Black Panther Trailer Creates Buzz across the Nation
After the release of the first trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther, audiences can’t contain their excitement for the film. Slated to be released in February 2018, the film will follow one of the Marvel Universe’s most underrated heroes and attempt to answer one question: can a good man be a king? Starring Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira, Black Panther will bring the first black mainstream comic book character to life with a star-studded cast.
Comic book legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the Black Panther comics in 1966. Black Panther is the ceremonial title of the king of Wakanda, a fictional technology advanced African nation. The comics revolve around Black Panther T’Challa and his mission to avenge his father’s, T’Chaka, death and protect Wakanda from invaders. Before the series’ start, a meteorite containing a precious metal, vibranium, hit Wakanda. Vibranium is a fictional metal that can absorb vibrations is extremely valuable. The metal is used in T’Challa’s super suit in addition to Captain America’s shield. Due to vibranium’s valuable status, generations of Wakandan kings closed off their nation to the outside world, hoping to avoid conflict with others seeking to take the resource. T’Challa’s father was murdered by supervillain Ulysses Klaw during an attempt to take vibranium from Wakanda. Young T’Challa attacks Klaw and shatters the villain’s right hand using his own sound gun against him. This incident sparked the intense animosity between the two and is the beginning of T’Challa’s ascent to superhero status.
The film will contain the usually mind-blowing superhero action, but Black Panther will also tackle serious issues such as colonialism and the impact of monarchies on civilizations. The mystic trailer hints that the film will envision Wakanda as an alternative to the storied golden city of El Dorado and we can expect to follow our hero’s attempt to protect Wakanda from outsiders seeking to ravage the nation for its treasures. We can also expect Ulysses Klaw to play a major role as the film’s antagonist.
In addition to an all-star cast, Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler, who also directed Michael B. Jordan in 2015’s Creed. Author and educator, Ta-Nehisi Coates, is also involved with the film as storylines from his 2016 revamp of the Black Panther comics have been used in this iteration. Marvel has certainly set a high bar for comic book movies with the success of film franchises like The Avengers, Iron Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy, but from the trailer, we are certain that Black Panther will be a record smashing success.