Whatever you want to call 2016—a dumpster fire, a candidate for the Worst Year Ever, ridiculously hot and getting hotter—the year brought no shortage of big-screen distractions.
Four women wielded proton packs; Daniel Radcliffe graduated from Harry Potter to farting corpse; and Disney expanded into the South Pacific.
Wakanda has numerous tribes across its numerous regions with varying levels of influence, even though the Black Panther is the leader of the entire country.
But more than being just generally entertaining, this trailer is . Right off the bat, it should strike you that a movie trailer about the first black superhero in mainstream comics opens on a meeting between two white characters. We’ve met both of these characters before and they provide a window into a world that has been a complete mystery to us and the Marvel Cinematic Universe up until now. Just like in the comics, he initially knows little about Wakanda. He’s likely a pivotal figure in the unrest T’Challa will have to face as ruler.
Director Ryan Coogler has clearly done his homework on Black Panther lore, pulling in threads and ideas from some of the character’s best stories over his 50 year history. , so it’s now up to T’Challa to rule and deal with the drama that comes with his new duties.
The most visible ones are the Dora Milaje, Black Panther’s royal guard and traditionally his wive-in-training. There’s Ayo, played by Florence Kasumba and first seen in ’s Danai Gurira, the leader of the Dora Milaje. Nakia fell deeply in love with T’Challa in the comics, and her obsession with him eventually made her an enemy.
We’ll see where Coogler takes their story in the film.