Two major trailers dropped this weekend that caused a stir on the Internet: Star Wars: Battlefront II and Black Panther. As well-done as the Battlefront trailer was (and as much of a Star Wars fan as I am), in this blog post, I'll be focusing on the latter.
To provide a little bit of background, the Black Panther movie will pick up shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War, in which Black Panther, whose real name is T'Challa, was first introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you recall, T'Challa and his father T'Chaka come from the fictional, isolated African nation of Wakanda, of which T'Chaka is king. In a terrible turn of events, T'Challa's father is killed in a deadly bombing of a UN assembly in Austria, leaving the throne of Wakanda to his son.
T'Challa must now return to Wakanda to claim the kingship, but he's going to face some opposition from some rogue tribes. Check out the trailer below:
Blesses and splashes! Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis face to face again! The first thing you notice in this trailer is that Wakanda is clearly not what it seems to be at first glance. In this African nation, barely known to outsiders, there seems to be a beautiful medley of traditional African culture and high-tech metropolises. It's also the home of rich deposits of the metal vibranium--a highly coveted metal, especially by Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), for its extreme durability. It's the same stuff that Captain America's shield and Black Panther's suit are made out of.
Despite Wakanda's utopian appearance, it clearly has some stability issues. T'Challa's claim to the throne is clearly not universally accepted, as we see the Black Panther struggling with numerous foes in the trailer. The main villain here is Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), an exile who clearly has problems with T'Challa and his father.
Even though Black Panther is quite the warrior himself, he does seek help to quell these challenges to his authority. Among them are the Dora Milaje, the entirely female royal bodyguards and special forces of Wakanda. As you saw in the trailer, they're bad to the bone. I personally can't wait to see some of their butt-kicking moves when the movie comes out.
(photo cred: The Verge)
Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) will presumably play some role in his position as a CIA agent, but what his exact role will be remains unclear. In spite of his position in the CIA, he doesn't seem to know much about T'Challa's homeland. In the comics, Ross is more of a defender of Wakandan sovereignty, so we'll see if he takes that role on in the movie.
What is your opinion on the trailer? Are you going to see the Black Panther movie when it releases on February 16th, 2018? Let me hear you in the comments below!
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