Geekery: ‘Black Panther’ Makes a Grand Entrance

The first trailer gives us a look at Wakanda and the threats the secret country faces under a new king.

Chadwick Boseman returns as T’Challa and is joined by Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Florence Kasumba, and a host of other recognizable faces. The screenplay is from Joe Robert Cole and director Ryan Coogler. You don’t have to see the trailer to know this is going to be great, but you should watch it anyway…

The trailer hints out several threats to the start of T’Challa’s reign after his father’s death in Civil War:

  • From the outside: Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis), a long time opponent in the comics, shows up again in the MCU
  • From the inside: M’Baku (Winston Duke) and N’Jadaka (Michael B. Jordan) look to both have some major fight scenes

In T’challa’s corner:

  • Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) – who comes directly from Christopher Priest’s run with Black Panther in the late 90s
  • Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) – from Reginald Hudlin’s run in the mid aughts
  • The Dora Milaje – they all look totally awesome and if you’ve seen Wonder Woman you might recognize Florence Kasumba, she was an Amazon

I walked out of Civil War last year hoping that Black Panther would get a shot at great solo movie. I think he and Wakanda have found a great team, and that this is going to great.

Black Panther hits theaters February 16, 2018.


What are your thoughts? See anything I missed in the trailer?

  • Kritarion

    Apart from the “Still in early production and therefore wonky” CGI moneyshot, All of my yes.

  • zeno666

    An african Batman… nah..

    • Txabi Etxebarrieta

      Even as a DC fan, that’s a little unfair. Rich superheroes is a pretty generic and commonly used trope. Iron Man, Green Arrow, Ozymandius from Watchmen…I’d argue Green Arrow has far more in common with Batman than Black Panther. By a long shot.

      Edit: Also there already is an actual African Batman. Batwing. Part of the whole “franchise” thing he’d been doing.

      • zeno666

        I guess Moon Knight is truly Marvels Batman.
        Yet this is a fun read:

        • Txabi Etxebarrieta

          Yeah, there are definitely points of comparison. I just feel it a little reductionist to call him the African Batman on the basis of those points of comparison.

          Not sure I agree with all the points presented in the article, but I do agree it’s a good read! It did have some angles I hadn’t considered all the same.

    • Drpx

      More like an Aquaman since he’s in this super advanced country that somehow avoids all outside contact.

      • Red_Five_Standing_By

        Namor is Marvel’s Aquaman.

        • euansmith

          Or vice versa 😉

          Namor appeared in 1939 and Aquaman in 1941.

      • zeno666

        He can talk with panthers?

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      He’s hardly Batman.

    • ReverendTiberiusJackhammer

      😛 Panther predates the Bat by two decades. Besides that, I’d argue that their general themes don’t line up much beyond the costumes?

      Being an alternatively celebrated and condemned vigilante whose escapades are confined to a single city the majority of the time is key to Batman, while Panther’s thing is being heir to the throne, whose adventures don’t have a “setting-character” like Gotham.

      • euansmith

        Also one of Batman’s defining characteristics is his secret identity. T’Challa’s Black Panther Identity is actual in his who’s who entry.

        I hope that the tone of the film follows the Christopher Priest stories, with Ross functioning as a point of entry for white American fans in to a very different culture. It is just a shame that Michael J Fox isn’t available to play the Ross role.

        • Me

          Wow… He really does look like Michael J Fox.

  • ChubToad

    Yawn. What would be the plot of this one? Ah yes, meet the family, meet the good guy, bad guy wrecks things, bad guy is defeated while good guy cracks some jokes and does “cool stuff”. Skip this one, the MCU is becoming repetitive and boring.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    That trailer was hilarious; this is what the kids dig these days?