This Friday, Marvel decided to drop a trilogy of Black Panther news. A new poster and logo, new synopsis and the first teaser trailer. With only nine months until the movie’s release and a little less than two months before San Diego Comic Con, Marvel decided to give us a little bit of a surprise.
Along with an epic photo of the unmasked T’Challa sitting on what we assume is the Wakandan throne, we are given a new logo. The first was just black and gold, but this first poster is adorned with a gold and very regal blue, making the title pop against the darker contrasts of the poster. In the press release, Disney released a more detailed synopsis for the film:
“Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.”
The part of this synopsis that is exciting is the part where T’Challa has to “rally his allies” makes my stomach do a couple flip flops. Does this term just refer to the Dora Milaje, the Wakandan women that are the personal bodyguards of the King? Can it refer to Everett Ross (Marthin Freeman) who we already know is slated for the film, a member of the CIA whom we previously saw in Captain America: Civil War? Or does it even refer to someone else? Maybe a few new friends that T’Challa made who are fugitives, referring to all the members of Team Cap, two of which we know for a fact have been in Wakanda: Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes.
Welcome Marvel fans, to our first look at the beautiful Wakanda. There is everything we need to get excited about this film. Not only do we see Black Panther in action, but what’s even more exciting, we get to see the Dora Milaje in action, and boy do they look intimidating and so far beyond badass that I don’t think there’s even a word perfect enough to describe them. Clearly, these amazing ladies (led by actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira) are going to have a big part in the story. We also get our first look, just for a few seconds, at Michael B. Jordan’s character, the menacing Erik Killmonger, who we know will be the film’s main villain. Although it’s not the first time that we see now King T’Challa in the MCU, the audience will getting to see the highly and technologically advanced country of Wakanda for the first time. In this phase, Marvel continues to expand its universe and give the fans more that we have yet to see in this cinematic experience.
Black Panther will be released on February 16, 2018!