The teaser trailer of Marvel’s Black Panther was aired for the first time Friday night during the NBA Finals face-off between Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. It took a long time coming but it was worth the wait.
The footage promises everything that fans expect from a Marvel movie – intensity, high-octane action sequences, elaborate costumes, outlandish sets, flipping cars, powerful dialogs, great acting– the works.
The teaser opens with a captured Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis) explaining to Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) about how wrong he is to think that Wakanda is a third world country and that “textiles, shepherds, and cool outfits” are all a front.
Klaw: “What do you know about Wakanda?”
Everett: “It’s a third world country. Textiles, shepherds, cool outfits.”
Klaw: “All a front. Explorers have searched for it, called it El Dorado.
They looked for it in South America, but it was in Africa the whole time. I’m the only one who’s seen it and made it out alive.”
T’ Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the newly crowned king of Wakanda is Black Panther whose dominion is challenged by his long-time enemy Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) in a clash that has global ramifications.
The teaser also offers a glimpse of the Dora Miljae, an all-female special forces of Wakanda serving as the personal bodyguards of T’Challa/Black Panther.
As the story is about the fictional African nation of Wakanda and its King T’Challa, it is but logical that the cast is predominantly black with the likes of Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead fame playing Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje and Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Nakia, T’Challa’s love interest and member of the Dora Milaje.
To put it in perspective, one can expect the film to be largely about T’Challa’s return to Wakanda to lay claim to the throne his father, King T’Chaka, vacated when he was killed in Civil War. After his coronation, the new king is expected to thwart all attempts by his adversaries to topple him and negate all threats to the realm.
Wakanda is integral to the story and is sure to feature in multiple scenes in the Black Panther, which promises to be another cracker of a film by Marvel.
The film is scheduled to release on February 9, 2018, in the United Kingdom while fans in the United States and Canada will have to wait it out for another week before they get to see it on February 16, 2018.
• Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther
• Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger
• Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia: Danai Gurira as Okoye
• Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross
• Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi.
• Angela Bassett as Ramonda
• Forest Whitaker as Zuri
• Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue
• Florence Kasumba as Ayo
• John Kani as T’Chaka
• Winston Duke as M’Baku / Man-Ape
• Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu
• Isaach de Bankolé as tribal elder of one of the largest tribes in Wakanda
• Letitia Wright as Shuri
• Phylicia Rashad – role not disclosed
• Atandwa Kani – role not disclosed
Directed by – Ryan Coogler
Produced by- Kevin Feige
Screenplay by – Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler
Based on – Black Panther by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Music by – Ludwig Göransson
Cinematography – Rachel Morrison