Marvel Studios is in the final stages of filming on Black Panther, but fans only have to wait until the summer to see the first trailer. Ryan Coogler is making the jump to big budget films with his first movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is set to give T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) his own franchise. The movie is loaded with talent and is going to open up the world of Wakanda that was only teased at the end of Captain America: Civil War.
Filming began earlier this year, roughly a year out from its February 2018 release, and has been running smoothly ever since. With cast members like Danai Gurira recently wrapping on the project, the beginning of the marketing campaign is not too far off. As it turns out, Marvel will debut the first look this summer.
IGN was among a number of outlets to attend an Open House at Marvel Studios last night and in doing so, they learned some new information on the entirety of Phase 3. Included in this was a sizzle reel of sorts for Black Panther, but that was not all. During the tour, it was confirmed that the first trailer for Black Panther will drop sometime this summer.
While not a surprising announcement, it is a good one nonetheless. Black Panther has already drummed up quite a bit of excitement thanks to the talent involved, but its release date could also make it even more important for the scope of the MCU. After all, it is the last movie to be released ahead of Avengers: Infinity War, so this could be one final, solo story before the universe is forever changed.
Based off of Marvel’s current promotional track, it may be easy to pinpoint when exactly the first trailer will drop. Thor: Ragnarok just dropped its first trailer seven months out, which would put Black Panther‘s first trailer in July if it follows a similar path. Marvel Studios also confirmed it will be presenting at SDCC this year, so the Saturday Hall H panel could pinpoint the trailer to July 22. However, D23 is also this year, running from July 14-16. Marvel could very well debut the trailer at D23 — the week after Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters — and then show it at SDCC and online simultaneously.
While it is certainly possible the trailer could be attached to Homecoming in theaters, debuting it with this schedule allows it to become the biggest talking point in the MCU slate. If this theorized release window is close, that means there is just over three months between now and a trailer, but nobody will likely complain if it comes even earlier.