Our partners at 'What's Trending' take a deep dive into the new 'Black Panther' trailer\ and give us some background on the character and the mythical world he inhabits.
So, who is Black Panther? The character debuted in 1966 in a issue of Marvel's "Fantastic Four" and is the first black superhero in comic book history.
The film will be directed by Ryan Coogler, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole. Coogler is the first African-American director to be hired by Marvel to helm one of their superhero films.
If you're a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you remember Black Panther from "Captain America: Civil War," played by Chadwick Boseman. The Black Panther is also known as T'Challa, the King of Wakanda.
Wakanda is a fictional country in Africa that disguises it's technologically-advanced society from the outside world. How are they able to do that? According to Marvel lore, centuries ago, a meteroite crashed into Wakanda. It was filled with the mythical Marvel material "vibranium," which allowed the country's technology to leap ahead.
(FYI, Vibranium is also the material Captain America's shield is made from.)
T'Challa has become the new king after the death of his father, T'Chaka. T'Chaka died trying to keep the secret of Wakanda. He was killed by explorer Ulysses Klaw, played in the film by Andy Serkis. You may remember Klaw working with the evil artificial intelligence Ultron in Avengers 2. And, Klaw isn't the only bad guy in the mix.
Michael B. Jordan returns to the Marvel movie world as Erik Kilmonger, an exile from Wakanda who wants to bring revolutionary change to the small country and the world.
The film also features Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker.
Fans on social media have been super hyped about the trailer, have been counting down to the premiere on February 16, 2018... and, as Twitter user are wont to do, have immediately been making jokes and memes.
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