The first teaser trailer for Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER aired during game four of the 2017 NBA Finals and hoo-boy that first one was a doozy. Chadwick Boseman‘s titular character was first introduced in last year’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, where his father—representing the nation of Wakanda—was assassinated, putting T’Challa (Black Panther) on the throne. A throne of which, CIVIL WAR didn’t have time to show because the attack on his father was one of the main propellers toward the conflict.
So, most importantly, the teaser gives us a look at Wakanda, a rich nation that Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) describes as the misplaced “El Dorado,” an advanced area that has remained hidden from Western society for centuries, disputing Everett Ross’ (Martin Freeman) scoff that Wakanda is a “third world country, cool costumes.” In watching this teaser, Ross is only half wrong. There are some slick costumes in BLACK PANTHER (I’m personally standing up and clapping for costume veteran, Ruth E. Carter, take a bow). Wakanda is colorful, embracing both an ancient world and a highly advanced one. Michael B. Jordan enters in handcuffs and has an interesting hairdo. Lupita Nyong’o looks like she belongs at the new Round Table.
We don’t get much information about what the conflict of the film is, but this teaser is meant to show the expansive world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and introduce us to Wakanda. The line “in the future there will only be the conquered and the conquerers” teases more reveals for later, while Ryan Coogler‘s vision of Wakanda takes center stage. Boseman laid the groundwork for T’Challa in CIVIL WAR so we’re already fully on board. We are ready to go exploring, y’all.
Co-starring Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, and Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker, Coogler’s BLACK PANTHER hits theaters on February 16, 2018.