First off, OH MY GOD!!
So I think Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) sums it up pretty well in the beginning of this trailer. “I’ve never seen anything like this.” Marvel giving Ryan Coogler the reigns to this movie was sheer perfection. And you might say I’m saying that prematurely since the movie doesn’t come out until February but to that, I would say rewatch the trailer and try to tell me this movie doesn’t look like it will be straight up amazing. The Afro-Futurism style of the movie will really put this Marvel movie on another level.
Now let’s talk about the suit. It’s obviously been upgraded since we first saw Black Panther in Civil War. And that’s all thanks to T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) insanely talented and gifted sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright). She made the Black Panther suit an extension of T’Challa rather than just an accessory like a certain other superhero we know who likes iron.
Speaking of Shuri, this trailer is full of badass women! Which is sadly a first for Marvel. Yes, Marvel has tons of smart and kickass ladies in their movies but we only get like 2 women a Marvel movie. Black Panther has Princess Shuri the tech goddess, Okoye (Danai Gurira) head of the Dora Milaje the all-female secret service, Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) who is Wakanda’s “war dog” that handles operations in other countries, and Ramonda (Angela Bassett) the mother of the King. Let’s cycle back to the all-female secret service. How amazing is that?! Wakanda might have a king in charge but it knows women get shit done.
The trailer gives us a glimpse of Djalia, a mystical realm that is the keeper of Wakanda’s collective memory. T’Challa is walking through in wonderment in what I assume is his way of connecting to his father.
I guess I should talk about the bad guys because what Marvel movie is complete without a villain or two? I’m pretty sure we’re going to have a Thor/Loki situation with the fans here because damn if Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) isn’t just as drool-worthy T’Challa. Killmonger wants the Wakandan throne (or possibly just to burn it to the ground) and is willing to do anything to fight T’Challa for it including straight up copying his suit and adding his gold cougar flare to it and breaking out the slimy Klaw. To add insult to injury, Killmonger outfits Klaw with a cybernetic arm that’s honestly making my skin crawl with how his hand separates to shoot out a sonic blast of some sort.
I for one will be seeing this movie during opening weekend.
Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.