As Martin Freeman, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Everett Ross, says to Chadwick Boseman’s King T’Challa in the newest Black Panther trailer, we’ve seen aliens and superhumans and gods crisscross the MCU, but we’ve never set eyes on a place like T’Challa’s African nation of Wakanda. In the Marvel comic book source material, Wakanda is shown to be a technological paradise, and director Ryan Coogler goes all in to make what’s on paper a reality.
One of the themes that runs through the trailer is why Wakanda, which is a traditionally isolationist nation, doesn’t interact to a great extent with the rest of the world. Its technological prowess, built on its reserves of the fictional element Vibranium, has allowed the nation to be self-sustaining and grow leaps and bounds ahead of its fellow world leaders, making the rest of us look to be fumbling by comparison. However, there’s a sense that T’Challa sees that perhaps Wakanda can lead the way for others and that the country’s isolationist policy might be short-lived in the film.
Black Panther brings us the future on February 16.
From the official film description:
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” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.
While you’re already immersed in all things Black Panther, check out the stunning movie poster star Chadwick Boseman just tweeted out.