Hello again, readers! In case that you missed Marvel’s quiet drop last Monday, you missed something amazing. With the impending release of Thor’s third solo adventure in two weeks, Marvel released the first full trailer for its most anticipated solo release in years with Black Panther. The first teaser laid the groundwork for the characters in the Black Panther’s world and his enemies that he must face. The first full trailer expands that world.
Picking up after the events of Captain America: Civil War, newly crowned King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home to Wakanda. He soon finds his sovereignty challenged by factions within his own country. When two enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom, T’Challa must team up, as the Black Panther, with CIA agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and members of the Dora Milaje – Wakanda’s Special Forces – to prevent a world war.
We finally get more of Wakanda, hidden behind the disguise of force fields, and the expansive city. Angela Bassett finally appears as T’Challa’s mother, Ramonda, informing her son that it is his time to rule. T’Challa seems to be at odds on what kind of king he wants to be. As he learns more about the heritage of mantle he acquired (including an assortment of Black Panther suits, especially the nanosuit at the end!), Michael B. Jordan’s villain, Erik Killmonger, seeks to overthrow T’Challa and make Wakanda into a nation under his own ideals. He’ll have help from Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klawe (who finally gets to use a new hand) to fulfill his dream.
We also get a glimpse into a special trial that T’Challa must pass as he encounters a black panther, resting in a tree during a beautiful, purple background. We do not know if it is to officially be recognized as Black Panther or King of Wakanda, but anyone who has read the comics knows about these trials. This all-star cast also features The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, and Forest Whitaker.
And check out this amazing new poster!
The revolution will be televised when Black Panther strikes theaters on February 16, 2018.