8 Things We Learned
From The First Trailer
to Black Panther
By Matthew Arcilla
The trailer to Black Panther dropped last week, racking up 89 million views in under 24 hours. For such a lesser known character, it might be difficult to imagine why, but as the first entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to feature a black lead, the movie will bring some much needed color to a film genre that has struggled with racial diversity.
That being said, it’s also an important movie to comic book nerds, who all know the pivotal role that Black Panther plays in the Marvel Comics universe, despite his late entrance into the MCU. That being said, it remains to be seen what this movie will be, as the eighteenth installment of this dense, sprawling pop cinema mythology. So let’s see the eight things we learned about T’Challa’s solo movie debut in this trailer.
Everett Ross and Ulysses Klaue return
These two guys might just be the only white characters of note we’ll be seeing throughout the film, but they still play a key role in its story it seems. Martin Freeman plays Everett Ross of the CIA, who we briefly met in Captain America: Civil War. Here he’s staring down Ulysses Klaue, a smuggler and all around ne’er-do-well, played by Andy Serkis, reprising the role from Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the comics, Both characters frequently find themselves involved in the ongoings of Wakanda.
Wakanda is the fabled El Dorado…
…and like Tahiti, it’s a magical place. Klau reveals to Ross that he’s one of the few outsiders who has seen Wakanda, the homeland of T’Challa alluded to in Captain America: Civil War. And that he’s one of fewer who have made it out alive. While Wakanda is seen as a Third World nation, it’s a technologically advanced society. It’s the ‘El Dorado’ that explorers have been searching for in South America, but turns out they were looking in the wrong continent.
The Black Panther is bulletproof
Our first glimpse of the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in action once more is like watching Batman gone wild. The Black Panther executes some panic inducing takedowns and it’s difficult to tell if he even flinches behind that mask, but one thing is for sure: the suit is bulletproof, as live fire simply bounces off it. Now physically impervious heroes aren’t uncommon, but like Luke Cage, but this evokes the kind of real world violence that black people experience.
Forest Whitaker stars as Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker has always been a respected character actor from movies like The Last King of Scotland and Ghost Dog, but in recent years he’s practically black Obi-Wan Kenobi, especially in movies like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In this trailer, we see him sporting distinctive facial make-up and beautiful purple robes. It’s all part of his role as Zuri, a Wakandan elder and adviser who serves as a secondary father figure to T’Challa. No word yet on what his “Save the Rebellion! Save the dream,” line will be.