Marvel Studios has just dropped the second trailer for Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, who reprises the title role from his Captain America: Civil War debut. In the title standalone film, our hero returns to Wakanda, a technologically advanced country that hides away from those who seek to pillage its rare vibranium. But without the nation’s leader and his father, T’Challa is named the king, and there are those who will seek to take the throne. 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.
Check out the latest trailer, plus a handful of images and a new poster here below.
Coogler has said that political strife will play a huge factor in the film, as it will have audiences question who is and isn’t the good guy. While it is somewhat easy to side with the title character, there are those who believe that their way of ruling is the solution to Wakanda’s problems, no matter how dishonorable or contemporary those ideals are. The director even mentions elements of The Godfather that helped inspire Black Panther.
What audiences will see is a Marvel film unlike any other, which embraces the African setting and has a majority Afro-centric cast. Not only do we see the culture and fashion play a huge role, but the hip-hop music assures us that this will be a Marvel film that is different from the rest.
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
It should be interesting to see where Marvel Studios goes from here. While it may look like directors still have to follow certain Marvel Studios guidelines – like making sure the film fits within the Marvel Cinematic Universe or adding Easter eggs – it looks like they are still able to tell the stories they want to tell.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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.
Black Panther opens in theaters on February 16, 2018.
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