Marvel dropped a teaser for its upcoming Black Panther film during the NBA Finals back in June, and our first look at the hero-king was glorious. Chadwick Boseman is electric and imposing as the monarch of the hidden, advanced African nation of Wakanda, accompanied by an incredible supporting cast of allies and villains. Today, the studio released a full trailer that dials up all the action and character conflict we saw earlier.
First introduced in Captain America: Civil War, Boseman's T'Challa is both king and protector of his country, facing challenges from Michael B. Jordan's exiled would-be usurper Erik Killmonger and Andy Serkis' arms dealer Ulysses Klaue. The trailer is more of a highlight reel of the incredible sights and fights waiting for us in the full film, but visible throughout is T'Challa ferociously defending his rule, nation and people -- in that order. In a cinematic universe of uncertain everyman do-gooders, Black Panther is about an imperious African royal keeping his country safe from outsiders...and itself.
The star-studded cast includes Oscar- and Emmy-nominated Angela Basset, Oscar winners Lupita Nyong'o and Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman, Sterling K. Brown and The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira, many of whom we see for the first time in the trailer. Directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), Black Panther comes out in February 16th, 2018.