Marvel’s Black Panther is the latest superhero to get the solo movie treatment, and if the new trailer for Black Panther is anything to go by, it’s going to be out of this world.
Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa, the powerful superhero and African king known as Black Panther. T'Challa has returned to his futuristic kingdom of Wakanda to take up the throne, but it’s up to him to decide, Lupita Nyong’o tells him, “what kind of king you are going to be.” The hero’s attention, however, seems to be divided between fighting baddies in his stunning, technologically advanced homeland and those of a sleek, as-yet-unspecified Asian city.
We last saw Boseman as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, in which he sought vengeance for the death of his father, the king of Wakanda. T’Challa’s Wakanda is the place where Captain America and the Winter Soldier took sanctuary at the end of Civil War, though neither appear in the trailer.
“I have seen gods fly,” say the voice of Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross as the trailer pans over Wakanda’s mountains, waterfalls, and futuristic aircraft. “I have seen men build weapons that I couldn’t even image. I’ve seen aliens drop from the sky. But I have never seen anything like this.”
Black Panther, created by Stan Lee, first appeared in a Marvel comic in 1966 (just before the naming of the Black Panther Party), making him the first black superhero in mainstream comics. Black Panther the movie, directed by Ryan Coogler, will be the first Marvel movie with a predominately black cast.
Black Panther hits cinemas Feb 16, 2018.