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Keeping the good feelings from Wonder Woman going, the teaser trailer for Black Panther was recently released, and it looks killer. Like with Wonder Woman, the amount of pressure on Marvel’s first superhero film not centered around a white male is going to be incredibly unfair. However, also like with Wonder Woman, even though it shouldn’t have to live up to an impossible standard, it looks like it will do it anyway. As I’ve said many times before, I’m not a fan of comic books, so I’m only familiar with this character from Captain America: Civil War, where he had a small but standout role. He’s a legit Disney prince, who is now King of a country that is so technologically advanced that it keeps all of its resources a secret. Can you blame them? Literally any random chapter of human history tells us that if white people know you’ve got something and they want it, it’s no good for you or your country.
How good does Black Panther look? So good that it’s freaking out all the racists. (Which isn’t really the goal per se, but it’s definitely an added bonus.) Even the poster has been declared “too militant.” If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure there are no young children around, so as not to alarm them.
Just kidding, it’s a picture of a man sitting in a chair. But he’s black, so that apparently makes it scary. The plot of T’Challa’s first standalone film is pretty standard origin story stuff:
“After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with CIA agent Everett K Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.”
The style of the movie is my favorite part. Too often when a setting is futuristic and tech-y everything is very sleek and metallic, whereas Wakanda has tons of color. I also love a good costume, and there are already so many fantastic ones just in this teaser.
Chadwick Boseman plays T’Challa, Wakanda’s new leader, who we already know. The rest of the cast is incredible. Michael B. Jordan plays antagonist Eric Killmonger, which is a pretty on the nose villain name.
Casting Jordan was an interesting choice, because it’s rare that we’ve seen him in anything where we haven’t liked his character. Casting an actor that everyone is used to rooting for as the villain is pretty inspired.
Lupita Nyong’o plays Nakia, T’Challa’s love interest, (because of course she is, because she’s unearthly beautiful) and member of the Wakandan special forces group Dora Milage, which is ALL- FEMALE. Oh my god. This kingdom uses all women as guards for their royalty. If I knew literally nothing else about the plot of this movie, that alone would get me on board. I’d go see it just for them. Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead fame plays the head of the organization.
I don’t know whose ass is about to kick here, but I’m looking forward to watching it in high definition! You can’t handle the rest of this cast list, but I’m going to give it to you anyway: Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Sterling K. Brown, and Phylicia Rashad. We need this movie now, but unfortunately we have to wait until February 16, 2018.
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