After making his Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debut in Captain America: Civil War, T’challa/Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, is starring in a feature film of his own. The first teaser trailer has been released, and following its debut during Game 4 of the NBA Finals in the US, the trailer racked up 89 million views in its first 24 hours online.
Following the events of Civil War, T’challa returns home to Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. He finds his claim to the throne challenged by Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), an exiled Wakandan native who seeks to overthrow T’challa. The Black Panther allies himself with American government official Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) to fight the threats to his kingdom. Also by his side are the loyal all-female bodyguard corps known as the Dora Milajae, led by Okoye (Danai Gurira). T’challa falls in love with Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), a Dora Milajae member. While T’challa’s father King T’chaka (John Kani) is dead, his sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) and mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett) continue to be pillars of support for the young king. T’challa also seeks guidance from elder statesman Zuri (Forest Whitaker). Andy Serkis reprises the role of Ulyesses Klaue/Klaw from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) and is written by Joe Robert Cole and Coogler. A Black Panther feature film has long been in the works, with Wesley Snipes expressing interest in the role in the early 90s. Snipes would go on to play the Marvel character Blade. Marvel Studios president describes Black Panther as a “geopolitical action adventure”, promising that it will be a “very important link” to Avengers: Infinity War and its as-yet-untitled follow-up.
Black Panther claws its way into theatres in February 2018.
Check out the trailer below: