Black Panther takes place after the events of the overlong mess that was Captain America: Civil War, with King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returning home to the reclusive, technologically advanced nation of Wakanda (in Africa, not South America, as Andy Serkis‘ Ulysses Klaue (aka Klaw) tells us) 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 (Martin Freeman) and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
Based on the teaser, in June, it looked like the Marvel well is getting more dry by the film, and the sound of barrels being scraped is getting louder and louder. This new trailer really doesn’t help that.
Really, just how long can they keep making the same film? Civil War was just a rehash of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and while this one is out in time for the February half-term next year, so, it comes after October’s Thor: Ragnarok and before April 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.
My head is starting to hurt with all this. When will it actually end? It’s all just CRASH! BASH! SMASH! and everything flipping about in slo-mo. Even Wakanda looks like EVERYTHING we’ve seen before.
Director Ryan Coogler was responsible for the majorly tedious Rocky spin-off Creed, so that doesn’t bode well for this.
Written by Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler, and based on the comic book by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, the film also stars Creed‘s Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya.
Black Panther has been brought forward almost a week to February 12, 2018. Both UK and US release dates were Feb 18th, previously, while the US are now on Feb 16th.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image.
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