he portrayed in Captain America: Civil War, and details the various wonders he’s seen across his long career. Sights which include gods in the flesh and alien invasions. He continues on, “…but I have never seen anything like this!” T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman (Marshall, Get On Up), though appearing to be bound, flashes a prideful smirk as while Ross asks to be shown more.
After the opening dialogue, what follows next is what can certainly be described as an Afrofuturistic Arcadia, while Wakanda shines with a noble regality, unlike those previously within the MCU. The city is technological wonderland, as we’re taken through the streets in view of its vast waterfalls, and heavily-populated urban areas, as the Dora Milaje show reverence in face of their King. Scenes of tribal combat exercises are interspersed with scenes between T’Challa and sister, Shuri, played by Letitia Wright (Humans, Black Mirror) She tells her brother that as King, only he can decide what type of man he chooses to be, setting up one of several potential identity conflicts through the film. Hero. Legend. King. T’Challa hopes to reconcile a balance between all aspects of self.
The conflicts aren’t all internal as we get loads of new footage featuring Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger. He’s even sporting tribal scarification in a few scenes, so Director Coogler seems really intent on staying true to highlighting African culture. On the action side, there appears to be at least 3 different versions of the Black Panther suit on display, so expect the fights to be just as visually arresting as the rest of the movie.
Black Panther also stars Danai Gurira, (The Walking Dead, Treme) Angela Bassett, (Waiting to Exhlale, American Horror Story) Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Mirror) Lupita Nyong’o, (12 Years a Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Rogue One) Black Panther releases in theaters in February of 2018.
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