Marvel has finally opened up the doors of Wakanda as the first teaser trailer for Black Panther has arrived. It’s been just over a year since audiences got to see Chadwick Boseman in action as T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War and saw a glimpse of what Wakanda will be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Between Black Panther’s scene-stealing fights, the emotional drive of his story, or the tease of how advanced Wakanda is, audiences have been eager to see what the solo movie will have in store. And they’ve assembled an impressive group of people around their star.
Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) is directing the film and features a cast consisting almost entirely of people of color. Joining Boseman on this adventure is Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and more. While it was only Boseman featured on the first Black Panther poster, the teaser trailer offers up a greater look at his world.
Marvel debuted the teaser trailer during game 4 of the NBA Finals and it quickly made its way online. The trailer is brief due to its teaser format, but still gives audiences a chance to glimpse what the movie has to offer.
Fresh off his debut last year, the teaser trailer takes little time to establish the tone of Marvel’s first film with an African-American lead. Not only does it spend plenty of time highlighting the new king of Wakanda, but also does a great job of establishing his world and that of Wakanda. Whether it was the advanced technological look of the city, the vast landscapes, or even just the way Wakandans dress, this is distinctly a different movie than anything Marvel has done before.
Even though it does a great job of focusing on the lead hero, the teaser trailer does much more than a typical “teaser” by supplying looks at many of the supporting cast members. Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross and Andy Serkis’s Klaue have already debuted in past MCU films, but the trailer gives us our first official looks at Gurira as Okoye, Whitaker as Zuri, Bassett as Ramonda, Jordan as T’Challa’s nemesis Erik Killmonger, Nyong’o as Nakia, Wright as T’Challa’s sister Shuri, Kaluuya as W’Kabi, and Duke as M’Baku. Additional marketing will flesh out their roles within the film, but the entire cast and style of Coogler’s MCU installment come together to tease a truly unique Marvel movie.
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