Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther/T’Challa made his exhilarating debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, in which the character was used as an integral part of film’s plot, cementing his place as an important figure in the MCU‘s future. The King of Wakanda’s solo film was announced back in 2015, three years ahead of its actual release, on Marvel Studios’ slate of upcoming titles and the movie is one that Marvel Comics fans have been highly anticipating.
With director Ryan Coogler (Creed) at the helm, Black Panther will undoubtedly be more than just another comic book movie, with the 31-year-old director being such a powerful voice for change and equality in the industry. Coogler takes on the world of Black Panther with Boseman, who is joined by an incredible cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman and Forest Whitaker, to name just a few.
Much of the film’s new teaser trailer (shown below) is about showcasing the breathtaking setting of Wakanda, T’Challa’s home, which almost has somewhat of a magical Disney feel to it. In the comics, Wakanda is a place with technologies more advanced than the outside world and is protected by one known as the Black Panther – the alter-ego is a mantle that is passed down through the generations. Andy Serkis’ character Claw, who made his first appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, even describes the location as being like the mythical city of El Dorado – except its in Africa not South America.
While Civil War‘s ending offered us a passing glimpse of Wakanda, Black Panther‘s first teaser trailer places it front and centre, and, much like the audience, it seems the other characters will be discovering it for the first time themselves as we hear Claw claim that he’s, “The only one who’s seen it, and made it out alive”.
The film’s visuals are striking, combining futuristic architectural design with tribal themes in the inhabitant’s weaponry and attire. It looks as though there will be a political sub-plot that will carry throughout the film as we see T’Challa attending a Leaders summit of some kind, an area were Coogler can really express his views.
Marvel is set for another big year, with its joint Spidey venture with Sony, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the return of the god of thunder in Thor: Ragnarok. Black Panther has a lot to live up to in his first outing then, but so far things are looking good.
Black Panther leaps into cinemas February 16th, 2018