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Let’s break down the incredible Black Panther trailer

Let’s break down the incredible Black Panther trailer

The First Black Panther Teaser Trailer is Here and It’s Epic as Hell

Let’s break down the incredible Black Panther trailer

Black Panther Trailer #1 BreakdownThe first teaser trailer for Black Panther

The first teaser trailer for Black Panther is finally here, and it looks incredible. If there was ever any doubt about how Black Panther, one of Marvel’s more enigmatic and under-appreciated superheroes, would fare on the big screen, this two-minute spot should put those fears to rest. There’s political intrigue, a sci-fi utopia, and plenty of action to look forward to, with a largely black cast put right on center stage.

But more than being just generally entertaining, this trailer is dense. Director Ryan Coogler has clearly done his homework on Black Panther lore, pulling in threads and ideas from some of the character’s best stories over his 50 year history. Let’s break some of them down.

Potential spoilers ahead.


Right off the bat, it should strike you that a movie trailer about the first black superhero in mainstream comics opens on a meeting between two white characters. That’s almost certainly by design. We’ve met both of these characters before and they provide a window into a world that has been a complete mystery to us and the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until now.

Let’s start with Everett K. Ross, played by Martin Freeman. He was first introduced in a minor role in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, but he’ll play a major part in this film as T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) key American ally. His role pulls directly from Christopher Priest’s classic 1998 Black Panther run, where Ross is a hapless government agent assigned to keep an eye on T’Challa during a diplomatic crisis. Just like in the comics, he initially knows little about Wakanda. But is he ever going to learn.


Across from him is the one-armed Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis), a traditional Black Panther villain who was first introduced onscreen back in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He’s a gangster and smuggler who’s been trying to steal Vibranium — the metal Black Panther’s suit is made of — from Wakanda, the hyper-advanced African nation where T’Challa is set to rule as king. He’s likely a pivotal figure in the unrest T’Challa will have to face as ruler.


The crux of the film looks like it’ll have to do with T’Challa returning to Wakanda to claim the throne. His father, King T’Chaka, was killed in Civil War, so it’s now up to T’Challa to rule and deal with the drama that comes with his new duties.

It’s from his point of view that we really see Wakanda for the first time. The first place we see is Warrior Falls, where his coronation will take place.

This gives us a peek at how Coogler has envisioned Wakanda for the film: a techno-utopia that features both futuristic airships and traditional culture. It’s beautiful to behold, but also hints at how complicated life in the country is. T’Challa will have to balance his responsibilities as a monarch with his life as a superhero, and that’s going to be a difficult task. King T’Chaka (John Kani) even returns to do voiceover in the second half of the trailer, intoning, “You are a good man with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be king.”


A major challenge for T’Challa will be the factions vying for supremacy in Wakanda, a theme writer Ta-Nehisi Coates touched on in his recent run in the comics. Wakanda has numerous tribes across its numerous regions with varying levels of influence, even though the Black Panther is the leader of the entire country. One powerful figure among those tribes is Man-Ape (Winston Duke), another Panther villain who appears late in the trailer.

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However, the core villain looks like it might be N’Jadaka, otherwise known as Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Killmonger, who first appeared way back in Don McGregor’s epic 1970s Jungle Action comic run, is a Wakandan exile who holds a powerful grudge against T’Challa’s father. He’s the mental and physical equal of the Black Panther in the comics, and once even managed to best T’Challa in combat at Warrior Falls.

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