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Saturday, June 10, 2017

How About That Trailer? - Black Panther


By the time Black Panther arrives in theaters next year, we'll be 18 movies into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and while that may be a lot to keep track of and continue to feel enthusiasm for, it may be this film (and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok) that have had me the most excited. This may just be a teaser, but knowing Ryan Coogler (and frequent collaborator Michael B. Jordan) is behind this film already made me happy. Adding in the footage coming out of this brief preview of what's the come, I feel like I have nothing to worry about.


T'Challa was already given a helping hand in Captain America: Civil War by getting a lot of origin story out of the way. Instead of seeing yet another man realize his true potential, after going through a series of familiar events and dealing with a set of people that includes a love interest, comedic relief, and stock villain, we get a Black Panther who is already a costumed hero ready for action. This movie may still have all of those things, but at least it won't be presented in the way we get from traditional origin films in this universe.

This is a different sort of hero and a different sort of setting, which is basically a way of saying Marvel Studios is gearing up to release their blackest film ever. Everything about the look of Black Panther shows a level of care in making the advanced kingdom of Wakanda a sight to behold that is both technologically interesting and incredibly colorful. And speaking of colorful, this cast is fantastic.


Chadwick Boseman returns to the role of T'Challa and is now joined by Jordan (and that hair), Lupita Nyong'o, The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira, Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Basset, Forest Whitaker and many more. This cast is ridiculous and I can't wait to see how all of them are involved in what looks like a globetrotting spy adventure. (Not hurting at all is throwing Run the Jewels into the soundtrack, at least for this trailer, by the way.)

Coogler is 2 for 2 so far with me, as Fruitvale Station and Creed both showed just how capable a filmmaker he is. Marvel Studios may be releasing films that all feel like they come out of an assembly line of sorts, but that hasn't stopped their individual films from embracing various genres as a way of setting up a distinct tone for the films certain character occupy. With the confidence coming from the consistent entertainment factor found in the MCU films and what is a fantastic filmmaking team on their hands, Black Panther seems to be on the right track to be one that truly stands out.

All of this and there's still the notion of this being a black superhero film, surrounded by other black actors, with a black director at the helm. It is not a first by any means, but the scale of this film and the idea of so much of the world is ready to embrace this character and all that comes with it is a good sign that things are about to really pay off for this Hero/Legend/King.

Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.


Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.


“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.           

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.

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