Movies Seemingly aware that the world was waking up to slog through another dreaded week of work, Marvel offered to make things a little easier with a brand new look at Ryan Coogler’s highly-anticipated BLACK PANTHER.

Back in June, Marvel made a splash during the NBA finals when it dropped the teaser for the iconic, and culturally important, comic character’s first solo outing on the big screen. Backed by an infectious track by Run the Jewels, it was everything you could have wanted from a teaser.

At the time, and even since, I’ve debated whether the teaser was the best piece of marketing the MCU has released since the whole thing began nearly a decade ago.

For the record, I say yes.

I say all of this up because you just had to wonder with that teaser being so good, could whatever followed top it?

Good news is, it comes close.

Black Panther

The trailer’s two-minute run time gives us new glimpses of Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman), Wakanda, Shuri (Letitia Wright), the Dora Milaje and the movie’s big-bad duo of Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan).

Villains often feel like an afterthought in the MCU, something that changed a bit with Michael Keaton’s turn as The Vulture in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING earlier this year.

With BLACK PANTHER, it looks like we’re dealing with another case of a heroes tech being used against them. On one hand, that’s a tad worrisome.

On the other — Serkis looks like he’s having an absolute blast. And I’m incredibly excited to see what Jordan does with a character that goes against everything he’s done up to this point in his career.

Another thing I love is how the infusion of pop culture (Vince Staple’s “Bagbak“) enriches the visuals, making them even more exciting. It’s something that comes across forced and honestly, just plain bad, in the recent first look at another 2018 blockbuster-hopeful, PACIFIC RIM UPRISING.

Can Coogler go three-for-three? And why do I feel so guilty knowing I only have to pay ten bucks to watch a cast this stacked on screen together? That’s just a couple of the questions I’m asking myself right now.

There’s lots to look forward in the next four months. BLACK PANTHER hits theaters February 16, 2018.

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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.


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