Besides perhaps Ant-Man and the Inhumans, if there’s a black sheep in the Marvel Cinematic Universe it’s Black Panther, a film that was originally scheduled for release this year.
But because Sony finally agreed to allow Marvel to create films with its most popular character — Spider-Man —smack dab in the middle of the production for Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther was pushed back until February of 2018.
Though Black Panther arguably outshined Spider-Man in Civil War, not much is really known about the upcoming film helmed by director Ryan Coogler. 2018 is a big year for Marvel with Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp all schedule for release.
Thought Black Panther is the next Marvel film to hit theatres after next month’s Thor: Ragnarok, like Wakanda itself we know next to nothing about it. Or did, until the release of the first full-length trailer Monday. And while it did show some of the same footage we saw in the teaser a few months ago, it was quite the doozy! So, let’s break it down!
The trailer opens with shots of Wakanda and narration from Everett Ross (Martin Freeman of The Hobbit and Sherlock fame).
“I have seen Gods fly, I have seen men build weapons that I couldn’t even imagine, I’ve seen aliens drop from the sky, but I have never seen anything like this… How much more are you hiding?”
It then cut to Freeman speaking with Black Panther himself, who coyly smiles. Next is a ship entering the
Next is a ship entering the airspace of Wakanda, which shows just how technologically advanced the African nation is. Really, the ships they use make the quinjets look like they’re something the Wright Brothers came up with.
There’s a quick shot of Danai Gurira behind the wheel of one of those ships, saying, “we are home,” with more shots of the Wakandan skyline. The ship lands and Black Panther exits the plane with some spear-wielding soldiers bowing to him as their new King.
He greets his mother (Angela Bassett), who says: “my Son, it is your time.” Then a shot of Lupita Nyong’o, who is playing Nakia — T’Challa/Black Panther’s former lover who is one of the top members of the Dora Milaje, the all-female special forces of Wakanda. She says, “you get to decide what kind of King you are going to be.”
The next scene shows T’Challa greeting his sister with a complicated handshake that shows how close the two are to one another. She designs most of the weaponry and suits in Wakanda and the trailer shows her showing T’Challa multiple Black Panther suits.
T’Challa then gears up in what appears to be one of the ships as Gurira says, “don’t freeze.” He replies, “I never freeze.” The ship then opens and he free falls while throwing three blue balls that turns into disks and attach to three different trucks.
That implies that Black Panther can fall from great heights without any issue — his suit is made of vibranium, the same material that Captain America’s shield is and thus he can absorb any vibration that would come from hitting the ground after reaching terminal velocity.
After that, the film’s villains burst on the scene. First, Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger steps out of a van and puts a large mask on as he rescues the other villain, Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), a villain who made a brief appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron and also ended up losing his arm in that film.
That arm has been replaced by what appears to be a prosthetic arm that looks like a normal arm but that can also shoot projectiles and apparently, sound. It makes him particularly hard to fight considering he can break apart vibranium with sound.
Killmonger rescues Klaue from what appears to be Everett Ross’ custody — he works for the same organization that arrested The Winter Soldier in Civil War. Black Panther takes bullets point blank like it’s next to nothing.
The next shot shows T’Challa in a robe, walking towards a tree in the middle of the night. The sky is a purplish blue — the color palette Coogler is working with. It is extremely beautiful and shows that Marvel has really started embracing its comic book roots.
The next set of shots answer a question that many had about Black Panther and his suits, or rather how he actually puts them on. ‘
There’s a scene from Civil War where T’Challa is fighting with The Winter Soldier right after he breaks free of Ross’ custody. In that scene, the ring that T’Challa inherited from his father gets caught on the Winter Soldiers’ metal arm. They both look and react to it and that’s made people wonder what the ring actually does and it appears from the trailer that the suit itself is hidden within the ring.
T’Challa transforms into the Black Panther nearly instantaneously in a way that’d make Tony Stark blush. Perhaps this could lead to Stark rocking the ‘Bleeding Edge’ armor from the comics — a suit that resides inside of Iron Man’s body and can be formed at any time. Considering what the Avengers are facing in Infinity War, it might not be that far off.
Killmonger says, “I’ve waited my entire life for this, the world’s going to start over, I’m going to burn it all.” T’Challa responds, “what happens now, determines what happens, to the rest of the world.”
These comments are said over shots of multiple Wakandan ships being shot down. T’Challa walks through a field filled with destroyed ships. Killmonger then dons a Black Panther suit, which means that he has a suit of his own and that he and Black Panther are going to fight vibranium suit to vibranium suit. The next shot is the best shot from the teaser trailer:
Then, Black Panther fights Killmonger, suit to suit. Because they’re both rocking Black Panther suits, it’s hard to tell which is which but it looks amazing. It also raises an interesting question about the movie itself.
It appears as if Killmonger and Black Panther are fighting in space. Now, this is the last Marvel Cinematic Universe film before Avengers: Infinity War and as of the writing of this piece, there is still one Infinity Stone yet to be found.
It’s widely believed that the Soul Stone will be found in Thor: Ragnarok, either in Heimdell’s or Odin’s possession. However, if Black Panther is heading into space, it could make sense that Wakanda has the Soul Stone and that’s why they’re so technologically advanced — Ultron created Vision with the Mind Stone!
The Soul Stone is yellow and Killmonger’s suit appears to be yellow, so that could be the clue that ties everything together!
Either way, the trailer ends with an amazing shot of Klaue shooting a sound wave from his arm, crushing the car that Black Panther was chasing him in. Black Panther uses his momentum to jump from the car and scale the walls in almost Spider-Man-esque fashion as he pursues of one of his archenemies in the comics.
He then lands on the side of Klaue’s SUV and uses his vibranium claws to destroy his tires. We then get one final shot of his suit, which has a dark purple hue to it.
This trailer is jam-packed with easter eggs and amazing shots. It really should get people hyped up for the next Marvel offering. It’s looking like they’re really going all out with this so it’s exciting to see and it really can’t be February soon enough!