Last week, the first “teaser” trailer for Black Panther was released. I didn’t get the chance to talk about it because we were in the thick of E3, but let me rectify that today. Because the Black Panther trailer was awesome and deserves our attention, even if it’s a week late.
As per usual, I’m only going to talk about what was revealed in the teaser but there are those who prefer going into a film completely blind – if you’re one of those people, then minor SPOILERS AHEAD!
- Because of how Captain America: Civil War ended and of how Black Panther is the last Marvel Cinematic Universe film before Avengers: Infinity War, I was worried about the film being used as a set up for “the big one”. I know that casting news showed that this was going to be a full-fledged movie focusing on Black Panther’s world but it’s quite different to actually see proof of it. And yes, it really looks like Black Panther will focus on the titular character.
- The start of the trailer shows two characters that were introduced in other MCU films: Ulysses Klaue in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Everett Ross in Captain America: Civil War. Will audiences need to have seen both these movies to fully appreciate Black Panther? I mean, anyone who didn’t see Incredible Hulk probably didn’t fully appreciate Thunderbolt Ross’ involvement in Captain America: Civil War.
- I don’t understand why these “trailers” are being called “teaser trailers” when they look like full-fledged trailers anyway. Can we drop the “teaser” and call these what they are – movie trailers?
- It looks like we’ll have more than one villain in Black Panther – there’s at least three that can be identified from the trailer: the aforementioned Klaue, Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger character, and Winston Duke’s Man-Ape. Man-Ape is probably going to be very minor (like Batroc or Arnim Zola), but Klaue and Killmonger are both big enough names to be the main villain. Who’s it going to be?
- More on Andy Serkis and Michael B. Jordan – they’re great actors but Marvel has been notorious for wasting good actors in villain roles. I hope these roles are juicy enough for both these actors.
- And last thought on Andy Serkis – he’s had other incarnations in cartoons and in comic books. One version had him replace his arm with a sonic weapon (which we’ll probably see given that he already lost his arm in the MCU) and another has him turn himself completely into a “hard sound construct” (a being made of sound but is solid). Are we going to see this version of Klaue in the third act of the film? Or a Black Panther sequel? It’s rare to see villains return in the MCU; it’d be nice to have a longstanding rivalry similar to how Magneto is always a villain in the X-Men films.
- Despite being a former Marvel Comics enthusiast (one who at some point bought more than 10 comic book titles per month), I don’t know much about Black Panther. I saw him as one of Marvel’s Batman equivalents; rich, intelligent, a martial arts expert and a crime fighter. I knew he was the ruler of Wakanda, and that was it. I didn’t expect the character to have a rich enough background to have an entire film based around him, but based on what I saw in the trailer, it looks like there’s enough material to have an entire Black Panther trilogy.
- Black Panther is set to be the eighteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and yet, it still offers something new. Like I said earlier, I had written Black Panther off as a Bruce Wayne-equivalent of Marvel but it appears he’s different from a rich guy doing some crime fighting – he’s actually the king of an entire nation. The voice-over near the end of the trailer was very interesting: “You are a good man, with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be a king.” It’s true that Thor at some point was looking to become the king of Asgard, but that never happened and he actually decided that he wasn’t ready for the crown at the end of The Dark World. T’Challa is the king of Wakanda – that’s an interesting dynamic, seeing someone balance royalty with superheroics.
- The trailer has nothing to do with this but this idea just dawned on me – we had an awesome end credits scene in Captain America: The First Avenger, which preceded The Avengers. We got a juicy end credits teaser at the end of Ant-Man which shed some light on what Captain America: Civil War was all about. Black Panther is the final film before the big Avengers: Infinity War movie, so I’m expecting a really good end credits scene here as well.
As a superhero comic book fan, I’m excited about the future – Wonder Woman was great so I’m hoping that DC has learned their lesson going into Justice League, and if the teaser trailers live up to the hype then Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther are all going to be amazing as well! I can’t wait!
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