Wait no longer, MCU fans, because the Black Panther teaser trailer has arrived 8 months in advance!
To say that the first look at Black Panther is glorious is an understatement. From the first glimpses in this nearly 2-minute Black Panther teaser trailer (below), we’re granted a look into the Wakanda that director Ryan Coogler has brought to life, from the technological advances (impressive skyscrapers, the shuttlecraft) to the traditional elements (the vibrant and colorful wardrobes, the face painting, the Dora Milaje’s weaponry). And what I love, apart from this, is that Coogler and his co-writer Joe Robert Cole incorporated the level of history of Wakanda that I got from the first volume of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther series.
As for the plot itself, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) has returned to Wakanda to succeed his father on the throne as king, but he comes face to face with an old enemy that puts the fate of Wakanda and the world at stake, to paraphrase from the official synopsis. The Black Panther teaser trailer, though, provides short peeks at T’Challa in and out of his Vibranium-based Panther costume, the Dora Milaje (the King’s all-female personal bodyguard squad, who could likely take on the Amazons) fighting, Klaue (Andy Serkis) being questioned by Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman), and assorted cast members of note, all while underscored by Run The Jewels’ “Legend Has It” (off of RJT3, their latest album) and a voice-over reminding T’Challa of the changing world.
“The world is changing. Soon, there will only be the conquered and the conquerers. You are a good man … with a good heart. It is hard for a good man to be a king.”
The Black Panther cast seen here includes Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o as Okoye and Nakia (the head and a member of the Dora Milaje (respectively)), Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger (an exiled Wakandan and rival), Forest Whitaker as Zuri (a religious elder statesman), Angela Basset as Ramonda (T’Challa’s mother), and Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi (a confidant of T’Challa’s). The cast also includes Florence Kasumba and John Kani reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Ayo and T’Chaka, Winston Duke as M’Baku (or Man-Ape, the leader of a rival Wakandan tribe), Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Letitia Wright as Shuri (T’Challa’s sister), and Phylicia Rashad in an undisclosed role.
Take a look at the teaser trailer below (along with the teaser poster) and let us know what you think! Personally, my ticket is as good as purchased already.
Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.