Black Panther stole the show in last year's Captain America: Civil War and in 2018, he's graced with his own kick-ass blockbuster.
Actor Chadwick Boseman, who stunned as James Brown in Get On Up, returns as Wakandan royalty T'Challa in this exciting new chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Creed director Ryan Coogler at the helm and a terrific cast including that movie's Michael B. Jordan, Forrest Whitaker and more. Here's our favourite moments from the awesome new trailer.
Familiar faces return
"Tell me something... What do you know about Wakanda?" It's the perfect shadowy, mysterious set-up as the villainous Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) and shady government agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) return, the former from Age of Ultron and the latter from Civil War.
It's nice to see continuity has been established with the earlier movie – both Klaue and Ross are important figures in Black Panther lore – not to mention that two of our favourite actors are back in the frame.
Plus, Hobbit reunion, right in front of our eyes!
What is Wakanda?
The ending snippet of Civil War teased T'Challa's lushly verdant homeworld. But now we get to see it properly, and Klaue's hushed voiceover fleshes out some of its backstory, telling Ross that people have searched for it for years under the name El Dorado. But all the while it has been located not in South America, but Africa, hiding in plain sight as an apparently Third World country when it is, in fact, anything but.
Just as our spines start to tingle, Coogler's visual splendour plays out in front of us, revealing massive waterfalls, towering mountains and more besides. He hasn't tested himself on a big budget blockbuster before, having specialised in character dramas Fruitvale Station and Creed. But we're confident he'll be able to inject the material with the grandiosity and character detail we expect.
Klaue sinks his claws in
Serkis appears to be going full Heath Ledger in his portrayal of the demented Klaue, who by his own admission is the only person to have ventured into Wakanda and made it out alive. His acknowledgement of who's watching him behind the one-way glass – revealed to be none other than T'Challa himself – pinpoints him as a very deadly antagonist who already appears to be one step ahead.
A good man... or a king?
In Civil War T'Challa's father was killed in an explosion, forcing him to adopt the mantle of Wakanda's new king. It seems his tortured journey will form the backdrop of the new movie as voiceover explains that the world is changing – and that Black Panther may have to adapt his own personal morality in order to change with it.
It raises interesting questions. Can a ruler ever be a good man? Can a noble fighter turn evil? Or can they stem the tide of darkness? Rest assured, we can't wait to see how it plays out.
Marvel fans, prepare to rub your hands together with glee. Among those who appear are a facepainted Forrest Whitaker as mentor Zuri, a former Wakandan warrior turn valued advisor.
Then we have another Oscar winner, 12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, a member of Wakanda's elite band of female warriors known as the Dora Milaj.
Most intriguingly is Coogler's regular cohort Michael B. Jordan (pictured below) as the intriguingly coiffed Eric Killmonger, the movie's primary antagonist. Given Jordan usually plays noble heroes, we can't wait to see how the director plays with his screen image here. Is he working with South African fiend Klaue? We'll have to see – although the latter's jailbreak (aided by what look like Wakandan insurgents) might indicate this is the case.
This looks to be another Marvel epic that traverses the fantastical and the real worlds. At one point we see T'Challa addressing the UN as his nemesis Killmonger is brought before him. No doubt this plays into the earlier commentary about the world changing – Coogler looks to be gracing the movie with his usual sense of political and human intelligence, which will hopefully help it stand out from the Marvel pack.
Only a brief shot of T'Challa's legendary mother, but given that she's played by acting royalty Angela Bassett (Oscar nominated for her remarkable performance as Tina Turner in What's Love Got To Do With It), we're giving her exclusive space.
We can also spot Ross standing behind her sporting what appears to look like traditional Wakandan dress. What's the story there?
Mano a mano
This sword fight between Black Panther and Killmonger looks to strike a much more primal, archaic note than much of what we've seen in the MCU so far. A bit of Jason and the Argonauts perhaps?
That closing shot, though...
Witness if you will: T'Challa avoiding a spectacular car accident by showing off his particular set of skills. Yep, this guy's gonna shake up the MCU and then some.
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