Marvel has finally released the very first Black Panther teaser trailer, featuring the latest look at Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, who first appeared in last year's Captain America: Civil War.
Marvel Drops First 'Black Panther' Trailer
There's a lot covered in the trailer without actually giving too much, which should please some of the most hyped up Black Panther fans while potentially luring those unfamiliar with the hero, altogether.
The trailer opens up to Ulysses Klaue, played by Andy Serkis, being asked about Wakanda, as Boseman and one of his bodyguards watch through a one-way mirror. Several intercut clips later, the trailer unspools into a stunning look at the country of Wakanda, imposed by narration suggesting how hard it is to be a king, and, of course, complemented by a bevy of action sequences with a costumed T'Challa braving a barrage of bullets. His female bodyguards, collectively called the Dora Milaje, also get a fair share of screen time barrelling down opponents.
In particular, the trailer features some goosebump-inducing music, which, while laden with the typical "oomphs" and loud thuds commonly associated with action-heavy trailers, also manages to introduce a pretty eccentric sound library. Watch it for the visuals, then again for the sound, and then many times more to pinpoint little details you might have missed. We suppose the most loyal of Marvel fans are already on it.
Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler, acclaimed filmmaker of critical hit Fruitvale Station and Oscar-nominated Creed. It is the first solo Marvel film featuring a black superhero. Boseman plays T'Challa, king of Wakanda, a fictional country in Africa that's also a technological leader in the Marvel universe. A precious metal called Vibranium, as depicted in the comics, is found in Wakanda, which in turn lures both do-gooders and ne'er-do-wells to the place.
Black Panther is quite possibly one of the most anticipated entries in the overall Marvel cinematic franchise. Unlike its counterparts, the film features a predominantly black cast, including Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead fame, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett and much more.
The trailer heavily implies that Wakanda will play a key role as much as T'Challa himself will, which already promises action sequences aplenty, ones which could be potentially underlined with a running theme of strained politics. Black Panther is also a distinct superhero film in that its titular hero is loyal to his people and is tasked to protect their interest first and foremost — and those interest might not always sit well with the Avengers.
Black Panther premieres Feb. 16, 2018.
Black Panther is set to grace movie screens next year and beyond. Other than his solo movie, the character is also set to make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, out May next year.
You can watch the first Black Panther teaser trailer below. Marvel has also released the film's poster on its Facebook page.
Black Panther was created by Stan Lee, first appearing on Fantastic Four no. 52, published in 1966.
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