Five Things We Noticed in the Black Panther Teaser Trailer
T’Challa, The Black Panther, made a stunning MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War last year alongside another fan favourite, Spider-Man. This weekend we were given a glimpse of what to expect from the movie in February next year. Helmed by Creed director Ryan Coogler, The Black Panther will take us to the fictional African nation of Wakanda.
Here are five things I was excited to see in the Teaser.
1. Wakanda: Vibranium Capital of the World
Wakanda is the fictional African nation that is home to the Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman). In Marvel Comics it is a wealthy and reclusive, technological …uh…marvel (the editor will fix that) ruled by T’Challa.
Wakanda’s wealth is derived from it’s vibranium deposits. This metal is what Captain America’s shield is made from. It’s a rare and powerful metal in the MCU.
We caught a glimpse of it in a post credit scene in Civil War, but we got much more in the teaser. We see a gleaming utopia that wouldn’t look out of place in a Star Wars prequel. It’s a seriously cool place that adds even more depth to the MCU.
2. Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue!
The last time we saw Andy Serkis in the MCU he’d lost his hand courtesy of Ultron, and now, Ulysses Klaue is back.
In the trailer, we see him with his hands (hand?) tied to a chair as he is interrogated by Everett Ross (played by Martin Freeman). Serkis brings his A game to every role and his cameo in Age of Ultron was great. In Black Panther he’s again rocking a pretty convincing South African accent but now he’s missing that hand.
Klaue (usually anglicised as Klaw) sports a vibranium sonic emitter and was responsible for killing T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka. In the MCU however, King T’Chaka was killed by Baron Zemo, and Klaue has been branded a thief for stealing vibranium. That vibranium that was used to create Vision. Confused yet?
3. The Dora Milaje
The Dora Milaje serve the Black Panther both as bodyguards and potential future Queens. Surely nothing awkward will ever come of that?
Nakia and Okoye, the most famous of Dora Milaje, are played by Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. I’m sure they didn’t hire an Oscar winner (Nyong’o) and Michonne from The Walking Dead for bit parts, so expect to see more of them. These are fantastic characters played by amazing actresses. It would be a crime to waste them.
4. M’Baku the Man-Ape!
At about the minute and a half mark in the teaser, you’ll notice some angry looking men wearing white fur trimmed Armour. I believe this to be M’Baku the Man-Ape.
A rival of T’Challa and member of the White Gorilla cult. He gains his power from consuming the flesh of a sacred white gorilla proving that PETA doesn’t exist in the MCU.
M’Baku has a great rivalry with T’Challa, and has tried to usurp the throne of Wakanda many times, but I don’t believe he’ll be the main antagonist in the film, which brings me to…
5. Erik Killmonger
Played by one of my new favourite actors, Michael B Jordan, Killmonger’s comic history is tied in to that of Klaue.
His father was coerced into working for the villain and is consequently exiled for that service. So they may go with this in the MCU, but I have a feeling that they’ll find a way to tie T’Challa and Killmonger more directly together (I’m excited to see the Creed actor in the MCU either way).
Jordan and Coogler have worked together on a number movies now, and both of their careers have been better for it. Also, now we’ll have two former Johnny Storms in the MCU (the other was Chris Evans, of course).
Marvel Keeps on Marveling
Does anyone even doubt anymore that a Marvel movie will be bad? The confidence with which they roll out their IP is astounding. People (not me) thought they’d finally jumped the shark when they announced a film featuring a talking Raccoon and a walking Tree. False.
The only risk I see is with this film is superhero fatigue. An often talked about, but rarely experienced philosophy, that supposes the world will tire of these films one day. I’m not sure if it’s going to happen, but if that teaser is anything to go by, it won’t be until well after February 2018!