Imae copyright Marvel Studios, 2017
So, on Friday 9th June, we had the first official poster [see above image] released for the upcoming Marvel Studio’ movie Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular character.
The poster itself is very grand looking, with Boseman’s T’Challa decked out in his Black Panther costume sat upon his Wakandan high throne surrounded by ornate metalwork and gold pillars.
Whilst obviously trying to give off the Regality of T’Challa, many people on the internet commented on how Boseman’s face just seems to have been plonked onto Black Panther’s body in an awful bit of photoshopping.
Bear in mind though, that these are the same people who commented on the “lacklustre” Spider-Man: Homecoming poster as well, so we shouldn’t get too hung up over it.
You might think that a new teaser poster would have been enough for Marvel Studios, but oh no!
I woke up on Saturday 10th June and flicked through Facebook to see that Marvel had posted the 1st trailer for Black Panther as well!
After cursing the studio for making me do more work, I sat down and watched the trailer – which, in my humble opinion, may be the best movie trailer I’ve seen in a very long time, let alone best superhero trailer.
It’s not very often that you actually feel amped up for a movie based solely on the trailer – especially when you were slightly jaded towards the movie beforehand anyways – but Black Panther’s trailer looks stellar.
First off, there’s a scene that takes place between Martin Freeman’s Everett K. Ross and Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaue with the latter being interrogated by the former over the existence of Wakanda, the fictional African homeland of, amongst others, Black Panther.
We then get heapings of visuals from T’Challa returning home following the events of Captain America: Civil War, including a scene where a group of marauders arrive in the dead of night to be attacked by the Black Panther.
As we see throughout the trailer, Wakanda is not the third-world desolate land that some characters in the Marvel Universe would have you believe but is actually one of the most technologically advanced civilisations on Earth.
This is thanks in no small part to it being the only place on Earth where the legendary – and pricey – metal Vibranium can be found, the same metal used to make Captain America’s shield and Ultron’s metallic body as seen in Age of Ultron.
There’s the usual mix of action scenes on display as well as a vast array of secondary characters brought in throughout the trailer, including Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, and Angela Bassett as Ramonda to name but few.
We even have a synopsis to go with the trailer, which basically puts down into words exactly what to expect from the movie better than I could have done;
“After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to Wakanda but soon finds his sovereignty challenged by factions within his own country.
When two enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom, T’Challa must team up, as the Black Panther, with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje—Wakanda’s special forces—to prevent a world war.”
Starring the aforementioned Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler, produced by Kevin Feige, and is scheduled for a release 9th February 2018.