'Black Panther' Trailer Shows Off Marvel's Hidden World of Wakanda

Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 11:25AM
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Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 11:25AM
'Black Panther' Trailer Shows Off Marvel's Hidden World of Wakanda
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To most people in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the African nation of Wakanda is very poor - but some like T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and the brief Age of Ultron villain Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) know more about the country, which in fact looks more futuristic than Asgard once you're inside.

That first look into Wakanda is how the amazing Black Panther teaser trailer begins, with Klaue being interrogated by agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) while Wakandan king T'Challa/Black Panther and his bodyguard Okoye (The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira) look on in secret. Or so they assume:



Then some Run the Jewels kicks in, and we a get a series of short glimpses of the Black Panther in action, more of his colorful, futuristic kingdom, and (of course) some people who want to bring the whole thing down. Klaue seems like he'll be sticking around as a villain after Ultron ripped his arm off a few years back, while Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fantastic Four) makes an appearance as the insurgent Erik Killmonger. If you couldn't tell by his name of "Killmonger" or his consistent scowling, he's probably a bad guy.

So far, Boseman has done a compelling job as Black Panther, first appearing in Captain America: Civil War to get his origin story out of the way. Following the assassination of his father T'Chaka, he's a young new king who moonlights as Wakanda's acrobatic and bullet-proof protector, and not surprisingly, being the ruler of an isolated but secretly advanced nation gives him a pile of political messes he'll need to clean up. 

Director Ryan Coogler said to EW that this political aspect is important, because T'Challa is the first MCU hero to see himself as a politician first and foremost, not just some superhero:

Opening quote
"What makes Panther different from other Marvel superheroes is, he doesn't seem himself as a superhero. He sees himself as a politician. He wakes up thinking, 'How am I going to fulfill my duties as king of this place?'"
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"It's hard for a good man to be king," a voiceover says at the trailer's end. We'll know more about what this means when more Black Panther material comes out, but now that Klaue has told an American federal agent about Wakanda's greatest secret, they're going to have a host of unwelcome guests on their doorstep.

Black Panther hits theaters February 16, 2018.

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