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Black Panther: breakdown of Marvel's awe-inspiring new trailer

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A new trailer has landed for Marvel's Black Panther – and it looks to be one of their most radical and revolutionary adventures to date. We've delved into the trailer to bring you some highlights...

T'Challa's homecoming

Following a bit of introductory spiel from government agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman making a welcome return after Captain America: Civil War), we get our first proper look at Wakanda.

A mixture of lush, dense tropical jungles and teeming Blade Runner-esque streets, it's a vibrant environment ready to welcome home our title character, played by the charismatic Chadwick Boseman in his first solo movie.

It certainly looks like Creed director Ryan Coogler is pulling out all the stops on CG-assisted landscape shots and costumes. This is the first superhero blockbuster he's made and fingers crossed he can freshen the genre up.


Black Panther's destiny

As if the defiant strains of Gil Scott-Heron's 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' didn't make it clear, T'Challa brings an altogether different kind of energy to the Marvel movies. 

With his father having been killed in Civil War (the act that put him on a direct collision course with the Avengers), it now falls to the youthful prince to face up to his destiny and become King of Wakanda.

Plus, he gets to sport some seriously cool costumes in the process.


The best of the best

In short order we get a glimpse of an Oscar nominee, Angela Bassett, playing T'Challa's noble mother Ramonda, and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o as bodyguard Nakia.

Chalk up the points for both diversity and A-list acting talent – both vital in steering the Marvel Cinematic Universe into dynamic new territory. But don't think the movie is going to sag under its own importance. This is Marvel after all and T'Challa's insistence that "I never freeze" when being dropped out of a spaceship is a welcome reminder that their famous humour is still prominent.


Burn it all

One of the many reasons Black Panther is so exciting is it marks a reunion between Coogler and regular leading man, Michael B. Jordan. The star breaks away from the noble heroes seen in both Fruitvale Station and Creed to play the villainous Eric Killmonger who more than lives up to his name by breaking arch-enemy Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) from prison.

Killmonger has a serious beef with T'Challa following his exile from Wakanda by the latter's late father, T'Chaka. Jordan describes his character as a "sort of a charming antagonist, who doesn’t agree with how T’Challa is running things, frankly [...] that puts T’Challa in a difficult situation. Killmonger is a voice of a different side of Wakanda.”

Fingers crossed this will be another seriously exciting collaboration between both Coogler and Jordan.


Worlds of wonder

We don't know what's happening here, where it is or why T'Challa appears to be wearing pyjamas but as a psychadelic outtake from The Lion King, it's beautiful and arresting. The movie looks like it has the visual grandiosity to back up its sense of attitude and action.


T'Challa vs Killmonger

The dissident Eric works with the vengeful Klaue to bring the fight directly to Wakanda, and T'Challa's doorstep. And by the sounds of it he's planning to do more than hand out angry leaflets.

"I've waited my entire life for this," he snarls. "The world's gonna start over. I'm'a burn it all." T'Challa's understated response embodies his noblility and intelligence: "What happens now... determines what happens to the rest of the world." Looks like our hero isn't just fighting for his own kingdom but the whole of mankind.

And if Killmonger thought our title character was going down without a fight he's wrong – T'Challa can even shed his clothes without even breaking a sweat. Now that's slick.


Klaue in action

Serkis' South African baddie only made a fleeting appearance in Civil War but he's got a complex, longstanding history with Black Panther in the comics. Fortunately Coogler looks to be putting the character to good use, engaging him in a dramatic car chase that sees all kinds of weaponry and free-running skills coming to the fore.

If we thought Coogler had stepped up a gear staging the boxing scenes in Creed, this looks to be on a whole other level.


"Wakanda forever!"

The Marvel movies are famous for offering a breakout role to someone other than the main star – just think of Tom Hiddleston as Loki who, through sheer magnetic presence, managed to silence an entire crowd at Comic Con.

Our money is on The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira as Wakandan tribal leader and expert fighter Okoye, whose fierce war cry galvanises the entire final section of the trailer. 

Check out the trailer for yourselves and tweet your responses @Cineworld. Black Panther is released on 12th February 2018.


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